LOANEE Canice Carroll admits grinding out a win might be necessary this weekend as Swindon Town look to add to the current feel-good factor by beating fellow play-off hopefuls Carlisle United.

Carroll, 20, netted his first goal in a Swindon shirt last weekend as Richie Wellens’ side moved to within four points of the play-off frame by beating Colchester United 3-0 at home.

Couple that with Town’s purple patch of form in the build-up to last weekend and the mid-week announcement regarding the County Ground freehold’s joint purchase with the Supporters’ Trust, there is a certain buzz in the air at SN1.

But ensuring the good times keep coming won’t be easy when facing ninth-placed Carlisle this weekend, and Carroll admits a mentality similar to Town’s approach against Colchester must be adopted.

He said: “We’ve got to have the same mentally as we did against Colchester.

“I haven’t seen their (Carlisle’s) pitch. But if it’s not like the County Ground, then we have to do what we did at Macclesfield and grind out a win by staying in the game.

“With the quality we have got in the forwards, we are always going to go forward and create chances.

“It’s a massive game.”

Carroll joined the club on loan from Championship side Brentford until the end of the season at the start of the January transfer window – making eight appearances since.

After a poor performance against Crawley Town – Carroll has stabilised his role in the midfield and proved capable of advancing forward when swapping his usual holding role with Jak McCourt six days ago.

Town’s familiar system is now starting to benefit the club’s results, something that doesn’t come as a surprise to the Irishman.

He said: “All the lads are used to our system now, we work on it in training all the time.

“The manager, Noel Hunt (assistant) and Peter Shirtliff (first-team coach) go through it all the time, and if we have questions to ask they make sure they’re there for us.

“It’s good for us to have that knowledge of the system.”

Town’s play-off credentials remain just as realistic now as they were when Carroll first linked up at SN1, according to the youngster.

It’s a clear sign that Carroll – and his team-mates – are failing to get ahead of themselves in their search for a top-seven spot.

“For me, I came in January and still saw the club’s position as not a million miles off (from the play-off positions),” said Carroll.

“And that goes to show in our recent results.

“We’re taking every game as it comes, and we’ll go to Carlisle and put in a good shift and see what we can get from there.”