SWINDON Town skipper Tom Broadbent felt his side were worthy of a point away at Carlisle United on Saturday after seeing their unbeaten League Two run ended in a 2-1 defeat.

Kyle Bennett’s free-kick for Town in the closing stages of the first half cancelled out Hallam Hope’s opener as the two sides headed into the break all-square at Brunton Park.

However, Carlisle loanee Callum O’Hare ensured it was the home side who finished with all three points to their name with a winning goal 11 minutes from time.

Richie Wellens’ side thought they were going to get the chance to snatch a late draw following an alleged handball in the United box, but referee Ben Toner wave away the appeals and time soon ran out on the visitors.

Central defender Broadbent, captaining Town for a third game in succession, felt Swindon deserved to make the long trip home with something to show for their efforts.

“It is really frustrating. With the way we played and the chances we created, I feel like we deserved at least a point from the game,” said Broadbent.

“I thought we controlled the game well and I can’t really remember Carlisle having too many chances, especially in the second half – apart from the goal.

“We claimed for a penalty and I think it was. I couldn’t really see it from the angle I was but Keshi (Anderson) certainly thought it was handball.

“The referee actually said 'ball to hand' but that is still stopping it going in the goal.”

Town had taken 10 points from their previous four League Two fixtures but defeat at Brunton Park stalls their play-off push and leaves them down in 10th in the table, six points off the top seven.

Wellens’ side have won five, drawn two and lost three of their games since the turn of the year and Broadbent feels that they can still feel content with the progress being made ahead of a quick turnaround to Tuesday night’s trip to Stevenage.

“I feel like we are at a good level – we have been relatively consistent,” said Broadbent.

“For periods of the game, we were certainly controlling it, but we need to control it for the whole game rather than 20-minute spells.

“It’s a long journey back. We will look at the goal and see where we could do better.

“We have just got to put it behind us, do a bit of work on Monday and prepare for the next game on Tuesday.”