SWINDON Town midfielder Michael Doughty believes adaptation is key as his side attempt to put together an unlikely play-off charge from their remaining 14 league games.

After a stuttering start to the calendar year, Town have picked up of late and collected 10 points from the last 15 available - form they will have to continue if the County Ground is to host a play-off game at the end of the season.

And Doughty has played a key role in Town’s revival, with the midfielder grabbing five goals in as many games to leave Richie Wellens’ men just three spots and five points outside the dotted line.

Since manager Wellens joined the club in November, the club’s form has gone through multiple peaks and troughs - with inconsistency the biggest frustration for Doughty and his teammates.

The 26-year-old believes fans are beginning to see what his team are capable of and defended Wellens’ start as manager, stating there will always be a delay in achieving results after new ideas are brought in.

Doughty said: “It takes time. Naturally, we have got to get used to his way and he has got to get used to ours.

“There is no perfect formula to win a football match and you have to adapt continually. This week, we have got it right, whereas against Crawley, we got it wrong.

“I think, in the main, there has been an improvement and we ideally want to get it right more than we get it wrong.

“The onus is on us as players. We know what our expectations our, we want to be looking up and we really do need to put a run of results together if we are to ultimately challenge at the end of the season.”

Town’s win at home to Forest Green on Tuesday night was only Wellens’ third win at SN1 since taking charge.

And Swindon’s top-scorer believes the current team set-up is more suited to claiming results away from home, something that has been evident in the last two away matches as Swindon collected maximum points from both.

Doughty said: “I wouldn’t say less pressure is the overwhelming feeling (away from home). With the nature of the games, the onus is on the home team to try to come at us and that suits our style.

“We have obviously got a lot of speed in attack, which gives players like myself and Jak (McCourt) that little bit more time as the game is stretched.”