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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 0-1 Crewe Alexandra

Dominant Town left frustrated as first-half penalty earns Alex all three points at SN1…

19 November 2022

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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town 0-1 Crewe Alexandra

Dominant Town left frustrated as first-half penalty earns Alex all three points at SN1…

19 November 2022

Swindon Town were left ruing a series of missed chances during a disappointing afternoon at the County Ground in a game they dominated, as a first-half penalty earned Crewe the win in Wiltshire.

Town boss Scott Lindsey opted to stick with the same side that drew with Tranmere Rovers at the County Ground last weekend, with an identical subs bench too.

It was a bright start from Swindon as they looked to get at their opponents early on, and created their first effort on goal after just a minute-and-a-half, with Ben Gladwin swinging in a deep cross from the right which was met by Jacob Wakeling, but although he rose above his marker, his header was easily collected by Arthur Okonkwo.

Town saw a lot of the ball in the early exchanges, with some patient build-up play in dangerous areas. Luke Jephcott was inches away from connecting with an Ellis Iandolo cross from the left, while shortly after, Ciaran Brennan sent in an inviting cross from the right, but Wakeling was just a little too far out to direct his header goalward.

On 13-minutes, Saidou Khan looked to open his Town account with a long range effort after winning back possession, but his fizzing effort went wide of the left post.

On 16-minutes, Swindon created their best chance of the tie, as Remeao Hutton worked his magic on the right and crossed dangerously low across the box, only for Crewe defender Luke Offord to beat the sliding Wakeling to the ball at the far post and somehow scramble it to safety.

However, despite their early dominance, Town found themselves a goal down on 23-minutes, as Ronan Darcy was adjudged to have brought down Kelvin Mellor inside the area, and Daniel Agyei stepped up to convert confidently past Sol Brynn to give the visitors a somewhat undeserved lead.

Scott Lindsey, having had to see his side go behind against the run of play, was then forced into an early substitution, as Cian Harries, making just his second league start for the club, appeared to pick up and injury and was unable to continue. Frenchman Mathieu Baudry came on to replace him.

The half hour mark arrived which led to another Town chance, with Saidou Khan doing well to dribble past three Crewe players on the edge of the box, but he could only drag his left-footed shot wide off the mark, off-balance.


Town found it difficult to breakdown a Crewe side who looked to get men behind the ball and protect their lead, and as we approached the interval, Luke Jephcott went close on two occasions in the space of a minute.

Firstly, the ball fell to him nicely after a scramble inside the visitors area, but his powerful shot on goal was well blocked by a last-ditch challenge by Billy Sass-Davies.

From the resulting corner, the Welshman met a pinpoint cross to force Alex keeper Arthur Okonkwo to backpedal and dive to push his effort over the bar.

Moments later, in first half stoppage time, Jacob Wakeling stung the fingertips of Okonkwo from a narrow angle inside the area, before Ellis Iandolo beat his man but was unable to direct his header on target seconds before referee Andrew Kitchen called a halt to proceedings.

Swindon a goal down at the interval.

The second period arrived and Town looked to make an instant impact, with Ronan Darcy showing pace and trickery on the left to cross for the onrushing Luke Jephcott, but he was inches away from making contact and the chance went begging.

Moments later, Ben Gladwin swung a fantastic cross into the area from a free-kick on the right that caused all sorts of issues for the Crewe defence with a goalmouth scramble ensuing, but Okonkwo, surrounded by players, somehow beat Mathieu Baudry who was waiting to pounce on the line.

On 50-minutes, Ellis Iandolo was presented with the ideal opportunity to equalise, as more great work from Remeao Hutton on the right forced Okonkwo to flap at it with the ball falling kindly to the wing back, but he shot over the bar after his initial shot was blocked by a defender.


The game was coming to life with Crewe up next to try and carve out a rare opportunity, as Lachlan Brook created space for himself just outside the Town area, but his low strike was well saved and held by the diving Sol Brynn.

Just past the hour mark Crewe went close to doubling their lead as scorer Agyei met a deep looping cross from the right, unmarked in the area, but somehow put his effort wide of the right hand post – a let off for Town.


Swindon then came closest to grabbing that all important leveller, as a great one-two between Hutton and Gladwin saw the latter produce an accurate cross for Luke Jephcott to attack, and that he did, only to see his header strike the crossbar.

The 80-minute mark arrived and Lindsey looked to change things up, as Jephcott and Brennan made way for the retuning Tomi Adeloye and Marcel Lavinier.

The game was becoming increasingly frustrating for Town, with Crewe players looking to time waste on numerous occasions to effect the flow of the game as the clock ticked down.

Crewe held firm and defended resolutely to hold on for the points, with late substitute Louis Reed handed the task of converting a late free-kick from range, but his dipping effort was well saved by Okonkwo, and Town were left to reflect on a tough day at the office.


Swindon Town Line-up: 3-5-2

1. Sol Brynn (GK) – 34. Ciaran Brennan (22. Marcel Lavinier 82mins), 20. Frazer Blake-Tracy, 26. Cian Harries (6. Mathieu Baudry 29mins), 10. Ronan Darcy, 3. Ellis Iandolo, 7. Ben Gladwin © (5. Louis Reed 90+5mins), 2. Remeao Hutton, 23. Saidou Khan, 24. Jacob Wakeling, 15. Luke Jephcott (9. Tomi Adeloye 82mins).

Subs not used: 41. Jack Copland (GK) – 33. Morgan Roberts, 17. Ricky Aguiar.

Scorers: None

Yellow Cards: 34. Brennan 40mins, 3. Iandolo 90+2mins

Red Cards: None


Crewe Alexandra Line-up: 4-3-2-1

13. Arthur Okonkwo (GK) – 6. Luke Offord ©, 2. Kelvin Mellor, 22. Billy Sass-Davies, 20. Eli King (3. Rio Adebisi 74mins) 21. Tariq Uwakwe, 8. Conor Thomas, 25. Joel Tabiner (16. Charlie Colkett 82mins), 17. Lachlan Brook (Rod McDonald 54mins), 19. Bassala Sambou, 11. Daniel Agyei.

Subs not used: 1. Dave Richards (GK) – 4. Zac Williams, 12. Regan Griffiths, 14. Olive Finney.

Scorers: Agyei pen 23

Yellow Cards: 20. King 30mins

Red Cards: None

Referee: Andrew Kitchen

Assistant Referees: Joseph Stokes & Marc Wilson

Fourth Official: Louis Marks

Attendance: 8,734 (167 away fans)

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