ADAM May has urged his Swindon Town team-mates to move on quickly from their Carabao Cup disappointment so it does not derail their flying start to the new League Two season.

Town saw their hopes of a good cup run halted in the first round on Tuesday night following a 3-0 defeat away at Colchester United.

All the goals came in the final quarter-of-an-hour after Swindon striker Jerry Yates and Colchester full-back Cohen Bramall were sent off following an altercation.

Richie Wellens’ side headed into the game fresh off the back off a second league win from two games against Carlisle United at the weekend, and will look to make it a hat-trick of successes when they travel to Exeter City on Saturday.

Midfielder May, who is on a season-long loan at Swindon from Portsmouth, is therefore eager to draw the line under their cup exit quickly in the hope of getting back to top form as soon as possible.

“From our point of view, we should have had the game over in the first half. We had plenty of chances and if we were a bit more clinical, we could have had the game done,” said May.

“We came out in the second half and I still think we started well but the game just got away from us.

“I thought the two sendings off ruined the game – the referee didn’t really need to do that – but we have got to react better when we concede the first goal.

“We will move onto the league now and will focus on that.”

May was in little doubt that the two red cards had a bearing on the closing stages of the game as it robbed Town of their best goalscoring threat.

The 20-year-old felt referee Charles Breakspear acted too harshly in giving both Yates and Bramall their marching orders.

“It was just six of one and half-a-dozen of the other. It was a little bit petty from the referee. It was just handbags and, in my opinion, that ruined the game,” said May.

“Both teams had to adapt to it. I felt we did that but obviously Colchester came out on top.

“The pitch feels a lot bigger when both teams are a man down and the game got a bit scrappy.

“Jerry is our main number nine, so we were lacking a striker after that.

“We tried to change the formation a little bit and there were areas in midfield that were open, and I think they exploited that on the counter-attack.

“We always looked like we were the ones pushing for the first goal, but they did what we have done well this season in terms of counter-attacks.

“The roles were switched in this game.”