ASSISTANT coach Scott Lindsey said he wants Swindon Town to create a winning environment after the club beat Plymouth Argyle 3-1 in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.

Town have put one foot in the knockout round of the competition for the first time since 2017-18 after an own goal was added to by strikes from Jayden Mitchell-Lawson and Harry McKirdy at Home Park.

Kieran Agard equalised for the hosts four minutes after Harry Parsons’ shot was accidentally rebounded into his own net by Macaulay Gillesphey.

The win makes it three in a row in all competition’s for Ben Garner’s men after strong performances in League Two against Bristol Rovers and Forest Green Rovers.

And with seven victories from 14 games in all competitions this campaign, many Town fans are beginning to get excited about the possibilities this season may hold.

The level-headed Lindsey was just pleased to see his side claim three points as well as giving fringe players a chance to show what they could do.

Lindsey said: “The first and foremost thing for us is that we win the game. We want to continue doing that, we want to create a winning environment at the football club, so that’s important.

“Secondly, we got some much-needed minutes into some players’ legs who haven’t played a lot of late.

“That gives us a chance to look at them as well from a coaching point of view – to see where they’re at.

“It was a good game of football against a strong team. When the team sheet came in, we were quite surprised at how strong their team was, but that made for a better game.”

After an even first half at Home Park, Town came out with reinvigorated enthusiasm in the second 45 and controlled proceedings while Plymouth wilted.

Town’s cause was helped by the withdrawal of Danny Mayor at the break, but even without Argyle’s talisman on the pitch, the Pilgrims had plenty of quality that Swindon dealt with admirably.

Reflecting on a strong performance, Lindsey said: “I thought we were really good throughout the night, I thought we played really well with an intensity with and without the ball.

“We spoke about making more runs forward and in behind at half-time.

“We played a lot of football in front of them, but we wanted to stretch them a little bit, and we certainly did that – that was pleasing.

“It was a great throw, a great run, and of course a great finish (for the second goal).”