CHARLIE Colkett thinks that team-mates Fankaty Dabo and Will Henry will brush off the errors that contributed to Swindon Town’s defeat the hands of Sheffield United on Tuesday night.
Colkett’s fellow Chelsea loanee Dabo, making just his seventh Town start, played a short back-pass that allowed Caolan Lavery to open the scoring and then, with Swindon having battled back to 2-2, keeper Henry, who was making only his fourth league appearance, also coughed up possession in a disastrous area, Jay O’Shea capitalising to notch the Blades’ third goal.
Swindon went on to lose 4-2 but midfielder Colkett, who is only 20-years-old himself, doesn’t believe that Dabo nor Henry will have their confidence gravely rocked by the disheartening moments they endured against League One’s table-toppers.
“I think as soon as things like that happen, you get each other in as soon as possible,” said Colkett.
“The skipper (Nathan Thompson) goes up to them and tells them where to be mentally, gets them back focussed.
“I think they both carried on their games brilliantly – it’s just a shame that those things happened on a day like that.
“Once you finally get your foot in the game and then something like that goes on, it’s about having the ability to dig deep again – 10 more minutes in the game; who knows what could have happened, but time ran out.”
The skilful Colkett was at least able to enjoy opening his Swindon account against United, firing an unstoppable effort into the top corner moments into the second period before Ben Gladwin also scored from range shortly afterwards.
The Chelsea academy product said: “I’ve been having a bit of banter with the lads about getting on the scoresheet and adding a few assists.
“I knew a goal was in me somewhere and it came at the right time but we just couldn’t go on to win the game.
“It sometimes takes someone to do something out of the ordinary and then Ben stepped up – that’s been due for Ben because he’s got that quality and it’s just a shame the momentum couldn’t carry on.”