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THE NUMBERS GAME: GRIMSBY (H)

24 February 2019

Swindon were denied a third victory in a row by ten-man Grimsby, leaving both sides seven points off the play-off places.

Theo Robinson scored for the hosts, after Ludvig Ohman had been dismissed for two bookable offences, but Town were pegged back instant by Luke Hendrie's bundled finish a minute later

Here are the key facts from the day:

The 100 Club –

Theo Robinson’s second-half strike against the Mariners was his 100th career goal in all competitions. He has scored 84 league goals during his 13-year professional career.

He had two bites at the cherry after Dion Conroy had curled a fantastic deep cross to the Southend loanee as he peeled away at the back post. After his original header was saved by James McKeown in the Grimsby goal, he calmly half-volleyed into the corner with his left foot.

4,515 Days –

Town’s point against Grimsby was their first against the Mariners in 12 years ending a 4,515-day wait. That day, Town fans left the County Ground with all three points after goals from Michael Pook, Lee Peacock and Andy Monkhouse.

The last time the two sides had played out a draw was back in 1997, a 3-3 thriller at Blundell Park. Kevin Horlock, Wayne Allison and Mark Walters were on the scoresheet that day.

7 Graduates –

Jacob Bancroft became the seventh academy graduate to feature in a first-team matchday squad as he made the bench for the first time after impressing in a friendly against Aston Villa and training.

On his newest graduate to the first-team, Richie Wellens said:

“I was going to put him on until we scored the goal – he played a friendly against Aston Villa and did great. He’s a big lad for his age and physically he’s strong and quick and he can finish. He’ll be training with us now on a more permanent basis and we’ll see if we can develop him to see where he goes.”

-1 Goals - 

After starting the day level on 46 points, Town still sit a single goal behind Grimsby whose equaliser keeps them above Swindon thanks to the Mariners' difference.

Ahead of kick-off, five teams were level on 46 points with now only two points separating 10th to 16th. Swindon sit seven points the play-off places, with a game in hand over Exeter who occupy the final position.

The first time this season –

Saturday’s draw was the first time this season that Swindon have scored first and dropped points at home all season.

 


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