SWINDON TOWN 1 CRAWLEY TOWN 1: Full-time report

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: SWINDON TOWN 1 CRAWLEY TOWN 1: Full-time report SWINDON TOWN 1 CRAWLEY TOWN 1: Full-time report

MATT Tubbs struck with 10 minutes to go as Crawley snatched a point at the County Ground this evening.

Following a lacklustre opening period from both sides, Joe Walsh deflected Jack Barthram’s cross into his own net to give Town the lead but the hosts were unable to further their advantage despite a handful of opportunities.

Ryan Harley, Nathan Byrne, Louis Thompson and Barthram stood out for Mark Cooper’s side on a night where a number of fringe players were covering for absent regulars, but they were punished when Tubbs slid in to convert from a Josh Simpson cross.

After an opening half an hour lacking in any real quality, Town, in particular Darren Ward, were lucky to escape after the skipper chopped down Jamie Proctor in the box for what was a clear penalty in every set of eyes apart from referee Simon Rushton’s.

With pockets of the home crowd on their backs, it was Town who had the best chance of the half as Dany N’Guessan latched onto a flick by Michael Smith but could only tamely guide the ball into the arms of keeper Paul Jones from just a few yards out.

It remained deadlocked until the break but with only three minutes on the clock after the two teams returned, Walsh was on hand to turn Barthram’s cross into his own net under pressure from Byrne.

From there Town grew into the game, with Jacob Murphy, Louis Thompson and N’Guessan all having chances to double the lead, but the hosts were punished when Tubbs slid home to convert Josh Simpson’s low ball in.

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11:12pm Tue 25 Feb 14

harley red says...

CRAP CRAP CRAP AND MORE CRAP BRING BACK PDC
CRAP CRAP CRAP AND MORE CRAP BRING BACK PDC harley red
  • Score: 7

1:05am Wed 26 Feb 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

puppet cooper has slagged off the strikers but perhaps he should remember its him not replacing ranger,him loaning out storey,him not giving waldon and francis a chance even though they are strikers,barker up front??,him playing players out of position,his tactics,become a manager and not this toe the lee power party line!!
puppet cooper has slagged off the strikers but perhaps he should remember its him not replacing ranger,him loaning out storey,him not giving waldon and francis a chance even though they are strikers,barker up front??,him playing players out of position,his tactics,become a manager and not this toe the lee power party line!! uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: 2

7:33am Wed 26 Feb 14

Baritone says...

When will the mindless optimism about playoffs cease? We have no strikers, an unreliable defence and a manager who is constantly changing the team. With home games against MK Dons, Wolves, Preston, Brentford and Rotherham to come it is difficult to see Town ever winning another home game - and we know how they get rolled over regularly in away games.

Playoffs? Relegation more likely, although I am still convinced that Power is not bothered about league table results. His only interest seems to be to balance the books at all costs - presumably to profit from being able to sell the club as a "going concern".

My friend and I - both longstanding season ticket holders, are prepared to "give it a go" for one more season but if the Power regime remains with the same management style we shall not renew for 2015-16. I strongly suspect that we shall not be the only defectors unless Power learns to not keep taking us for granted.
When will the mindless optimism about playoffs cease? We have no strikers, an unreliable defence and a manager who is constantly changing the team. With home games against MK Dons, Wolves, Preston, Brentford and Rotherham to come it is difficult to see Town ever winning another home game - and we know how they get rolled over regularly in away games. Playoffs? Relegation more likely, although I am still convinced that Power is not bothered about league table results. His only interest seems to be to balance the books at all costs - presumably to profit from being able to sell the club as a "going concern". My friend and I - both longstanding season ticket holders, are prepared to "give it a go" for one more season but if the Power regime remains with the same management style we shall not renew for 2015-16. I strongly suspect that we shall not be the only defectors unless Power learns to not keep taking us for granted. Baritone
  • Score: -1

7:39am Wed 26 Feb 14

street2000 says...

Bellends kicking was poor. Will be a good keeper in time and he is only 19 yrs old. Why do we play out from the back? Sometimes a few balls pumped over the top works much better. I would sooner see that, than see move after move breakdown from over passing the ball.
Bellends kicking was poor. Will be a good keeper in time and he is only 19 yrs old. Why do we play out from the back? Sometimes a few balls pumped over the top works much better. I would sooner see that, than see move after move breakdown from over passing the ball. street2000
  • Score: 0

9:52am Wed 26 Feb 14

Coleview Red says...

street2000 wrote:
Bellends kicking was poor. Will be a good keeper in time and he is only 19 yrs old. Why do we play out from the back? Sometimes a few balls pumped over the top works much better. I would sooner see that, than see move after move breakdown from over passing the ball.
Petty name calling - you should leave that in the school playground.
[quote][p][bold]street2000[/bold] wrote: Bellends kicking was poor. Will be a good keeper in time and he is only 19 yrs old. Why do we play out from the back? Sometimes a few balls pumped over the top works much better. I would sooner see that, than see move after move breakdown from over passing the ball.[/p][/quote]Petty name calling - you should leave that in the school playground. Coleview Red
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