Murphy Mahoney feels that the squad harmony that exists at Swindon Town will be key for getting them back to winning ways.

Swindon visit Harrogate Town on Saturday looking to shake off a run of four straight defeats in League Two and earn maximum points on the road for the first time since August.

Mahoney said that the camaraderie and friendship that exists in the Town squad has been a big factor in helping them to keep fighting when times are tough.

He said: “It can be a struggle [staying positive], we have been on a difficult run of form, but we have a great group here and we work really hard in the week.

“We are always motivated, and we are always confident that we can go out and put on a good performance.

“Although we are on a difficult run, at the start of the season we were on a really good run, so we look back at that and that gives us motivation to say that we can beat teams and outplay teams.

“From the start of the season until now there has been a really good togetherness throughout the group, everyone gets on with everyone.

“That is important when results aren’t going your way to help your mate out and if someone is low on confidence then you pick them up.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say we have been coming in laughing and joking, but we pick each other up and help each other to get the best out of ourselves.”

Mahoney said that it does not matter who they are playing this weekend, the match is a good opportunity for Town to put their recent results right and begin to turn things around.

He said: “My approach is to approach every game the same, work hard in the week and prepare the same way to give yourself the best possible chance of picking up a victory.

“I don’t think we are necessarily looking at them and saying ‘they are on a bad run at home, we must get a result here’.

“We are looking at ourselves and thinking that we have underachieved the last few weeks and not got as many points on the board as we would have liked to.

“Tomorrow is a good opportunity to go there, implement our style, play our football, and come away with something. That is our focus.”