A LACK of behaviour, attitude and professionalism in the build-up to Swindon Town’s clash at home Yeovil Town at the weekend dropped goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux out of the team sheet, manager Richie Wellens has said.

Vigouroux, who returned from international duty with Chile 11 days ago, has lost his place as Town’s number one stopper to Luke McCormick for the second time this season.

Having trained twice with Town in the last fortnight, Wellens was disappointed to learn late on Thursday night that Vigouroux had a funeral to attend on Friday – ruling him out of training the day before the Glovers’ visit to the Enery Check County Ground.

Wellens paid his respects to Vigouroux’s loss, but expressed his disappointed in the 25-year-old’s lack of professionalism – the main reason for his absence from the matchday squad altogether as Town’s latest League Two contest ended in a 1-1 draw.

“I only found out about the funeral on Thursday night at 9.30pm,” said Wellens.

“If he’s lost someone that is close to him, then I pay my respects to him and whoever it may be.

“But, for me, there is a lack of professionalism about getting a text message at 9.37pm on a Thursday evening. We’ve all been to funerals and know two weeks in advance when a funeral is.

“I want him to respond in the right way, I want his character to be good. If it’s not, then he won’t be anywhere near the first-team squad.

“If you don’t train the day before the game, then it’s very difficult for me to select him.

“It also helped me in terms of having a youth player on the bench, I decided the youth player was going to be the goalkeeper (Archie Matthews). Luke had done well, and he deserved to stay in.”

It would appear Vigouroux can count himself fortunate if included in tomorrow’s squad to face Newport County – a game which increased in importance after Yeovil’s Adel Gafaiti netted in injury time to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat on Saturday.

Second-year scholar Archie Matthews could once again find himself on the bench if Vigouroux fails to win over Wellens, or displays the wrong levels of application to his pre-match commitments.

Wellens said: “I wouldn’t say Archie is ahead of Lawrence.

“We’ll have to wait. Players can play their way out of my thinking due to their attitude or behaviour.

“Sometimes the squad picks itself. We’ll be in training on Monday, and if he decides to come into training and he trains properly with a good attitude, then there is every chance he’ll be on the bench.”