SWINDON Town head coach Luke Williams knows his side have a mountain to climb in their fight for survival despite salvaging a vital point against Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.
Williams admits Town’s form of late, two wins against high-flying Millwall and Fleetwood, followed by Saturday’s draw at the County Ground, secured by Jonathan Obika’s 91st-minute strike, would be good enough for promotion if they had maintained it from the start of the campaign.
However, just five wins in their opening 25 league games have left Swindon still three points off safety.
Keiran Agard’s 43rd-minute penalty gave the visitors the leas in a game where Town were forced to ride their luck at times and Williams joked that he had backed ‘The Great Escape’ in the Grand National shortly after the final whistle.
“If we performed and our results had been the same as they have been in the last three games all season we’re booking an open-top bus,” he said.
“We’ve given ourselves this terrible mountain to climb but what is pleasing is the boys are prepared to climb it, they are not shying away.
“They want to have a real go at it and give everything. There is every chance (we’ll need three wins out of the remaining four games).
“We’re up for the challenge and we’ll certainly give everything we possibly can to get there.
“We’ve gone to Fleetwood away, they are a good side in the division, Millwall came here with a good record in a good league position and we beat both sides and I have no doubt we can go on and win more games.”
Williams paid tribute to the supporters at the County Ground on Saturday, with the attendance swelled to just under 8,000 following campaigns by the club and the Adver’s NotDonYet initiative to back the team during the week.
“The response when we started to throw everybody forward was wonderful from them,’’ said Williams.
“I’m really grateful on behalf of myself and my staff, we really felt that. It was absolutely superb.
“I honestly can’t thank everybody enough. We really felt it and I felt like another two minutes and we would have scored the winner because I think the volume of the crowd would have pushed the ball over the line.
“I loved this campaign and I would like us to be pro-active more often and give as much as we possibly can to the fans to make it as easy for them to come here.’’ Centre-back Dion Conroy was forced off with a hamstring injury 15 minutes before the end but Williams is hopeful it may not be as bad as first feared.
“My own personal issue is perhaps there is a nerve issue because one minute it’s fine, the next minute, it’s a grade three hamstring and then he is fine again,” added Williams.
“I think often we get these symptoms from nerve problems. It can give you the side-effects of something far more serious.
“The medical side will ultimately decide what it is.
“If he is scanned and there is a tear in there or if the physios are able to establish what it is but I have my fingers crossed that it is nothing too serious.”