Match Report: Swindon Town 1-1 Exeter City

Swindon Town manager Danny Wilson

Swindon Town manager Danny Wilson

AN INJURY-TIME Matt Taylor own goal kept alive Swindon Town’s hopes of automatic promotion from League One as they drew 1-1 against relegation-threatened Exeter City.

The hosts had been frustrated after large spells of dominance in the second half and eventually broke the visitors’ rearguard deep into stoppage time after Jon-Paul McGovern’s cross-shot deflected off defender Taylor.

A breakaway goal, finely taken by Exeter’s James Dunne after a neat cut-back from striker Ryan Taylor, had given Paul Tisdale’s side a lead just before half-time after a period of frustration and little cutting edge in the final third for the Robins.

But after the break, Danny Wilson’s team came out firing and piled the pressure on Exeter’s brave rearguard – with Billy Paynter clipping the bar with a header and forcing two further top saves from Paul Jones.
And even with the in-form keeper beaten, Simon Ferry’s 60-minute volley was kept out by a superb goal line clearance from Richard Duffy.
It was increasingly looking like one of those nights for the hosts as frustration grew in the stands, but with the aid of substitute striker Vincent Pericard and the deflection of the outstanding Matt Taylor, Jon-Paul McGovern’s strike earned Swindon a crucial lifeline in the promotion race.
Swindon moved up to third place with the point, one point behind Millwall having played a game more, but it was a case of two points dropped – adding to the disappointment of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of seventh placed Colchester United on Saturday.
Swindon boss Danny Wilson said he won’t let his side give up without fighting: “Of course we can still get second place. There will be lots of twists and turns yet.

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