MICHAEL Doughty conceded that Swindon Town must learn to be more clinical in the final third after having to settle for a 2-2 draw away at Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

Richie Wellens’ side dominated play during the opening two-thirds of the contest at Boundary Park but only had a narrow 2-1 lead to show for their efforts.

Kyle Bennett had fired Town ahead on the hour after Doughty’s penalty had cancelled out George Edmundson’s early opener for the Latics.

For all of their good play, clear-cut chances were few and far between for Town and they were forced to settle for a point when Johan Branger brought the hosts level with 20 minutes to play.

Doughty was returning to the Swindon starting XI against Oldham for the first time since mid-February after a spell out due to a hamstring injury.

Although progress continues to be made by the side, Doughty says that lack of sharpness in their attacking play is what makes Town outsiders for the League Two play-offs rather than front-runners.

“It is tough to take, I thought we played really well,” said Doughty.

“Obviously I have been away from it for a little while. It was my first game back and it was really obvious to see the progression the boys have made as a team.

“I think the difference between us being a top side and where we are at present is just that clinical nature and being able to put games away when we are on top.

“We moved the ball really well. People like Kyle (Bennett), Kaiyne (Woolery) and Keshi (Anderson) were getting in good pockets, and the full-backs were even joining it a times.

“When we get in those positions, I think we have got to be a little bit more ruthless. Then when we get the lead, we have to manage the game better.

“We allowed Oldham too much momentum and, ultimately, the goal was coming.”

Doughty’s goal was his 13th from 29 games in all competitions this season – a figure that has him at the top of Town’s scoring charts.

It also maintained his 100 per cent record from the penalty spot this term, a run the 26-year-old was thrilled to continue.

Doughty said: “It was nice to score the penalty. I just pick a spot as soon as the referee points to the spot and stick to it. Long may it continue.”