SWINDON’S miserable run of defeats continued to gather pace as another lacklustre home display saw Colchester United earn the points and disappoint all Town fans who braved the freezing conditions at the County Ground last Friday.

This latest home loss now takes Town’s number of home league defeats to six, with just three wins in 11 games, an embarrassing statistic for any club, let alone a side who should be challenging for a spot in the top three in League Two.

It seems the budget provided by our chairman Lee Power will be in full use next month as manager David Flitcroft has alluded to in a number of recent interviews.

But, as some have asked, should we back and fully trust the former Bury man to buy again next month. Or dispense with his services and hire someone to take the job in January.

Even though there are some reasons to change the management, I would give Flitcroft the chance to turn things around.

Despite his side sitting 12th in League Two, we’re only three points from the playoffs with a game in hand, meaning this disappointing season can still be saved.

After watching last week’s game it’s clear we need more attacking flair and purpose from midfield, as our lack of creativity is painful to watch.

Along with some new midfielders the manager needs to invest in a new centre back to give some competition to Olly Lancashire and Matt Preston.

After a superb first month in a Town shirt Matt Preston’s form has taken a noticeable dive, especially over the past few games, and with Lancashire constantly struggling to find any form, a new contender for a place at the back in essential.

After travelling to Crewe this Saturday Town will welcome top-of-the-table Luton Town to the County Ground on Boxing Day.

The Boxing Day fixture is a big pull for football fans. It’s a great tradition in our game that should never go away. This year Town has a big task in going toe-to-toe with this in-form Hatters side.

Let’s hope next Tuesday can be a season-defining moment with our home form and send the Town faithful away with optimism for 2018.

Finally I want to wish everyone a big, hearty Merry Christmas!