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27 October 2018

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Town had to come from behind to beat Notts County at Meadow Lane on a cold day in Nottingham.

A super solo goal from Steven Alzate and an own goal off of a Matt Taylor cross sealed a 2-1 victory after Kane Hemmins had put the Magpies in the lead.

 The victory ends Swindon’s five-game winless run as Phil Brown made five changes to the side that lost to Cambridge United in the week.

First Half

Notts County made the brighter start calling Lawrence Vigouroux into action early on with the Chilean having to stop Hemmings and Enzio Boldewijn with stinging efforts.

Town’s first chance fell to Marc Richards – James Dunne floated a lovely ball in from deep and the striker opted for the volley but couldn’t find the target.

County striker, Jon Stead was up next to test Vigouroux, in an end-to-end tie – his 20-yard strike was pushed wide by Swindon’s no.1.

Town then had the best chance of the half – Doughty’s low cross fell to Martin Smith but his effort was blocked brilliantly by Elliott Hewitt for the home side.

A minute later and Smith was almost on the scoresheet again – Doughty, with the corner, and Smith lost his man but couldn’t turn his near-post header towards goal.

That spell was cut short cruelly short as Hemmings got in-between defence and goalkeeper and poked home the opener.

A fractious five minutes followed with Sid Nelson receiving a booking for pushing County’s Hewitt.

Second Half

Hemmings had a chance to double the hosts’ lead only a minute into the second half – he struck an effort over Vigouroux’s crossbar.

Town were growing into the game, however, and the introduction of Steven Alzate and Elijah Adebayo made a big difference. And on 64 minutes Alzate levelled the game – a winding run resulted in him on the edge of the box with options both sides but his choice of shot was the right one as he rolled the ball past Fitzsimons in the County goal.

From then, Town took the ascendency – and on 80 minutes the winner came. Matt Taylor was found by Adebayo’s backheel and his cross was shinned into the roof of the net by Jamie Turley.

From then, Swindon limited the home side to half chances and looked more likely to score on the break and their defensive solidity saw them through the game.

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