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Reaction | Rob Edwards on Swansea win

4 March 2023

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Reaction | Rob Edwards on Swansea win

4 March 2023

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Hatters boss Rob Edwards was delighted by his side's 1-0 win over Swansea City this afternoon to move the Town up to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Speaking to the media after the match, won by Carlton Morris' 39th-minute goal, Edwards said: “I know it was a really important three points. Any three points at this stage of the season are really key, but after the week we’ve had, backing up the four points that we got from the Saturday and the Tuesday, it felt today like - we put the pressure on the lads a little bit - we’ve got to find a way to win this game, and they did.

“Swansea pose you a lot of threats as you all know, and they ask a lot of questions of you without the ball because they’re so good with it and they’re going to make us run and at the end of a really tough week, we’ve got to go and we need our energy, and we probably lacked a little bit today."

On Allan Campbell's impact on his return to the starting line-up, he went on: “Pelly came off the other day just feeling his groin, but Al, we know what he’s going to give us - loads and loads of energy.

"I’ve got no problem him coming in, we’re just as strong and he certainly gave us loads and loads of that today which he does. He’s great."

Edwards played down the touchline melee that resulted in Swansea manager Russell Martin and Hatters assistant Richie Kyle being sent off, describing it as "handbags" and explaining how he had spoken with his former Norwich City team-mate after the game, adding that "we're all good".

He went on: "It's hard to explain, because I know that supporters, you're kind of born into a football club, aren't you? Especially as passionate fans, and you are lifelong fans and the club means so much.

"For me anyways, when you work here, and how we've been embraced - I can't explain how much it means and how much it matters to us - and we are just desperate to do well, and desperate to win for the supporters, for the lads and obviously for ourselves as well.

"That'll go for every manager, and there was passion at times. I've got to look at it, and stay behind the line and stay in the box. I hold my hands up on that one, but yes, we care. We care."

On the game itself, he added: “I just felt when we played with a little bit more intensity and played forward and ran forward, got some action going, then we probably lifted the crowd a bit and then we did start getting some chances towards the end of that first half.

“I thought we deserved the goal. I was a bit disappointed we couldn’t go on and get that second, they made one or two tweaks and began to get a little bit more control. We retained a threat on the counter attacks as the game wore on, but we weren't able to press with the same intensity as we've been able to do in recent weeks.

"It was a similar sort of game to Burnley, if you think how Burnley play and think we did that that night for 96, 97 minutes, today it was a bit of a different way but that's fine, you've got to solve problems and we got over the line.” 

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