SWINDON Town striker Eoin Doyle could have been forgiven for thinking it was not to be his day with the score at 1-0 to Exeter in the dying embers of Saturday’s League Two clash at St James Park.

But after seeing a first-half effort crash against the post and a late goal ruled out for handball, Richie Wellens’ newest recruit was not to be denied a debut strike as he pounced in the final moments of Town’s 1-1 draw with the Grecians.

Spotting Zeki Fryers pick up the ball on the left, Doyle made his run towards the near post, reaching the cross before poking it past home stopper Lewis Ward for a deserved Town equaliser.

Reflecting on an excellent afternoon personally for the Irishman, Doyle believed his new club could count themselves unlucky not to have maintained their 100 per cent winning record in the league after a barrage of chances were somehow kept out by Exeter’s defence.

Doyle said: “I think in the first half, we dominated.

“We looked like the better team and looked like we would go ahead, but the ball didn’t seem to want to go over the line for us.

“In the second half, we went a little flat and conceded, but it was nice to get the point in the end.

“It (the move for the goal) was probably the best bit of play we did in the second half. It was a great ball in and fortunately it went in.

“We looked very positive attacking-wise, and it’s looking good going forward for us.

“I think we were the better team and unlucky not to get all three points today.”

Despite their first draw of the fledgling League Two campaign, Town still moved top on goal difference thanks to their late equaliser.

Yet Doyle felt it was the least Town deserved and recalled a couple of moments where, had things gone differently, Richie Wellens’ men would have been celebrating a deserved victory in Devon.

First, the 31-year-old paid tribute to superb defending from Town’s opposition before admitting his charged down effort did in fact accidentally hit him on the arm before bouncing into the net.

He said: “It started when Zeki crossed the ball and the defender blocked the ball from me and it fell to Keshi.

“The defender must have gambled early on the line because I can’t believe it never hit him and went in. It was a great finish by Keshi, but it was great defending by the lad.

“Then with the one that was ruled out, it hit the arm and the referee said that with the new rules, that’s handball.

“But I’m relieved to get off the mark in my first game, it certainly takes the pressure off going forward.”