SWINDON Town attacker Scott Twine played down hype surrounding his importance to the team and says he does not see himself as the hero that will lead his boyhood club to safety.

The 21-year-old was responding to claims that a series of influential performances from him will help Swindon survive in League One this season after another goal upon his return from a loan spell at Newport County.

Twine’s free-kick against Northampton Town on Saturday was his third since coming back from South Wales, and his second in three games as Swindon seemed to have turned a corner in terms of results.

But the Swindon-born attacker was keen to stress it is too simple to say the turnaround in form has arrived as a result of his performances alone.

When asked if Twine was relishing the role of being a hero to fans of his boyhood club, he said: “I just see myself as a part of a team that is hoping to stay up.

“We’re definitely good enough to stay up, and we’ve had a good past three games. Hopefully, we can continue this kind of form and we do stay up.”

The 21-year-old’s most recent strike was a superb free-kick against Northampton at a time where his team needed something special to kickstart a potential comeback.

After failing to convert in a handful of games prior to the goal, Twine revealed he almost lost the chance as his teammates queued up behind to take over.

Reflecting on his set-piece goal, Twine said: “A few players made a joke about wanting a go too, and that if I didn’t score I’d be off free-kicks. Hopefully that goal keeps me taking them for a little while longer.

“Ones like that around the edge of the box, I’m just trying to get the ball up and down quickly, so it’s all about getting dip.

“When it’s a bit further out, I try to get some movement on it – so hopefully it’s a bit more unpredictable and not as consistent.”

Meanwhile, the ever-cheerful Town man was asked to give his thoughts on missing out on January's goal of the month award.

Twine said he felt his long-range rocket was the deserved winner and that leaving the vote to be decided on Twitter means anyone can win.

He said: "It would have been nice to win it. Personally, I thought my goal was the best one, but maybe I’m a little biased.

"It is what it is, and when it’s up to a vote on Twitter anything can happen. I’m not sure quite what happened, but as long as it stays by the Twitter vote, anyone can win."