SWINDON Town head coach Scott Lindsey said just because he’s likely to make changes to his starting XI in the Robins’ final group stage game of the EFL Trophy doesn’t mean he expects or will accept lower standards than those put in place.
Town travel to Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night to take on League One Bristol Rovers – a game that will cap an EFL Trophy campaign already over after two defeats in two games.
Visitors are expected to make sweeping changes against Joey Barton’s side to keep the currently disgraced players up to date.
In a game of very little meaning to Swindon, Lindsey explained what he would like to see his team do in order for the seemingly dead rubber to have meaning.
The town boss said: “I want to see the team I pick play really well, both as an individual and as a group.
“You’ve seen a real pattern lately in terms of how we’re playing and there are certain aspects that we’re working on that I see clearly on a matchday.
“I’d like to see that from the group that hasn’t played that many minutes because then that shows they’re embracing the stuff that we’ve been working on in training.
“I also want to see players that make my team selection decisions difficult. I don’t want the first team to almost choose themselves, I think every manager would be the same.”
Despite Swindon failing to advance to the knockout stages of the competition, Lindsey insists his players are desperate to win the game simply because “that’s what professional athletes do”.
The town boss says those who might be worried his players are taking it easy shouldn’t worry.
Lindsey said: “Once the players are outside and the whistle blows, the game mode will turn on immediately.
“It doesn’t matter if you play in a cup competition that we’ve already lost or if it’s in the league.
“I know very well that the players have this attitude and want to play well, they want to pass the ball well, they want to create chances, they want to defend – they want to do everything right.
“I’m expecting a hard-fought game but I have no idea what Bristol Rovers are going to bring.
“They’ve had a decent season so far in a tough division so they’re in a good place but I have no idea which team Joey (Barton) will pick.”