SWINDON TOWN 1 MK DONS 2: Full-time report

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town lost 2-1 at home to MK Dons this afternoon Swindon Town lost 2-1 at home to MK Dons this afternoon

SWINDON Town threw away a lead for the third time as many matches as MK Dons emerged from their trip to the County Ground with all three points from a 2-1 win.

The Robins took the lead through Michael Smith in the 18th minute – the striker’s first goal since January 28 – but couldn’t convert any more of their chances and were pegged back by Anthony Kay’s 68th-minute equaliser for the Dons.

Tyrell Belford made two superb saves, from Izale McLeod and Dean Bowditch in the latter stages of the game, to seemingly earn Town a point but George Baldock cracked home a brilliant winner in the third minute of stoppage time to all but end Swindon’s play-off push.

Town manager made one change to his starting line-up following the 1-1 draw at Crewe Alexandra a week previously, drafting in Alex Pritchard for Jacob Murphy. Pritchard, having recovered from a medial ligament strain, occupied the number 10 role behind target man Michael Smith, with Louis Thompson, Ryan Harley, Yaser Kasim and Massimo Luongo playing in a tight midfield diamond behind them.

After a dull first quarter-hour Town took the lead in the 18th minute. Pritchard darted in from the left wing, cut into the penalty area and fired a fizzing drive at David Martin, which the Dons keeper could only palm up into the air and Smith was in the right place at the right time to head home into an unguarded goal from all of two yards.

The Robins went on to dominate much of the opening period but could make their possession and territory count and, midway through the second half, Dons levelled.

Ben Reeves floated in a corner from the left wing and Kay, all alone on the penalty spot, produced a bullet header which left Town keeper Belford with no chance.

In the third minute of four added on at the end of the game, Baldock picked up the ball on the right, cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable drive past Belford to win the game for the visitors.

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6:35pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Son of gwen says...

I hate watching this style of football, tip tap crap, not gonna pay £25.00 to see the ball played backwards for most of the game ! Been a few times this season and get so frustrated , not going again.
The only time a team should play around with the ball and showboat is when we are winning 3 - 0 with minuets to go ?? I want to watch players working their socks off with goalmouth action !!!! If the results don't go our way, I am happy with the effort shown.
This sitting back and trying to hold on to a lead is a mugs game, always go for goal no.2 and 3 ?
I hate watching this style of football, tip tap crap, not gonna pay £25.00 to see the ball played backwards for most of the game ! Been a few times this season and get so frustrated , not going again. The only time a team should play around with the ball and showboat is when we are winning 3 - 0 with minuets to go ?? I want to watch players working their socks off with goalmouth action !!!! If the results don't go our way, I am happy with the effort shown. This sitting back and trying to hold on to a lead is a mugs game, always go for goal no.2 and 3 ? Son of gwen
  • Score: 14

7:14pm Sat 8 Mar 14

dazzastfc says...

Passing a ball around does not mean you are dominating the game....
ATTACKING FOOTBALL AND GOAL DOMINATE GAMES....
You get f=ck all for meaning less boring football

Sorry but this proves that Cooper is not a football manager..and if Power thinks cutting the budget even more next season will help the club HE IS VERY VERY WRONG..
Are club will be playing very low division football if Cooper AND Power stay
Passing a ball around does not mean you are dominating the game.... ATTACKING FOOTBALL AND GOAL DOMINATE GAMES.... You get f=ck all for meaning less boring football Sorry but this proves that Cooper is not a football manager..and if Power thinks cutting the budget even more next season will help the club HE IS VERY VERY WRONG.. Are club will be playing very low division football if Cooper AND Power stay dazzastfc
  • Score: 2

7:18pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Redgollum says...

Cooper has a lot to answer. He has always said that the team is young & has to learn. Well, they have had three quarters of a season, & are getting worse, not better. Now ,as I understand it, he is not responsible for signing these players, but has to mould them into a side, given his background in coaching skills. So, this season is finished for us, we are no further forward.
Do we expect the same format next season?
Cooper has a lot to answer. He has always said that the team is young & has to learn. Well, they have had three quarters of a season, & are getting worse, not better. Now ,as I understand it, he is not responsible for signing these players, but has to mould them into a side, given his background in coaching skills. So, this season is finished for us, we are no further forward. Do we expect the same format next season? Redgollum
  • Score: 9

8:49pm Sat 8 Mar 14

melnursesear. says...

I had a choice today..Go to local Steam Railway...ride around see Peppa Pig..! ..Fun Day..Or travel 236 miles on return trip to Swindon and back...Guess which one I chose...Incidentally Peppa Pig looked very fetching..!
I had a choice today..Go to local Steam Railway...ride around see Peppa Pig..! ..Fun Day..Or travel 236 miles on return trip to Swindon and back...Guess which one I chose...Incidentally Peppa Pig looked very fetching..! melnursesear.
  • Score: 10

9:55pm Sat 8 Mar 14

sparkypacker says...

The squad has some limitations but also some bright spots (Archibald-Henville and Pritchard). Problem is the manager is nowhere near getting the best out of what he's got in terms of understanding the game plan and individual accountability from each and very player. Some you could see they were accountable from their actions and responses (Nathan Thompson), others, well, not so much.

In adition, from today's efforts not only does the squad seem to be getting worse as a team with their understanding of positions and tactics but many were showing signs of fatigue while the MK Dons were still full of hustle and bustle.

Moving Luongo from his best role as an (effective) attacking midfielder into a holding midfielder is what undid us in the second half (Peterborough all over again) and it was obvious to all sat around me that this was a backward step but nothing changed.

The fact that Cooper disappered into the sanctuary of the dugout in the second half may also show that he's lacking confidence in himself. Not so much pop pychology as its behaviour similar to what we've witnessed over the years at the CG under Malpas, King and Hart - conscious of the crowd. The manger needs to take a more vocal and visibe role to help his players out on the pitch to understand what he wants from them. It's al very well being supportive and kind to your players but the sentiment needs to be warranted otherwise it lacks conviction.

Given current form and managerial behaviour it is not unreasonable to be very concerned at this point. I mean this as a serious point, but over the years Town fans have become sadly rather skilled at spotting the signs of a bad team.
The squad has some limitations but also some bright spots (Archibald-Henville and Pritchard). Problem is the manager is nowhere near getting the best out of what he's got in terms of understanding the game plan and individual accountability from each and very player. Some you could see they were accountable from their actions and responses (Nathan Thompson), others, well, not so much. In adition, from today's efforts not only does the squad seem to be getting worse as a team with their understanding of positions and tactics but many were showing signs of fatigue while the MK Dons were still full of hustle and bustle. Moving Luongo from his best role as an (effective) attacking midfielder into a holding midfielder is what undid us in the second half (Peterborough all over again) and it was obvious to all sat around me that this was a backward step but nothing changed. The fact that Cooper disappered into the sanctuary of the dugout in the second half may also show that he's lacking confidence in himself. Not so much pop pychology as its behaviour similar to what we've witnessed over the years at the CG under Malpas, King and Hart - conscious of the crowd. The manger needs to take a more vocal and visibe role to help his players out on the pitch to understand what he wants from them. It's al very well being supportive and kind to your players but the sentiment needs to be warranted otherwise it lacks conviction. Given current form and managerial behaviour it is not unreasonable to be very concerned at this point. I mean this as a serious point, but over the years Town fans have become sadly rather skilled at spotting the signs of a bad team. sparkypacker
  • Score: 14

11:08pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Pewsham Red says...

Well, pretty poor again today, despite us looking in control at half time. MKD were hopeless yet were still good enough to beat us after the second half performance.

They did look tired, although not sure why that would be, but the tactics didn't help. Game after game we take the lead and then sit back, but aren't good enough to hold a lead.

Injuries to key players and suspensions haven't helped and our bench today showed we are a bit threadbare.

I imagine Cooper expected more from some of our newer recruits. Smith has got the touch of a trampoline and looks conference standard, Murphy is poor and that lad from Wolves (who's name escapes me) can't even make the bench.

I will still renew (I have seen worse Swindon teams than this), as will my six year old boy and we will both be going to City but I suspect we will just about stay up this season, despite a good start. Still, that's probably better than many of us thought at the start of the season.
Well, pretty poor again today, despite us looking in control at half time. MKD were hopeless yet were still good enough to beat us after the second half performance. They did look tired, although not sure why that would be, but the tactics didn't help. Game after game we take the lead and then sit back, but aren't good enough to hold a lead. Injuries to key players and suspensions haven't helped and our bench today showed we are a bit threadbare. I imagine Cooper expected more from some of our newer recruits. Smith has got the touch of a trampoline and looks conference standard, Murphy is poor and that lad from Wolves (who's name escapes me) can't even make the bench. I will still renew (I have seen worse Swindon teams than this), as will my six year old boy and we will both be going to City but I suspect we will just about stay up this season, despite a good start. Still, that's probably better than many of us thought at the start of the season. Pewsham Red
  • Score: 11

6:56am Sun 9 Mar 14

Grangeparkred says...

As much as i hate to say it - the powers that be do not want promotion. We are looking at a continual stream of kids and loanees with no solid foundations. I have renewed me and my sons ST but we can forget and ideas of championship football! I have stuck with Cooper but i no longer think he is getting the best from this team. Devoid, crap tippy tappy , all crosses short, falling deep when in front - your fault cooper!
As much as i hate to say it - the powers that be do not want promotion. We are looking at a continual stream of kids and loanees with no solid foundations. I have renewed me and my sons ST but we can forget and ideas of championship football! I have stuck with Cooper but i no longer think he is getting the best from this team. Devoid, crap tippy tappy , all crosses short, falling deep when in front - your fault cooper! Grangeparkred
  • Score: 4

12:14pm Sun 9 Mar 14

RAYSPARROW says...

Smith poor
Smith poor RAYSPARROW
  • Score: 2

1:53pm Sun 9 Mar 14

buckobassettboy says...

See the light-save your money.If enough vote with their feet Power,Cooper et all will get the message.Did you see Power on the League show?What a spiv-sure I saw him down Petticoat Lane this morning.He is everything that is bad for us and it manifests itself on the pitch.Utter rubbish.
See the light-save your money.If enough vote with their feet Power,Cooper et all will get the message.Did you see Power on the League show?What a spiv-sure I saw him down Petticoat Lane this morning.He is everything that is bad for us and it manifests itself on the pitch.Utter rubbish. buckobassettboy
  • Score: 0

2:24pm Sun 9 Mar 14

jillyh says...

I know I will get lambasted for this but how I miss PDC. Gone is the passion desire and above all fitness.Had to seriously consider renewing our season tickets but we have. If we continue with the same philosophy next season I can't justify spending so much. All we ask for is entertainment but this isn't happening
I know I will get lambasted for this but how I miss PDC. Gone is the passion desire and above all fitness.Had to seriously consider renewing our season tickets but we have. If we continue with the same philosophy next season I can't justify spending so much. All we ask for is entertainment but this isn't happening jillyh
  • Score: 3

2:48pm Sun 9 Mar 14

The Jockster says...

RAYSPARROW wrote:
Smith poor
Yep exercise Ranger contract option get rid and sign Aneke from crewe
[quote][p][bold]RAYSPARROW[/bold] wrote: Smith poor[/p][/quote]Yep exercise Ranger contract option get rid and sign Aneke from crewe The Jockster
  • Score: 1

2:59pm Sun 9 Mar 14

itslove says...

We knew what was needed . and that wont change next season. presented with a opportunity you have to take it. the task was 7th spot. but we have failed against that to easily . a loss to wolves and the seasons over in march. m not happy cooper is the right man .. e has no plan b and is sticking to this passing game . i think we need other tactics too.
We knew what was needed . and that wont change next season. presented with a opportunity you have to take it. the task was 7th spot. but we have failed against that to easily . a loss to wolves and the seasons over in march. m not happy cooper is the right man .. e has no plan b and is sticking to this passing game . i think we need other tactics too. itslove
  • Score: 0

3:03pm Sun 9 Mar 14

itslove says...

In last post. target was 6th.
In last post. target was 6th. itslove
  • Score: 0

3:03pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

Was livid leaving the county ground yesterday. To be honest even 1-1 would've been bad enough as franchise were woeful first half, but we just let them attack us second half and by the end they were worth the three points. No ambition to kill the game off - Pritchard looked knackered although he worked his socks off, thought N'Guessan would replace him at half time, not be brought on with five minutes remaining. Got no confidence in this team any more. Going to view next Saturday as a day out and a few beers in Bristol and forget about the football side of it, will take any result we get at city as a bonus. Maybe I won't be so disappointed if I tell myself we're going to lose before I even go to the game. Not meaning to be negative but losing I can take, throwing games away by sitting back and letting teams beat us is something else entirely. Very disappointed after yesterday.
Was livid leaving the county ground yesterday. To be honest even 1-1 would've been bad enough as franchise were woeful first half, but we just let them attack us second half and by the end they were worth the three points. No ambition to kill the game off - Pritchard looked knackered although he worked his socks off, thought N'Guessan would replace him at half time, not be brought on with five minutes remaining. Got no confidence in this team any more. Going to view next Saturday as a day out and a few beers in Bristol and forget about the football side of it, will take any result we get at city as a bonus. Maybe I won't be so disappointed if I tell myself we're going to lose before I even go to the game. Not meaning to be negative but losing I can take, throwing games away by sitting back and letting teams beat us is something else entirely. Very disappointed after yesterday. Swindon1984
  • Score: 3

7:59pm Sun 9 Mar 14

badger58 says...

Agree with all above we are getting worse and yes are very boring to watch and so glad we made a good start as I wouldn't want us needing pts with our fixtures to come .
We are nothing going forward without Ranger , our signings of Smith , Barker don't fill me with any confidence for next season but a plus point is the return of TAH but no doubt he will be gone in the summer because of his wages .
Haven't renewed ST yet still undecided CG no longer has any atmosphere with slow boring football , Arsenal play keep ball but is noway boring , time to get rid of MC ?
Agree with all above we are getting worse and yes are very boring to watch and so glad we made a good start as I wouldn't want us needing pts with our fixtures to come . We are nothing going forward without Ranger , our signings of Smith , Barker don't fill me with any confidence for next season but a plus point is the return of TAH but no doubt he will be gone in the summer because of his wages . Haven't renewed ST yet still undecided CG no longer has any atmosphere with slow boring football , Arsenal play keep ball but is noway boring , time to get rid of MC ? badger58
  • Score: 2

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