Swindon Town boss Ben Garner is adamant there’s much more to come from his side as they take a 2-1 lead into their League Two playoff semi-final second-leg against Port Vale on Thursday night (Port Vale 13/10, draw 23/10, Swindon 21/10 – Match Betting).
Harry McKirdy’s brace helped Swindon (15/8 to be promoted) secure the slight advantage going into the second leg, while James Wilson’s goal keeps Port Vale in touching distance. https://www.betfred.com/sports/event/20062256.2
With Mansfield (4/5 – To be promoted) lying in wait in the playoff final at Wembley following their victory over Northampton Town, Garner has called on his Swindon players to step up to the occasion.
“We can play a lot better than we did on Sunday, that’s for sure,” Garner told BBC Radio Wiltshire.
“I thought our commitment, our defending, our intensity, we looked a threat but we can play a lot lot better with the ball and I would expect that to be the case on Thursday.”
With four defeats in their past five games, Port Vale’s season is threatening to finish with a whimper after at one stage looking like they would secure automatic promotion to League One.
Vale (4/1 – To be promoted) manager Darrell Clarke is also expecting better things from his players and has issued a rallying cry to supporters ahead of Swindon’s arrival.
Clarke told BBC Radio Stoke: “Big players turn up in big games and there’s not enough of our lads done that. But they’ve got another opportunity Thursday night so let’s get behind the boys.”