MANAGER Phil Brown believes his offensive players will be fully of confidence following their goalscoring exploits against Plymouth Argyle.

Strikers Marc Richards, Keshi Anderson and Kaiyne Woolery all scored, while Scott Twine created numerous good opportunities for himself and was unlucky not to register on Tuesday at Home Park himself.

Richards got a much-needed goal having failed to find the back of the net in recent weeks, while Woolery marked his return from injury with a goal off the bench.

With three out of the four strikers getting their name on the scoresheet, Brown says they will have all taken something from the Checkatrade Trophy tie.

“I need for all the supporters to be on side with every individual and I don’t think anyone is throwing it away,” he said.

“When (lack of) confidence hits, and it can hit anyone at any time. It doesn’t matter if you’re 36-years-old that doesn’t mean you can’t lose confidence.

“They thrive on confidence. Kaiyne Woolery will get that because of his goal, Keshi will get that because of his goal, but more importantly Richards will get that.

“He has had to lead the line as the elder statesman and teach the younger lads how to play the game as well.

“There is a lot going on in Marc’s life. He’s got the coaching side of things, does he hang his hat up? Does he carry on? I think he has a lot more to offer.

“I don’t think he is anywhere near that at the moment and I was 35-year-old when I started doing what he was doing, and I played until I was 38.”

Further back in his team, Martin Smith also made a triumphant return to the starting XI after losing his place to James Dunne and Toumani Diagouraga.

His start at Home Park was his first in more than a month and the Swindon boss thinks he provided a decent account of his credentials.

“Smith is a great kid first and foremost. When we brought him in for pre-season, I liked what I witnessed,” he added.

“I thought his passing range was excellent, his mobility was good – he is a typical midfield player.

“I think asking him to play the number four role while Toumani was getting fit was a bit foreign to him.

“He wanted to be the number eight and we saw that on Tuesday. His range of passing is excellent and I want his range of passing, but I also want his accuracy.

“Only he can do that and Neil McDonald (assistant manager) has been working on that.

“If we can get his percentages up to the 80s and 90s in midfield then he is going to be noticed.

“There were a couple of balls that he knocked in. Woolery’s goal was from a Smith diagonal pass and it was a lovely pass.

“He picked the centre-half off with a lovely weight of ball and then Woolery put the chance away.

“Now he is up and running too so hopefully Smith can keep putting him in.”