FORMER Swindon Town defender Harry Toffolo admits the County Ground still has a place in his heart, following Lincoln City’s 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Toffolo had his first crack at first-team football in 2014 when joining Swindon Town on loan from Norwich City.

The 23-year-old made 28 appearances under Mark Cooper, scoring once, at Town finished fourth in the League One table before they lost out on promotion to the Championship after defeat to Preston North End in the play-off final at Wembley.

Despite spending time at clubs including Rotherham, Peterborough, Scunthorpe, Doncaster and Millwall since, Toffolo said he still keeps an eye on Town’s results.

He said: “It (the County Ground) feels a bit like home, it’s weird. It is nice, they gave me my first opportunity in the football league.

“I am very grateful for Lee Power and Mark Cooper, at the time.

“I am grateful to be back here. Nothing has really changed. It’s amazing. There are the same people here and it is really good to see some old faces.

“Swindon are a massive club. You look at the stadium.”

Despite Toffolo’s words of praise, Town were denied three points by the current League Two leaders.

Michael Doughty struck twice before a goalline clearance in the concluding minutes prevented Jak McCourt from reversing Town’s two-goal deficit into a one-goal lead – after the visitors had two men sent off.

Toffolo added: “To be fair to them they (Swindon) moved the ball very well in the first half. They are a good footballing side. They put a lot of pressure on us but it is one of those things.

“I’m gutted we conceded, that we conceded right at the end but it shows how well we did in the game.

“To go 2-0 up in those circumstances and to hang in for 40 minutes with nine men was phenomenal.

“I am proud to be part of this team. We kicked on when we had ten men. It was more of a siege mentality.”