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MATCH REPORT: SWINDON TOWN 2-1 CREWE ALEXANDRA

21 February 2021

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Scott Twine was the man of the moment for Town when his last gasp strike gave the lads a vital three points against 12th placed Crewe Alexandra.

An early goal from Tom Lowery put the Reds on the back foot before Travis Johnson levelled things with an own goal. Scott Twine's 92nd minute goal won it for Town as they now sit just above the relegation places.

First-half:

The visitors were immediately on the front foot when Charlie Kirk found Mikael Mandron on the right flank.

Mandron cut back to Tom Lowery who found himself in behind the defence, who then slotted past a helpless Wollacott putting the Crewe ahead.

The away side were very close to making it two when Mandron was found from a cross and his header was destined for the bottom right corner, but debutant Jojo Wollacott sprung across to keep the effort out in spectacular style.

Within five minutes of the first goal of the game, the Reds were back on level terms. Dion Conroy’s tackle-cum-cross was turned into the Crewe net by right-back Travis Johnson.

Almost immediately Crewe were nearly back in front when Luke Murphy’s pass found the front-man Mandron, but his header just skipped over the bar.

Second-half:

It was a frantic start to the second period, with chances at both end. Town went first when Jack Payne’s inviting cross found Brett Pitman, who cleverly got in front of his man, but his shot didn’t have enough on it to trouble Richards in the Crewe net.

It was then the turn of the visitors to try their hand at going ahead and they had a great chance to do so.

Mandron managed to find himself behind the defence and was found with a lobbed ball with just Wollacott to beat. The striker didn’t connect properly and his shot was sliced over.

Just before the hour mark, Jordon Garrick’s quick feet on the byline gave him space to cut back to Pitman, but our number eight’s shot was stopped low by Richards.

In the dying minutes Crewe again went close, with Mandron once more testing Wollacott from nine-yards out. His shot on the turn was superbly saved again by the Bristol City loanee.

Four minutes of added time were announced by the fourth official, giving Town enough time to try and seal the three points. And that they did.

Pitman’s backheel was put into the path of Hallam Hope, whose driven shot was parried by Richards. The deflection off the goalkeeper bounced kindly for substitute Scott Twine, who finished with composure to give the lads a very important win.

We travel to Sincil Bank on Tuesday to face top of the league Lincoln City and the lads will hope to take confidence from the win against the Railwaymen.


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