DAVID Farrell has called on Swindon Town’s youngsters to right their wrongs in this afternoon’s Regional Cup first round tie at Newport County, following a poor performance against Yeovil Town in the Youth Alliance League on Saturday.

Town’s U18s were dominated by the Glovers and crashed to a 3-1 loss at Stanley Park – their heaviest defeat of the season – thanks to the visitors’ three second-half strikes.

This afternoon’s hosts were also on the wrong end of a result at the weekend, losing 4-1 to Forest Green Rovers.

Despite winning just one of their four opening fixtures, Farrell insists that Newport’s youngsters should not be underestimated.

Farrell has also thrown in an additional incentive to players by stating that team places are up for grabs ahead of this weekend’s Youth Alliance visit to Bournemouth.

“As a player, I always liked to have a game quickly after a bad performance,” said Farrell.

“It gave me a chance to put things right. That’s exactly what the boys can do on Wednesday against Newport.

“A few different players might get some minutes. It will be a different challenge.

“I’m really looking forward to it, I can’t wait to get going again after Saturday. Hopefully the players are feeling the same.

“Players that haven’t played a lot that will play on Wednesday could feature against Bournemouth on Saturday. This is their chance.”

There were few positives to take from Saturday’s two-goal Youth Alliance loss to Yeovil, a result that dropped Swindon to fourth in the table having picked up seven points from four games.

Keen to move on, the Town U18s boss underlined the importance of maintaining focus throughout the week to his squad.

Farrell said: “Everybody had a bad day at the office.

“It wasn’t so much a wake-up call, more a case of players needing to understand that they need to be on it all week from Monday to Friday.

“Professionals might get away with being off for a few days, but these guys aren’t professionals yet.”