SWINDON Town manager David Flitcroft will not concern himself about the permutations of the League Two fixture list as he looks to keep his side’s good form going.

Town have collected 19 points from the 10 matches they have played in 2018 to solidify their place in the play-off positions and they currently sit sixth in the table.

Flitcroft’s side recently faced successive matches against promotion rivals Lincoln City, Accrington Stanley, Mansfield Town and Wycombe Wanderers and with 12 games still to go this season, they have already played five of the rest of the current top eight teams twice.

After that testing period, Swindon seem to have a more favourable run of fixtures and having beaten a Port Vale side without a win in 2018 on Saturday, they travel to second-from-bottom Chesterfield at the weekend. They then face successive home matches against Yeovil Town and Cheltenham Town, who are both in the bottom half of the table.

Flitcroft, however, says no opponent will ever be underestimated under his watch at the Energy Check County Ground.

“I look at Mansfield and Accrington’s run-ins and they have now got the run that we just had, they have got to play all the top 10 teams,” said Flitcroft.

“They are going to have maybe their difficult period but I don’t look at the form or the table, I just look at the next competitor and their strengths and weaknesses.

“I highly respect everyone in this league, I really do. I respect all the next opponents massively because if you don’t, you can come unstuck very quickly.

“There is an honesty and a sincerity in this league. There might not be loads of quality but lads keep going and keep going and they are always fighting for their managers. There are a lot of dangerous opponents.”

Flitcroft is also keeping one eye on the free agency market should the need to bring in extra defensive cover arise.

On Saturday, Flitcroft confirmed Matt Preston will likely not play again this season because of a knee problem, with fellow central defender Dion Conroy also having his own campaign curtailed early because of injury back in September.

Skipper Olly Lancashire has also missed two of the last three games with an ankle issue but has been receiving injections to aid his recovery so the Town boss is aware extra reinforcements may be required.

“You don’t know what is around the corner. I don’t know how Lancs’ injury is going to react,” said Flitcroft. “We had Joe Romanski on the bench on Saturday. He has been training with us and do I think he is ready? Probably not, but it gives us cover.

“It is something I have been working on but it has been that busy a period it has been difficult to go around and meet and discuss with people.”