SWINDON TOWN midfielder Jak McCourt says his team-mates must work on improving their final ball after drawing a blank for the third time in four games, following the 2-0 loss to Exeter City on New Year's Day.

Town recorded just one shot on target from their eight overall against the Grecians in a game where some encouraging build-up play was often curtailed by an overhit cross or an optimistic long-range effort.

McCourt was guilty of setting his sights from range too often without success – much to the annoyance of the Town faithful – but given the lack of success from strikers Elijah Adebayo and Marc Richards, he may well have felt compelled.

After the game, the 23-year-old said everyone in the changing room was upset with their underwhelming performance, but feels Town are making great strides under Richie Wellens.

The ex-Chesterfield man said Swindon were simply caught on a bad day against the Grecians and has already pin-pointed the key areas that his team-mates must improve if they are to start picking up wins again.

McCourt said: “We’re all disappointed, it’s a tough result to take because of the standards that we have set with the manager and as players. We fell short and we need to make sure that we put it right on Saturday (away at Macclesfield Town).

“If you look back at the game, we are getting into positions where we can score goals.

“We need to make sure that we’re putting the ball in the back of the net. If we got the first goal on Tuesday, I think it would’ve changed everything.

“It’s easier said than done, but we need to start scoring.

“When Exeter got the two-goal lead, it was hard to break them down. Before the goals, I thought we were getting into good areas. It’s our final delivery that we need to work on.”

Swindon head to Macclesfield looking for their first win at Moss Rose at the fourth attempt, having scored just once in three previous visits.

McCourt said the players will be prepared for Sol Campbell’s new side, but must quickly forget Tuesday’s defeat if they are to pick up their first win since December 8.

He said: “We know what we’re doing, and everyone knows their individual jobs as a team. I don’t think you can say we don’t know what to expect. We work on the opposition all week.

“Macclesfield is now a massive test. We need to make sure that we bounce back on Saturday and put things right with three points by putting this game behind us.”