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13:33 28th December 2009

Report: Charlton 2 Swindon 2

Get an insider's view of Swindon Town F.C every Monday with Gordon Greer's Blog. The Town skipper reacts to the weekend's performance and looks forward to the week ahead. Click on 'News', then 'Blogs' to read the latest entry. CHARLTON ATHLETIC 2 (Shelvey '37, Llera 90+3)
SWINDON TOWN 2 (Austin '56, Paynter '74) A dramatic equaliser inside the four minutes of second half from Miguel Llera saw battlng nine-man Charlton secure a point on Boxing Day. The home side were reduced to ten men on 18 minutes when Sam Sodje was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Jon-Paul McGovern. 17-year old sensation Jonjo Shelvey continued to impress and he put his side ahead on 38 minutes with a sweet finish from the edge of the box. Having just taken the lead, Charlton boss Phil Parkinson saw his side reduced to nine before the break when former Town loanee Deon Burton was dismissed for a second bookable offence - a handball inside the box when going up for a challenge with David Lucas. After going in a goal down at the break, Manager Danny Wilson introduced Alan O'Brien into the action soon after the interval and intelligent wide-play from a patient Swindon side saw Charlie Austin slide home the leveller on 56 minutes - before being substituted through injury. The Robins continued to press The Addicks with Billy Paynter eventually on hand to put Town ahead with sixteen minutes remaining. Swindon's inability to net a second left the game open right until the end, with Miguel Llera's equaliser inside four minutes of second half time enough to secure a share of the spoils. Charlton Athletic: Rob Elliot; Elliot Omozusi (Wagstaff '80), Grant Basey, Sam Sodje, Miguel Llera; Matthew Spring, Jose Semedo, Jonjo Shelvey, Nicky Bailey; Akpo Sodje (McKenzie '68), Deon Burton. Substitutes not used: Darren Randolph, Chris Solly, Thierry Racon, Chris Dickson, Izale McLeod. Booking: Burton '35, Basey '64 Red Cards: S Sodje '19, Burton '39 Swindon Town: David Lucas: Kevin Amankwaah, Gordon Greer (Capt), Scott Cuthbert, Lecsinel Jean-Francois (O'Brien '73); Jon-Paul McGovern, Simon Ferry (Hutchinson '65), Jonathan Douglas, Alan Sheehan; Charlie Austin(Ward '79), Billy Paynter Substitutes not used: Phil Smith (GK) Lloyd Mackln, Alex Revell, Michael Timlin Booking: Hutchinson '88 Referee: Mr P Miller Attendance: 17,977 12.00pm - Town name their line-up for this lunchtime kick-off with Lecsinel Jean-Francois recalled to the starting line-up, with Alan O'Brien dropping to the bench. Lee Peacock - who travelled with The Robins to The Valley - is left out of the matchday squad. 12.10pm - The home side make four changes for the game with Jonjo Shelvey and former Leeds man Matthew Spring coming into the midfield. 12.57pm - It's almost kick-off with the two teams emerging from the tunnel at a fairly full Valley. Town fans are housed in the Jimmy Seed Stand with Swindon defending that end. 1.00pm - The Robins kick the game off and Charlton are soon presented with an opportunity with Matt Spring firing a speculative 30-yard strike high and wide of the Town goal. 1.02pm - Miguel Llera sees a free-kick deflected wide with Swindon forced into some early defending from consecutive corners - with Llera again involved but his header drifts harmlessly wide. 1.05pm - A head injury forces Sam Sodje gives the Swindon support another opportunity to get into full voice - with all the noise coming from the away end. Sodje, meanwhile heads down the tunnel for treatment. 1.09pm - Deon Burton is guilty of a glaring miss. A great run from Shelvey sees the ball floated across to Burton who - unmarked - heads over the bar against his former club. 1.13pm - Town are beginning to put a few neat moves together with Douglas and Sheehan seeing plenty of the ball. The first real Swindon opening then arrives with Paynter going close from a Jean-Francois cross. 1.14pm - A fantastic strike from Jonjo Shelvey who fires in a thunderous drive from 30-yards which fizzes narrowly over the Swindon bar. 1.19pm - RED CARD - Defender Sam Sodje is shown a straight red for a two-footed lunge on Jon-Paul McGovern. Charlton are down to ten men and restart the game with three at the back. 1.22pm - Billy Paynter diverts a mis-hit shot from Douglas towards the top corner following some excellent build-up, only to see Rob Elliot claw the ball away for a corner. 1.30pm - With half an hour played it's still nip and tuck with The Addicks having settled themselves after the earlier dismissal. 1.35pm - Akpo Sodje goes over on the edge of the box after a challenge from Jean-Francois with the Referee waving away penalty appeals. Deon Burton is booked in the aftermath following his protests. 1.37pm - GOAL - Charlton take the lead. Neat interplay from the home side involving Sodje and Spring sees Jonjo Shelvey slide the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the net from the edge of the box. 1.39pm - RED CARD - It's eleven against nine men now as Deon Burton is shown a second yellow for punching the ball into the net after going up for a challenge with Lucas. 1.45pm - The fourth official's board is up with an added five minutes to be played at the end of this first half. 1.47pm - Swindon do their best to make the pressure count before the break with Scott Cuthbert heading wide from a McGovern corner. Half-Time: Charlton Athletic 1 Swindon Town 0 2.08pm - The second half gets under way with no changes for either side. Swindon are now attacking towards their own fans - hopefully with an early goal to celebrate. 2.13pm - Danny Wilson makes his first switch of the afternoon with Lecsinel Jean-Francois replaced by Alan O'Brien - who takes his place on the left hand side of midfield. 2.17pm - Jonjo Shelvey manages to evade three challenges before firing in a low shot which is well-held by Lucas. 2.20pm - GOAL - That's the leveller... Charlie Austin nets his sixth in as many League One starts for Town. A low cross from Amankwaah is met by Austin who gets the crucial touch to turn the ball past Elliot from the edge of the six-yard box. 2.22pm - Akpo Sodje almost puts his side back again but his back-post header is turned behind by Lucas who shows excellent reactions. 2.28pm - Town make their second change of the game with one Celtic loanee replacing another with Hutchinson on for Ferry an The Robins line-up in a 3-4-3 formation. 2.34pm - Charlton are defending resolutely with Alan Sheehan's powerful drive is well-held by Elliot. 2.37pm - GOAL - Billy Paynter is on hand to fire in Town's second of the afternoon. Good work from Austin slides the ball across goal for Paynter who has the simplest of tasks to put The Robins ahead. 2.49pm - Things are getting tense with Alan Sheehan giving away a free-kick on the right hand side - although the set-piece delivery comes to an early end with the Referee seeing an infringement. 2.50pm - Another extended period of added time to be played - this time four minutes following a flurry of second half substitutions. 2.53pm - Charlton's Miguel Llera is on hand to lift the ball over Lucas from eight yards out following a lofted ball into the box to secure a dramatic equaliser. Final Score: Charlton Athletic 2 Swindon Town 2
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