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MATCH PREVIEW | Timlin wary of Swindon threat

22 November 2016

Former Robins man on facing his old side...

Blues midfielder Michael Timlin says tonight’s game against Swindon may require patience to break down the Robins down and doesn’t expect their recent results to count for much.

It’s now six games unbeaten in Sky Bet League One for Blues whereas Swindon’s 4-0 defeat to Rochdale on Saturday saw them slip to 20th.

Timlin is under no illusion, though, that Blues will need to be at their best again.

“We want to make sure that we climb the table but to do that we need to take one game at a time because us beating Bradford has shown that anyone can beat anyone on their day,” he said.

“Their manager [Luke] Williams has got them playing a system that really works and they play attractive football.

“There’s a lot of speculation about them at the moment so there’s going to be a lot of hype around Swindon.

“It’s a club that I’ve always liked. I had some great times there so we’ve got to make sure that we prepare ourselves and we’re mentally focused for the game.

“There might be spells that we don’t have the ball as much, but there’s no reason why we can’t influence the game like we did against Bradford and get the result.”

Timlin had a loan spell at the County Ground before signing permanently in 2008.

After four years, he joined Blues in 2010, but he doesn’t see this as any sort of grudge match.

“There’s only one or two boys that are still there from my time at the club,” he added.

“I’ve got fond memories because they looked after me a lot when I was there, so there’s no needle in it.

“When you do play against someone that you have an association with then you always want to make sure you beat them.

“I’m sure if we apply ourselves right then we can get the result.”

Timlin replaced Ben Coker against Bradford and he said he’s just enjoying being back fit, no matter where he plays.

“It’s nice to be back involved in the team and contributing to results.

“It’s going to be a real tough game against Swindon because of the high that we’re on from the Bradford game and the last few results. We need to make sure we keep our heads down and do the things right that we need to do.”

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