ALL out attack may not necessarily be the answer for Luke Williams as he best plots his final moves in Swindon Town’s battle to beat the drop in League One.
With Town currently three points off safety with two games to go, it is likely that they will need to win both of their final matches to survive.
That quest starts at home to Scunthorpe United on Saturday and Williams knows he must find a solution to his side’s goal recent drought, with Town having scored just once in their last three games.
However, Williams does not necessarily believe that a gung-ho approach is the best policy, and he will carefully consider all options before coming up with the game plan he feels is best suited to beat the Iron.
“I have tried to look at a few different options that potentially give us more going forward, without losing too much defensive shape and cover,” said Williams.
“This group of players have been able to create dozens of chances in games and still not been able to get over the line with a victory often enough.
“It is always a balancing act for me to know how many players to commit forward, how high to place the team, whether to concentrate more on counter-attacking or build-up approach.
“There’s many different things to think about. That’s my job and that’s what I spend all of my waking hours doing, trying to find answers to problems.”
Town currently boast worse goal difference than the side immediately above the drop zone – Bury.
Therefore, even a win over Scunny and defeats for the Shakers and fellow strugglers Port Vale at the weekend may not be enough to lift Town out of the drop zone.
Williams knows his side’s fate could be decided on goal difference but he has urged caution to those expecting Town to immediately go for the jugular against the Iron.
“To score five goals but to concede four is as good as a 1-0 win for us,” said Williams.
“We have to have balance, we have to remain calm even under the pressure we are under.
“Many things often feel that there is a simple solution for – a quick fix. That type of approach is often the wrong one and then you are looking back and thinking that perhaps you shouldn’t have done this or that.
“I am trying to anticipate what the future is going to bring and try to come up with a calculated approach to these last two games.”