Udoka Godwin-Malife said that Morecambe’s quintuple substitution did unsettle Swindon Town during their 2-2 draw at the Mazuma Stadium.

Town took an early lead through Dan Kemp, before Jake Taylor levelled the scores at the break. Charlie Austin then got Swindon’s noses back in front from the spot as Yann Songo’o was dismissed for two yellow cards, but Ethan Walker came off the bench to ensure the match ended all square.

Godwin-Malife said that the five substitutions that Derek Adams made at 2-1 did have an impact on Town’s performance, ultimately resulting in them having to leave Lancashire with one point.

He said: “Of course it does [have an impact], it changes everything in terms of set pieces, who you are marking, and then of course the fresh legs gives them momentum and gets the crowd off their feet.

“But as professionals we need to manage that better, because it is not the first time a manager has thrown five subs on because of the new five subs rule.

“It is a cliché that sometimes it is harder to play against ten men because teams do sit in a low bank, and you have to break them down.

“We work on these scenarios every day, so we have to be better, move it quicker, and be cuter with our passes.

“You need to know how to manage it and kill the game off, it is all about game management in those situations and it was just one of those days for us.

“We didn’t lose the game, which gives us a positive to go back home with.”

Despite the disappointment of only managing to come away with a draw, Godwin-Malife said that he remains confident that the way Swindon play will help them more than it hinders them.

He said: “It is margins at the end of the day, if the ball goes through to one of our players and we can turn them on the break.

“We are humans and we makes mistakes and it is just about us learning from them and getting that bit sharper.

“With the way we play and how expansive we are, there is an element of risk, but we know that eight or nine times out of ten it is going to come off.

“If we punish teams when it does come off then we look good, today was just one of those days. Hopefully we get more rewards from this.”