SWINDON Town manager David Flitcroft believes his side’s ability to manage a game has improved despite going down to a narrow 1-0 defeat at Notts County on Tuesday night.

Town’s previous two defeats in League Two have come by heavy 3-0 and 4-1 scorelines, with Flitcroft feeling his side went all-out too early after going behind, resulting in further goals being conceded.

However, Swindon did not panic when Jon Stead gave County the lead from the penalty spot during the first half at Meadow Lane and the visitors continued to be patient in their attacking play, while also remaining resolute at the back.

Flitcroft did throw players forward in the closing stages as Swindon went in search of an equaliser and although it did not materialise, the Town boss was much happier with his side’s response in adversity.

“One thing we have learned as a team is to be more disciplined in chasing a game,” said Flitcroft.

“In the last 15 minutes it was 4-2-4 and it was aggressive and brave but we didn’t want to do that early doors and open ourselves up to going 2-0 down. There was a disciplined approach to the game.

“In the second half, the players and I felt that we had more than enough to get that goal, which I felt would have opened up to something else.

“We have tried to force the issue but with a disciplined approach.”

James Dunne missed the match at Notts County due to a sickness bug, with Flitcroft hoping he will recover in time for Saturday’s home game against Stevenage.

“We couldn’t have risked him. His game is about energy and endeavour and he was just depleted with his energy systems,” said Flitcroft.

“We possibly missed him. He is a driver in midfield, he has got a great enthusiasm but Matt Taylor and Timi Elsnik came in and did a stellar job in there and tried to get on the second balls and keep it ticking over.

“I think you do miss Dunney’s energy away from home and his presence, he is a very infectious character in the dressing room and around the hotel and on the pitch.”