NATHAN Byrne reflected on a bad day at the office that couldn’t have gone much worse after Swindon Town were beaten 5-0 by Cheltenham Town in the first round of the FA Cup.
A Byron Harrison hat-trick, Matt Richards’ wonderful volley and a goal from Terry Gornell helped Cheltenham into round two with a comfortable victory over abject Town, who had Nathan Thompson sent off in the 20th minute.
Byrne was unsurprisingly subdued in his post-match interviews with the local media, saying: “They scored and we knew that one goal is nothing really and we were more than good enough to bring it back. The sending-off didn’t help and you’re chasing the game from there but even at 2-0 at half-time with 10 men we still knew we could get something out of it.
“Then when the third goal goes in, it’s more damage limitation then. All the lads are gutted but you’ve got to move on.
“Trying to claw back three goals is always a tough ask, even with 11 men on the pitch. It’s one of those days at the office that didn’t go well for us.
“A lot of us watched the game yesterday that Exeter were involved in. There are always cup upsets every year and every round. We knew what they were going to bring but it wasn’t our day.”
The wing-back didn’t get to exhibit much of his free-flowing, attacking potential at Whaddon Road after Thompson’s red card, but he did his the post in the second half.
“We had to go to a four at the back to try to steady things up and that meant I couldn’t attack as freely as I’d like to but you’ve got to do these things for the team sometimes,” he said.