Opposition view: Swindon's Hunt 'very satisfied' with 'big three points' against Cobblers

Swindon assistant manager Noel Hunt only had one cause for complaint after Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Cobblers and that was his side's failure to rack up a more convincing victory.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 8:13 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 8:16 am
Noel Hunt

After an even first 45 minutes, the table-topping visitors dominated in the second-half and missed a couple of golden chances before Jordan Lyden's 78th minute winner.

Hunt, filling in for manager Richie Wellens who missed the game due to illness, said afterwards: "It's a very satisfying win. It was a very scrappy game in the first-half but I thought we dealt with them really well.

"We contested every first ball and we won the majority of the second balls and then we played with a little more quality in the second-half.

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"On another night I feel like we should have scored two or three goals. We missed a couple of chances and we picked the wrong option on a couple of breakaways but we asked them to build on Saturday's performance and they did that.

"I thought we were really good in the second-half. We looked really fluent on the counter-attack and we're now getting back to our usual selves.

"It's important to spread the goals around and have midfielders chipping in and we've also got boys on the bench that can come on at any time.

"We know what we have, we feel we're pretty strong and now we've got to keep going and keep building."

Hunt was especially happy with Swindon's defensive display after they restricted the Cobblers to precious few clear chances.

"We got our distances right, we didn't let any balls drop, we stayed high and brave and the cover was right if we didn't win the first header," he added.

"I thought our first pass out was right in the second-half and generally I was pleased with the performance.

"The midfield worked extremely hard to get close to their boys because the likes of Nicky Adams and Sam Hoskins can hurt you if you give them time so on that front I was really pleased.

"Apart from long-range and maybe the header at the end, I felt we kept them really quiet.

"It's a big three points for us but now we have to turn our focus to Saturday and go again."