Rovers rivals rue the ones that got away

Nathan Byrne, Tottenham Hotspur.
Nathan Byrne, Tottenham Hotspur.

Like Brian Flynn, Swindon Town boss Kevin MacDonald was left ruing dropped points on Good Friday.

But while Rovers may not have expected to come away from the Ricoh with all three, there was major disappointment for MacDonald as his side - who face Rovers today - could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to relegation threatened Oldham Athletic.

And MacDonald, feels the Robins could come to regret the missed opportunity come the end of the season. “We created a lot of chances and didn’t score them,” he said. “And come the end of the season they might prove expensive for us. All I can say is that the lads didn’t deliberately miss chances and at least we are creating them.

“I don’t think we played as good football as we did the previous week because the pitch was a bit lively.

“It wasn’t just the strikers who missed goals and there were a few chances who dropped to other players, and I don’t blame anybody because we maybe lacked that bit of quality and care and didn’t relax enough.

“I know I keep saying it but if we play like that we will win more games than we lose, it’s just a pity we are only drawing at home because we could really have done with the three points because it would have set us up nicely for Monday.”

Swindon saw their transfer embargo lifted by the Football League mere minutes from Thursday’s 5pm deadline for loan deals.

That allowed MacDonald enough time to snap up Tottenham trio Massimo Luongo, Dean Parrett and Nathan Byrne on deals until the end of the season.

And he was pleased with the debuts of the three on Friday,

“They all had a good performance but so did the rest of the team,” he said.

“You can’t make all those chances without the rest of the team, but Nathan came on and did very well.

“Dean was always going to create chances and had one or two, and Massimo got stronger as the game went on.

“It wasn’t hard for any of the three of them to come in and meet the players and play straight away, but they all played very well and didn’t do any harm to their reputations.”

MacDonald will check on the fitness of right-back Nathan Thompson before today’s trip to Rovers after an ankle injury forced him off in the second half against Oldham