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Swindon Town v Latics: Full-time Report

1 February 2014

Grounds grabs winner at County Ground

Latics clinched three points at The County Ground thanks to a second half Jonathan Grounds strike on 72 minutes. Lee Johnson's side had dominated the game for long periods and thoroughly deserved their win.

Home skipper Ward was replaced for the start of the second, Troy Archibald-Henville his replacement. The central defender quickly into action as he headed back to his keeper under pressure from Clarke-Harris.

Grounds wasted an early chance to put Foderingham under pressure, his free kick from wide of the area too high and wide. Harkins then shooting just wide after the Robins failed to clear their lines.

The home supporters were again asking for a penalty on 55 minutes after Wesolowski and George Barker came together in the Latics box, again no foul given.

Swindon made their second substitution on 58 minutes, popular striker Nile Ranger replacing Barker. Raphael Rossi-Branco the second home player to go in referee Robinson's book after a challenge on behind on Worrall.

Stead became the second player to make his Latics debut during the game, entering the fray on 63 minutes to replace Clarke-Harris.

A quick counter from Latics almost brought the opening goal, Foderingham diving to his left to keep out a smart shot from Philliskirk on 65 minutes.

Substitute Archibald-Henville was lucky to remain on the pitch on 68 minutes, receiving only a yellow card after he had completely flattened Grounds.

Stead almost opened his Latics account a minute later, his deft header superbly tipped away by Foderingham for another corner to the visitors.

GOAL: 1-0 to Latics

Grounds blasted a loose ball into the bottom corner of the Robins goal to give Latics the lead on 72 minutes. The goal coming after a superb flowing move involving several players, Harkins delivering the final ball in which the home side failed to clear.

The goal stung the Robins into action. A neat move down the right ending with Byrne firing wide when well placed.

Philliskirk came within inches of doubling Latics lead on 79 minutes, his chipped effort from 30 yards beating Foderingham but skimming the bar to land on the top of the net.

Kissock became the third player to make his Latics debut as he replaced the tiring Worrall, who had also collected an earlier booking for a trip.

Archibald-Henville collected his second booking on 90 minutes, his late challenge on Wesolowski ending an eventful half for the big defender.

Kissock blocked a cross to give the home side their first corner of the half in added time. Lockwood clearing the ensuing kick.

FT: Swindon Town 0 Latics 1

Latics Starting XI: Oxley, Brown, Grounds, Wesolowski, Smith, Clarke-Harris (Stead) , Wilson, Lockwood, Philliskirk, Worrall (Kissock), Harkins.

Unused subs: Rachubka, Mellor, Rodgers, Dayton, Millar.


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