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Swindon Town 1-2 Accrington Stanley

Town fall to frustrating home defeat on Tuesday evening

12 March 2024

Match Reports

Swindon Town 1-2 Accrington Stanley

Town fall to frustrating home defeat on Tuesday evening

12 March 2024

Town fell to a frustrating home 2-1 defeat to Accrington Stanley in their return to league action back in SN1 on Tuesday evening.

Aaron Drinan opened the scoring with his first Swindon goal at The County Ground and second in two games with a powerful effort at the start of the second half.

Accrington's Jack Nolan unfortunately equalised from the penalty spot around 10 minutes later following a late challenge from midfielder Dawson Devoy which saw him bring down the away side's captain Shaun Whalley in the Town penalty area.

Stanley's Alex Henderson came off the bench from Accrington to put his side in front for the first time in the game with a powerful near-post effort.

Town made three changes to the starting XI that played against Mansfield three days ago, with George McEachran, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Williams Kokolo returning in place of Saidou Khan, Tom Brewitt and Zach Elbouzedi.

It was a promising start for Swindon and had three good chances in the opening 10 minutes to find the opener in a series of opportunities.

The first of these came in the fourth minute when Williams Kololo whipped in a low, dangerous cross which was cleared just in time before Dawson Devoy released Rushian Hepburn-Murphy as the forward fired an effort just wide of Accrington's near post.

Aaron Drinan was next to shoot with the forward looking to bend an unfortunate effort that was well-held by Accrington's Radek Vitek in the eighth minute.

Two minutes later and Town's best chance of the whole first half to find the back of the net, with a series of efforts coming in from numerous angles inside the Accrington penalty area, but a combination of brave goalkeeping and clever defending stopped Swindon from breaking the deadlock despite their pressure early on in the game.

There weren't too many more chances for the remainder of the half on either side, with Swindon looking to build on their early pressure and open the game's scoring in the second 45.

Half-time: Swindon 0 Accrington 0

The second half also started positively for Swindon, with Aaron Drinan scoring his first goal at home and his second in as many games in the 47th minute.

After Paul Glatzel's effort was acrobatically saved by Stanley's keeper Radek Vitek, the resulting corner saw the forward react quickest to a loose ball and smash home from close range to give his side the lead just minutes after the second half had begun.

But, after Glatzel again went close with a deflected effort rolling just wide following smart link-up play with goalscorer Drinan in the 51st, Accrington were given the opportunity to find themselves on level terms from the penalty spot five minutes later.

Jack Nolan stepped up to convert the away side's penalty and left Town looking to react and get themselves back on front in the final 30 minutes of the game.

But chances were hard to come by in the final third of the game, and after a whipped Dawson Devoy effort was held by Accrington keeper Vitek in the 73rd minute, the visitors found themselves ahead in the game through their recent substitute Alex Henderson.

Following his introduction, Henderson was unfortunately able to power an effort in at the near post and give Accrington the lead in the 82nd minute, much to the frustration of those in Swindon Town colours.

With just under 10 minutes left to play and six minutes of added time to try and find their second goal, Swindon were unable to find that opening to get them back level and left the visitors coming away with the three points.

This left Town looking to reflect on where they need to improve in the final few league games of the 2023/24 season and an opportunity to respond in their league game back at The County Ground against Doncaster this Saturday.


Swindon Town: Bycroft, Blake-Tracy, McEachran, Glatzel (McGurk 74), Hepburn-Murphy (Elbouzedi 79), Kokolo, Devoy, Godwin-Malife, Drinan (Cain 74), McCarthy, Austin (C)
Goal: Drinan 47
Subs not used: 
Brann, Brewitt, Genesini, Aguiar

Accrington Stanley: Vitek, O'Brien, Gubbins, Mellor, Hills, Martin, Whalley (C), Woods (Bickerstaff 75), Nolan, Leigh (Conneely 83), Adedoyin (Henderson 75)
Goals: Nolan 57 (P), Henderson 82
Subs not used: 
Quirk, McIntyre, Adekoya

Referee: Thomas Parsons

Attendance: 6,085 (74 away fans)

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