A DIFFERENCE in Swindon Town’s training approach when moving forward has been noticed by teenager Sol Pryce, whose match-winning performance against Stevenage in midweek has granted manager Richie Wellens some pause for thought.

Wellens’ arrival at the Energy Check County Ground less than three weeks ago was prompted by the sacking of former manager Phil Brown’s following a poor run of League Two results that dropped the club into the bottom half.

Following a 4-0 loss against Carlisle United in his first game in charge, Wellens has since recovered to post back-to-back League Two wins against Port Vale and Stevenage – promoting Town into the top half of the division.

Swindon hadn’t scored three goals in a league game since the end of September, where a 3-0 win over struggling Yeovil Town appeared to spark an upturn in fortunes before a poor six-week run concluded with Brown’s departure.

Since chairman Lee Power’s decision to draft Wellens into the club, Pryce admits training has been performed at an increased tempo – adding that there has been a particular focus on delivering crosses at the right time and ensuring target men are in the right areas.

He said: “If we can perform and win, that will keep positive vibes on the training ground.

“There has been a difference under Richie, we’ve played with a bit more tempo in the final third.

“Crossing the ball when it needs to be crossed and moving to get on the end of those crosses – there’s no massive change.

“Phil Brown was a good manager, we didn’t not want to win because he was our manager.

“We all wanted to push on and get good results – but when a new manager comes in, it acts as a wake-up call.”

Pryce is now focussed on achieving his next personal goal following his brace of goals against Stevenage on Tuesday night.

The teenager has high ambitions of being when it comes to his own physical condition, so he can complete a full 90-minute game without any fitness hiccups.

“I haven’t played in a while, so going for 90 minutes gets me blowing,” admitted Pryce.

“I’ve got to go back to training and get fitter so I don’t cramp up at 70 minutes.

“I was happy to contribute a goal that early (against Stevenage) and get us on the front foot straight away, which we needed.

“I was buzzing with that. The cross was decent, Steven (Alzate) is a good player – he knows where to put the ball.

“I tried working on being composed in training – not panicking and waiting for the goalkeeper to move first.”