SWINDON Town’s crushing four-goal loss against Chelsea U21s dented the club’s pride and confidence, according to manager Phil Brown.

Brown’s men conceded twice in both halves on Tuesday night as Chelsea’s youngsters romped to a comfortable four-goal win.

The game saw Brown make seven changes, but he was largely unimpressed by his side’s approach and looks set to make few – if any – team changes on Saturday.

He said: “The tournament served its purpose for Chelsea, but all it’s done for me is dent the pride, ego and confidence.

“But we’ll continue now to work hard for Lincoln.

“It was hurting me on the touchline - I was really looking forward to watching my team play.

“We just didn’t get going when the first goal went in and that was quickly followed by the second. Young lads then came to the party and confidence levels grew.

“They have some wonderful players in their U21 squad, but even they can’t get into the Chelsea team. That just shows you how far away we are from the Premier League.”

After losing three players to Tuesday’s game through injury, Brown revealed he’s hopeful of adding one, possibly two, players to the squad before today’s 5pm transfer window deadline.

Kyle Knoyle limped off the field with a suspected hamstring injury after only 19 minutes of play while Jordan Young was also forced off after landing awkwardly in the moments after contesting for the ball.

Jak McCourt was the other player to leave the field with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

It means Town could be without a genuine right-back for Saturday’s trip to Lincoln, unless Brown drafts in a fresh face to fill the possible void left by Knoyle.

“I’m still looking to get one in defensively – the chairman is aware of that and we’ve been working hard to get one if not two in before Saturday,” said Brown.

“Managers are always screaming from the highest rooftops about the size of squads and the right for team places.

“But players had the chance to earn their right to play at Lincoln during Tuesday’s game, and I think there are only one or two that put their case forward.

“However I’m delighted that Dion (Conroy) got another 90 minutes under his belt.”