SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper feels that his side need to show their potency in front of goal as the new season draws closer.

The County Ground side have enjoyed a great deal of possession during their pre-season friendlies but without the creativity of play-maker Alex Pritchard, who spent last season on loan at SN1 from Spurs, they have struggled to set-up a number of chances.

But with more than a week until Scunthorpe United arrive in town, Cooper feels that there is still plenty of time to sort that problem out.

“We need to keep working and working hard,” the manager said. “We have to make sure that we are a threat at one end of the pitch and a little bit tighter at the other end.

“We have got defenders that can keep the ball. I know people will say that there is no threat, but we have to try and keep the ball.

“We had a lot of possession again (against Leeds United), but we need to work on being a little more potent and making the most of that possession, of course, we do, but we have still got 10 days to work on that.

“We haven’t got anyone as creative as Alex, so we have to maybe look at doing it differently unless we can get one in.”

On the strike partnership of Michael Smith and Andy Williams, the Robins chief said: “They are very similar, so we have got work to do as a partnership with them.”