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MATCH REPORT: Stalemate At The County Ground

29 September 2018

Swindon Town and Oldham Athletic played out a stalemate as Matt Taylor saw red for bringing down Christopher Missilou deliberately as the Latics midfielder was running clean through.

A mass brawl erupted with Taylor seeing red and plenty of yellow cards were shown as Oldham will go home feeling robbed, especially considering it was the last minute of the game.

The first half was very much a case of defences on top as the two sides cancelled each other out without many chances being created.

Swindon lined up with a 4-3-3 formation in an attempt to keep hold of possession throughout which they did, but without threatening much going forward.

Latics had the first opening of some sort, as Ishmael Miller almost broke through on goal, but the Swindon defence managed to recover to block the big striker’s shot.

Keshi Anderson had The Robins first chance as he opened up some space on the edge of the Oldham box, but curled his effort well wide of Daniel Iversens goal.

Rob Hunt then whipped in a dangerous cross which fell to the feet of Chirs O’Grady, but yet again the shot was blocked and cleared away by the home side.

Swindon’s best chance came as Elijah Adebayo ran through the Oldham defence only to drag his shot, which almost fell to Steven Alzate, but Captain Peter Clarke slid across to snuff out any danger.

Oldham probably created the best chance of the half as a deep cross from the left was misjudged by Robins goalkeeper Luke McCormick.

The ball fell to Johan Branger-Engone, but the Gabonese winger couldn’t keep his volley down and the teams went in at half time all square.

However, moments before the chance Latics may have felt they deserved a penalty after Dan Gardners freekick hit a hand of a Swindon player which the officials missed.

The second half had the same feel, but Miller did test McCormick with a low shot down to the keepers’ left.

Miller then powered through off the left-hand side to test McCormick once again with the keeper this time turning it away for a corner.

Latics were having to defend well at the other end and a goalmouth scramble almost caused some problems for the away side before it fell gracefully into the hands of Iversen.

Alzate also curled a decent chance over for hosts as the game looked destined for a draw.

However, the game came into controversy as Missilou found himself clean through on goal on the halfway line, but Taylor tripped him up before he could get away.

It was the definition of ‘taking one for the team’ as a mass brawl came about with Latics players clearly unhappy with the actions of the Swindon left-back.

O’Grady then had a glorious chance to snatch the points from the resulting freekick, but he couldn’t quite keep the shot down.

Latics still remain unbeaten away from home and it’s also three games without a loss for Frankie Bunn’s men.

Attendance 6181 (412 Away)

Swindon Town

McCormick, Nelson, Lancashire ©, Dunne (McCourt 82’), Richards (McGlashan 60’), Anderson, Alzate, Adebayo, Diagouraga, Taylor, Woolfenden

Oldham Athletic

Iversen, Hunt, Clarke ©, Edmundson, Taylor, Branger-Engone (Dummigan 67’), Gardner, Missilou, Lang (Nepomuceno 90’), O’Grady, Miller (Baxter 64’)


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