SWINDON Town attacker Scott Twine says his team deserves to be at the foot of the table following a week of crushing disappointment against two relegation rivals.

Town lost 2-1 to Rochdale last Tuesday evening before a 4-1 hammering by AFC Wimbledon at the weekend – the latter of the two results also saw manager John Sheridan resign, with Swindon seven points off safety with just four games to go.

Given the above, Town will be relegated back to League Two if they lose to Portsmouth on Tuesday night, Wigan Athletic beat Shrewsbury Town, and AFC Wimbledon beat Oxford United.

Although the situation looks bleak for his side, Twine said no one is giving up just yet and Town will try to with pride for the final four games.

He said: “We, as players, were as confident as we could have been going into those two games last week to try and get the wins. They were both six-point games, as to come away with nothing is shocking, to be honest, and it’s not acceptable.

“We’ve got to go out and play with a bit of pride for the club, for ourselves, and just try to work as hard as we can now to put it right.

“It’s not going to be easy to turn it around – we’re down the bottom for a reason. We deserve to be there because we’re not winning games or picking up points.

“We look like we’re going to concede even more than we actually have, and it’s certainly not good enough.”

Town take on a Portsmouth side on Tuesday night that requires three points for a play-off push under new boss, Danny Cowley.

Despite benefitting from the new manager bounce initially, Pompey have stumbled of late, failing to win any of their previous three while also having Jack Whatmough sent off last time out.

Twine says his team is hoping to benefit from their visitors’ struggle as Town aim to pull off the great escape.

He said: “The team has just got to go out there and work as hard as we can. We’ve got to battle, we’ve got to win individual battles, and if you do that you’re halfway there.

“It’s 11 v 11 on the pitch – if everyone plays well then we know we’ve got a good chance of winning the game.

“It’s not been easy, the position we’re in now hurts me more than anyone, to be honest. It’s not good enough, and we all have to take responsibility for that.”