SWINDON Town manager Richie Wellens said his side did not deserve to lose 1-0 in their FA Cup first round replay against Cheltenham Town after Alex Addai struck once again to seal the tie.

Michael Doughty saw a fifth-minute penalty saved by Cheltenham stopper Scott Flinders before Jerry Yates headed against the post, mirroring a situation in the initial fixture.

The scorer of Cheltenham’s late equaliser in the first game, Addai, then lashed home a powerful effort early in the second half to make the hosts pay for all of their wasted chances.

Swindon would go on to hit the post once again through Doughty, but as the minutes ticked on by, Town’s time in this season’s FA Cup headed to an inevitable early conclusion as further chances were spurned.

Wellens was left scratching his head as a number of good opportunities failed to find their way past Flinders - in particular the two chances which hit the post caused the Swindon chief the greatest concern post-match.

Wellens said: “I’m frustrated because it was a game that we weren’t at our best, but we didn’t deserve to lose for sure.

“They’ve had one shot on target – I don’t mind losing sometimes when the opposition are very good, but if you’ve had as many chances as we had you should be winning the game.

“We hit the post twice, but we should be scoring from those opportunities because they were quite easy opportunities.”

The full-time statistics showed Swindon out-shot their guests by 11 to five, while six of Swindon’s efforts tested Flinders compared to one from their counterparts.

Wellens was left to rue the early penalty miss from designated taker Doughty before criticising his team for not taking the opportunity to shoot when it was presented.

The Swindon manager also expressed his regret at not holding onto the lead that Yates gave Town in the initial tie.

Wellens said: “Obviously the penalties would have got us off to a great start, and we had some really good opportunities.

“There were a couple of times late on where we’re actually dribbling inside their six-yard box and not getting shots off.

“We paid a heavy price tonight because we didn’t put Cheltenham away at their place when we should have.

“But the amount of luck they had was unreal.

“Sometimes in football you need that bit of luck, but from our point of view, we should have been more ruthless and taken our chances – we didn’t.”