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REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 0-0 PORT VALE

16 March 2019

Swindon were held to a 0-0 draw by Port Vale on the 50th anniversary of the League Cup Final victory.

In a game hampered by the conditions, much like the ’69 final, both sides had to compete with strong winds which scuppered any chance of a free-flowing game.

The boys of 1969 were presented to the County Ground crowd at half-time fifty years on from the famous cup upset in which Swindon defeated Arsenal.

First Half

The conditions and their central part to play were obvious from the start – 30 seconds in and Scott Brown’s goal-kick almost flew back into his hands because of the gust heading towards the Stratton Bank.

Throughout, the wind disrupted the rhythm of the game – balls that, on another day, would have been weighted well were over hit and passes that would have reached friendly feet were a yard short.

The first hint of a chance came on 23 minutes when the ball fell on the edge of the box to the striker but Leon Legge galloped over to block and stop the first shot of the game.

Second Half

The second period followed the same lead – it took until the 57th minute for Town to create an opening. Canice Carroll picked up a loose ball in midfield and set Kaiyne Woolery free, he skipped past Nathan Smith but his shot was shanked wide of the near post.

Kyle Bennett showed flashes of skill in midfield after scoring two in his last three games but his effort just past the hour mark was wide of the mark.

Port Vale’s only chance of the whole game came with 15 minutes to play – Leon Legge rose from a corner and headed down but Lawrence Vigouroux who had had nothing to do previously was sharp in his reactions to palm away.

Despite Town’s possession, Port Vale stood firm to ensure stalemate.  


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