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Ifil: We Feel So Bad Right Now

Ifil: We Feel So Bad Right Now

Suspended Jerel Ifil has told Swindon Town fans he let them down badly and that he has never felt as bad as he does right now.

Swindon looked to be a rejuvenated side two matches ago climbing up to sixteenth in the table, however the club is now back in the relegation places.

Town took the lead twice against Rotherham United two weeks ago only to lose it twice and ultimatly lose the game 3-2.

Last week Swindon suffered their worst defeat at this level in over 20 years losing 7-1 to Nottingham Forest. Jerel reflects on the mood of the team. “Everyone is low at the moment, that is definitely how I feel. It was embarrassing on Saturday and upsetting and we are all pretty angry about it.'

In the game against Forest Jerel Ifil had a nasty scuffle with ex-Wycombe Wanderers man, Nathan Tyson and recieved his third red card of the season. Ifil will now miss three games at the most crucial time of the season for the relegation candidates. Ifil spoke to the media about what happened on Saturday and what it means to Swindon Town Football Club. “It was definitely my lowest point in my career so far. I have never lost by that amount before and I don't want to experience the feeling of hurt again in a hurry.'

“We have let the management down, ourselves down and most importantly we have let our fans down.' Over 1200 Swindon supporters made the journey to the City Ground to cheer on the club only for a good portion of them to leave by the 55th minute of the game due to the club's sub-par, gutless performance.

Jerel went on to talk about the 'R' word, yes relegation a word we have not heard at Swindon since the terrible 2001 season. “Maybe it is a case of once bitten twice shy because we don't want to ever feel like this again. If we feel like this after just one game, just think how it would feel if we ended up getting relegated.'

“We have to avoid that but we know many more performances like that and we will be relegated and feeling a lot worse than we do already.”

As for Ifil's sending off against Forest he stated, “I feel as though I let everyone down. We were 6-0 down at the time so it didn't make a difference to the outcome of the match but there are longer term consequences.'

“I will now miss the next two or three games and suspensions are the last thing the team needs now.

“I just did not think about what I was doing. I was so frustrated and angry but wish I could turn back the clock.”

'The Beast' feels that the club can turn it around this weekend against Tranmere Rovers, in a battle of relegation rivals. “We have to get on with it. The best thing to do is not to wallow because then that will really affect our confidence.

The Management team and players have been studying footage of just 'what went wrong' and will look to put a stop to the rot this weekend. “We will learn what needs to be learnt and then look ahead to the future. We have to look at how those goals were conceded.' Ifil Explained.

“I don't think it needs to be brought up for too long though. It is only three points at the end of the day and it has happened.”


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Writer:Moonraker1969
Date:Thursday March 2 2006
Time: 5:27PM

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