Swindon Draw With Cobblers
Saturday 11 August 2007, 3pm Kick Off
Attendance: 6,210 (1,338 Swindon Fans)
Swindon Town kicked their 2007/08 League One campaign off with a 1-1 draw at Sixfields thanks to a Christian Roberts penalty.
Town started the game with most of the possession however you could tell very early on that de to the clubs lack of a prolific striker it was going to be a long afternoon if they were to get anything more than a point from the game.
The home side took the lead early with Andy Kirk smashing a powerful header into the town goal to make the score 1-0 to the Cobblers.
To be fair to Swindon, their heads did not drop and the team continued to apply the pressure onto the Cobblers and were almost rewarded on several occasions with the team going just wide.
Town would finally be rewarded for their hard work in the 43rd minute after Colin Larkin handled the ball inside the box and the referee rewarded a penalty to the visitors which Christian Roberts slotted home to make the score 1-1 going into the break.
Town almost took the lead after half time with a powerful Christian Roberts shot slamming against the post.
Town suffered an injury scare just after the 70th minute as Sofiene Zaaboub was carried off with a leg injury and replaced by the pacy Frenchman Miguel Comminges.
Comminges showed his pace and had a couple shots on goal. If Town are to grind out wins, goals from midfield will be required and Comminges could very well be the man to do that.
Town got lucky on a few occasions late in the game as Northampton attacked the Swindon goal several times, however several fantastic saves by Phil Smith ensured that Town got a share of the points to send most Swindon Town fans home happy.
Many Town fans had expected the club to struggle in front of the goal and would have taken a 1-1 draw prior to kick off.
Paul Sturrock is keen to bring in new faces and it is blatantly clear to everyone that Town will need to find a prolific striker if they are to do more than make up numbers in League One this season.
* Phil Smith - 9
Jack Smith - 7
Hasney Aljofree - 7
Jerel Ifil - 7
Jamie Vincent - 6
Christian Roberts - 7
Steve Adams - 7
Michael Pook - 7
Sofiane Zaaboub - 6
Blair Sturrock - 5
Lee Peacock - 8
Miguel Comminges - 8
Kaid Mohammed - N/A
Ibon Arietea - 7
UP NEXT: Charlton Athletic
Alan Pardew's men will be looking for a quick return to the Premiership after their relegation from the top flight at the end of last season and an exciting encounter is in store at SN1.
The Addicks visit The County Ground on Tuesday 14th August 2007 and tickets are now on sale from the STFC Box Office.
Swindon Town vs Charlton Athletic, Tuesday 14th August 2007, KO 7.45pm
Arkells / Kingswood Stand
-OAP/ Student £8
-OAP/ Student £7
Please note Arkells / Kingswood Stand prices increase by £2 on Matchday
Visiting Supporters have been allocated the Stratton Bank
Next League One Fixture
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