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22 March 2019

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Richie Wellens said he wants his side to be quicker in the final third as Morecambe visit the County Ground this weekend.

Swindon have struggled in the last couple of weeks but after an improved performance against Port Vale that ended in a draw, Wellens said he believes the difference will be about speed of thought and movement.

““I would like our progress (in the final third) to be at a quicker rate. Our performance against Port Vale was very good, up until the final third.

“I want to build on the performance in terms of our control of possession in difficult conditions. We’ve looked at the forecast, and it looks like the wind won’t be there. That will help us.

“We want to build on last week’s performance in terms of our possession and control of the game.”

The Swindon boss confirmed that Michael Doughty would be out for this weekend, and probably the next, but confirmed the availability of Olly Lancashire after the birth of his child, and Canice Carroll who was not called up to the Ireland under-21 squad.

“The only doubt was Olly Lancashire because his wife has had a baby, congratulations to them both. But he started training on Friday, so he will be in the squad.

“Michael (Doughty) probably won’t be back until next week – we’re looking at 10 days or so.

“He’s progressed well and looks fit, he’s lost a bit of weight. When you get those kind of injuries, the most important thing is that it doesn’t reoccur again, we need to make sure he’s right because he is a big player and we have missed him.

“Canice (Carroll) is available, he’s trained all week. Ireland haven’t called him up, and he’s been doing well recently. It’s easy to forget he’s only 19. He’s progressing well and it looks like he’s going to be a good footballer, he’s learning the game all of the time. We’re happy with him.”


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