Swindon Town’s leading scorer Nicky Ajose was quick to admit that the 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town on Saturday wasn’t a good game to play in.
Still coming to terms with the events of Easter weekend, the Robins looked devoid of confidence and ideas against their guests and fell behind inside the opening six minutes courtesy of Wes Burns’ header.
Fleetwood were in cruise control for much of the first-half and should have added to their lead, but both Burns and Bobby Grant were unable to find a way past Tyrell Belford in the home goal.
Town continued to be put under the cosh after the interval and were very lucky not to concede a second as the visitors rattled the woodwork on a number of occasions during a frantic passage of play.
And that lack of a cutting edge in front of goal allowed the hosts a way back into the contest, Ajose latching onto Michael Doughty’s clever cross to prod home his 23rd goal of the season.
Fleetwood finished with a flourish but more poor finishing prevented them from taking home all three points, and Ajose was just pleased to have finished a tough afternoon with a share of the spoils.
“It wasn’t an enjoyable game for us,” he told the local media.
“First-half was difficult, we conceded again early which puts us under all sorts of pressure and they were quite good.
“I thought they made us work off the ball and we had to do a lot of work and a lot of running.
“Second-half though we got the goal and they retreated and were hanging on really, but on the other hand they probably missed six or seven gilt-edged chances.
“It was a strange game in a way – it wasn’t an enjoyable one to play in.
“We needed a win but we’ve got a result which is not a loss, so it is nice to get something on the board after the two games over the Easter period.
“Hopefully we can start to build again.”
Ajose had Michael Doughty to thank for notching his ninth goal in as many games yesterday, and the pair have linked up well since the latter’s loan move from QPR earlier this year.
“We’ve had to adapt our game with big Jon (Obika) not being available and I’ve tried to carry his load a little bit,” Ajose added.
“I’ve managed to get a goal which is nice and Michael has got that quality in his left foot, so long may it continue.”