AT LEAST two team changes will be made by Swindon Town boss Phil Brown ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup clash against Forest Green Rovers at the County Ground (7.45pm).

Brown was left ultimately unimpressed by the ‘raising of white flags’ by multiple players towards the conclusion of Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

The end-of-game slump, which saw two goals conceded in the space of three minutes, has prompted Brown to reconsider his options for tonight’s tie – for which Marc Richards remains sidelined, as does fellow forward Kaiyne Woolery.

He said: “(The) selection process started first game of the season and is well underway.

“I’ll be making changes to put my strongest team out – that will include seven or eight from Saturday.

“But two or three will suffer, mainly because we conceded late on and I was disappointed to see a few white flags raised on Saturday.

“Our league campaign is of paramount importance, but a cup run could be of great benefit to us and not detrimental.

“If we play as well as we can and treat the competition with the respect it deserves while carrying a bit of fortune, you can go a long way.

“I think the fans were delighted with the way we played against Macclesfield and I don’t think they were too put off by the Checkatrade Trophy game against Chelsea.

“I would expect double the crowd from last week’s loss to them. Bragging rights are on the line, and we want to spread a bit of joy.”

This season marks the 50th anniversary of Town’s finest hour when Don Rogers struck an extra-time brace to guide the club to League Cup success at Wembley Stadium in front of more than 98,000 fans.

Aware of the history behind Town’s remarkable win. Brown is keen to mark the anniversary with a cup run in the same competition.

With tonight’s match within close proximity to the league fixture at home to Tranmere on Saturday, Brown highlighted the significance of a confidence-boosting run in one of the two main knockout competitions.

Despite wanting to breathe confidence into his team. the 59-year-old is aware of the dangers Rovers can cause and is by no means entering the game lightly.

The Nailsworth-based outfit arrive boosted by convincing performances against Grimsby (win) and Oldham (draw) in the league.

“Forest Green are quite a solid unit and have goals in the team,” said Brown. They could be a surprise package. There has been investment in the team, but what their intent in the Carabao Cup is I have no idea.

“I know what mine is – I will be going as strong as possible to try and win the game.

“It’s the first round of a competition that we can go a long way in. There have been some great examples of late of teams that have performed well in this competition and subsequently it’s benefited their league form.

“Winning games of football breeds confidence, it always will do. If we win then one, we’ll be into the next round. Two, they are our local rivals and three we have a big game on Saturday and people are playing for their shirts.

“All of those things are motivation for me, especially if I was still a player.”