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SWINDON TOWN: Ritchie relying on return to home comforts
SWINDON Town may now officially be better on the road than they are at the County Ground, but winger Matt Ritchie has not given up hope of rediscovering the sort of form that had teams quaking in their boots at the prospect of a trip to Wiltshire last season.
Following the 2-2 draw with Coventry last weekend, the Robins have claimed 10 points from six league matches in SN1, compared to 11 points from the same number of games away from home.
That is in stark contrast to last term where, following defeat to Oxford in mid-August, Town remained unbeaten in League Two for the remainder of the campaign.
With a realistic chance of challenging for a play-off place this time around, Ritchie said Swindon need to transfer some of the characteristics of their recent performances on their travels into their displays at the County Ground.
“When we’ve been away from home we’ve dug in and we’ve ground out results,” he said. “We went to Shrewsbury and we got a good three points, Bury as well was another great three points. They weren’t very nice games but great points to pick up away from home.
“Obviously our home form has dipped a little bit but we need to make it like it was last year when teams dread coming here and worrying about not getting rolled over.
“We need to put that right and Saturday’s a great opportunity to be on it 100 per cent from the whistle.”
One aspect that may have affected Town’s run of results at home of late is the improved quality of League One compared to the fourth tier.
However, Ritchie would not use that as an excuse.
He said: “There’s a lot more quality in League One and you can get punished a lot quicker in this league.
“In League Two sometimes you give the ball away and you might get away with it, in this league you generally do get punished.
“You have to concentrate that little bit more and be on your game.”