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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Reds earn a hard-fought point

22 January 2022

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Swindon Town were forced to settle for a share of the spoils on Derby Day in a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers in the EFL Sky Bet League Two at The County Ground earlier today.

Tyreece Simpson's well-taken effort gave the Reds an early lead, but Aaron Collins pounced late on in the first-half to set up a thrilling second 45-minutes.

The second-half wasn't so much thrilling as hard-fought with both teams unable to muster up a winner, and the game ended in a draw.

Town Head Coach Ben Garner named an unchanged Starting XI, keeping faith with the same team that outplayed and outclassed Port Vale the weekend before.

There was one change on the bench, though, with Jojo Wollacott being named amongst the subs fresh after returning from African Cup of Nations duty with Ghana on Friday.

It was a positive start for the Reds as Louis Reed swung in a beautiful free-kick, with Ben Gladwin firing an effort over the bar.

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Town won a succession of early corners and were seeing plenty of the ball, although they survived a scare after Aaron Collins' low, driven cross just evaded the outstretched Ryan Loft who was inches away from giving the visitors the lead.

Rovers then won the ball back and launched a dangerous counter-attack, which ended in Collins charging forwards and firing a shot wide of the post.

It would be Town who would land the first blow of the game, however, as after winning back possession, Tyreece Simpson set his sights before firing home a superb strike to give his team the lead.

Jake O'Brien then came close to opening his account for the club after nodding just over, before Ellis Iandolo saw his cross deflected behind with the Reds launching wave after wave of attack on the Rovers goal.

Following a cagey period with both teams battling for the ball, there was another goal but it went the way of the visitors as Collins got the final touch on a deep cross from Sam Finley to steer it past Lewis Ward and make honours even heading in at the break.

HALF-TIME: SWINDON TOWN 1-1 BRISTOL ROVERS

There was a cagey opening to the second-half and it took until the 51st minute for the first chance of the half to arrive, with Sam Nicholson cutting in and forcing Ward into a low save.

Town had to weather a slight storm before the game became mired in a midfield battle, with both teams fighting for every single inch.

The Reds did have a golden opportunity past the hour mark as Simpson latched onto a pinpoint pass before powering his way into the box, but his shot flashes inches wide of the far post.

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Harry McKirdy then tried his luck from distance but his effort was smothered by Rovers Keeper James Belshaw, with chances soon drying up for both teams.

With the game entering its final few minutes, Town looked to try and muster up one more attack but they were frustrated, with the game finishing in a draw.

FINAL SCORE: SWINDON TOWN 1-1 BRISTOL ROVERS 

TEAMS AND STATS

SWINDON TOWN - Ward; Odimayo, Iandolo, Conroy (C), Gladwin, Simpson, McKirdy, O'Brien, Williams, Hunt, Reed.

SUBS NOT USED - Wollacott, Lyden, Mitchell-Lawson, East, Aguiar, Parsons, Dabre.

SCORERS - Tyreece Simpson (16).

BOOKED - Ellis Iandolo.

BRISTOL ROVERS - Belshaw; Connolly, Grant, Finley, Collins (Luke Thomas 84), Nicholson (Leon Clarke 90), Coutts (C), Taylor, Evans, Hoole, Loft (Harry Anderson 90).

SUBS NOT USED - Jaakkola, Anderton, Spence, Pitman.

SCORERS - Aaron Collins (35).

BOOKED - Connor Taylor, Sam Finley, Ryan Loft, Paul Coutts, Josh Grant. 

Referee - Tom Nield

Attendance - 12,695 (2,473 Away Fans). 


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