Douglas - We must take blame

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Swindon skipper Jonathan Douglas feels the club`s players and board must accept their share of responsibility for Town`s current predicament but is adamant they will keep fighting while there remains a chance of survival.

The Wiltshire club`s hopes of avoiding relegation are now remote after a 2-1 home defeat to fellow strugglers Notts County left them six points adrift of safety with just nine left to play for.

Douglas said: "We are not going home delighted with our performance and we have to learn from our mistakes and make sure it doesn't happen again. But we've all made mistakes, players and board."

He added: "Some players haven't been replaced from last season but we just must keep going. With three games left we have to keep going and keep believing. There are nine points available and we are capable of getting them.

Speaking about the club`s latest defeat, Douglas added: "We played into their hands in the second half. We started to get the ball forward early and they were better at it than we were.

"We are disappointed and we gave away two silly goals. There were changes in the second half but the players we have should have been able to adapt to them. We have just got to keep going and see where it takes us."

The Magpies - under new boss Martin Allen - have now registered back-to-back league wins for the first time this season to pull themselves four points clear of danger.

And Allen paid tribute to his players, saying: "What a comeback! The temperature it was out there and Swindon were a better team, and we were 1-0 down.

"I made a couple of substitutions and didn't the boys that went on do very, very well? (Alan Judge and Lee Hughes).

"(Douglas) Hitting the underside of the bar with his shot was the turning point in the whole game but it was one of the best shots I have ever seen. Considering we had to make five changes from the Tranmere game, we did exceedingly well."

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