SWINDON TOWN 2 COVENTRY CITY 1: Full-time report

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town came from behind to beat Coventry City 2-1 this afternoon Swindon Town came from behind to beat Coventry City 2-1 this afternoon

MILES Storey came off the bench to net a late winner for Swindon Town, as they came from behind to beat Coventry City at the County Ground this afternoon.

Storey struck in the 86th minute with a tidy chipped finish over Joe Murphy to give Swindon the present of three points for Christmas, after Yaser Kasim had cancelled out Leon Clarke’s opener for Coventry with a wonderful volley.

Town manager Mark Cooper made three tweaks to his starting line-up following the 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United a week earlier, with Nile Ranger being the most notable change. The former Newcastle frontman began a match for the first time since November 9 after a series of disciplinary issues, while Nathan Byrne and Ryan Harley replaced Nathan Thompson and Kasim.

Coventry were minus Callum Wilson, as Chris Dagnall filled in up front alongside Clarke, but the visitors still possessed a potent threat going forward. The Sky Blues saw chances for Clarke, Franck Moussa and Dagnall go begging in the first half, as the two teams concentrated on cancelling each other out.

At the other end, in a goalless opening period Ryan Mason and Massimo Luongo both tested Joe Murphy in the Coventry goal, while Luongo also saw two further efforts fizz wide.

Coventry took the lead five minutes after the break, Clarke stealing in at the near post to turn home Cyrus Christie’s cross, and then hit a post through Carl Baker before Swindon rallied.

The Robins levelled with 15 minutes remaining, substitute Kasim thumping a splendid volley past Murphy from Ranger’s cushion header and, after John Fleck rattled the Town crossbar from 35 yards, Storey won the game for the hosts with a delicate finish over Murphy after bursting through on goal.

Kasim hit a post with a deflected effort late on as Swindon pushed for a third, but they didn’t need it. Festive cheer all-round.

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6:50pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

Great end to the game - how we weren't at least two goals down before the break I'll never know, Coventry must have gone away cursing their lack of finishing ability and no doubt cursing the Swindon woodwork.

Still too much passing back to the keeper putting Wes under pressure (suicidal given the weather as well) and only looked confident enough to go forward with purpose after conceding, but will go to bed happy tonight.

Storey fantastic, all three subs had an impact but he looked very lively, needs to get played more often as has a lot to offer. Played like a regular in the side rather than one lacking game time.

Ranger looks off the pace, fantastic when the ball was played to his feet/chest but didn't challenge enough in the air and didn't want to chase down the loose balls or put the defence under pressure. Looks to me either unfit, uninterested or a combination of the two. Showed enough class to warrant his place though.

As for Leon Clarke? Attempt to wind up the town fans was unnecessary and ultimately made him look a fool, as his single goal was not enough. Had enough chances to have had a hat trick - maybe concentrate on your football and not your sarcastic celebrations Leon ;-)
Great end to the game - how we weren't at least two goals down before the break I'll never know, Coventry must have gone away cursing their lack of finishing ability and no doubt cursing the Swindon woodwork. Still too much passing back to the keeper putting Wes under pressure (suicidal given the weather as well) and only looked confident enough to go forward with purpose after conceding, but will go to bed happy tonight. Storey fantastic, all three subs had an impact but he looked very lively, needs to get played more often as has a lot to offer. Played like a regular in the side rather than one lacking game time. Ranger looks off the pace, fantastic when the ball was played to his feet/chest but didn't challenge enough in the air and didn't want to chase down the loose balls or put the defence under pressure. Looks to me either unfit, uninterested or a combination of the two. Showed enough class to warrant his place though. As for Leon Clarke? Attempt to wind up the town fans was unnecessary and ultimately made him look a fool, as his single goal was not enough. Had enough chances to have had a hat trick - maybe concentrate on your football and not your sarcastic celebrations Leon ;-) Swindon1984

7:36pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Rgbargee says...

A great come back and proof that when we up the pace no team can live with us. We had some luck ,but once we attacked we looked like could turn the game, as indeed we did.
The half time changes made an impact, but Miles Storey's running and pace up front caused the revival. Should be given more games he looks the part and is hungry for goals. He looked like super sub Connel all over again.
I'm so glad Leon Clarke was "put down" by lads as he made an as* of himself after he scored. I still rate him as a player though and he could have put the game beyond our reach had he taken more chances.
Anyway well done the lads and Mark Cooper doing a circuit to applaud the crowd after the game was a nice gesture.
A great come back and proof that when we up the pace no team can live with us. We had some luck ,but once we attacked we looked like could turn the game, as indeed we did. The half time changes made an impact, but Miles Storey's running and pace up front caused the revival. Should be given more games he looks the part and is hungry for goals. He looked like super sub Connel all over again. I'm so glad Leon Clarke was "put down" by lads as he made an as* of himself after he scored. I still rate him as a player though and he could have put the game beyond our reach had he taken more chances. Anyway well done the lads and Mark Cooper doing a circuit to applaud the crowd after the game was a nice gesture. Rgbargee

9:24pm Sat 21 Dec 13

express_a_view says...

One of the best games of football I have seen for some time. In reality either side could have won it. Coventry City played some wonderful football and were matched, and eventually beaten, by a Town side who grew ever more confident.

Massive credit to Mark Cooper for (a) having the courage to go to three at the back and (b) for his effective substitutions. Also to the Town supporters who kept the faith when 1-0 down and urged the team on positively.

In fairness the referee also allowed the game to flow and did not strive to be the centre of attention.

The match was a credit to both sides.
One of the best games of football I have seen for some time. In reality either side could have won it. Coventry City played some wonderful football and were matched, and eventually beaten, by a Town side who grew ever more confident. Massive credit to Mark Cooper for (a) having the courage to go to three at the back and (b) for his effective substitutions. Also to the Town supporters who kept the faith when 1-0 down and urged the team on positively. In fairness the referee also allowed the game to flow and did not strive to be the centre of attention. The match was a credit to both sides. express_a_view

10:35pm Sat 21 Dec 13

port de soller says...

question ?????has cooper been lucky????
We never seem to get the run of the green do we. At least it´s 3 great points and when I SEEN THAT CLARKE SCORED AND THEY WERE ALL OVER US LIKE A FEW i THOUGHT THE WORSE.
To be honest over here we get the odd TV game plus BBC Radio that has not been good this season As for Copper I just think he don´t fit in right but
as said who I am I to comment from over here. Good to see young Storey on the score sheet and I guess with what cooper has and who may depart STFC aint done so bad at all
To you all and your Families a HAPPY XMAS FROM US OVER HERE
question ?????has cooper been lucky???? We never seem to get the run of the green do we. At least it´s 3 great points and when I SEEN THAT CLARKE SCORED AND THEY WERE ALL OVER US LIKE A FEW i THOUGHT THE WORSE. To be honest over here we get the odd TV game plus BBC Radio that has not been good this season As for Copper I just think he don´t fit in right but as said who I am I to comment from over here. Good to see young Storey on the score sheet and I guess with what cooper has and who may depart STFC aint done so bad at all To you all and your Families a HAPPY XMAS FROM US OVER HERE port de soller

9:43am Sun 22 Dec 13

Stilloyal says...

I can't remember the last time I saw a game as good as this involving Swindon Town, it was brilliant and in the end the victory was well deserved. 2toughies coming up, we may get something from them if we perform as we did yesterday COYR
I can't remember the last time I saw a game as good as this involving Swindon Town, it was brilliant and in the end the victory was well deserved. 2toughies coming up, we may get something from them if we perform as we did yesterday COYR Stilloyal

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