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Report: Coventry 1-2 Town

18 April 2014

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MICHAEL Smith's injury-time header sealed a 2-1 win and all three points for Swindon at Coventry.

Alex Pritchard's goal had given Swindon the lead before John Fleck drew the hosts level. It was left to Smith to provide the late drama at the death to secure the win.

With two games over the busy Easter period, Mark Cooper made just one change to the starting line-up. There was a recall to the side for Ben Gladwin in place of Louis Thompson. 

Town were up and at their hosts from the first whistle and after two minutes, Joe Murphy produced a brilliant reflex save to keep out Michael Smith’s goal-bound header. 

Jay McEveley also set his sights from distance but dragged his left-footed shot wide. 

Just two minutes later, Town grabbed the lead courtesy of Alex Pritchard. A scooped ball into the box picked out Nathan Thompson who had sneaked into the area on the right-hand side. Having brought the ball under control with his back to goal, the skipper laid it off for the waiting Pritchard to rifle home into the corner. 

Thompson watched an effort of his own whistle over the bar before the home side’s Callum Wilson met a corner at the near post but steered his effort wide. 

It was then Massimo Luongo’s turn to shoot from distance. The Australian’s radar was spot on and Murphy had to react brilliantly to push away his dipping effort. 

For all their hard work, Town went into the break level with the hosts. John Fleck was allowed to shoot from the edge of the area and his effort flew beyond the dive of Foderingham and found the bottom corner of the net. 

After the break, Town continued to create chances. Ben Gladwin went closest in the early exchanges, firing just wide of goal. 

Shortly afterwards, Nathan Thompson’s marauding run forward picked out Smith. His shot was blocked and when the ball dropped to Jay McEveley, he leathered an effort high over the bar.

Thompson then found himself one-on-one with Murphy after being played through on the angle. The legs of the goalkeeper took the ball into the set netting. 

At the other end, Wes Foderingham gathered Nathan Eccleston’s cross-field shot at the second attempt before Troy Archibald-Henville saw his close-range effort smothered by Murphy. 

With virtually the last kick of  the game, deep into injury time, McEveley's cross picked out Smith who buried the header at the far post to send the away support into raptures. 

Swindon Town: Foderingham, Thompson N (C), Stephens, Archibald-Henville, McEveley, Branco, Byrne, Luongo, Gladwin, Pritchard, Smith

Subs: Belford, Barthram, Cox, Harley, Barker, Storey, Waldon

Coventry City: Murphy, Christie, Webster, Clarke, Willis, Baker (C), Fleck, Prutton, Thomas, Delfouneso, Wilson

Subs: Burge (GK), Adams, Eccleston, McGeouch, Seaborne, Marhsall, Robinson

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