Date: Saturday 19th September
Competition: League One
Venue: The Bank's Stadium
WALSALL 1 (DEENEY '8)
SWINDON TOWN 1 (PAYNTER PEN '79)
Swindon Town extended their unbeaten run to seven League One games after coming from behind to earn a point at The Banks's Stadium.
The Saddlers had taken an eighth minute lead through Troy Deeney before Billy Paynter's second half spot-kick levelled the affair - after the striker had seen an earlier penalty strike the post.
Swindon Town boss Danny Wilson made three changes to the line-up for this afternoon's League One meeting with Walsall.
David Lucas returned to the starting eleven after recovering from a knee injury whilst Sean Morrison came in for Gordon Greer at the heart of the defence. Billy Paynter also returned in place of loanee Ben Hutchinson.
It was the home side who made the brighter start, with Troy Deeney forcing a fine save from David Lucas with just thirty seconds player. Two further corners followed although The Robins defence held firm with the travelling support in fine voice early on.
The home side capitalised on their solid early start by making the break through with only eight minutes played. A long ball over the top from Clayton McDonald was not dealt with by Morrison, and after failing with a clearance inside the box, Troy Deeney nipped in to slide the ball home past Lucas from ten yards on the angle.
Town's first real opportunity arrived on 17 minutes with Alex Revell latching onto a neat ball through but lifted his effort into the grateful arms of Rene Gilmartin with The Robins still finding their feet after a forceful start from the hosts which had seen them earn five corners inside the opening twenty minutes.
Lecsinel Jean-Francois was the first player to be cautioned after pulling back Alex Nicholls on the half-way line. The left-back then struck an ambitious 30-yard drive wide with The Robins looking to get back on level terms.
Swindon were struggling to make an impression, especially in the final third with Walsall able to soak up any pressure with ease. Youngster Darryl Westlake enjoyed several runs from right-back to provide quality ball into the box with Cuthbert and Lucas combining on several occasions to clear the danger.
Jonathan Douglas almost snatched a leveller five minutes before the break although after picking up a loose ball on the edge of the box, saw his low drive cleared off the line by Saddlers Captain Mark Hughes.
Matt Richards saw his tame header fall into the arms of Lucas two minutes later at the other end with Walsall still creating space out wide. Alex Nicholls then headed an inch-perfect cross from Byfield wide when well-placed.
H/T: Walsall 1 Swindon Town 0
Town boss Danny Wilson made two changes at the break with Lecsinel Jean-Francois and Simon Ferry replaced by Callum Kennedy and Anthony McNamee. The Robins also switched from 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 formation with Revell and Paynter left up front and Obadeyi and McNamee out wide.
Troy Deeney forced a fine save out of Lucas early on in the second half before Billy Paynter headed unexplicably wide from only yards out following a low cross from McNamee.
Swindon certainly looked energised following the half-time changes and it wasn't long before Alex Revell struck a low shot wide of Gilmartin's goal with five minutes of the second half played.
Callum Kennedy made a confident start to his afternoon's work, blocking consecutive attempted crosses from Nicholls with Walsall edging forward.
Sam Parkin came off the bench just after the hour to replace Troy Deeney with the former Swindon favourite receiving a warm reception from both sets of supporters.
Lloyd Macklin then entered the fray with Revell brought off with Obadeyi joining Paynter in the front line and Macklin wide on the right.
Town had a penalty appeal turned down with twenty minutes remaining. After a fine run and through ball from Amankwaah, Macklin burst into the box but fell under pressure from Westlake although the Referee waved play on much to the disgust of Wilson and Co.
Three minutes later a spot-kick did follow with Westlake penalised for a shirt-pull on Paynter. The front man stepped up but saw his effort strike the inside of the post before rebounding back across goal and away from the dangerzone.
With eleven minutes to go a second penalty was awarded Town's way with Tope Obadeyi's cross handled by Saddlers Captain Mark Hughes. Paynter stepped up and fired the ball low into the corner to give The Robins a chance of victory.
Walsall were forced into their second chance with seven minutes left to play with Clayton McDonald, son of former home favourite Rod, leaving the field through injury with ex-Cardiff defender Rhys Weston replacing him.
Sean Morrison was cautioned on 86 minutes after a pull-back on Byfield although Matt Richards fired his free-kick straight at the Town wall. Obadeyi became the third Town booking of the afternoon as he clock ticked past 90 after a theatrical fall from Hughes.
Full-Time: Walsall 1 Swindon Town 1
Walsall: Rene Gilmartin; Darryl Westlake, Mark Hughes (Capt), Clayton McDonald (Weston '80), Jamie Vincent; Alex Nicholls, Dwayne Mattis, Mark Bradley, Matt Richards; Troy Deeney, Darren Byfield
Substitutes not used: Clayton Ince (G), Netan Sansara, Josh O'Keefe, Will Gregg, Steve Jones
Booking: Mattis '59
Swindon Town: David Lucas; Kevin Amankwaah, Sean Morrison, Scott Cuthbert, Lecsinel Jean-Francois (Kennedy '46); Jonathan Douglas, Jon-Paul McGovern, Simon Ferry (McNamee '46); Tope Obadeyi, Alex Revell (Macklin '67), Billy Paynter
Substitutes not used: Phil Smith (GK), Craig Easton, Ben Hutchinson, Michael Timlin
Booking: Jean-Francois, Morrison, Obadeyi
Attendance: 4,148 (735 from Swindon)
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Referee: D Webb
Assistants: S P Bennett / P C Wright
Fourth Official: D Gratton