LUKE Williams is refusing to throw in the towel on Swindon Town’s fight for survival in League One despite another sickening setback on Saturday.
With his team’s plight deepening on a weekly basis after four straight defeats, Town head coach Williams cut his most solemn figure of a tough season so far in the wake of this weekend’s 2-1 loss at Bradford City.
Williams had just been forced to watch his side snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at Valley Parade as two Bantams goals in the final five minutes meant Swindon missed the chance to reduce the seven-point gap they are away from safety.
However, with seven games still to go in an effort to pull off what now looks an increasingly unlikely rescue act, Williams remains defiant and his bleak mood merely reflected his disappointment at the manner of Town’s latest loss rather than an admission of defeat in the battle to beat the drop.
“I don’t want the season to be over, no chance. If the season is over tomorrow, we are relegated,” said Williams.
“I want the season to continue until we are safe. If we could bolt on an extra 50 games at the end of the season if we need to, I would.
“I never ever will quit. I want this emotion to be over but I certainly don’t want this season to be over, I am not looking to hide from anything.
“It is a blessing to be involved in this sport but it is crushing when you feel like you have worked so hard to get a victory away from home at a very tough place and then to just hand it over. It is difficult to accept right now.”
Williams admits that inexperience played a part in Town’s failure to see out the game at Valley Parade, although time is running out for them to keep using that excuse after another disparaging result.
“It’s an experience thing and I hope they learn from it but it’s no good us hoping the players are learning when we are all suffering, the fans are suffering and we get relegated,” said Williams.
“We have to learn immediately but it’s too many times now.
“We come here and go 1-0 up with 15 minutes to go. We have won the game, it’s over, there is no energy left on the pitch from the other team.
“If we manage it correctly, there is not enough time for them to make too many big changes, but we just handed it over.”