SWINDON Town defender Mathieu Baudry says the team’s strength and desire to turn their form around must come from within as no sympathy will be afforded by anyone else.

Town were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night, leaving them resting one place above the League One relegation zone having picked up just four points from a possible 24 since the start of October.

Baudry has been one of a number of players who have suffered a drop off in form this season, but the Frenchman assured Town fans he, as well as the rest of his teammates, are desperate to turn things around as quickly as possible.

Speaking after the midweek defeat to Accrington, Baudry said: “We’re professionals, we’ve all been through periods like this before when things are difficult and confidence is not at its highest in the group.

“Football is a ruthless world, so you won’t get any sympathy from anyone else – the fight has got to come from within, especially while there are no fans in the ground.

“We’ve got to show some balls and come back stronger. That will only come by hard work and a determination to turn things around.”

Swindon fans are no doubt keen for a revival to happen ahead of this weekend’s local derby against Bristol Rovers where local bragging rights are up for grabs as well as a much-needed three points for both clubs.

The defender acknowledged how important these kind of games are to fans but said he wants to win just as much as any other week, especially given the club’s precarious position in the table.

Baudry said: “Obviously, we know these games are important for the fans and the town, but I think any game at the minute is important for us because we are trying to turn our form around.

“It will be an added element, but trust me, the boys already want to turn it around enough.

“It will add a little more meaning, but the lads will be and should be determined to turn it around anyway.”

The 32-year-old has suffered a tough start to the season, and started Tuesday’s loss on the bench before being sent on in the 37th minute in place of Rob Hunt with his team 2-0 down.

Less than a minute later, Town had conceded a third goal to Accrington, and Baudry said going down by so many so early caused the team’s gameplan to be thrown out of the window as they went “all or nothing” in search of a path back into the game.

He said: “When you’re behind, you’re chasing the game and you’re trying to take more risks. I had one where I got caught in midfield in the second half.

“If it’s 0-0 then you play a little bit differently, but at 3-0 down it’s a case of all or nothing really and you’re trying things that you wouldn’t try usually. We need to try and stay in the game a bit longer so we can stick to the game plan.”