SWINDON Town manager Richie Wellens is refusing to look at the League Two table with any great comfort despite his team having strengthened their position heading into the busy festive period.

Town extended their winning league run to a seventh game on Saturday with a 2-0 success at home to Oldham Athletic to retain their place at the top of the table.

Results elsewhere over the weekend also went their way, meaning Swindon have increased the gap to the chasing pack outside the automatic promotion places to seven points.

Wellens’ side had to withstand an early Oldham siege as well as testing weather conditions at the County Ground on Saturday before grinding out another precious victory.

With many more tricky tests like that expected to come – particularly with a run of five games in 15 days over Christmas and new year – Wellens knows it would be foolish for Town to assume their position is a comfortable one.

“It doesn’t matter (about the table),” said Wellens.

“There are teams who are not quite getting results at the moment that will turn it around and start picking up.

“We saw on Saturday in that environment and in that wind, if Oldham had scored the first goal, it would have been difficult. They could have gone 5-4-1 and sat in.

“When the wind is like that, if you think you have played a good ball, it can just pick up and deviate that little bit. You can dribble and the ball moves. It is difficult to create chances when it is so windy.

“We don’t need to deviate from anything we are doing. We look a real threat in every single game.

“Hopefully there will be more performances like that to come – the second-half performance of the basics, the grittiness and the determination to keep a clean sheet.”

Jordan Lyden missed the Oldham match after injuring his quadricep in training during the week but is expected to return soon.

His absence was offset by the return of Keshi Anderson, who came off the bench in the second half for a first appearance since early November.

Lloyd Isgrove also featured from the bench in the final moments of Saturday's game as he begins his journey back to full fitness since limping off against Crawley on November 26.

Town are set to face Bristol City in a behind-closed-doors friendly and Wellens hopes to get 90 minutes into the winger as he looks to get his squad back into rude health before Christmas.

“I am trying to get Lloyd Isgrove back (fully fit),” said Wellens.

“In the coming weeks, we are going to need everyone.”