Swindon 0, Huddersfield 0
County Ground, Swindon
6 May 2006
Swindon Town were unlucky not to win their final game of the season as they prepare for life in League 2 after a 0-0 stalemate at the County Ground.
In a game that went back and forward it always seemed it was going to be a 0-0 draw. Swindon had most shots on goal and missed several sitter's. It was just one of those games that meant nothing to either side. Going into the game Swindon Town were already relegated to League Two and Huddersfield in the playoffs.
The fans seemed more interested in the Oxford United/Leyton Orient clash at the Kassam Stadium, where if Oxford were to lose or draw, they would be relegated to the Conference and lose their Football League status after 44 years.
In a sur-real atmosphere cries of "oooooorrrrrrrrieeeeeentttttttttt, oooooorrrrrrrrieeeeeentttttttttt" and "Oxford's in the conference" rang around the County Ground. If you did not know where you were, you would think you were at a Leyton Orient match"
Swindon started off very well showing the form that lead to praise from fans at Bristol City. Manager Iffy Onuora decided to field a younger side, to give youth player's a chance to play for professional contracts.
Sean O'Hanlon had to leave after 39 minute's of play after taking a knock from Nathan Clarke, 5 minute's earlier. O'Hanlon was replaced by youngster Ben Wells who did little to impress on the afternoon.
Town looked to have taken the lead in the 39th minute when a free kick taken by Jack Smith, landed on the head of Lucas Jutkiewicz, but unfortunatly for Town it was headed wide. Ricky Shakes wasted a fantastic oppourtunity and kicked the ball over the crossbar.
The half time whistle came and it was 0-0, and Town fan's were "treated" to some live classical music by classical music singer Laurence Roberetson, to which Town fan's chanted "Oxford's going down".
Town started the second half with most of the possession and looked dangerous down the wings. Town were denied a penalty when Terrier's Adnan Ahmed punched the ball out of his own area, to which the referee waved "play on".
Chris McPhee had a fantastic game and had several shots on goal, sadly he did not score, however he looked as if he could be useful next season. McPhee returned to Brighton and Hove Albion after the match, with his loan spell ending. McPhee is out of Contract and Iffy Onuora has already said he may sign him in the Summer.
Huddersfield did not get their first conrner until the 60th minute, to which Michael Collins shot the ball wide.
Huddersfield's Tom Clarke was red carded on the 70th Minute which enraged the Huddersfield players. They really couldn't complain given the fact the referee had turn down a Swindon appeal for a penalty and did not red card Nathan Clarke earlier in the game.
Ricky Shakes headed a great ball that hit the cross bar late in the game. Jamie Cureton had a couple of decent chances which he failed to finish.
So Swindon Town's last game in League One end's a 0-0 draw. In other new's though, across the speaker's Swindon Fans were told, even though they would be playing in League Two next season, they would not be playing Oxford United as they had just lost 3-2 at the Kassam Stadium, meaning for the first time in 44 Years, Oxford United would be playing non-league Football.
The celebration and party then began with cries of "Oxford's going down" and again "oooooorrrrrrrrieeeeeentttttttttt, oooooorrrrrrrrieeeeeentttttttttt"