SWINDON TOWN 2 SHEFFIELD UTD 1: Full-time report

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town beat Sheffield United 2-1 at the County Ground this afternoon Swindon Town beat Sheffield United 2-1 at the County Ground this afternoon

LOUIS Thompson’s dramatic late winner propelled Swindon Town to within a point of the League One play-offs as Sheffield United were beaten 2-1 at the County Ground.

Thompson came off the bench to net his first professional goal to see off Nigel Clough’s side after Michael Doyle had cancelled out Miles Storey’s 18th minute opener.

Town manager Mark Cooper made two changes to the side which beat Tranmere Rovers 2-1 at Prenton Park on Tuesday night. Troy Archibald-Henville returned to the starting line-up in place of Raphael Branco and Lee Cox found himself on the pitch from the first whistle of a Swindon match for the first time since February 21, 2012, as Massimo Luongo missed out with a sore calf.

After a quiet opening quarter of an hour, Town took the lead in the 18th minute. Ben Gladwin picked out the run of Storey with an excellent throughball and the young striker scored for the second match in a row with a delicious finish, high to Mark Howard’s right.

The visitors were woeful in the first half but enjoyed two glorious chances to level the tie in the 36th minute. Firstly, Wes Foderingham saved well from Connor Coady low to his left and then got up high to his right to keep out John Brayford’s header when the centre-back was left unmarked at the subsequent corner.

After the break Sheffield United improved and, as Town sat further and further back, the away side equalised in the 59th minute. Stefan Scougall and Kieron Freeman combined down the right to see up Doyle for a simple tap-in at the back post.

Foderingham made another sensational stop to prevent Coady from prodding home for the Blades in the final minute of the regular 90 and it proved crucial, as Swindon counter-attacked and Nathan Byrne fed Thompson to scrambled the ball beyond Howard.

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5:48pm Sat 29 Mar 14

sagadude says...

Spiffing good show what, keep it up young Storey chap.
Spiffing good show what, keep it up young Storey chap. sagadude
  • Score: 7

9:11pm Sat 29 Mar 14

stfcflag says...

Well done storey. Shouldnt have been loaned out and should have started more games this year, way to prove your point!
Well done storey. Shouldnt have been loaned out and should have started more games this year, way to prove your point! stfcflag
  • Score: 5

10:15pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Terrific result. Well done to the lads.
Terrific result. Well done to the lads. Psychedelic Syd
  • Score: 2

10:31pm Sat 29 Mar 14

harley red says...

A lot better than the crap tip tap we played most of the season and we now have some pace upfront and we are playing better without the spurs sh?t
A lot better than the crap tip tap we played most of the season and we now have some pace upfront and we are playing better without the spurs sh?t harley red
  • Score: -8

11:54am Sun 30 Mar 14

sagadude says...

Need to hope Peterborough slip up.
Need to hope Peterborough slip up. sagadude
  • Score: 0

11:54am Sun 30 Mar 14

Dosomethingmutley says...

Nearly fell over the seat in front when Louis got the winner, so soon after a miraculous save by Wes. We benefitted in the first half with Sheffield sitting deep and allowing us to play the ball around on the half-way line. The ball to Miles Storey was great, but he still had to work to get his shot away. You can see he has matured since the DiCanio era, with much improved upper body strength, enabling him to brush of challenges that would have stopped him previously.
Wes was superb, though I thought he may have had to go off at one point, when he hobbled about after coming out to punch a ball away. Thank goodness he managed to run it off and make that save. As for Louis, unselfish layoff by Nathan Byrne and he just gave it enough to roll in from a half stop by their keeper. His face at the end was a picture of joy as he lapped up the applause from everyone around me. Thoroughly enjoyable game, some dodgy moments, but what a finish to send the crowd home happy.
Nearly fell over the seat in front when Louis got the winner, so soon after a miraculous save by Wes. We benefitted in the first half with Sheffield sitting deep and allowing us to play the ball around on the half-way line. The ball to Miles Storey was great, but he still had to work to get his shot away. You can see he has matured since the DiCanio era, with much improved upper body strength, enabling him to brush of challenges that would have stopped him previously. Wes was superb, though I thought he may have had to go off at one point, when he hobbled about after coming out to punch a ball away. Thank goodness he managed to run it off and make that save. As for Louis, unselfish layoff by Nathan Byrne and he just gave it enough to roll in from a half stop by their keeper. His face at the end was a picture of joy as he lapped up the applause from everyone around me. Thoroughly enjoyable game, some dodgy moments, but what a finish to send the crowd home happy. Dosomethingmutley
  • Score: 5

8:51pm Sun 30 Mar 14

LeGod says...

A great team performance and a great first half in which we dominated and second half they were the dominant team but we look so much more solid at the back with Troy and Stephens. Great saves by Wes sour grapes by some Sheff utd fans who said our pitch is awful and blamed that for their defeat and also said we are a poor side. Well regarding the pitch it got voted the best playing surface last season and still looks in good nick. They were terrified of storeys pace and fair play to him he kept them busy and worried. The only disappointment for me is still Smith up front still cant hold the ball up and needs to build his upper body strength up as he always gets dominated and has a poor first touch. i though Cox played well and put in some good tackles and soem really poor decisions by the ref when cox won tackles fair and square.
It was great to see a good team performance and soem real desire from all the players especially as well as they have been on a good run.
We need to keep up the momento though and push Peterborough to the wire and who knows what could happen.
A great team performance and a great first half in which we dominated and second half they were the dominant team but we look so much more solid at the back with Troy and Stephens. Great saves by Wes sour grapes by some Sheff utd fans who said our pitch is awful and blamed that for their defeat and also said we are a poor side. Well regarding the pitch it got voted the best playing surface last season and still looks in good nick. They were terrified of storeys pace and fair play to him he kept them busy and worried. The only disappointment for me is still Smith up front still cant hold the ball up and needs to build his upper body strength up as he always gets dominated and has a poor first touch. i though Cox played well and put in some good tackles and soem really poor decisions by the ref when cox won tackles fair and square. It was great to see a good team performance and soem real desire from all the players especially as well as they have been on a good run. We need to keep up the momento though and push Peterborough to the wire and who knows what could happen. LeGod
  • Score: 1

11:46pm Sun 30 Mar 14

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  • Score: -4

11:45am Mon 31 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

Great result, sat back too much second half and the equaliser was annoyingly simple, just made our defence look impotent, but great result.

Wes fantastic, but should also mention if not for his outstanding performance, Stephens would have been my man of the match, did really really well and seemed to win everything.

No mention made of the ref yet - worst I've seen in a long time, for both sides. Right near the death we put in two studs up challenges that could have been yellow or worse, and no foul given - Sheffield United probably had the better of the refs incompetence overall though.

Still riding our luck to some extent but credit where it's due, we dug deep, and really got behind the team during the match. Even after the equaliser went in there was great support for town - Sheffield united on the other hand went silent after we got the first, disappointing from what you'd expect would be a really passionate bunch of supporters (fair play to them though, they largely stayed till the end unlike some around me who ran for the exits as soon as the second goal went in). And no drums! Peterborough, take note... :-)

All in all a great day to be a town fan, left it late as we have done previously against Posh, Coventry etc but only added to the drama. COYR.
Great result, sat back too much second half and the equaliser was annoyingly simple, just made our defence look impotent, but great result. Wes fantastic, but should also mention if not for his outstanding performance, Stephens would have been my man of the match, did really really well and seemed to win everything. No mention made of the ref yet - worst I've seen in a long time, for both sides. Right near the death we put in two studs up challenges that could have been yellow or worse, and no foul given - Sheffield United probably had the better of the refs incompetence overall though. Still riding our luck to some extent but credit where it's due, we dug deep, and really got behind the team during the match. Even after the equaliser went in there was great support for town - Sheffield united on the other hand went silent after we got the first, disappointing from what you'd expect would be a really passionate bunch of supporters (fair play to them though, they largely stayed till the end unlike some around me who ran for the exits as soon as the second goal went in). And no drums! Peterborough, take note... :-) All in all a great day to be a town fan, left it late as we have done previously against Posh, Coventry etc but only added to the drama. COYR. Swindon1984
  • Score: 0

11:46am Mon 31 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

LeGod wrote:
A great team performance and a great first half in which we dominated and second half they were the dominant team but we look so much more solid at the back with Troy and Stephens. Great saves by Wes sour grapes by some Sheff utd fans who said our pitch is awful and blamed that for their defeat and also said we are a poor side. Well regarding the pitch it got voted the best playing surface last season and still looks in good nick. They were terrified of storeys pace and fair play to him he kept them busy and worried. The only disappointment for me is still Smith up front still cant hold the ball up and needs to build his upper body strength up as he always gets dominated and has a poor first touch. i though Cox played well and put in some good tackles and soem really poor decisions by the ref when cox won tackles fair and square.
It was great to see a good team performance and soem real desire from all the players especially as well as they have been on a good run.
We need to keep up the momento though and push Peterborough to the wire and who knows what could happen.
Is generally a great surface, although had a lot of rain during the week and still sprayed the pitch pre-match, and a few players (our included) lost their footing at points. But they were poor first half, didn't look a great side all in all (lot of potential, good movement but never looked like killing us off) and both teams had to deal with the conditions, as in every match, no excuse.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: A great team performance and a great first half in which we dominated and second half they were the dominant team but we look so much more solid at the back with Troy and Stephens. Great saves by Wes sour grapes by some Sheff utd fans who said our pitch is awful and blamed that for their defeat and also said we are a poor side. Well regarding the pitch it got voted the best playing surface last season and still looks in good nick. They were terrified of storeys pace and fair play to him he kept them busy and worried. The only disappointment for me is still Smith up front still cant hold the ball up and needs to build his upper body strength up as he always gets dominated and has a poor first touch. i though Cox played well and put in some good tackles and soem really poor decisions by the ref when cox won tackles fair and square. It was great to see a good team performance and soem real desire from all the players especially as well as they have been on a good run. We need to keep up the momento though and push Peterborough to the wire and who knows what could happen.[/p][/quote]Is generally a great surface, although had a lot of rain during the week and still sprayed the pitch pre-match, and a few players (our included) lost their footing at points. But they were poor first half, didn't look a great side all in all (lot of potential, good movement but never looked like killing us off) and both teams had to deal with the conditions, as in every match, no excuse. Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

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