Ryan Flynn has outlined why Swindon Town could find it difficult to strike the right balance between defence and attack in tonight’s second leg.
Mark Cooper’s side enter the second-leg of their League One play-off semi-final against Sheffield United attempting to protect the 2-1 lead they established in South Yorkshire last week.
But Flynn, reflecting on his previous experiences of knockout football, said:” I have been here before. We beat Yeovil at home (in the 2013 play-offs) when (Callum) McFadzean scored. We went down there and they got the very early goal. That changed everything.
“We had gone thinking, ‘If we keep this tight for the first 20 minutes, we’ll be okay’. But the goal went in after five minutes and that was it.
“We tried to have the mindset of attacking but we were ahead and it can cause you to think twice. Think ‘what do we do?’
“There is enough experience in our dressing room to know what needs to be done now. It was disappointing but the old cliche applies in that it is only half-time.”
“No away goals means it is all still to play for, too,” Flynn, the United midfielder, added. “We have gone away all season and shown what we can do. We won at Bristol City when they were flying high. We went to QPR and won.
“Barnsley was another. They were nine games unbeaten at the time but we played excellently to win. It shows we have it in us.”
Nigel Clough, the United manager, urged his squad to strike the right balance between urgency and patience before boarding the coach to Wiltshire.
Echoing those sentiments, Flynn said: “At Swindon, we know we have to attack. And, as we have shown, we are a team capable of getting at the opposition. I thought we created more clear-cut chances in the home leg.
“We would have liked to play Friday morning, if I’m honest. After the game, everyone was dejected but, after ten minutes, we knew we were still in it and can go at Swindon. ”