Bevan strives for improvement

MANAGER Jody Bevan has admitted his side need a ‘commanding presence’ after seeing his side beaten 4-1 by table-toppers Ascot United on Saturday.

The manager, back on the touchline having returned from a family holiday abroad, reiterated his belief in the Reds’ playing squad but is all too aware of the need to get points on the board.

“Everyone has to toughen up because at the moment we are too nice,” Bevan told media partners YourSportSwindon post-match.

“Something has to change. I have a huge amount of faith in these players, but if we are conceding two or three goals a game – we are fighting a losing battle before the start.

“We need a commanding presence and I think that’s what we lack. We are crying out for a player like that – but that’s the sort we need, the position in some ways is irrelevant, we just need that presence.”

He added: “Ascot have turned the corner and are now top of the league. We played them here 12 months and had a 4-4 draw. Both sides have had changes, but the performance and result needs to mean more to the players.

“We have one point from seven games, but we need that win to build the confidence and I think you will see a different team there. It’s my job to find that winning formula.

“Next Saturday we have Abingdon, who we played only a few weeks ago. We need to go there, stick together and get a result.”

Match highlights from Saturday’s game can be viewed right here on YourSportSwindon.

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