THE training ground grind will continue for Swindon Town following last night’s woeful performance against Cambridge United at the Energy Check County Ground as two early goals extended their winless run in League Two to a sixth game.

Reggie Lambe put Joe Dunne’s men ahead on 10 minutes and Town’s mountain to climb doubled in size just a minute later when Jevani Brown capitalised on another error to gift Cambridge an early two-goal lead.

While Town’s shot count shadowed over Cambridge’s efforts, the hosts were denied by a series of blocked crosses and ambitious long-range strikes – with manager Phil Brown admitting confidence in the camp has hit a low.

He said: “We’ve got to keep going, that’s all we can do.

“Confidence is low with regards to results – whether it’s playing at the County Ground or away from home, I don’t know.

“But we’ve got to keep going and working hard on the training ground. The finishing has to improve – of course it does.

“That chances that we create – for me – opposition teams seem to be taking and we can’t. We had 20 shots and the goalkeeper only made a save on four or five occasions.

“They had 10 blocks, though, so they put their bodies on the line.

“We’re getting to that final third, but the conversion rate is not high enough.”

A proportion of the 5,800 Town fans remained stood in the grandstand following the final whistle, largely greeting players with boos and voices of discontent over the performance they witnessed.

The result dropped Town into the bottom half of the table, and Brown conceded his side cannot continue to live by the club’s 3-2 wins at home Macclesfield Town and Tranmere Rovers earlier in the season.

“We try to play a certain way and prepare the team against an opposition that have come to get something from the game draw wise,” said Brown.

“We gifted them two goals. I can complain about offsides and penalties, but when you start a game the way we started then you give yourself a mountain to climb – we’ve done it before.

“The 3-2 results we had at the start of the season will not always happen. I’ve questioned every player and I don’t think there’s one player that isn’t trying.

“Not one of them is not playing for the badge or the shirt. That includes the players that are coming off the bench or sitting in the stand, the collective group in their still seems quite tight.

“But we can’t start games the way we started that one.

“When you’ve given them a goal and gifted them a second goal, teams will get men behind the ball.

“Cambridge came here with a game plan, and they didn’t have to work hard to go two goals up.

“No team can afford to start games like that, especially when the strikeforce are struggling.”