SWINDON Town manager Richie Wellens felt his team played well, despite a 1-0 defeat by AFC Wimbledon at the County Ground this afternoon.

Joe Pigott’s first-half strike was the difference between the two teams on a day where Town had six times as many shots on target as their visitors.

The former Southend United striker’s goal was the only time Wimbledon hit the target all afternoon, while Wellens’ men brough six saves out of stopper, Connal Trueman.

Despite a much-improved defensive showing, Town still tasted defeat for the third time in the league this season – not that the result reflected the standard of Swindon’s performance in the eyes of Wellens.

He said: “I thought we played well.

“I thought we played really well in the first 15 minutes, but from between 20 to 30 minutes in, we just had a little spell where we kept passing the ball into the middle of the pitch and then giving it away.

“We allowed them back into the game because of that – but they’ve come here, and they’ve had one shot on target.

“I can’t remember a time in the second half – other than the time where it was a foul on Jonathan Grounds and they’ve got a cross in – where they’ve been in our box.”

Wellens conceded his team could and should have done more with the lion’s share of the ball that they saw – Swindon had over 66 per cent of possession but only created 12 shots as attackers Jonny Smith and Brett Pitman endured poor days at the office, respectively.

However, too many poor passes or decisions in the final third cost Town the chance to extend their unbeaten run at home in the league: Wellens said: “We still need to do more in the final third to create more and to move the opposition about a little bit more.

“What we worked on in training this week worked really well, but we just came away from that at times.

“In parts of the second half, I thought we did it well with a lot of intensity and we opened them up, but it was just our final pass or final shot that wasn’t quite right.”