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12 January 2019 Venue The County Ground Attendance

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English Football League - League Two

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PREVIEW: LINCOLN CITY (H)

9 January 2019

Swindon will head into Saturday’s game against league leaders Lincoln City full of belief after Jak McCourt’s late winner earnt the Robins all three points away at Macclesfield last weekend.

Town saw off Sol Campbell’s Silkmen in injury time after coming from behind at Moss Rose – Marc Richards and McCourt getting the goals to get Town ahead after Tyrone Marsh’s opener.

The Robins have only lost three times under Richie Wellens since his arrival but had been frustrated with three draws over Christmas before a home loss to Exeter on New Year’s Day.

New loan signings, Ben House and Canice Carroll are set to make their home debuts after featuring in the win over Macclesfield last week, with Carroll playing a full 90 minutes and House coming off the bench to tee up the winner.

The Oppo

Lincoln are top of the tree in League Two – four points clear of second placed MK Dons, they are on 51 points and have navigated a tricky Christmas period well.

Before a 2-1 loss to Crewe on Boxing Day, the Imps had been unbeaten since October and followed up their loss to the Alex with a win over Cambridge at Abbey Stadium.

The Lincolnshire side have only lost four games in total all season with top scorer John Akinde bagging 11 goals and being a vital component of their success this season after joining from Barnet in the summer.

Head-to-head

24 Apr 1982        Swindon Town v Lincoln City       W            1-0          League Division Three

28 Oct 2006         Swindon Town v Lincoln City       L              0-1          League Two

25 Mar 2007       Lincoln City v Swindon Town       W            2-3          League Two

17 Oct 2017         Swindon Town v Lincoln City       L              0-1          League Two

03 Feb 2018        Lincoln City v Swindon Town       D             2-2          League Two

11 Aug 2018        Lincoln City v Swindon Town       L              4-1          League Two

The Gaffer

Danny Cowley’s managerial story is a unique one at this level - he had balanced his coaching at Concord Rangers and Braintree Town with his job as a PE teacher.

While at Concord Rangers, Cowley won three promotions – on in his first season from the Essex Senior Football League, another up to the Isthmian Premier Division at the second attempt after narrowly missing out their first season in Division One before two seasons of consolidation in the division above. At the third time of asking, Cowley and Concord were up into National League South.

In his last season at Rangers, Concord reached the first round proper of the FA Cup and narrowly missed out on a play-off spot with Cowley departing for Braintree Town.

In his first season at Cressing Road, Braintree secured their highest-ever league finish – third in the National League. However, their play-off dream ended with a 2-0 home defeat to Grimsby who were eventually promoted.

Cowley moved on again at the end of the season to Lincoln overseeing the club’s return to the Football League, winning the National League title alongside a famous cup run. They became the first non-league side to reach the quarter finals of the FA Cup, beating Championship sides Ipswich Town and Brighton before Premier League Burnley before losing 5-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Last season, Lincoln finished 7th but lost out to Exeter in the play-off semis. However, their season didn’t finish without silverware. They beat Shrewsbury to win the EFL Trophy – Elliott Whitehouse scored the only goal of the game to win the Imps’ first ever game at Wembley.

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REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 2-2 LINCOLN CITY

12 January 2019

Michael Doughty scored two from the bench to inspire an incredible comeback against nine-man Lincoln City at the County Ground, ensuring a 2-2 draw in a pulsating affair.

Jason Shackell had scored for the visitors after Bruno Andrade had been sent off for a stamp on Kyle Knoyle before Shay McCartan doubled the visitors’ lead just before the break.

Doughty, a half-time substitute, stepped up to send Josh Vickers the wrong way before giving him the eyes for a second time to seal a 2-2 draw.

First Half

Swindon had the game’s first chance and it was one audacious attempt setting up another – Jak McCourt watched the ball come out of the sky and opted for a speculative volley, but inadvertently found Keshi Anderson who flicked the ball up and connected with an excellent bicycle kick. Josh Vickers had to be alert to parry away.

The game, despite Town’s impressive pressing, was lacking in clear-cut chances and Town had to rely on inventive set-piece routines to carve out any shots on target. ON 23 minutes, Matty Taylor orchestrated a clever routine that left McCourt with acres of space on the edge of the box but his shot was deflected wide.

Again, a set-piece almost bore fruit for the Robins – the ball was headed clear by Shackell and James Dunne slapped a half-volley goalwards only for Vickers to pull off an excellent save to deny him.

Then came the sending off – an innocuous coming together on the halfway line riled Lincoln’s Bruno Andrade enough to lash out at Kyle Knoyle and Ben Toner was quick to brandish his red card.

Five minutes after Lincoln had gone one man down, they went one goal up – a floated set-piece found its way to Shackell who found the bottom corner of the Town goal.

And despite Town going close again through Woolery and Richards in the ten minutes that followed, Lincoln doubled their lead shortly before half-time. Dion Conroy hooked the ball clear but found the swinging boot of McCartan whose volley dipped another the crossbar with Lawrence Vigouroux helpless to prevent.

Second Half

After the break it was all Town – with Lincoln down to ten at this point, the eleven of Town were left to probe and probe for long periods.

Jak McCourt’s low drive flashed the post four minutes into the half before Doughty stretched for a half-volley soon after which found the welcoming arms of Vickers.

On 52 minutes, Swindon found their route back into the game – Woolery slipped a pass through to Keshi who was tripped. Penalty. And after coming off the bench at half-time, Doughty was cool as you like to roll the ball the opposite side to the Imps keeper.

The drama didn’t stop there – Jason Shackell was sent off in the immediate aftermath of Doughty’s penalty for what appeared to be dissent: a double whammy for the visiting side.

McCourt was involved again – this time a short corner with new signing Ali Koiki almost paid dividends but the ball didn’t quite curve far enough to nestle into the top corner.

Woolery was up next to go close – his downward header clipped the top of the crossbar after Canice Carroll had sat his man down and clipped a cross in on his home debut.

With five to play, Swindon were level – Doughty, this time, shaped to strike to the far corner before angling to the near post leaving Vickers without a chance. The midfielder had his and the Town’s second with the County Ground rocking.

Swindon were unbelievably denied an incredible win deep into injury time – McCourt drilled an effort past Vickers but Michael Bostwick was on the line to deny Town a pulsating three points.

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