SWINDON Town manager David Flitcroft admits the stop-start nature to his side’s early-season form has shown him that more time is needed before they can claim to be the finished article.

Flitcroft oversaw a dramatic overhaul of the Town squad this summer, having taken over at the County Ground in the wake of the team’s relegation to League Two.

Supporters can largely feel upbeat about how the new-look side have fared early on as they are just two points below the play-off places after the opening 12 league games.

However, Town have been consistently inconsistent, stringing together consecutive wins just once while of those 12 league fixtures, they boast a record of six victories and five defeats.

In the wake of the most recent of those losses – a painful late 2-1 reverse at Cheltenham Town on Saturday – Flitcroft conceded that Swindon were still a work in progress as he continues to try to get his principles fully ingrained with the squad.

“We are trying to drive a lot of things forward – a new attitude and a new way of trying to do things. Ninety per cent of the players and staff are really on board with that,” said Flitcroft.

“We are trying to turn around a lack of momentum at the club and it might just take a bit longer than I envisaged.

“We will keep plugging away, I have got a firm belief that we will get it right and make sure we turn those draws into wins and losses into draws.

“It might take longer than I ever envisaged to make sure we turn the culture into one that is positive, one that is very respectful towards each other and towards match officials and one that is very disciplined on and off the pitch.

“I am giving it everything I have got to make sure we do change that culture because it needs changing.

“We have made big strides but sometimes you don’t get that momentum you want and that traction.

“I want to put those four or five wins in a row on the board and this team is capable of doing that but we didn’t do that at the weekend.”

Timi Elsnik was scheduled to rejoin training with Town yesterday after missing the last two matches with a groin injury, although there is no date yet for Chris Hussey to return following a groin problem of his own.