SWINDON Town manager Michael Flynn admitted his side made “hard work” of their 2-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday night.

Town began poorly at the New Lawn and went behind in the 14th minute when Matty Stevens slotted Rovers in front.

But, gradually, Town improved as the game wore on and found a leveller just after the break when Dan Kemp headed home from one of Luke Daniels’ many saves.

Harvey Bunker’s 60th-minute red card helped Town’s cause significantly, but it took Swindon until stoppage time – as well as a stunning shot from Frazer Blake-Tracy – to secure the three points.

Discussing the overall contest post-match, Flynn felt his team were not as fast out of the traps as they could have been – a feature which put them behind the eight ball early on.

Flynn said: “We made hard work of it, didn’t we?

“I thought we started a little bit slowly, in terms of the way we moved the ball too slowly. We played into Forest Green’s trap.

“David [Horseman] has got them really well organised, and he’s going to do a good job here.

“I thought we started getting on top of them, just after the half-hour mark and then again in the early part of the second half when we got the goal.

“Their sending off has hindered them, but I thought we were on top at that point in the game anyway.”

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For the third game in a row this season, Town yielded more than 20 total shots but only managed to hit the target with eight of them as Daniels produced an outstanding display for the hosts.

Flynn was pleased with the majority of his team’s performance, but admitted that ruthless attacking edge is lacking and could have allowed for an even more successful start to the new campaign.

He said: “If we were more clinical, we would have won comfortably on Saturday, and we would have won comfortably tonight too.

“The sending off has made it – I’m almost going to say – an easier night, but they were always a threat on the counter because, at times, we were sloppy.

“We’ve had over 20 shots again today, and we’ve made just over 1,000 completed passes in the past two games. That goes to show that we’re playing a very, very good style of football.

“At the minute, it’s just that finishing touch or the end product that’s letting us down because we were very, very wasteful again tonight.”