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16 March 2019

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Richie Wellens felt the same frustration as the fans as his side were held to a goalless draw by Port Vale at the Energy Check County Ground.

Despite dominating possession, Wellens’ side were made to settle for only a point on their return home after two consecutive defeats on the road.

The Swindon boss said his side were let down in the final third:

“I saw a team that was trying to play, trying to pass the ball and trying to be positive in very difficult conditions. I saw another team that, after 30 seconds, was time-wasting on goal-kicks, tried to break up the game at every opportunity. Even first half, I thought we moved the ball really well up until the final third where our forward players let us down.

“The amount of time we found a forward player in the number ten position, or in pockets of space on the half turn to find the final pass was a lot in the first half. We overhit the last pass but it’s difficult. It wasn’t ideal conditions but our forward -thinking players let us down today.

“We didn’t have enough shots or enough crosses for all our play and that was the frustrating thing.

Supporters at the County Ground voiced some discontent at the nature of the game, and Wellens shared their frustrations.

“I don’t think the supporters were unhappy about us moving the ball around – we moved it around well but when we’ve moved it around one side and we’ve sucked all their players across and we move it quickly to the other side, I think they want the ball put in the box – as I do.

“What we did today was to turn it down and go into the middle of the pitch and they’re set up in their banks again to defend against us. We have to pass it again to create chances to play through them.

“I think they were frustrated with the lack of efforts and shots – exactly the same frustrations as me. We moved the ball, dominated possession but I agree with them, we’d like more shots, crosses, more penalty-box infiltration.”

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