SWINDON Town head coach Luke Williams admits he side rode their luck at times to clinch a 1-1 draw at home to Milton Keynes Dons and keep their survival hopes alive.
Williams conceded that there were periods of the game where they were ‘outplayed’ by Robbie Neilson’s side, as the woodwork came to the hosts’ rescue on three occasions.
Kieran Agard’s penalty in the 43rd minute gave MK the advantage at the break, a decision that Williams had few qualms about.
However, the goal meant that the Town boss was forced to change things around after the break, from a flat four at the back to three, with two wing-backs, and while Swindon went close themselves to levelling, gaps were exploited at the back by the visitors.
To the relief of Williams, who named the same starting XI for the third game on the trot, the breakthrough did come for his side in the 91st minute through Jonathan Obika, to make it three games without defeat at the most crucial time of the season.
“I think you can look at it two ways. At times, we rode our luck but then we did carve out some very good opportunities,” he said.
“It’s frustrating but probably, over the course of the 90 minutes, we should be pleased with a point.
“(MK Dons) are calm under pressure, they are composed and have got players that can run past you, players that can see a pass.
“We started very cagey, which is fantastic if you score first, if you score second, it is more difficult.
“The way we set up to play, it is similar to the Millwall and the Fleetwood games but I think Millwall rely on the front two to attack, Fleetwood rely a lot on the two wing-backs to attack and we defended well against both units in those games.
“This team attacks with far more players, it is far more difficult to keep them out.
“One mistake, a penalty, and now we’re chasing and playing cagey like that, it’s difficult.”
Obika remained calm and collected as he latched onto the loose ball in the dying stages of the game before driving into the box and dispatching with aplomb into the far corner past Lee Nicholls.
A goal that Williams said the 26-year-old deserved for his overall contribution to the side in recent weeks.
“It’s not his strongest foot but he hits it fantastically well,” he added.
“I’m sure Nicky wanted to push it in on the line, it’s Nicky’s nature but he let somebody else score for once and Jon deserves that because he carries so much on his shoulders for the team.
“He has to fight for so many aerial balls and make himself available for passes coming over a long distance, where defenders have got time to try to hit you and never stops running to try to press people.
“I think he deserves that.”