SWINDON Town head coach Luke Williams admits he used his team’s last game of the season to run the rule over players who may feature at the County Ground next season.
Williams named an inexperienced team for the clash at The Valley with Will Henry, Jesse Starkey and Scott Twine all getting minutes on the pitch.
Having already been consigned to a season in the fourth tier of English football Williams saw no reason why he couldn’t begin preparations for that season already.
“Obviously to us the points didn’t matter but I think the idea for us was to try and have a look at some players who are potentially going to be involved next season,” said the Swindon chief.
“I don’t want to talk too much about people’s individual performances but for sure, we have seen some positive things.
“We also had some things which we need to work on.”
While he thinks there were good and bad points to draw from the game, Williams also acknowledged it was a difficult environment for some players to play in.
Starkey, who is one of the few players to be contracted to the club next season was forced to make his debut In front of more than 10,000 fans at the Valley .
Not only was there a large crowd, they were also protesting about their owner, Roland Duchâtelet.
This only added to the difficulty, according to Williams, who was impressed by what the former Brighton and Hove Albion man did before being substituted in the second half.
“It’s a tough place for him (Starkey) to come and make his debut,” added Williams.
“I think overall he should be pleased with what he has done. We will watch the game back and then we will be able assess properly what we think of the performance.”