TOWN’s young Brazilian defender Raphael Branco says the confidence is back in the dressing room with the play-offs back in sight.
Since their steely draw last month at Ashton Gate, Swindon have won three on the spin and are currently one point behind sixth-placed Peterborough - with Posh to play Colchester at home tonight before travelling to Wolves on Saturday.
Swindon face the long road to Carlisle at the weekend knowing that a positive result is required if they are to continue to apply pressure to Darren Ferguson’s team in the race for the final play-off spot.
Branco thinks the Town players have been more comfortable when the pressure has been of been off in the last four fixtures but with the chance of promotion on the horizon the team is focussed on that.
He said “I think the last four games we had good performances, everyone now happy, everyone want to work hard, everyone want more, so everyone want to get play-off.
“When we start to play good, when you start to win games, like we won we one game away, two homes, we drew away against Bristol – hard game 10 men – I think when we do games like that we get more confidence.
“I think the players feel more comfortable to play, you trust each other, you know. I think since November we don’t win three games in a row. So the team is growing now, which is very important - end of season - for sure everyone feels more comfortable.
“We see our chance, everyone is happy, everyone is more comfortable, when you got a chance to go Championship, no one is going to go on holiday, everyone wants to play.”
Since joining from Conference South side Whitehawk in Brighton Branco has started 11 games for Town and made a big impression on his full debut against Peterborough in January. More recently the Brazilian has struggled, notably against Wolves, though he did feature with greater success in Town’s away win at Tranmere as part of a back three.
Branco believes he has learnt a lot this season and that he mas more to show the fans at the County Ground.
“The best game always is coming, the past the games I’ve played have gone, no one is going to remember any more, I just need to play the next game, next game.
“I learned more with the gaffer with Luke, every session we have to learn something from them, they give us everything to do our job, you know.
“I feel very comfortable playing League One, I think it is just the start, you know I have to prove why I come here to Swindon.”