Swindon boss heaps praise on strike duo

Swindon Town manager Ritchie Wellens was delighted with his side as they picked up three points against promotion-chasing Newport County, singling out his strikers for special praise.

The Robins secured a 2-1 win at the County Ground, with Kaiyne Wollery grabbing an 82nd minute winner.

The former Wigan man scored five times in 43 matches for them last season, but this time out he’s struggled for form. Wllens believes that he’s now on course to impress.

“Kaiyne was outstanding – I thought him and Elijah were really good,”  he told the club’s official site

“That is the best Elijah I have seen and with Kaiyne – we know the club obviously spent a lot of money on him and then he has had a little bit of a frustrating time – but with the way we play and the way we pass, we know his speed opens the game up for us.

“If we do pass it well and we get people like Michael Doughty on the half-turn and running forward, we have got that speed on the side, which we haven’t had.

“Kaiyne is going to be a real asset for this club. We need to keep him fit now, but that is a starting point for him.”

Elijah refers to Elijah Adebayo, the on-loan Fulham striker who was impressive in a Cheltenham loan spell last season.

The 20-year old has five goals from 25 matches for Wellens’ side and will be looking to keep that going as they enter the festive period.

The win leaves Swindon in eleventh place, just four points outside the top seven.


Our View

Swindon have seen an improvement in fortunes under Wellens, but that’s not surprising. Phil Brown was a dinosaur of a manager who didn’t understand the division at all.

Whether it can be sustained is another issue entirely, but the Exiles have been early play off candidates.

It’s a big win for Wellens and if those two strikers get an understanding together, it’ll be incredibly important going forward.

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