DROPPED points against ‘mediocre’ opposition could ultimately be the factor to condemn Swindon Town this season, admits head coach Luke Williams.
In a frank assessment of his own performance during the campaign, Williams has conceded that he has failed to find the reason why his side have failed to pick up points from more winnable games.
On Saturday, Swindon battled back to claim a vital point against in-form Milton Keynes Dons, following up impressive wins over Millwall and Fleetwood Town, who both occupy top-six spots in League One, to keep their slim survival hopes alive.
However, with Town still three points adrift from the all-important dotted saftey line with just four games remaining, Williams is frustrated that his side could not mimic their current form against lower opposition like Chesterfield and Port Vale last month to claim wins that may have seen them safe by now.
“I wish I could tell you the answer,” he said when the question was put to him on why his side have struggled against the lesser teams.
“I watch my team dominate Oldham – it’s hard to dominate more when the opposition don’t even hit the target once in 90 minutes and you fail to win when you’ve had 18 chances on target and 26 near misses.
“I’m not good enough at the moment to be able to find the missing ingredient for why we can’t beat Chesterfield, why we can’t beat Oldham, why we can’t beat Port Vale, because I think we did enough to win that game as well.
“I don’t want to look back too much further than that because there are many games where we so narrowly missed out on chances to score.
“The last 15 minutes at Bradford, we looked comfortable up until that point against a really, really good team.
“To come back to 2-2 with the crowd behind us against Sheffield United and then we can’t find (the winner).
“I need to be better, I need to find the right thing to do, the right tactical move to make, the right word to say, whatever it is.
“There have been too many near-misses.
“If we performed to the level (against MK Dons), with all respect to everybody, against more mediocre opposition, we’re absolutely fine but too many things are missing.”