SWINDON Town hitman Eoin Doyle remains a menace to rival defences even though his remarkable scoring streak has cooled off – and Richie Wellens is just fine with that.

The Irish striker is still on the stunning 23-goal tally he racked up over the first half of the campaign, yet to find the net since his recall and subsequent return to Wiltshire from Bradford City.

But Doyle has nevertheless been a thorn in opposition defences and teed up goals in each of Town’s last two games.

While he remains productive up the top end of the pitch, Wellens has no doubt Doyle will see chances to add to his goalscoring exploits continue, starting with tonight’s rearranged home clash against Scunthorpe United.

“As long as he keeps setting up winning goals he doesn’t mind (not scoring),” Wellens said.

“Did we ever feel that Eoin Doyle was going to continue scoring the rate he was? That would probably mean he’d finish the season with 50 goals, which is unheard of.

“What he’s doing really well at the moment is he’s occupying the two centre-backs, he’s working hard for the team.

“He’s looking after the ball and bringing others into play when it goes up to him, and he’s got a couple of assists, so we’re really pleased with him.

“If you asked him, he would like two goals every single time he steps on the pitch, but the big thing is chances will come his way.

“As long as he’s getting chances I’m sure he’ll be happy.”

After Town saw their weekend game at Mansfield called off in the face of Storm Jorge, Wellens took the opportunity to go on an impromptu scouting mission, watching Scunthorpe twice come from a goal down to draw 2-2 at Port Vale.

That experience of seeing any side in the flesh beats digital scouting work for the Swindon chief.

“It gives you a visual picture of what they do,” Wellens said.

“When you watch videos back you haven’t seen the big picture.

“When you’re there live you can see everything that’s happening, you can get a feel for the game.

“I always believe it’s a lot better when you get a feel for the game.

“When you watch a game on TV or on Wyscout there’s no commentary, it’s silent.

“You haven’t got a feel of is a player under pressure, how is a crowd; that feeling towards a game.

“It’s beneficial to actually see them close up.”

Wellens expects to enter the game with a full squad to choose from bar vice-captain Mathieu Baudry, who remains out of action through injury.