Two goals proved a point - Swindon Town's Alan Connell

Alan Connell
Connell netted his first goals for Swindon in their 3-2 win over Rotherham on Saturday

Striker Alan Connell says scoring his first goals for Swindon has "proved a point" to boss Paolo di Canio.

The 28-year-old arrived at the County Ground from Grimsby in the summer but has struggled to hold down a regular place in the side.

"It's been difficult for me," he told BBC Wiltshire after netting a brace in the 3-2 win against Rotherham.

"But I've shown Paolo I'm ready to play, I back my ability to score goals and hopefully I've proved a point."

Connell, who scored 25 goals for Grimsby last term, has only started two games for Swindon so far this season- against Bristol City and Southampton in the Carling Cup - and was substituted on both occasions.

"To be brought off early against two Championship teams was difficult to take," said Connell.

"I always believe in myself but it is difficult when you are being taken off or, like last week, I was 17th man.

"But the gaffer thanked me in front of all the boys for my reaction on Tuesday [against Southampton] when I came off - he said it was a tactical decision and I showed a great reaction."

Connell may now become first-choice striker by default as Czech Republic striker Lukas Magera has ruled out for around 10 days through injury, Billy Bodin has joined Torquay on loan and Leon Clarke is set to leave following his fall out with di Canio last week.

"Last season at Grimsby I played almost every minute of the season. Obviously we've got a bigger squad here and better quality so I've just had to bide my time and take my chance when it comes," added Connell.

"But I'm all about the team and all about sticking together as a group. For me this year it is all about Swindon Town getting promoted. But obviously I want to play a big part and score as many goals as I can.

"I'm a confidence player - hopefully [the goals] will do me the world of good."

Top Stories