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Report: Crawley 0-0 Town

26 November 2013

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Ten-man Swindon earned a hard-fought point thanks to a goalless draw at Crawley.

Nathan Byrne was sent off in the second half for two bookable offences while late on, Nicky Ajose struck the woodwork. 

Mark Cooper made two changes to the starting line-up. One was enforced with Jay McEveley suspended. Nathan Byrne was his direct replacement. In midfield, Louis Thompson replaced Alex Pritchard, who dropped to the bench. Also amongst the substitutes was fit-again Ryan Mason.

In a first half of precious little goal-mouth action, both sides ironically had goals chalked off. Nicky Ajose had the ball in the back of the net for Swindon but was penalised for a handball in the build-up whilst Andy Drury also managed to get the ball past Foderingham but was denied the opening goal by an offside flag.

Sandwiched in between, Wes Foderingham had to turn Jamie Proctor’s fizzing drive behind for a corner and Josh Simpson drilled an effort across goal and wide after his team-mates had fashioned a shooting opportunity for him on the edge of the Town box. 

The second half began with Simpson drilling wide of goal while at the other end, Ajose was sent clear on the left by Kasim but could not hit the target with his delicate lob. 

Foderingham then produced a marvellous save to deny Drury and substitute Emile Sinclair fizzed a shot over the bar. Ajose then wriggled away from two defenders and struck the woodwork before Byrne saw red for his second bookable offence of the evening.

At the death, Foderingham reacted brilliantly to deny the home side a winning goal.

Swindon Town: Foderingham, Thompson N, Hall, Ward (C), Byrne, Kasim, Thompson L, Luongo, Harley, N'Guessan, Ajose

Subs: Belford, Branco, Barthram, Pritchard, Elgabas, Mason, Storey

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