SWINDON Town manager Richie Wellens was pleased to see his players emerge unscathed after their 3-0 pre-season friendly victory over Swindon Supermarine last night.

Goals from trialist Will Randall, Michael Doughty and Kaiyne Woolery rounded off a comfortable night for Town in terms of the scoreline, but not – in Wellens’ view – in relation to the usual stand-off nature of pre-season.

A largely slow and lethargic first half made way for a higher tempo second period that occasionally featured moments of commitment and needle rarely seen before the competitive season gets under way.

The Town boss felt the exercise served its purpose in terms of getting minutes into his players’ legs, but was left pleading for the final whistle to sound before a Town player got injured.

Wellens said: “In the last 10 minutes, we kept the ball at will and it got a little bit dangerous because the players were losing their heads a little bit and you just want the ref to blow his whistle, so we get out of here unscathed.

“But it was another 45 minutes each. We’ll now move on and people will start playing 60 or 70 minutes.

“All in all, it was a good exercise, everyone has come out of it unscathed and we’ve got another clean sheet.

“We would have liked a few more goals and a bit more fluidity in the first half, but it’s pre-season, so it is what it is.”

Only four permanent members of the Town squad missed out on gaining minutes at the Webbswood Stadium as first-choice goalkeeper Luke McCormick was sidelined through injury, while Tom Broadbent and Mathieu Baudry were not deemed fully fit.

Wellens revealed Keshi Anderson missed out due to a disciplinary issue, and although the manager would not disclose the nature of the issue, he did reiterate that any player in his squad that does not toe the line will not play, regardless of the fixture or person responsible.

Wellens said: “Luke McCormick has got an injury to his hip, but he should be fit for when we play Everton in La Manga. Tom Broadbent hasn’t recovered from the last game that we played and Mathieu Baudry wanted to play, but he’s just feeling a little bit tight, so we decided not to risk him.

“Keshi Anderson missing out was purely a decision by myself because something happened that I wasn’t happy with, so he didn’t get to play in the game.

“If things happen in the dressing room then they won’t come out, but if people do certain things then they just won’t be involved in the squad, no matter who they are.

“If they don’t behave in an adequate way, they won’t be picked.”