‘We are scared to play here’

TOWN skipper Hasney Aljofree is determined to rid his teammates of their County Ground fear factor', urging them to take the risk which could end their home hoodoo once and for all.

Without a point on their own turf since the opening day of the season, Swindon appeared too scared to try and create anything against Millwall on Sunday for fear of making a mistake in front of the home support.

QPR, Colchester and Leeds have also profited from Town's inability to perform in Wiltshire, and with the fans starting to voice their discontent at the way the season is heading, Aljofree pin-pointed what he believes is the problem.

"I think it may be a bit of a belief that's missing," revealed the captain after the Millwall defeat.

"There's a reason why we're not winning here - it's not like no-one knows - I think we're a bit scared to play, worried about letting the fans down and worried about letting ourselves down.

"You've seen that there was nothing really in the (Millwall) game, but we just didn't even produce, especially in the first half.

"But it's a strange feeling to have. I've never had this in my career before where the lads are scared to play at home."

Aljofree acknowledged that it may take a moment of individual brilliance or sheer grit and determination to turn things around and rid Town of their troubles.

He admitted: "It might take the lads to show a bit of courage and not be afraid to lose the ball in areas where they might get punished.

"We can do it - in the first game of the season against Tranmere we took the game to them and beat them convincingly. So we can do it, it's just a fact of one, two, three results which aren't helping anyone's confidence.

"There's loads of clubs who go through it. Look at the highest level and look at Newcastle - they're going through a tough time and it's for reasons like confidence.

"If you're a confident person you're alright, but there's an afraid-ness at the moment, not through lack of effort, and it's certainly nothing to do with the manager.

"The manager does everything for us and we work hard during the week, it's just the 11 lads who go out on a Saturday need to be brave enough and bold enough to not be scared by the fans."

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