TOWN manager Lee Clark bemoaned the defences lapses which led to his side’s 2-1 defeat at Swindon.
Clark admitted: “We have to improve our defending away from home.”
Town’s manager was hugely disappointed at the manner in which Billy Paynter, who scored after 24 minutes, and then Charlie Austin, who hit the winner on 58 minutes, were able to condemn his side to a first defeat in six matches.
The final outcome, which left Town fifth in the League I table, meant that Lee Novak’s fifth goal of the season, that tied the game at 1-1 in 28th minute, counted for little.
Clark said: “For the first goal we allowed them to get in a free header from a set piece and the ball was nodded down and the lad (Paynter) was able to score with ease.
“And for the second goal we lost possession on halfway where we must be more competitive – and then we gave the scorer far too much space.
“I know the wind made it a bit of a lottery and that was a shame because we had two of the better footballing sides in the division on show.
“But, if I’m being honest I thought Danny Wilson’s side coped with the conditions better.
“In the first half, when we had the wind behind us we didn’t get enough balls into the danger area, we didn’t get enough shots in and we didn’t test them enough.”
Of Novak’s goal Clark added: “It was a great strike, but in the context of the game it counts for nothing.”