MASSIMO Luongo admitted that Swindon Town did not have their “best day” at Meadow Lane, as they lost to a bottom six side away from home for the fourth time this season.
Following defeats at Carlisle United, Stevenage and Shrewsbury Town, the Robins slipped up at lowly oppositions yet again on Saturday, as goals from Alan Sheehan and Callum McGregor lifted Notts County out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win.
Red cards for Troy Archibald-Henville and Nathan Thompson made it an even more miserable experience for Swindon beside the Trent, as Town’s failure to pick up points against League One’s strugglers reared its head once more.
Though Swindon can now finish now lower than eighth, they are unable to reach the play-offs and, reflecting on the missed chances over the course of the campaign, Luongo said: “We’ve all had that conversation – the what ifs. What if we had got those points or scored that goal but it’s a lot harder than people think. Lower table sides are probably the hardest games to play. They have their style and ours is different to most of the teams at the bottom.
“On our best day we overcome it and I don’t think today was our best day.
“I don’t think anyone was thinking of the top six, honestly, in the last four or five games because we looked well off it. Obviously today, whatever happened, it wouldn’t have mattered but I think we play a lot better when there’s no pressure on us and we’re not looking too far into the future.”
Arhcibald-Henville was sent off for a push on Jimmy Spencer but Luongo didn’t see the incident.
He said: “I didn’t see what happened. I’m sure, whatever Troy did, he had a reason to do it but I didn’t see anything and I just had to enjoy the next nine minutes, just watching and trying to get people off people.
“I didn’t think it was necessary. The game was lover, it was the 90th minute and it just looked like they were picking people out to entertain themselves a little bit. It’s the end of the season and these things happen. People make mistakes, it’s not the best moment of our game but something new happens every day.
“At 1-0 it was a heated game. Our defence and their strikers had a big battle. I think the discipline probably needs to be better for both sides.”
Notts provided a stern examination of Swindon’s strength at the back, with the Magpies bypassing midfield with long aerial passes on a rotten pitch at Meadow Lane.
“We knew what they were about,” said Luongo. “The pitch is a little bit difficult to play on, especially for us, and they play their game and they played it well today. It was a physical match for us, I think we did well to cope with it, the result just didn’t go for us today.
“We let in an early goal and that’s never good.
“We controlled most of the game, we keep the ball as we do well and we make chances, create chances and that’s all we can ask from the lads.”