SUPPORT and encouragement displayed by Swindon Town’s away following has been praised by manager Phil Brown, who is now seeking to fulfil a similar atmosphere at the club’s home fixtures.

Town are without a home League Two win since August 18, when Brown’s men came from behind to defeat Tranmere Rovers 3-2 in the club’s third league fixture of the season.

Since then, three wins away from home have occurred at Morecambe, Yeovil Town and – most recently – Notts County.

Support and positive energy from away fans have consequently been praised by Brown, who now hopes that attitude and approach by the paying public can be translated into the stands at the Energy Check County Ground.

Brown said: “Even when we went a goal behind (against Notts County), the grumbles that you get at the County Ground cannot be heard away from home – I don’t know why.

“I thought the crowd across the far side were magnificent all the way through.

“You don’t have to question commitment from these players, I’ve got to tip my hat off to them.

“They’ve gone through the mill, and they’re playing for a big club. Pressure comes with playing for Swindon Town.

“We get all of that, all we want is a level of support that will get behind the team.

“Sid (Nelson) being involved in a physical encounter is not news to us. He’s played with a dislocated shoulder and carried on before.”

The 59-year-old Town boss did accept that the club’s home form must become something to be proud of, though, and hopes that Saturday’s win at Meadow Lane can inspire further performances at Colchester United this weekend and for Town’s home FA Cup first round tie against York City a week later.

Improving his squad’s ability to make the most of their chances is therefore high on Brown’s ‘to do’ list as the manager looks to end a home goal drought that stretches back to October 6.

He said: “There are a lot of people that have heaped praise on the way the team is playing football.

“They’re playing good football, they’re playing the right kind of football and different from last year.

“You’ve got to win games, though. The way you play doesn’t really matter.

“Saturday was about second balls and regains, we were more on the front foot – and that came from the training session on Thursday and Friday.”