Date: Saturday 17th October
Competition: League One
Venue: The County Ground
SWINDON TOWN 0
HARTLEPOOL UNITED 2 (BROWN, MONKHOUSE)
Swindon Town were booed off at the final whistle as they slipped to their first league defeat since the opening day of the season. First half goals from the visitors&nbsp;shocked the County Ground however, despite a renewed spirit in the second forty-five, Town couldn't create that vital&nbsp;chance that would bring them back into proceedings, writes Tom Otrebski.
Following Jonathan Douglas's sending off last weekend, Swindon Town named Tope Obadeyi as his replacement&nbsp;in the starting line-up with the on-loan Bolton winger starting in&nbsp;midfield for The Robins in an attack-minded side which also included Anthony McNamee, Ben Hutchinson and Alex Revell.
Swindon made a distastrous start when, in the second minute, Hartlepool took the lead courtesy of their first attack. A looping cross into the Town box from&nbsp;former winger Andy Monkhouse&nbsp;was directed&nbsp;back across the face of&nbsp;the goal and into the far corner&nbsp;by James Brown.&nbsp;Hartlepool were looking the stronger of the two teams in the opening quarter&nbsp;as the only&nbsp;strikes Town could muster on goal&nbsp;were efforts from Ben Hutchinson and Topi Obadeyi that failed to trouble the goalkeeper.
Brown gave Town another scare minutes later:&nbsp;He came onto a cross that had missed everyone in the box and drilled&nbsp;a shot low and hard acros the face of goal that just evaded the far post. As the clock crept over the 20 minute mark, Town had still failed to create a clear-cut opportunity and seemed lethargic as the visitors sat back and defended comfortably.
In the 27th minute, a long ball from the back found Anthony McNamee wide on the right. Having controlled the ball, the winger cut in onto his left foot and curled an effort just the wrong side of the far&nbsp;post.
In the 30th minute, Andy Monkhouse doubled the visitors' lead. A break on the right from James Brown allowed the winger to sweep the ball across the 18 yard box&nbsp;and pick out the unmarked&nbsp;Monkhouse who cooly slid the ball into the back of the net. The midfielder was cautioned for his celebrations in front of the home supporters.
Monkhouse almost put himself on the scoresheet again just before half time but couldn't keep his shot down. Seconds before, Alex Revell's clever flick could have caused problems for the goalkeeper but he was well positioned and held onto the shot.
Town's best chance of the half came on the stroke of half time. McNamee's early cross fell perfectly for Ben Hutchinson who&nbsp;could only send&nbsp;his diving&nbsp;header into the advertising hoardings in front of the Town End.
Half-Time: Swindon Town 0 Hartlepool United 2
At the start of the second half, Danny Wilson made a defensive change when he brought on Lecsinel Jean-Francois in place of Callum Kennedy at left back.
Town's first chance of the second half came in the 51st minute&nbsp;when Anthony McNamee worked some space on the right and sent over a searching cross that Scott Cuthbert couldn't quite connect with at the far post. Alex Revell was then replaced by Lee Peacock in a forward-line shuffle, registering the striker's first league appearance of the campaign.
Monkhouse came close again in the 59th minute&nbsp;when he found himself in space on the left and drilled a shot across the six yard box and wide with David Lucas beaten.
In the 66th minute, Topi Obadeyi had a glorious chance to bring Town back into the game. After a period of pressure, J-P McGovern clipped a&nbsp;teasing cross over to the far post where Obadeyi was waiting but the man on loan from Bolton couldn't connect properly with the header and the ball bobbled into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Shortly afterwards, with the Town fans' patience beginning to wear, Billy Paynter came on to replace Ben Hutchinson as Danny Wilson looked to salvage something from the final 20 minutes.
Paynter's first effort on goal brought the first decent save out of visitors' goalkeeper Scott Flinders. A free-kick broke to Billy Paynter on the edge of the area who controlled the ball before lashing a shot goalwards that was smartly kept out.
As time slipped away, the game seemed to peter out with it: Swindon's lack of cutting edge up front was frighteningly apparent as Hartlepool were comfortably dealing with any sort of threat.
The final minutes ticked past without any real incident and&nbsp;as the referee signalled full time, Town boss Danny Wilson was left with plenty to think about and&nbsp;work with in training this week as he looks to pick up&nbsp;his&nbsp;troops before next weekend's high-profile&nbsp;trip to Norwich City.
Swindon Town: David Lucas; Kevin Amankwaah, Gordon Greer (Capt), Scott Cuthbert, Callum Kennedy (Lecsinel Jean-Francois '45); Tope Obadeyi, Simon Ferry, Jon-Paul McGovern, Anthony McNamee, Ben Hutchinson (Billy Paynter '69), Alex Revell (Lee Peacock '51)
Substitutes: Phil Smith (GK), Craig Easton, Michael Timlin, Sean Morrison, Billy Paynter, Lecsinel Jean-Francois, Lee Peacock