SWINDON Town assistant coach Scott Lindsey stated he was unsurprised to see a largely second-string XI beat League One leaders Plymouth Argyle in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.

Town’s starting XI featured nine players who would not ordinarily line up for a League Two contest, but the much-changed side took on a strong Argyle outfit and emerged as comfortable winners in the end, triumphing 3-1 at Home Park.

Harry Parsons affected an own-goal in Town’s favour while Jayden Mitchell-Lawson scored his first for the club, both part of a group of less experienced players who showed what they are capable of.

Assistant coach Lindsey stated the manner of the Town performance came as no shock to him because – according to the 49-year-old – that standard is the norm in training.

He said: “All the guys that came in took their opportunity, and we were really pleased with them.

“But we weren’t surprised about that because we know how they train, the intensity that they train at, and the fact they train with the first team players who play more often in the league.

“They’ve not looked out of place at all in training, so we knew they could handle a game as big as that. I work with these players every day, and I know what they’re capable of.

“We’ve got strength in depth, and we’ve got players who played on Tuesday that are more than capable of playing in a league match for us. We wanted to build a good strong squad, and that’s what we feel we’ve got.”

Another Town player who put in a strong performance in midweek was Jordan Lyden. The Australian started for the first time since coming off during the first half of Swindon’s 1-0 defeat to Weymouth in pre-season.

Lyden was given a full human MOT by the Town medical staff after his latest injury, and he appeared all the better for it after helping the visitors wrestle momentum back before going on to win.

On Lyden, Lindsey said: “We were really quite detailed with who was going to come on and off – we knew Jordan was going to come off in the 60th minute because he’s not played a lot of football.

“The last time he played properly was in pre-season against Weymouth, our first game. It was important we got an hour in him, but no more than that.”