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6:00am Friday 28th September 2012 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org, @AndyWarren_
SWINDON will be going all out to prove Saturday’s defeat at Old Centralians was merely a blip when they host Reading tomorrow afternoon.
The Greenbridge Road side lost their 100 per cent record as they went down 53-20 in Gloucestershire last weekend, but improved in the second half as they fought their way back into the contest.
“We had a bad day at the office last weekend, and we can’t really complain about the defeat,” said coach Neil Loader. “But it is still early days and I think the defeat was a blip, and that is something we hope to put right against Reading.
“We always go out to win the games, but you don’t always get the result, but good teams don’t have too many bad days, and we need to avoid having too many more.”
Loader has backed tomorrow’s opponents to be up there in the promotion hunt come the end of the season, but sees no reason why his side can’t come away with the result.
“We always target our home games for wins, and this one is no different,” he said.
“Reading have had some good results this season and are second for a reason, and they have brought in some very good players too.
“They are certainly promotion candidates in my eyes, but we will be going out there to get back to winning ways and I don’t see why we can’t.”
Loader also has a welcome selection headache for tomorrow’s clash, which he believes just how strong a squad he has at his disposal.
“This weekend is looking very exciting for us in terms of selection because we will have Adam Westall back, which is always a big plus for us, and we will also have Jack Badminton who has not really been available to us for the last 18 months.
“Tom Mannion will be back too, and Dan McCarthy will also be available after signing from Wootton Bassett . He is a very powerful back-rower who can also play at three quarters, so he is very versatile which is good.
“We have a very good squad this year, and all of the players available to us shows that.”