Swindon Town 0-1 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

The County Ground, home of Swindon Town, ahead of their game against Doncaster Rovers

Out of the darkness comes light. From the fug of Mad Friday hangovers and the pea-souper of doom hanging over the Keepmoat, Rovers delivered an awakening away performance to bring much-needed festive cheer.

This was an away mission accomplished as Rovers stuck stoically to a perfectly executed game-plan, defended solidly and, when the chance to score presented itself, gleefully took it. But it would be dismissive to call this smash-and-grab. Beyond Theo Robinson’s perfectly despatched penalty further chances were created; Luke McCullough brought the best out of ‘keeper Wes Foderingham; Andy Butler dove to head millimetres wide and Harry Forester kissed the post from a tight angle.

But it was in defence where Rovers excelled at the County Ground; effectively marshaling a good, passing Swindon side away from their own area, and corralling them in the central third of the field. In the first half Sam Johnstone did nowt beyond take goal-kicks. In the second-half he remained a spectator as a Jonathan Obika effort was redirected onto the post by McCullough’s heel, before Andy Williams and Ben Gladwin both fired wide.

That is until the 79th minute and a penalty for the home side, which ultimately provided Johnstone with his only save of the game; down left to beat away Smith’s spot-kick. That save may have wrapped up the win, but it took a goal-line clearance from Enda Stevens deep in injury-time to tape down the ends and stick on the bow. Do we have to go back home?

by Glen Wilson

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