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13 October 2019

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Richie Wellens hailed the strength and character of his side as they fought to a 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle.

Before the match, the Robins had lost three consecutive matches, including a 3-0 home defeat to Plymouth in the English Football League Trophy last Tuesday.

Town had also lost their last three consecutive home games in all competitions losing to Colchester United, Newport County and Plymouth Argyle.

“We showed fight, we showed spirit and sometimes in circumstances that we’re in (replying to a question on injuries), that’s all you can do,” said Wellens. 

 “When you’re in a bit of a rut like we’ve been, the important thing to do is stay organised and I think we did that today.

 “Today we deserved a point, we could’ve gone 2-0 up and we had chances at the end, but fair play to them (Plymouth Argyle) their substitutes were very good.”

A highly-intense first-half saw Eoin Doyle dink the Plymouth goalkeeper, to score his 8th league goal of the season and put the home side in front.

The striker finished off a lighting fast counter-attack involving Keshi Anderson and Jerry Yates, the latter finding Doyle with an eye of the needle pass between the Argyle defenders.

However, Plymouth dominated the second-half and enjoyed a large portion of possession.

Despite the Town defenders and goalkeeper putting their bodies on the line to resist wave after wave of Argyle attacks, the away side equalised on 76 minutes.

Joel Grant found himself with space behind the Town back four and made no mistake when face one on one with Steven Benda.

Wellens believes that the away side had more legs going into the second-half.

 “I thought first half we were outstanding,” said the Swindon manager.

“The reason why we haven’t got three points is because of energy.

 “We just did not have that counter-attacking energy speed too get them in the second half, but I’m really please.”

“Once our energy filtered out, they started playing in little pockets and started causing us problems, because when you have to twist and turn your body all the time, you will get a little bit tired.”

“Fair play to the players, because I think it was a really good performance.”

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