Kasim admits Town will need to be much improved at Wembley

Yaser Kasim in action during the Play-Off Semi-Final Second-Leg (PIC: Naomi Youd)

Yaser Kasim has admitted that Swindon Town need to learn from the mistakes made in Monday’s pulsating 5-5 draw with Sheffield United and make sure that they don’t happen again in the Play-Off Final later this month.

Town stormed into a 3-0 lead inside the opening twenty minutes in their play-off semi-final second-leg at The County Ground earlier this week, but Jamie Murphy and Chris Basham struck before half-time to give The Blades hope.

Despite Michael Smith notching his second of the evening in the second-half and Jon Obika also getting on the scoresheet, Sheffield United came so close to forcing extra-time after late, late goals from Matty Done and Che Adams.

Town did hold on to progress through to the final at Wembley on May 24th, but Kasim is well aware that he and his team-mates have plenty to work on if they are to see off the considerable threat of Preston North End and bring Championship football back to The County Ground.

“It was amazing and not so amazing,” Kasim told BBC Wiltshire in the wake of the game on Monday.

“We’re just happy that we’ve made it to Wembley.

“It’s been a long season and I’ve got to say, whatever happens, I’m very proud of the team and myself.

“It was a good start and at 3-0 I just felt we could get some more (goals), but like the home game here in the league (the 5-2 win over United in September), they came back to 3-2 and we said at half-time that we can get goals because they are playing a system that is just so weird.

“It was dangerous in a way because they left so many bodies forward – we’re just happy that we’ve made it to Wembley.

“When we’ve played Preston, they don’t play the way that Sheffield United play and I think, in a way, Sheffield United were so scared that we were going to implement our style that they just didn’t care about their defensive duties and just went for it.

“We’ve just got to learn to control the game better.”



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