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14:28 22nd August 2009



Boundary Park, League One

After going into the break a goal down, Swindon Town produced a creditable comeback at Boundary Park and could have snatched a late three points, only to be denied by a lofted effort from substitute Kieran Lee four minutes into injury-time.

Town had levelled with some quick-thinking from Jon-Paul McGovern guiding the ball in from a free-kick before Billy Paynter capitalised on some slack defending to put The Robins ahead in the second minute of injury-time. However with only thirty seconds to go Oldham salvaged the draw.

Swindon named an unchanged line-up for the trip to Oldham Athletic which meant a second consecutive league start for loanee Tope Odabeyi. The midfield trio of Douglas, McGovern and Timlin continued with McNamee and Odabeyi providing the width with Paynter up front.

There was an early scare with highly-rated winger Chris Taylor swinging in a fine ball which was dealt with by Town stopper Lucas with Lecsinel Jean-Francois on hand to make the clearance. On seven minutes Billy Paynter struck a decent effort from distance but the front man saw the ball fizz wide of the right-hand post.

Further Town pressure arrived before the ten-minute mark with Anthony McNamee forcing a corner, which resulted in Odabeyi meeting McGovern's corner but the shot failed to trouble former Luton keeper Dean Brill in the home goal.

Lecsinel Jean-Francois came to Town's rescue on 18 minutes as he produced a superb tackle on Oldham striker Nick Blackman as the Latics striker was about to take aim. Tope Odabeyi's first real opportunity to put his foot on the gas arrived soon after but after making good ground, he was foiled by a well-timed challenge from Andy Holdsworth.

Town should have opened the scoring on 23 minutes when an inch-perfect cross from Jon-Paul McGovern was met by Sean Morrison. Unfortunately the defender was unable to repeat his goalscoring heroics from Tuesday as he headed the ball straight at Brill.

Lecsinel Jean-Francois received treatment for a blow to the head on the half-hour and seemed destined to be replaced after being forced to leave the field, but battled on for a few minutes.

Lecsinel Jean-Francois

The home side took the lead on 38 minutes following an excellent quick break. A Town free-kick was cleared and the Latics took the ball straight up the other end of the pitch where they were able to strike. Central midfielder Alex Marrow, on loan from Blackburn Rovers, was first to a through ball and he clipped the ball past Lucas to give his side the lead.

Swindon were forced into their first change of the afternoon immediately after the goal with defender Callum Kennedy replacing a groggy-looking Jean-Francois following an earlier head injury.

Half-Time: Oldham Athletic 1 Swindon Town 0

There were no changes to the Swindon line-up for the second period with Callum Kennedy starting at left-back after replacing Jean-Francois late on in the first half.

Town boss Danny Wilson made a second change of the afternoon ten minutes into the half with Lloyd Macklin entering the fray in place of central midfielder Michael Timlin.
Tope Obadeyi provided a moment of spark on 58 minutes as he beat his man before firing in a left footed cross which was narrowly evaded by Macklin. The ball was cleared to McGovern who unleashed a powerful left foot effort which cannoned of the post and unfortunately for Town, away from danger.

Danny Wilson introduced Alan O'Brien into the action on 65 minutes with Anthony McNamee making way in a straight swap on the left hand side of the Town midfield.

With fifteen minutes to spare substitute O'Brien was handed a chance to run at the Oldham defence but after beating his man saw his cross cleared by Jonathan Worthington.
David Lucas cast a watchful eye over a long-range shot from Danny Whittaker on 76 minutes but the midfielder's effort flew over the bar with the game becoming increasingly open with Oldham searching for a second and Town looking for a leveller.

Lloyd Macklin showed promise soon after when he advanced to the edge of the box with a neat turn followed by a smart shot which took a deflection before hitting the sidenetting.

Jonathan Douglas

Jon-Paul McGovern found the net on 82 minutes with a superb opportunist effort. A free-kick opportunity saw the midfielder catch Brill out of position and the ball curled into the net with McGovern taking the deserved credit for another excellent strike.

Swindon thought they had secured a notable away win two minutes into injury-time. Tope Obadeyi exerted considerable pressure on Reuben Hazell which forced a poor back pass to Brill. However Billy Paynter got to the ball first and was on hand to fire in his third goal of the season.

Town's hopes of three points were dashed in the remaining thirty seconds of added time with a cross from Kieran Lee evading David Lucas, hitting the far post and rolling over the line to deny Swindon victory.

Full-Time: Oldham Athletic 2 Swindon Town 2

Goal: Marrow '37, McGovern '82, Paynter '90+2, Lee '90+4

Swindon Town: David Lucas; Kevin Amankwaah, Gordon Greer (Captain), Sean Morrison, Lecsinel Jean-Francois (Kennedy); Jon-Paul McGovern, Jonathan Douglas, Michael Timlin (Macklin '53); Tope Obadeyi, Billy Paynter, Anthony McNamee (Alan O'Brien)

Substitutes not used: Phil Smith (GK), Craig Easton, Nathan Thompson, Scott Cuthbert

Attendance: 4,229 (246 from Swindon)

    Data provided by Press Association