AMINE Linganzi had no problem with his spell out of the Swindon Town side and believes moments of adversity like that are what fuels his fire to improve.

Midfielder Linganzi was one of Town manager David Flitcroft’s earliest summer signings after arriving at the County Ground from reigning League Two champions Portsmouth on a free transfer.

The Congo-born player was thrust straight into the limelight for his new club and was named in the starting line-up for Swindon’s first five league fixtures.

However, he then found himself on the bench in the wake of Timi Elsnik’s arrival on loan from Championship side Derby County on transfer deadline day at the end of August.

An injury to the Rams youngster saw Linganzi restored to the XI for last weekend’s home clash against Cambridge United and he responded with a battling performance in the middle of the park as Town claimed a 2-0 triumph.

Linganzi concedes he has not yet hit top form since his switch to Swindon and is well aware that no player is guaranteed a starting berth under Flitcroft.

“I am feeling okay (about my own season),” said Linganzi, who played 23 times for Pompey in all competitions during their title-winning campaign.

“I haven’t played the last three or four games so it was a bit tough for me but if you want to be better, you have to have a difficult time.

“Being patient is key and my performances were not that high so I don’t think I was deserving to play the games, if I am honest.

“I just kept going and I got my chance to respond.”

Town will look to follow up their victory over Cambridge with a further three points when they travel to Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Flitcroft’s troops have excelled on the road so far in 2017-18, picking up 12 of a possible 15 points away from SN1.

Superb travelling support has been a feature of Town’s away jaunts this season, started off by more than 800 fans making the trip to Carlisle United on the opening day.

With just 30 miles separating Cheltenham’s Whaddon Road home from the County Ground and West Country bragging rights on offer as well, that pattern is sure to continue on Saturday and Linganzi thinks it could make all the difference.

“To have that support is really important as we are realising we are not playing just for ourselves or our families,” said 27-year-old Linganzi.

“People are paying to see us and we have to be thankful for them and try to put in a good performance on the pitch.”