CENTRAL defender Dion Conroy admitted it took time to adjust to Forest Green Rovers’ attacking threat on Tuesday night, before a relatively convincing defensive display resulted in Swindon Town recording their 10th clean sheet of the season.

Conroy made his eighth appearance in red since manager Richie Wellens accepted the job in November as Town climbed into League Two’s top 10 – now sitting just five points short of the play-off frame.

Five days ago, it was possible for Forest Green to establish a 17-point gap between themselves and Town.

But, such is the inconsistency associated with League Two, Town have recorded timely wins against Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons – also promotion hopefuls – to reignite the play-off spark that had been missing from the Energy Check County Ground for a considerable length of time.

“Every game in this league is hard. We’ve now beaten MK Dons and Forest Green, both of those teams are good passing sides,” said Conroy.

“We’ve used our pace up top to our advantage.

“We’ve shown good form all season, we’ve just lacked being able to put the ball in the back of the net.

“Hopefully we can keep this run of form going and establish a winning streak to help us climb the table.”

Despite the constant threat from Rovers’ attacking pair in Christian Doidge and George Williams, expert goalkeeping from Lawrence Vigouroux, coupled with the occasional late interception from a resolute back four, denied Mark Cooper’s side any points.

Conroy identified Forest Green’s main weakness as their inability to remain structured in defence once Town had regained possession.

And it was this trait – according to the 23-year-old – that helped Town create both build-ups which led to goals for Kaiyne Woolery and Theo Robinson, who scored on his home debut.

He said: “They (Forest Green) played unbelievable football, and it took us 15 minutes to work out how to defend against their style of play.

“But, we shut up shop really well and got our frontmen on the counter attack well.

“The two goals were incredible, Kaiyne’s finish was unbelievable. The clean sheet was massive.

“The manager can only do so much, we’ve got to recognise our achievements as players.

“Forest Green are a good passing side. When they played, we sat deep.

“And when we won possession, they were exposed – which allowed us to use the pace of Kaiyne and Keshi (Anderson).”