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23:59 11th April 2010

Report: Colchester United 3 Swindon Town

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. Swindon tumbled to an undeserved defeat by three goals to nil against Colchester United at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, writes Adrian Smith. Danny Wilson's team wasted a host of chances against Colchester who took the lead in controversial circumstances in the 24th minute. Alan Sheehan stumbled under pressure from Ashley Vincent and the Colchester forward advanced to shoot from the right side of the goal where he was denied by two fine saves by Lucas but the Colchester striker's persistence paid off and he fired home at the third attempt. Jonathan Douglas was cautioned for protesting about the decision to allow Vincent to continue his attack after appearing to push Sheehan off the ball on the edge of the penalty area. Charlie Austin had already wasted a superb chance on 20 minutes when he fired over from 3 yards with the goal at his mercy and Town were left to rue that miss as further chances were wasted. Gordon Greer struck the crossbar with a powerful volley shortly before half time after a neat one-two with Ferry and shortly afterwards Danny Ward went close with a low shot after a typical surging run but the ball went wide. Swindon's composure was tested as a series of marginal decisions went against them particularly in the first half and the Robins wasted several chances before halftime. Swindon had piled forward in attack in the second half trying to get back in the match but the home defence restricted the Robins attack to few clear cut chances including a shot by
Ward and a free-kick by Sheehan before Anthony Wordsworth put the home side further ahead with a speculative shot from 20 yards midway through the half. Danny Wilson made two substitutions electing to play with three defenders at the back in order to play Pericard as an extra striker but Colchester exploited the hole left by Darby's substitution when Wordsworth fired home his second of the match early in added time. The defeat leaves Swindon in 4th place with 76 points and they now have an early chance to get back into second place in front of the Sky TV cameras on Monday night against Exeter City.  
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