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1 January 2019

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Richie Wellens pulled no punches following his side’s 0-2 defeat to Exeter at the County Ground on the opening day of 2019.

Goals from Jonathan Forte (pen) and Archie Collins sealed Swindon’s fate in a disappointing day all round for the Robins.

Sid Nelson was brought off just before half-time with Wellens also announcing the news that Steven Alzate will be out for three or four months with a stress fracture to his back.

“There were a lot of things that were wrong about today. A big thing was that it was a game too many for some – no energy, no legs. They (Exeter) looked stronger, quicker, they won second balls – we looked lazy at time, lethargic – but, at times, when we did get some passing going we looked OK but we get over-excited and start doing stupid things where the opposition can counter us.

“The goal was a blow because it was at a bad time and the way it came about, was difficult to take because it was a mistake from us. We were nowhere near good enough – nowhere near.

“We need to get some players in that are worthy of wearing the shirt in this league – one week you give people information and think they’ve taken it on board. They do it one week, and do it well – couple of weeks later, they’ve forgotten the information and do they’re own thing.

“You look at some of their players today – Forte, up front. The ball goes up to him; he’s using his body, buying fouls, running in behind, clever runs – you just don’t see it from us.

“I thought Keshi Anderson was good – it was only Keshi that really turned up for us today. He was the only that looked like he wanted to make something happen.”

Wellens bemoaned his side’s lack of energy at the end of the busy festive fixture list.

“To be a top seven team in any division you have to be consistent, you have to be really clever – from where we’ve been so solid and looked like a decent team, we just lacked energy today. We looked ragged at times.

“It’s difficult when you go 1-0 down and the other team sets up to break. Little decision-making needs to be put right. Today was a game too much.”


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