SWINDON Town face a run of challenging fixtures in the next three weeks that could send some fans’ faith into freefall should results not go the way of Richie Wellens’ men following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at home to Newport County.

But on-loan midfielder Adam May insists character levels in Town’s squad are high enough to warrant a reaction in upcoming League Two games against Bradford City, Plymouth Argyle and Crewe Alexandra.

Following a tricky start, Bradford – Swindon’s opponents this coming weekend – are starting to find their feet and have lost only one fixture at home this season.

That’s a noticeably better record than Town, who have now suffered four defeats on home turf in all competitions since the start of the campaign.

Things don’t get easier for May and his team-mates when Plymouth – backed by at least 1,600 travelling fans – visit SN1 a week later before second-placed Crewe host Town on October 19.

Some will say the nature of Town’s upcoming run of fixtures could define their season.

And May, who was rocked by captain Dion Conroy’s sudden departure from the field in the early moments of Saturday’s defeat to Newport, says the squad needs to react.

May said: “The next three league games are massive, like all games in this league.

“We need to react to the Newport game, and I feel we can do that as a squad.

“It’s never nice to see what happened to Dion, especially that early in the game.

“I obviously wish him all the best and hope it isn’t as bad as it looks. No matter who it is, it’s never nice.

“Dion has been doing very well lately. It’s happened at an unfortunate time.

“But he’s a strong character, I’m confident he will bounce back quickly.”

Despite owning 68 per cent of possession, Town were undone by Newport’s long-ball game plan on Saturday.

Four shots on target for each team equated to Swindon failing to score, while Michael Flynn’s visitors struck twice through Mark O’Brien and Jamille Matt.

May added: “Newport came with a game plan – and it worked. It distracted us doing what we wanted to do.

“We didn’t play our own game and it paid off for them.

“We looked better in the second half but couldn’t get that final finish before they went up the other end and grabbed a second.

“We’ve got to take our chances. We didn’t and we got punished.

“We’ve done well so far but it’s unfortunate we can’t get that home form going at the moment.

“We’ve had a good start to the season, and there is a lot to build on.

“There’s good competition in midfield and it’s making me work hard every day. That’s healthy, it keeps everyone on their toes and no one can afford to get too complacent.”