RICHIE Wellens was pleased with the three points but not so enamoured with the performance as Swindon Town overcame Scunthorpe United 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Eoin Doyle bagged a brace for his first goals in eight games, finding the net either side of half-time.

And the result moved Town three points clear at the top of League Two with a game in hand over their closest challengers.

But the visitors made life difficult for Swindon, who left Wellens wanting more on the night.

“A good result, a poor performance on the whole,” he said. “I thought in patches in the second half we played well.

“I have to give credit to them (Scunthorpe), because they were very well organised.

“I went to watch them on Saturday against Port Vale and they had a little more attacking threat against us, but I thought they’d be a little more open.

“They were difficult to play through, the distance between the back four and the midfield players was very good.

“We tried going through the middle of them in the first half; we didn’t earn the right to play through the middle of them by keeping switching play and opening up the gaps, too many turnovers of possession.”

Scunthorpe were happy to sit deep and let Town play in front of them.

And in the circumstances, a little more pace in the pass was among the missing ingredients for Wellens.

“If you play the ball quicker then they’re having to put that bit of legwork in,” he said.

“Maybe we did tire them out because we got more little passages of play and interchanges around the box the last ten minutes.

“But overall you have to give them credit because they came here and made it difficult for us.

“We just didn’t move the ball quickly enough from side to side and therefore, as players are shuffling across, those gaps are quite small and difficult to play through.”

The Town boss pondered whether a lack of games in recent weeks affected his side’s fluency.

Wellens added: “In the first half, Paul Caddis put a cross in, Lloyd Isgrove put a cross in but it was offside, then DJ got down the side and put a cross in.

“Three crosses in the first half is nowhere near enough and nowhere near good enough.

“We picked an attacking team so we expect more. I just felt we lacked a little bit of fluency today.

“The games being called off, we’ve only played one game in two weeks, maybe that had something to do with it because we did get better in the second half and moved the ball quicker.

“But still sloppy little passes giving the ball away allowed them to break and I thought they were a threat till the very end.”