ADAPTABILITY was the order of the day at the County Ground for Luke Williams’ Town side.
Having witnessed the 4-4-2 formation, with a narrow diamond work so well to nullify a direct Millwall, before shutting down the wing-backs of Fleetwood Town, Williams stuck with the same formation for the arrival of MK Dons.
As at Highbury the week prior, there was a slight tweak to the line-up for the differing challenges that Robbie Neilson’s side posed.
This time, it was Charlie Colkett in a slightly deeper role, to address the number of bodies which MK Dons attack with.
Like against Fleetwood, the narrow four in midfield clogged up the central area and as a result, it was another cagey start to the game.
Opposite number Neilson showed his managerial nous as he soon found a way to exploit Town’s narrow midfield, with the likes of George Baldock exploiting the extra space afforded him.
The pressure eventually told when Ben Reeves was brought down in the box and unlike weeks gone by, Town had conceded and had conceded first.
Needing to get a point from the game as an absolute minimum, it sparked a change at the break.
At the press conference before the Millwall game, Williams said he was looking for a formation that could provide flexibility without having to change things from the bench, although that had not been required in the subsequent two games.
On Saturday, Williams moved Nathan Thompson into the centre of a central three, and Conor Thomas, who has personified adaptability this season, switched to wing-back.
The move freed up Colkett as a more creative influence and the extra space in midfield.
While this helped Town going forward, it also saw a return of some large holes at the back.
Swindon were forced to ride their luck but, unlike earlier this season, fortune favoured them and Jonathan Obika levelled.
With just four games to go, that ability to change will be key as they will face a multitude of different challenges from sides with differing agendas at the end of a long season.