HEAD coach Luke Williams is well aware that one more slip-up could spell disaster for Swindon Town.
Williams’ side continue their battle to beat the drop in League One on Saturday when they host Scunthorpe United in their penultimate game of the campaign.
Defeat at the County Ground, coupled with a draw for fellow strugglers Bury at home to Northampton Town, would see Town relegated from the third tier with a game to spare.
After picking up just two points from their previous three games, Williams admits the clock is now ticking in Town’s survival bid and only victories in each of the final two games will do.
“There is no more room for error now. I think we would have to be very fortunate if there was any room for error,” said Williams, whose team finish their season away at Charlton Athletic in April 30.
“We know the challenge that is facing us and we are all trying to prepare ourselves mentally for that challenge and understand how serious a situation it is, as many of us have done all the way along.
“If there was anybody who it wasn’t completely clear to, I can’t imagine now that there is any grey area at all. We are all focussed on the job.
“I am sure there is much soul searching going on amongst the squad in their own private time and as a staff, it’s with us every waking minute.
“It’s a short period of time that could have a massive effect on the rest of your life.”
Town saw their four-game unbeaten streak ended in a late defeat at Walsall on Easter Monday and that has meant for a pretty flat atmosphere back at the County Ground since their return.
However, Williams has been impressed by the way his players have tried to lift themselves in the face adversity and he does not expect anyone to be feeling sorry for themselves when they take to the pitch against Scunthorpe.
“It was a sombre mood and my job is to try to set the tone,” said Williams.
“Often the players, if they have played two games in close succession, will be off the training pitch on their first day back in training but I felt it was better to have everybody at the training ground, even people that were sore and struggling.
“The staff were excellent, we tried to set the tone from the beginning to give everybody no excuse to be sulking anymore.
“It’s over, we have to lick our wounds and move on and I was very, very encouraged by the players’ response to us.
“They took the lead from us and by the end of the session, there was as very good feeling.”