ANDY Williams believes Swindon Town need to learn how to adapt to deal with teams hanging deep and waiting for their chance to pounce after they were dumped out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by Oxford last night.
Town held the lion’s share of possession for the majority of the game at the Kassam Stadium but, having failed to create a chance of any real note throughout 90 attritional minutes, fell victim to Alfie Potter’s 88th-minute strike as the U’s marched into round two.
Williams, who himself has yet to find the net for the Robins since his summer switch from Yeovil, stressed Swindon need to evolve as a team.
“The lads are gutted inside, I feel sorry for the fans as well – we brought a good gathering here and we dominated the game creating a few chances, we just didn’t take them,” he said. “We dominated possession without breaking through and I think we need to work a little bit better on breaking teams down.
“Teams seem to sit back now, they seem to know we’re going to dominate possession and unfortunately today we didn’t create the chances we needed to score the goals to win the game.
“It was the worst time to concede a goal right at the end but it was perfect for them.
“I felt during the game we were comfortable and it was more when we were going to score than if and unfortunately today the goal didn’t come and we got hit with a sucker-punch at the other end.
“The lads have done well all game and we haven’t given them a sniff. It’s just a lumped ball forward really and it’s created a chance for them and the lad’s taken it well. It’s just disappointing really.
“We wanted to progress in this competition, we wanted to do well and especially we wanted to beat our local rivals and we haven’t done any of the above so it’s disappointing – particularly after Preston.”
Williams admitted his own lack of goals is starting to bother him and, despite another committed effort at Oxford, the striker is desperate to find the net against Leyton Orient this weekend.
“I didn’t have too many chances on goal, I might have had a half chance when I ran through but I’d like to get a goal at the weekend, it’s getting a bit annoying now,” he said.
“I’ve been disappointed with my performances in the last two games and I think the gaffer will tell you that as well. When you’re not scoring as you would like you start to question your position in the team.
“I’ll just keep working hard, I’ll keep my head down and do the best I can for the team. I’m sure the goals will come.”