SWINDON Town midfielder Danny Rose says there is a feeling of excitement among the squad ahead of their final five games of the League Two season.

Richie Wellens’ team are outside the play-offs by just three points after their goalless draw away at Newport in the week and face the manager’s previous club Oldham Athletic this afternoon (3pm), with both teams hunting an end-of-season play-off spot.

Swindon head to Boundary Park in excellent form defensively, having only conceded twice in their past five games, and Rose is optimistic about Town’s future as a result of their hard work since the new year.

The 31-year-old believes the platform for a shot at League One is in place and has implored his teammates to make the most of what could be a rare opportunity to achieve promotion.

He said: “I wouldn’t say we’re feeling nervous at the moment. I think it’s more excitement because of the potential.

“We’ve put ourselves in a decent position, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do, that’s for sure.

“Having experienced the adulation of promotion before, it’s something that doesn’t come around too often and I’ve been lucky enough to experience it quite a few times, but there’s a few in the dressing room that haven’t.

“When you get a sniff of promotion, you’ve got to grab it with both hands.”

Another aspect of Town’s improvement under Wellens has been a significant enhancement in their points haul away from the County Ground, particularly in 2019.

Swindon have claimed 13 points out of a possible 21 in the opening months of this year – with their only two away defeats coming against Carlisle and Stevenage – and Rose is confident his team can continue that trend until the end of the season.

He said: “Our away form has been really good, certainly since the turn of the year.

“We know we’ve got pace and power on the counter attack – that’s not always how we set up to play, but sometimes when you’re away from home that’s just how it pans out.

“Usually, the home team feels the onus to come out and attack which leaves them a little bit more vulnerable at the back.

“When you think of the Bury game, we’ve got the likes of Kaiyne (Woolery), Keshi (Anderson) and Kyle (Bennett) who can exploit those areas, so if we can get the ball to them in those areas when we win it back, we’ll cause teams a lot of problems.

“We’ve got three of our last five games away from home and we’re certainly going into those games confident that we can pick up some points.”