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MATCH REPORT

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22:34 27th January 2010

F/T: Town 3 Leeds 0

Become a fan of STFC Player and keep up to date with regular video content via Facebook or subscribe today for £17.99 until August. Click Here for more details Swindon Town inflicted a heavy defeat on Leeds at an atmospheric County Ground scoring three goals without reply in a truly memorable performance, writes Adrian Smith. SWINDON TOWN  3 (Austin 13',Paynter 60',63' (pen) ) LEEDS UNITED 0 The match was played in front of a capacity crowd of 14508 with high expectations of a classic encounter between the two high-flying teams, Leeds starting in second place and the home side in fifth place. The Robins started the match in determined fashion placing the visitors goal under heavy pressure and were rewarded for their approach when Charlie Austin fired home in the13th minute after receiving the ball from Simon Ferry before turning a firing home from the edge of the area. Swindon continued to put the Leeds goal under heavy pressure and at the other end the whole defence played superbly as a unit keeping the highly rated Jermaine Beckford quiet all evening after his recent exploits in the FA Cup The whole Swindon midfield were buzzing all match with ex-Leeds player Jonathan Douglas named as 'Man of the Match' but there were plenty of contenders on a night when every Swindon player contributed to a fantastic team performance. Leeds made two substitutions at half time to try and get back in the game replacing Kilkenny and Crowe with Becchio and Michalik respectively but they made little difference as Swindon continued to place the visitors goal under heavy pressure. Billy Paynter was rewarded for his own fine display with two goals in the space of three minutes. His first goal courtesy of  a cross by Jean-Francois when Paynter nipped in front of Austin to head home from  close range in the 60th minute. Three minutes later the referee awarded a penalty after an almighty scramble in the Leeds penalty area and cautioned Ankergren for his part before Billy Paynter stepped up to fire home in front of the joyous Town End. Leeds huffed and puffed but Swindon's defence led by Greer restricted highly rated Jermaine Beckford and his colleagues to few clear cut chances although Becchio did get the ball in the net but his 75th minute effort was ruled out for an infringment.  Neither side were able to threaten in the three minutes of added time and the final whistle was greeted by a tremendous roar so the majority of the crowd will have left with great memories of a superb win over second placed Leeds. The win consolidates Swindon's place in 5th spot as they move onto 47 points from 25 games with an away trip to Southend next up.  Swindon Town: David Lucas; Kevin Amankwaah, Gordon Greer (Capt.), Scott Cuthbert, Lecsinel Jean-Francois; Jon-Paul McGovern, Simon Ferry, Jonathan Douglas, Danny Ward; Charlie Austin(Pericard 77'), Billy Paynter Substitutes: Phil Smith (GK), Michael Timlin, Sean Morrison, Craig Easton, Lloyd Macklin, Mark Marshall Key Moments From The Match: 7.30 Good evening and welcome to a very chilly County Ground with a cracking match in prospect.  Swindon Town remain unbeaten at home since October and Leeds arrive after a great result at Spurs in the FA Cup. Swindon's starting line-up is unchanged from their superb win at Stockport with the only change being on the substitutes bench where Vincent Pericard replaces Ben Hutchinson.  7.43 The teams are out !  Kick off is fast approaching 7.45 Referee P Gibbs blows his whistle to start the match with Swindon kicking off towards the packed Adkins Family Stand. 7.45 JP McGovern finds himself with time and space to shoot but his effort is straight at Casper Ankergren. 7.46 Leeds counterattack with Jermaine Beckford latching onto a long ball from Ankergren but his tame effort is easily saved by David Lucas 7.49 Michael Doyle fires in a wayward shot from 30 yards to sarcastic cheers from the massed ranks of the Town End 7.51 Danny Ward sends a great cross into the 6 yard box where its headed goalwards by Charlie Austin but Ankergren gathers cleanly. 7.52 Billy Paynter fires over from close range after a short corner involving McGovern and Ward and Swindon are looking strong in attack 7.55 Mass panic in the Leeds penalty area with Ankergren flapping at a high ball under pressure from Paynter but no Town player is able to prod home. 7.56 GOAL!  Mass hysteria breaks out at the County Ground as Charlie Austin fires home from just inside the penalty area after a great pass by Simon Ferry - glad he's extended his loan period! 7.59 Chants of 'Danny Wilson's red and white army' ring out around the County Ground with the Leeds fans stunned into silence 8.01 Great save by Ankergren from a superb left footed McGovern shot which took a deflection on the way. The keeper pushed the ball away for a corner but Swindon didn't threaten from the cross. 8.09 Leigh Bromby sees yellow for deliberate handball just in front of the dugouts. 8.12 Swindon have started to defend deep inviting Leeds to attack so Bradley Johnson decides to fire in a shot but it's well wide of the goal 8.16 Almost an own goal when a fierce cross by Johnson hits the shins of Cuthbert but the ball loops up over the bar. 8.18 JP McGovern receives a yellow card for a late challenge some 40 yards from goal but Leeds are penalised for offside from the resulting cross  8.20 Robert Snodgrass gets a yellow card for a foul on Jean-Francois 8.23 Swindon building a good head of steam piling the pressure which ends when Douglas is tripped 5 yards outside the penalty area. McGovern draws a fine save from Ankergren with a curling shot at the expense of a corner but Swindon waste the chance and are penalised for offside. 8.25 A rare attack by Leeds sees Beckford head wide from the edge of the area 8.28 McGovern is bodychecked as he charges down the right wing and Swindon get a corner when the ball is crossed from the free kick as Bromby taps the ball behind under pressure from Austin. 8.30 Two minutes of added time will be played 8.32 The half-time whistle is blown. HALF TIME: Swindon Town 1 Leeds United 0 8 47 The teams are back on the pitch. Leeds have made two substitutions replacing Neil Kilkenny with Luciano Becchio and Jason Crowe with Lubomir Michaik 8.48 Game on as Leeds kick off and attack down Town's left flank but Lucas gathers the ball cleanly 8.52 Town End in fine voice as Swindon put Leeds under early pressure 8.55 Leeds have stepped up a gear throwing plenty of players forward from a free kick but Swindon clear the danger. 8.56 Lucas makes a fine save from a close range shot by Johnson when the Leeds player looked a certainty to score. Jean-Francois gets a kick in the face and receives treatment but is able to continue 9.02 GOAL !  Town are in seventh heaven as Billy Paynter nips in front of Charlie Austin to nod home from close range for his 15th of the season 9.05 GOAL ! Town are awarded a penalty after  a mad scramble in front of goal and Ankergren is shown a yellow card. Billy Paynter fires home under Ankergren's despairing dive and this match is just getting better and better!  9.06 Robins fans sing: You're only here to watch the Town ! The official attendance is 14,508 including 3,300 (so far) disappointed Leeds fans 9.08 Max Gradel replaces Johnson as Leeds grow even more desperate 9.09 Leeds fans are stunned into silence although their team have two corners in quick succession but Swindon clear the danger 9.13 Patrick Kisnorbo sees yellow for a foul near the halfway line 9.17 Danny Ward fires in a fierce shot which is well caught by Ankergren 9.20 Local hero Austin is replaced by Vincent Pericard 9.21 Yet another scramble in the Leeds area which leads to the ball reaching Ferry but his effort is wide of the post. 9.22 Somehow Howson isnt shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Pericard although Swindon are awarded a free kick which is cleared 9.24 Many of the visiting supporters start drifting home with just under ten minutes remaining and almost miss Paynter's continuing quest for a hat trick but Ankergren denies him in a one on one situation. 9.25 Chants of 'Ole' ring out as Swindon's sexy football threaten to swamp Leeds who had started the match in second place in League One 9.26 Leeds threaten momentarily and even had a half hearted shout for a penalty which the referee waved away 9.28 Swindon are making the visitors look positively second best and only a finger tip save by Ankergren denies Paynter a third goal 9.32 Jean-Francois sees yellow for a late challenge on Snodgrass. Swindon snuff out the danger from the resulting free kick. 9.33 Three minutes of additional time are to be played  9.36 The full time whistle is greeted with the loudest of roars and Swindon have beaten Leeds! Full Time: Swindon Town 3 Leeds United 0 Referee: Mr P N Gibbs Attendance: 14,508 (3,300 from Leeds)
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