FORWARD-THINKING players will change the complexion of games in League Two this season, according to Swindon Town left back Matt Taylor.

Town suffered their fourth consecutive winless result on Saturday when losing by two goals at St James’ Park against promotion chasing Exeter City.

Proven goalscorer Jayden Stockley was again on the scoresheet for the Grecians with Jonathan Forte also cashing in on Town’s lethargic defensive display as the Devon outfit recorded their eighth League Two win of the season.

With none of Town’s attacking players able to find a way past Grecians’ stopper Christy Pym, player-coach Taylor voiced some home truths in the aftermath of the latest defeat – one which dropped Phil Brown’s side into the bottom half of the table.

“Through my experience, the more forward-thinking players tend to make the difference,” said Taylor, who played in the Premier League for more than a decade with Portsmouth, Bolton and West Ham.

“And they make the difference through taking their chances and accepting that failure is a possibility, but also a success.

“I’m not going to pick individuals out, that would be wrong of me to do so. But as a team we didn’t make enough good decisions in the final third.

“Possession for me at times is irrelevant, because the goal is to try and put the ball in the opposition’s net, and I though Exeter did that well – they put the balls in the right areas and we didn’t.”

The 36-year-old also suggested poor decision-making in the final third is costing Town the opportunity to establish a foothold in games.

Marc Richards, Scott Twine, Keshi Anderson and Elijah Adebayo have all shown pockets of promise this season, but only six goals have resulted from that quartet’s efforts in more than 2,700 minutes of league game time.

Underlining the club’s philosophy that they win and lose together, the left-back did state players must be truthful with each other and focus on the task ahead.

He added: “This is no disrespect to any player at this level, but I think the reason – at times – why players are playing at this level is because of the decisions they make.

“It’s not because the players in the top league are stronger or quicker, but they make better decisions both on and off the ball.

“We can’t beat around the bush, we’ve got to be truthful with each other.

“You can coach as much as you want, but the manager can’t play for those men on the pitch.

“We made too many wrong decisions.

“Formations give you a structure, but ultimately we made the wrong decisions in the final third.

“If we’re going to give away goals, then we need to score them.

“There are a lot of things that need to be put right. We’ve got a full week before our next fixture and we expect everybody now to be down.”