SWINDON Town manager John Sheridan admitted he felt pretty comfortable at all times as his side survived a disallowed Bristol Rovers goal to beat the Gas 1-0 at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.

The first half was a drab affair before Rovers took the game to their visitors after the break.

After surviving a 15 minute spell of pressure from Rovers, which included Zain Westbrooke’s brilliant volley being ruled out for offside, Swindon took the lead with 20 minutes remaining as Jack Payne struck from inside the box.

Joey Barton’s side offered very little in the closing stages, but Akin Odimayo had to be alert to provide a superb last-ditch tackle to deny Brendan Hanlan an equaliser at the death.

Reacting to Town’s first consecutive victories of the season, Sheridan said he was pleased with the majority of his team’s play.

He said: “There was effort and desire from the boys, and plenty of good football too. We get the little bit of luck with their goal being ruled out for offside, and we end up going on to win the game.

“I think I saw a reasonable degree of comfort from us – Lee Camp hasn’t had too much to do.

“The goal that was offside, I’d be disappointed if that wasn’t given for us. But I think we were competitive, we were well in the game at all times, and I was very comfortable with the way we went about the game.”

Victory ensured Swindon remain in 19th place but pushed Sheridan’s men three points above the dotted line ahead of a considerable break in games.

Town have over a week’s rest before their next game, and Sheridan said his players have earned a well-deserved rest following their efforts.

The Town boss highlighted the performance of his defence in particular, stating two clean sheets in a row takes pressure of the attackers scoring three every week.

Sheridan said: “For both teams, it was a massively important game to try and keep the respective clubs in the division. We knew the importance of it, but it was a good solid performance.

“You can put teams out in whatever formation you like, but it’s about players going across the white line knowing their job description, knowing what they’re good at and what they’re not good at.

“We looked really solid, Akin Odimayo was good, Anthony Grant looks a different player in the middle at the back. Young Ellis has been very good, and Camp has the experience too with Caddis.”