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WELLENS: WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR LEVELS HIGH

22 December 2018

Richie Wellens believes that his side are beginning to show the signs of what he is trying to implement at the County Ground.

Wellens is adamant that Town fans will not see the best of his style until the New Year despite a run of three wins in four in Sky Bet League Two.

Victories over Port Vale, Stevenage and Newport County have put the Robins four points off the play-offs despite defeat against Grimsby last weekend.

Ahead of Swindon’s fixture against Cheltenham, the boss said:

“I think the supporters can see signs of what we’re trying to do – play with more intensity. I think when we do that and play on the front foot, we’re a good team. Apart from the Carlisle game, we should have won every game, even the Woking game where we  played too slow.

“You can play well and lose – we were disappointed Saturday night but when we broke it down and looked at it, could you ask much more of the players?

“You can be hyper-critical of the players and say we should take the chances that we had but the performance, as an overall, was a really positive one.

“We have to keep those levels and then finish those chances.”

In their recent purple patch, Town have had to battle the terrain and conditions, and Wellens is hoping a return to SN1 will also see the weather back to norm.

“I wish God would just turn the wind machine off – it’s not nice. That’s another positive, that we’ve played some really nice stuff in those conditions. What is difficult is when you’re chasing the game, because the conditions are bad, it’s dead easy for the opposition to break the game up.

“The ball is out of play, the wind blows it out of play, you can keep it in the corner – it takes 30 seconds for the ball to come back into play.

“When you take a goal-kick it blows back onto your back four so it’s not nice weather to chase a game in. We did it against Newport in the last ten minutes.”


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