THE focus of Swindon Town head coach Luke Williams remains firmly on the task in hand as he prepares to take his side to Walsall this afternoon.
Despite only three games left of the League One season and Town still two points adrift of safety, Williams is adamant that his side can escape danger if they concentrate on themselves and hit the target he has in his head.
Williams has never let this target be known publically, despite being asked, but it is understood the 50-point mark is the first objective, and Williams won’t be tempted to have a link to how the other teams around Swindon in the table are doing this afternoon when on the touchline of the Bescot.
“I’m not sure there is ever a need to do it,” he claimed.
“We know what we need to do to almost guarantee (survival). If we look back through the history of League One or any division, there is normally a points tally, if you acquire that, you’re almost guaranteed safety.
“I think we need to concentrate far more on that.
“I don’t think we need to risk people feeling like a job is done before it is.
“A goal scored in the last second is enough to go from zero points to one, or one to three. We need to concentrate on our own destiny.”
Williams has been accused of playing it too safe in the last two games against MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon, sticking with a side set up to protect their own goal first and foremost, a tactic that served them well against Millwall and Fleetwood Town.
However, with games running out, Williams will at some point have to throw caution to the wind but admits he is not sure when that juncture will come.
“I need to be really ready to react on the side and time anything appropriately,” he added.
“At this point, I’ve learnt so many lessons. We have hammered teams, both here and away from home and not taken them and left our opponents with a very simple goal to score against us.
“I’ve got to remain calm and make sure I don’t go too gung-ho and give us no chance.
“It is such a fine line all the time.”
Skipper Nathan Thompson missed Good Friday’s game with a recurrence of his foot injury and it is touch-and-go whether he will feature this afternoon.
“I think it depends on how his body reacts to this injection,” explained Williams.
“I know one thing, I don’t ever have to worry about whether or not Nathan will do everything in his power but, at the same time, there is no point him being out there and he’s only half of what he should be.”