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STEVENAGE 2 SWINDON TOWN 0: Full-time report

Swindon Advertiser: STEVENAGE 2 SWINDON TOWN 0: Full-time report STEVENAGE 2 SWINDON TOWN 0: Full-time report

SWINDON Town missed the chance to move back into the League One play-off places after going down 2-0 at bottom side Stevenage this evening.

Lucas Akins profited after Alex Pritchard failed to control keeper Wes Foderingham’s quick throw to drive the ball into the corner to give the hosts the lead at the break, before Felipe Morais scored from the spot in the second period to seal the victory.

Town boss Mark Cooper kept faith with the starting eleven which beat Peterborough at the weekend, but the Robins found themselves on the back foot for the opening minutes before Yaser Kasim lashed the first real chance of the game over the top for Town.

Nile Ranger saw a shot blocked and then headed the rebound into the arms of Chris Day as Town exerted some pressure, but it looked as if the hosts had taken the lead when Zoko beat Foderingham to a cross to head into the net. To the Robins’ relief, he was flagged offside.

Pritchard struck the bar and then saw a shot blocked behind, but Town soon found themselves behind. Foderingham claimed a Luke Freeman cross well and hurled the ball out to an under-pressure Pritchard whose heavy touch eventually landed at the feet of Akins, and the striker did the rest as he drilled low into the back of the net.

Town were unable to respond before the break and was soon behind after the interval when Morais found the net from the spot after Hall dragged down Zoko.

Cooper introduced new signing George Barker for his debut and pacey forward Miles Story but neither of the youngsters were able to produce the magic required to drag Town back into the contest.

Walsall’s win at home to Oldham tonight sees them move above both Town and Peterborough and into sixth place.

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10:01pm Tue 14 Jan 14

LeGod says...

ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bottom of the league side havent won in 13 games play us and guess what they get a result.

Players need to look at theirselves after that PATHETIC PERFORMANCE
ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!! Bottom of the league side havent won in 13 games play us and guess what they get a result. Players need to look at theirselves after that PATHETIC PERFORMANCE LeGod
  • Score: 11

10:51pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Lazaat says...

At the start of the season we would have taken a mid table finish so we need to be realistic? Our away form is pathetic i agree and if we somehow made the play offs it will be a miracle with little chance of winning it. I don't understand how a team can be so good at home and so bad away? Obviously as a group they haven't got the bottle, i was at Macclesfield and that was very bad. So mid table this season is as much as i can expect with hopefully some strengthening in the summer for a genuine assault on promotion next season.
At the start of the season we would have taken a mid table finish so we need to be realistic? Our away form is pathetic i agree and if we somehow made the play offs it will be a miracle with little chance of winning it. I don't understand how a team can be so good at home and so bad away? Obviously as a group they haven't got the bottle, i was at Macclesfield and that was very bad. So mid table this season is as much as i can expect with hopefully some strengthening in the summer for a genuine assault on promotion next season. Lazaat
  • Score: 0

11:18pm Tue 14 Jan 14

super reds says...

So how many points did Walsall get tonight, only it says with their win tonight they go above Town & Peterborough into 6th place, looking at the table they're 4 points ahead of us so must've been ahead of us anyway....
So how many points did Walsall get tonight, only it says with their win tonight they go above Town & Peterborough into 6th place, looking at the table they're 4 points ahead of us so must've been ahead of us anyway.... super reds
  • Score: -1

11:40pm Tue 14 Jan 14

harley red says...

The goals were all about poor defending !! Oh that makes a change and it was one bad passing out of defence , and two the other was bad defending by hall that's not any different either . Why do we play this crap at the back and not put the ball out or as far up the Luther end so we can regroup we have lost so many points to this attitude we are better than them so we will carry on this way . We'll I got news we are not better than them as we get beat so often I think that speaks for its self . Cooper and Power are so stubborn they won't change . Both out please !!!!!!
The goals were all about poor defending !! Oh that makes a change and it was one bad passing out of defence , and two the other was bad defending by hall that's not any different either . Why do we play this crap at the back and not put the ball out or as far up the Luther end so we can regroup we have lost so many points to this attitude we are better than them so we will carry on this way . We'll I got news we are not better than them as we get beat so often I think that speaks for its self . Cooper and Power are so stubborn they won't change . Both out please !!!!!! harley red
  • Score: 2

12:35pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Swindon1984 says...

harley red wrote:
The goals were all about poor defending !! Oh that makes a change and it was one bad passing out of defence , and two the other was bad defending by hall that's not any different either . Why do we play this crap at the back and not put the ball out or as far up the Luther end so we can regroup we have lost so many points to this attitude we are better than them so we will carry on this way . We'll I got news we are not better than them as we get beat so often I think that speaks for its self . Cooper and Power are so stubborn they won't change . Both out please !!!!!!
Not sure about calling for people's heads (we're still in a decent position, and surely the players have to take some responsibility for the poor away performances as well) but I do have concerns about the goals we concede. Very few this season stick out as decent goals, with the majority coming from poor defending, or worse, where the opposition have been gifted a chance through a poor pass or error that's given away possession.

We've been doing this at home as well mind you, but don't seem to get punished for it nearly as often. Though happy with the results, I thought we were very fortunate after the Coventry and Peterborough games to come away with a win, looks as if we're getting our share of luck at home and not getting away with it away.

harley red, were you there last night? If so I can understand to an extent the knee jerk reaction about sacking the boss, as I'd be miffed too (felt robbed after Crawley away with such a dire performance but at least we took a point from them). I still wouldn't be calling to sack the manager but I could at least see the frustration in making a big journey mid week, wasting your time and money etc. Just a genuine question, might help to establish whether your vitriol is a bit more understandable.
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: The goals were all about poor defending !! Oh that makes a change and it was one bad passing out of defence , and two the other was bad defending by hall that's not any different either . Why do we play this crap at the back and not put the ball out or as far up the Luther end so we can regroup we have lost so many points to this attitude we are better than them so we will carry on this way . We'll I got news we are not better than them as we get beat so often I think that speaks for its self . Cooper and Power are so stubborn they won't change . Both out please !!!!!![/p][/quote]Not sure about calling for people's heads (we're still in a decent position, and surely the players have to take some responsibility for the poor away performances as well) but I do have concerns about the goals we concede. Very few this season stick out as decent goals, with the majority coming from poor defending, or worse, where the opposition have been gifted a chance through a poor pass or error that's given away possession. We've been doing this at home as well mind you, but don't seem to get punished for it nearly as often. Though happy with the results, I thought we were very fortunate after the Coventry and Peterborough games to come away with a win, looks as if we're getting our share of luck at home and not getting away with it away. harley red, were you there last night? If so I can understand to an extent the knee jerk reaction about sacking the boss, as I'd be miffed too (felt robbed after Crawley away with such a dire performance but at least we took a point from them). I still wouldn't be calling to sack the manager but I could at least see the frustration in making a big journey mid week, wasting your time and money etc. Just a genuine question, might help to establish whether your vitriol is a bit more understandable. Swindon1984
  • Score: 0

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