DELIVERING constructive criticism is key for Richie Wellens as Swindon Town look to extend their winning form in League Two to three games this weekend when hosting Newport County.

An apparent turn in Swindon’s fortunes was cancelled out on Sunday when National League South leaders Woking Town caused the upset of the FA Cup second round when beating Wellens’ troops by a goal to nil at the County Ground.

Town’s lacklustre display in front of goal returned as teenagers Sol Pryce and Scott Twine failed to take inspiration from their encouraging displays against Stevenage in the league just five days earlier.

Wellens openly admitted after Sunday’s hammer blow defeat that his side’s performance was slow and lacked urgency in the final third.

But the 38-year-old is now looking for a reaction when Town return to their League Two commitments this weekend.

He said: “The league is the most important thing and I want a reaction now on Saturday against Newport.

“The easiest thing for me to do is shout and rave, but with two straight wins in the league, it is important we try to make that three or four. I want to be constructive in what I say.

“We did play too slow, we weren’t good enough in the final third and the couple of chances that did come our way, we should be scoring, but we will start planning for Newport and try to get a good result.”

Wellens believes Newport’s increased urgency when moving forward will benefit Swindon’s style of football and allow for more chances to be created when moving forward.

The Town boss also hinted that players currently in the treatment room could be set for a return to the squad – that includes strikers Marc Richards and Kaiyne Woolery.

“Against Stevenage, we played against a team who wanted to come and engage us and wanted to try to attack us,” said Wellens.

“We had some good spells of possession, but whereas every time we got two or three passes against Stevenage, it finished with a cross and it was good football, on Sunday it was a little bit slow.

“Woking wanted to camp in.

“As a player, I played against a lot of teams who wanted to camp in and it was up to us to break them down.

“Woking came here very organised and it was a little bit different, so we will work on that and we’re getting a few players back who will help with that.”