A GREAT win against Accrington Stanley was overshadowed by a disappointing season that will see Swindon Town remain in League Two next year.

That was the message from Swindon Town boss Phil Brown after goals from Marc Richards, Keshi Anderson and Paul Mullin dampened Accrington Stanley’s final day celebrations as Town recorded their biggest win since the turn of the year.

The three-goal win had no major voice in the final standings though as Swindon finished the season ninth - seven points off the pace of Lincoln City, who bagged the final play-off spot.

And after failing to reach his ‘long-term’ goal as Swindon boss by booking a play-off spot, Brown remains oblivious regarding his future at the club.

He said: “The result was very pleasing.

“The team have only seen the horrible side of me, we’ve drawn games that we should be winning and we’ve lost games that we should be getting something from.

“I mentioned that to the players.

“What I inherited was a team that either won or lost, there was nothing in the middle.

“I had to attached something to the middle, and that middle for me is the basics of the individuals and the manager. It’s took 10 games to get those basics over.

“Having said that the games that we did draw there was only one that we deserved to not get something from, and that was against Crawley.

“All in all it’s a great end to a disappointing season, and where that stands me on Tuesday I have no idea.”

Brown spoke of his admiration for Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman in the build up to today’s game and welcomed the idea of a guard of honour ahead of kick-off.

The idea became reality as Accrington – reportedly on the lowest budget of any side in the division – celebrated promotion to League One after being crowned champions last week.

And Brown hopes watching a side earn such praise can inspire his team to success next season.

“I thought we were classy in our preparation for the game in terms of the guard of honour,” said Brown.

“The trophy was in town, it’s nice to get that close to the trophy and hopefully it gives the players a bit of hunger for next year with regards to getting the second division trophy.

“It’s a magnificent achievement for any team to win a title, let alone Accrington Stanley on a small budget.

“John (Coleman) has worked miracles and deserves every plaudit he gets, including the guard of honour.

“But after that it was a case of getting down to business and taking them on.

“Stuart Moore pulled off a couple of brilliant saves that kept us in the game and we had a bit of class and quality that I’ve been asking for.

“We relaxed in front of goal, how many times have we seen the chances we took today get blocked or go wide in the 10 games I’ve been here.

“We changed the formation. Playing three up front worked and they all got goals, it’s nice to finish the season on that note.

“But there’s too much to look back on.

“I didn’t get enough points in the 10 games.”