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Mac ready for twists and turns

20 March 2013

Swindon manager Kevin MacDonald expects a few more surprises in the race for npower League One promotion after his side saw off fellow hopefuls Yeovil 2-0 at Huish Park.

Second-half goals from Adam Rooney - who spent a month on loan at Huish Park in 2007 - and substitute James Collins ended the hosts' nine-game unbeaten home league run. MacDonald reserved praise for defender Nathan Thompson's sparkling man of the match display.

He said: "I'm delighted for the players and the supporters who travelled down here because they were tremendous and got behind the lads. You can see the passion between the players and the fans which is great. Personally, I think we can play better and have played better and lost in the last four games, but sometimes to win ugly is important for the team as well."

He added: "They probably had more possession in the first half but we had more clear-cut chances. We just got a little bit untidy and nervy in the second half, but when we scored the first we kept the ball much better and I always thought we had the chance to get a second.

"Nathan was fantastic and he deserved the man of the match award. I just wish he wouldn't get booked as many times. I'm working on the premise that we won't be out of a transfer embargo, but you saw how the players played and how they have played all season. You don't get into this position without being a decent side.

"I think Yeovil had won the most home games out of anybody so far, and although I wouldn't say we were comfortable, I think we deserved to win the game. It's going to be up and down for the next eight games."

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson bemoaned his side's second-half performance and believes some of his players' inexperience cost them the three points. He said: "I felt the first half was pretty tight and we needed to stick one of our chances away, which would have settled us down a bit.

"We had some inexperienced players out there who I think showed that inexperience on the big stage. We didn't have all of them, especially in the second half, doing enough.

"On the big occasion they weren't quite up for it. It was really disappointing in the second half, but we must not let our season fade away. I'm not going to let that happen.

"I will tell them home truths as I always do, and a few of them didn't show that they knew the importance of the game in their body language. We need to make sure we fight back in the next couple of games and get back in those play-offs."

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