DAVID Flitcroft does not expect to see the effort and intensity from his Swindon Town squad drop tomorrow evening when they take to the field for their second pre-season friendly.

Flitcroft named a different XI in each half on Saturday as Town began their summer programme with a 7-1 win at Swindon Supermarine, with the new boss set to do likewise when they travel to Toolstation Western League side Melksham Town tomorrow night (7.30pm).

With Flitcroft focussing his early attentions on getting his ethos across to the Town squad, new tactical plans for group are only in their initial phases.

The 43-year-old understands that his players will show a bit of rustiness in terms of quality but the excuse cannot be offered over physical output.

“For the first 10 to 15 minutes on Saturday I felt our technical quality let us down but we have not even looked at any forward play yet because we have been trying to instil a mentality into the group,” said Flitcroft.

“I am seeing things and different connections and a group of lads that have never met each other before come together and that’s what will keep growing.

“The players from last season are committing to everything I have asked them to do and the new lads are driving that.

“Chris (Neville, performance coach) will study the data and will get back to us on. Sports science is good and I also gaze my eyes over it but what I saw was a fully committed performance.

“That’s what I will certainly try to promise the fans and that’s what I promised the chairman when I took the job that we will always have a committed performance. We certainly showed that in abundance on Saturday.”

Ellis Iandolo was the only member of Town’s senior squad to miss the Supermarine match, with the 19-year-old having undergone surgery on a groin injury last week.

However, Flitcroft does not expect the midfielder to be out for long and he could be back in full training as early as this week.

“The reaction has been really positive,” said Flitcroft.

“Tom (Holmes, physio) has been working with him and his physical output has been excellent. He has been having a lot of one-to-one work and done a lot of football work within that.

“The lad is in a good place now so we are going to have to ease him in with training time and training load. We are hoping, if everything falls into place, to have him on the training ground for three or three and a half weeks to get him up to a certain level.

“He’s a player that excites me. When I first got the job and I looked at the players we had, I was gutted that he wasn’t available for me from the first day.

“He is working hard behind the scenes to make sure he is with us over the next couple of weeks.”