Swindon 1 Hartlepool 1
8 April 2006
Lee Peacock scores his second goal in a Swindon shirt to give Town a share of the points this afternoon at the County Ground.
he game started off very sloppy with Hartlepool enjoying most of the possession. Hartlepool really couldn't do much wrong. With tensions high and relegation becoming more of a certainty, the players seem to lack the quality to even mount a challenge to stay in League One.
In the 32nd minute the inevitable happened and Hartlepool took a well earned lead with Richie Humphreys taking a free-kick on the edge of the area which was deflected and slipped past Swindon keeper Rhys Evans, who thought the ball was going wide.
Rhys Evans couldn't be blamed really for his performance on the day as he made crucial saves to ensure the deficit was only one. Swindon looked to finally get a break when they were awarded a penalty. Jamie Cureton took it and completly wasted it by kicking it into the keepers hands.
Half time soon came without a challenge from Swindon and the team left the pitch at half time to cries of "what a load of rubbish".
In the second half the team was booed back onto the pitch. The second half started much like the first, with no committment at all and sloppy play all around. The groans and boos grew louder at the County Ground with the club failing to put any effort at all into the game.
Things finally picked up for Town and they finally put on a few attacks and were rewarded in the 54th minute with a Lee Peacock goal sending the fans into a frenzy. Chants of "we are staying up" began. The goal appeared to lift Town and several other goal scoring oppourtunities arose.
Town had an excellent chance to go ahead after the ball hit the cross bar, then a defender and then another defender before being kicked wide.
Late in the game Swindon appeared to slow down and Rhys Evans appeared to have problems kicking the ball down the field against the win.
The game ended 1-1. Another point gained or is it 2 lost? Swindon now find themselves 3 points adrift safety and every game now is a must win. Any more hiccups and its League Two next season.
Iffy On the Game In Whole
"In the second half we got hold of the ball and played a lot better. Over the last three or four games we were brave and played football. Thankfully things did improve in the second half.
"Lee Peacock came on in the first half, with Trevor going off with a hamstring injury. I thought Lee did well and was a bright spark for us. Hopefully he won't suffer any reaction over the weekend and we can keep going.
Iffy On Toumani Diagouraga
Iffy On Beating The Drop
"There are eighteen points still on offer and we have everything to play for. We know what needs to be done and it's just whether we can carry that out,"