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Swindon Town 2, MK Dons 1

Swindon Town
2 - 1
Milton Keynes Dons

County Ground, Swindon

Tuesday 12 September 2006

Attendance: 8,304


Swindon Town remain top of League 2 after scoring 2 penalties against the Milton Keynes Dons this evening at the County Ground.

Dons took the lead mid first half when Swindon failed to clear a corner and Jon-Paul McGovern managed to get on the end of it and give the visitors a 1-0 other The Robins.

The resilient Robins who last season would have given up and become frustrated after going 1-0 down so early in the game got back into the game thanks to Paul Ince who was making his first start since signing for Swindon. Ince was brought down by Dean Lewington and the referee awarded a penalty. Jack Smith stepped up and slotted in the bottom left corner to make it 1-1 going into the break.

Town enjoyed most of the possession in the second half but Town got a lucky break when they were awarded with another penalty mid second half. Andy Caton was brought down by Lewington, coincidentally the player who caused the first penalty also. Paul Evans stepped up and scored Town`s second to make it 2-1 to the home side.

Town had a late scare infront of the 8,000 plus as the MK Dons appeared to have equalised with about 2 minutes to go. A cracking shot from Ben Chorley looked destined to go in, however the shot found the woodwork and then finally the final whistle went to ensure Swindon remain undefeated at home and remain top of League Two.

Star Player

Jerel Ifil - "The beast" was well and truly back and back to the form that has made him a player to be feared this season.

Player Ratings

Peter Brezovan - 7

Was not overly busy, couldn't really do much about the first goal which went to MK Dons.

Jack Smith - 7

Played well and made some decent tackles. Took his penalty well before going off with a dead leg 5 minutes into the 2nd half.

Andy Nicholas - 7

I felt Nicho was one of the best players during the evening. Did what he had to do and frustrated the Dons.

Ady Williams - 6

Did what he had to do and controlled his players.

* Jerel Ifil - 8

"The beast" was well and truly back and back to the form that has made him a player to be feared this season.

Andy Caton - 6

Has impressed since coming back this season. Missed all of last season due to various injuries. This kid is someone to keep an eye on.

Curtis Weston - 6

Did ok alongside Paul Ince. Weston will learn a lot from Ince. Wasn't affraid to tackle.

Paul Ince - 7

Kept the midfield together. The Guv'nor will be a bright influence on the teams young midfielders.

Paul Evans - 7

I've said it once and I'll say it again. This player could be the signing of the season. Gives us what we have missed for years in midfield. Another nice goal for Evans. I remember when Evans played for Swindon against Reading's pre-season friendly...

Christian Roberts - 6

Ran his heart out but failed to score. Put some good crosses in. Was the target of Martin Allen who thought Roberts should have been red careded for a challenge late in the game.

Lee Peacock - 6

Work rate was good however, Peacock still has problems with the finishing product. Should have scored atleast 2 goals. His time will come.

Manager Rating

Dennis Wise 8 - After the teams loss at Wrexham he had to dig deep and ensure his players were not scared of losing again. Putting experienced heads Ince and Evans in midfield was a good move, the 2 veterens along with Ady Williams gave the team a good combination of young and old.

Opponent Rating

Martin Allen 7 - He was loud, slammed the ref and obnoxious yes it's Martin Allen. Allen complained about the referee, lack of first team players and basically blamed everyone but himself. The Dons did well with their makeshift team and looked threatening at times. You can hate Martin Allen all you want but he seems to know how to get the best out of players. No one can question that.

Date:Tuesday September 12 2006
Time: 11:26PM


I thought we played well in patches but the midlfield are still all over the place except Evans, who is fantastic. Ince was OK but you can tell he is not even 75% yet. The ref was a complete nutcase, not helped by the 60 year old linesman who spent most of the game at least 50 yards from the action. I hope both managers put in a complaint as that was the worst refereeing I have seen in ages.
13/09/2006 10:29:00
The ref as you said was on different planet. He missed a blatent penalty, booked some players and not others for the same if not worse fouls... referees have ahard job but that was stupidity at the highest - and Swindon suffered most of his crazy decisions especially in the first half.
13/09/2006 12:27:00
yeah and it cost us because far enough 1 of the pens was the right desision but the other one was a joke and without that i dnt think you would of scored against us
the rodge
13/09/2006 15:10:00
You are entitled to your opinion and me mine and I totally diasagree with you on the penalty decisions.
13/09/2006 16:48:00
Yey and the ref booked Curtis Weston when it was the MKdon player who committed the foul. He was the same ref who gave us the other 2 penalties and he was just as bad that game. MK dons actuallt got away with a lot last night.
13/09/2006 20:09:00
roberts should of been sent off with that tackle on lewington we where cheated out of that game now that izales back watch us climb
the rodge
13/09/2006 22:39:00
Couldn't comment too much on tackle - not the best view of it from were I sat - but the MK Donuts should have been down to 10 aswell but hey - game set and match 3 points in the bag - ta very much -moving on to next .
14/09/2006 07:36:00
Bad losers!!!!!!!!. The ref was dire for both teams and both teams had to put up with dire decisions
14/09/2006 18:36:00
fair play was bad but you got the big desision cause u got yr pens we should of had one for handball
the rodge
14/09/2006 20:23:00
Rodge you are boring the pants off of the nation, change the tune. If you feel that much about write it on your own site, we are not interested.
16/09/2006 14:40:00
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