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16:59 10th December 2011

Report: Robins held by Rovers

A late goal from Danny Woodards was enough to stop Town from taking all three points at The Memorial Stadium with the Robins left to reflect on a series of missed opportunities.

Swindon could have wrapped the game up by the hour mark after a fine goal from Paul Caddis had put them into a first half lead, but the equaliser three minutes from time ended Town's hopes of another victory. Town made four changes from the side that started at Roots Hall on Tuesday night with Matt Ritchie (suspension), Oliver Risser, Jake Jervis and Alan Connell (hamstring) missing out. Mehdi Kerrouche returned to the starting side alongside Lukas Magera with Simon Ferry and Raffaele De Vita. The home side included former Town youth team player Mustapha Carayol out wide with Chris Zebroski, born in Swindon, also starting the game.

There was an explosive start to the game and the hosts could have been in the lead with just 30 seconds on the clock. A ball through to Matt Harrold saw the striker beat Aden Flint to the ball but the frontman was denied by Wes Foderingham after going in one on one inside the box. Foderingham made another save five minutes later, getting down low to deny a smart free-kick from Craig Stanley who had been the only change to the Rovers side that beat AFC Totton in the FA Cup last weekend.Town's first real opening came on seven minutes with a cross from De Vita evading the Rovers defender but Lander Gabilondo was unable to convert the opportunity.

Scott Bevan's first save of the game saw the former Torquay 'keeper get down well to turn a downward header from Flint around the post as the game ticked past the quarter of an hour mark. Having weathered the early storm, Town then pushed on and put then hosts under some pressure of their own. The opening goal came with 38 minutes on the clock and it was worth the wait. Having picked the ball up 40 yards from goal, Caddis brushed aside two challenges before firing a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

The response from the home side saw a low shot from Zebroski flash just wide before the half-time whistle blew following two added minutes of injury-time. There were no changes to the Town line-up at the break although Di Canio made the first change of the afternoon just five minutes into the second period when Kerrouche made way for Jervis. De Vita saw a 56th minute header saved at the foot of the post by Bevan. The Robins had a chance to double the advantage with 18 minutes remaining. A fine through ball from Ferry found a clever run from Gabilondo but his right footed effort was smothered by Bevan from close range.

That proved to be the last involvement of the afternoon for the Spaniard who was soon replaced by Esajas on the left hand side of midfield. The final change of the afternoon for Town came with five minutes left to play with Magera replaced by Risser. The switch saw the Robins switch to a 4-5-1 formation with the Namibian on to anchor the Town midfield. Town were unable to hold onto their lead though with an 87th minute header from Danny Woodards enough to seal a point for the home side. A free-kick into the box was not dealt with and Woodards was on hand to head home past Foderingham from close range.

F/T: Bristol Rovers 1 Swindon Town 1

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