Richie Wellens said his side can go into their fixture against Carlisle with ‘nothing to lose’.
Wellens’ side are on a positive run of form – unbeaten in their last five whereas their opposition are winless in the same amount of games.
The last time the two clubs played, back in November, Carlisle ran away 4-0 winners at the County Ground in the Swindon boss’ first game in charge.
Wellens reflected on his time in charge since that day:
“I think the points-per-game has been the most satisfying thing because if you’d offered me that after being beaten 4-0 at home, I would have absolutely snapped your hand off.
“The players have responded well and taken on board loads and loads of stuff. They have a new manager, a lot of new players, some really good players – they reached fourth at one stage and it’s an opportunity for us to go and win the game.
“We have nothing to lose – we’ve never been in the play-offs. I don’t think, at any point this year, we’ve said we can definitely get promoted this year. Carlisle have been in the play-offs, been in and around the automatics, but now they’re in amongst it below it and there’s pressure there.”
After the news broke this week that Swindon, alongside its supporters, had agreed a deal in principle to buy the County Ground from Swindon Borough Council, Wellens gave his opinion on a fantastic day for the club:
“It’s a brilliant idea – it’s fantastic. The big thing is that the ground belongs to the club and its supporters.
“It gives the people involved the opportunity to invest in the land around it and it can make revenue all year round. That’s important because other clubs have gone that way and are making money that can be put into the football side of things.
“Swindon, as a community, football is a massive part of that, especially for the young kids growing up so I think it’s right that we should own our own football ground.”