Former Swindon Town favourite Gordon Greer has backed his old club to banish their play-off demons from 2010 by beating Preston North End at Wembley on Sunday.
Greer – who notched three times in 72 outings during his two season stint at The County Ground – was a vital cog in Town’s run to the 2009/10 play-off final, forming a rock solid partnership with Scott Cuthbert at the heart of the defence.
However, Greer was denied the chance to lead his side out at Wembley after being dismissed for a reckless Kung-Fu kick on Deon Burton in the semi-final second-leg penalty shootout success over Charlton Athletic – with the now Brighton and Hove Albion skipper forced to watch from the stands as Town were beaten 1-0 by Millwall in the play-off final.
Speaking exclusively to FLIC SPORT in the run up to Swindon’s third outing at the national stadium in the last five years, Greer reflected on that defeat to Millwall in addition to tipping the current crop of Town talent to seal a long-awaited return to the Championship.
“They’ve done brilliant this year and I know a few of the boys there that used to be at Brighton – they are very, very talented footballers,” Greer told FLIC SPORT.
“Their style of play is really good for the supporters to watch and they’ve done really well to get into the play-offs.
“I watched the play-off games and they played really well.
“You are just all geared towards playing the game and all your preparation going into the semi-finals is just about winning the game – however you win it doesn’t really matter.
“For us we knew we had a good chance because there wasn’t much between the teams – the likes of Millwall, ourselves and obviously Charlton.
“The way it obviously panned out with getting sent-off in the second-leg of the semi-final was devastating for me personally, but I was just delighted for the club that they managed to get to the final.
“I really thought we could have beat them (Millwall) but it just wasn’t to be on the day.
“That’s football for you and they’ve got another opportunity to do it now – hopefully they can do it.
“I would be delighted for Swindon if they went up.
“I have really great memories from my time there. I came on loan and I had options to go other places but I just wanted to enjoy playing football and I did that when I was with Swindon.
“It’s a good club and they are really good memories for me.
“It ended in heartbreak that we never managed to achieve what we wanted to, but that is football and you take the ups with the downs.
“I’m sure that the boys will all be ready to go (on Sunday) and they will give everything for themselves and the club.”
Finally, Greer’s one bit of advice to the class of 2014/15 ahead of Sunday’s massive game is just to believe in what they have been doing so well all season and stick to their principles.
“They just need to believe in themselves and play their football,” added the central defender.
“Sometimes the pressure can get to players and they don’t pass the ball like they’ve been doing all season, so it’s just believing in yourself and continue to do what you’ve been doing all season because it’s obviously been working.”