SWINDON Town boss Richie Wellens could be nothing but proud of his team after they dominated the majority of Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw away at fellow League Two play-off chasers Newport County at Rodney Parade.

Town were forced to defend their box for much of the opening 15 minutes, but after they were allowed to grow into the game, Wellens’ side showed their quality and had the better of the chances.

Dion Conroy forced an incredible double save from County stopper Joe Day, while Keshi Anderson also tested the home goalkeeper.

Ultimately, Town came away with just a point to their name, yet with Exeter City’s 3-2 defeat at Macclesfield Town on the same night, Wellens’ men find themselves just three points away from the top seven with five games still to play.

Wellens said: “I am proud, I thought we were brilliant.

“The first 10 minutes were a bit rocky, but when you come here, the pitch is obviously not great and it is just a case of long balls, second balls and crosses.

“That is what Newport do and it took us 10 minutes to adjust. Then for 80 minutes after that, we were the dominant team.

“If we had played that game two or three months ago with the young lads we have got in our back four, we would have conceded a goal.”

Wellens also highlighted the performance of home goalkeeper Day after the County number one pulled off several excellent saves to help his team claim a point.

Wellens said: “We passed the ball so well and their goalkeeper was outstanding. I think the biggest shock of the night was when Josh Sheehan was announced as their man of the match.

“Some of the saves the goalkeeper pulled off were very assured, so congratulations to him for keeping a clean sheet for his team, but I can’t speak highly enough of my players.

“I am proud of them. It was a really good team performance from front to back. Their keeper did pull off some great saves, but we just lacked that little bit of quality in the final pass as well.

“The keeper pulled off a double save from Dion (Conroy) – first from the header and the one from the volley was a ridiculous save.

“Usually at this level, they get their hand to it, but they are not strong enough and it goes in.

“Kyle (Bennett) had two or three chances and the keeper made a save with his feet from Keshi (Anderson) in the first half.

“We had maybe a dozen really good opportunities.”