Ben Garner vows to stay true to his philosophy despite another home loss for Swindon


Swindon boss Ben Garner has vowed not to change his philosophy after the promotion-seeking Robins collapsed on their biggest home loss of the season, falling 3-1 to Bradford.

Bradford closed a brilliant away game with a sensational strike from former Swindon striker Theo Robinson as the visitors ended a three-game winless streak in League Two.

Garner said, “I’m not going to change the way I play or the style that I play.

“I believe in this style, but we just have to do it better. Giving away goals changed the game and if it is equal at half time we will win the game because Bradford would get tired of the way we move the ball and sooner or later you open something .

“Sometimes you need to have that patience, but what you can’t do is concede goals for lack of focus and attention.

“It’s just a coincidence that we’re getting results outside and not so much at home. The performance was not so good today and we shot each other in the foot.

“We deserved to lose the game. We have to keep working, keep improving and the only way to transform those home results is to work hard and improve.

Caolan Lavery opened the scoring in the 16th minute with an inside volley from Swindon.

Levi Sutton completed a counterattack just before half-time with Andy Cook’s effort bouncing off the post, leaving the forward with an open goal to aim for.

Robinson came off the bench to silence the Swindon crowd in the second half as his curling effort tucked into the back of the net to give Bradford a three-goal cushion.

Jack Payne handed Swindon a lifeline with just over 10 minutes to go, scoring a penalty but the Robins failed to rally as Bradford remained determined to secure his second win of the month.

Bradford manager Derek Adams was pleased with his team’s performance.

He said: “Today was a very good performance.

“We brought the game to Swindon, we created so many good opportunities. We should have won by a larger margin.

“In the end, we won 3-1 against a team that was third in the standings before today.

“We knew we would be able to take out Swindon. We knew we had to face the threat and we did it right. We knew they would have a lot of the ball.

“We could have scored five or six goals today and no one could complain.

“In the great moments, we handled the threat from Swindon well.”

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