WINGER Raffa De Vita believes Town could live to regret two ‘tragic’ dropped points after only managing a 1-1 draw with bottom side Hartlepool on Saturday.

Former Robin Andy Monkhouse grabbed a second-half equaliser after Simon Ferry had given Town the lead, and try as they might Paolo Di Canio’s side couldn’t find a winner before time ran out.

Three points would have taken Swindon top of League One, and even though a number of promotion rivals also slipped up over the weekend, De Vita believes the result could prove costly.

“I think we will have massive regrets about this, especially with other teams dropping points too,” he said. “It’s tragic for us really.

“It doesn’t matter if we keep having chances if we don’t put them away, we need to do more.

“Another team would have finished the game off earlier or even managed to win 1-0, because you need to do that sometimes, but we haven’t done that many times either this season or last season, which is very disappointing.

“Looking at the table now is really hard to take because we could have gone top, and from now until the end of season all of the teams will keep dropping points, but we need to stop doing it too.”

Hartlepool keeper Scott Flinders kept his side in the game with a string of impressive saves at the start of the second half, but De Vita believes the Town players should have made it impossible for him to keep the ball out of the net with better finishing.

“The keeper made a few great saves at the start of the second half, but we come across a lot of good keepers,” he added.

“If the finishing is good there is no chance for them, and we should have scored more.”

De Vita was impressed with the way the visitors came to the County Ground and looked to pass the ball, especially considering their perilous position.

“I think they tried to pass it and you don’t see that often at the County Ground,” he said.