HEAD coach Luke Williams believes the point gained in Good Friday’s goalless draw at home to AFC Wimbledon has made Swindon Town the masters of their own destiny in their League One survival fight.
The stalemate at the County Ground saw Town stretch their current unbeaten run to four games, with eight points garnered in that time.
Victory over the Dons would have seen Swindon climb above the dreaded dotted line, so although it is an opportunity missed as they remain in the bottom four, they are now just two points off safety.
A win over Walsall on Easter Monday, coupled with results elsewhere going their way, would therefore see Town move out of the relegation zone and that has given Williams plenty of reason to further believe his side can pull off the great escape.
“We were in striking distance today of drawing level on points with people. We are in striking distance now of getting outside the bottom four,” said Williams.
“We have to look at the positive and our destiny is in our own hands now, we can take the points necessary to make it almost certain that we will get out of the bottom four.
“We’re one strike away from two more incredibly valuable points. It’s also four games we have not lost and we have conceded one goal in those four games.
“We should be feeling more confident about ourselves, we should feel that we have got every chance of going and winning two or three games that we have got left.
“We’ve conceded one goal in four games and that’s good going by anyone’s standards. We now need to add a few goals into the mix and all of a sudden, we start to feel very, very good about ourselves and start to believe in ourselves more and more.”
Town were the more adventurous side against the Dons but never truly looked like carving out that one-gilt edged chance to snatch all three points, a fact that left Williams feeling slightly frustrated.
However, it could have been a lot worse for Town had goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux not pulled off a fine one-on-one save from Jake Reeves in the dying minutes.
"We didn’t create enough and what bits we did create, we didn’t manage to score, it’s as simple as that," said Williams.
"We played in a similar way to how we have played in the last four games, to be defensive more than be really attacking and leave ourselves wide open at the back.
"It’s great if you score but it is much more difficult to create things in that manner.
"Then at the end, when we start to put more players forward as we worked on a Plan B in the week to try to tilt the balance and be more aggressive, we leave a one-on-one and have to rely on Lawrence to get us out of trouble.
"That is the gamble we take because we are not able to put a lot of players forward and still be secure at the back."