Writer: Aaron Hughes
Date:Sunday November 18 2007
Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 27,990 (1,700 Swindon Fans)
Swindon Town go down 2-1 at Elland Road to Leeds United and referee Mr Mason who was intent on sending the 27,000 Leeds fans home happy after the game.
Mr Mason has to be the most useless referee in England after booking 7 yes, you read that right, 7 Swindon Town players and disallowing a goal that was clearly onside which would have given Town a share of the points at Elland Road.
Town started off the game the better side with the Swindon faithful roaring the side on and looked as if they would be the team to control the game during the first 10 minutes.
Leeds best chance to score in the first half hour came from former Barnet Striker Tresor Kandol who came close however Peter Brezovan was able to clear the danger.
Jermaine Beckford who had a brilliant spell at Scunthorpe last season gave Leeds the lead after their 12th man Mr Mason awarded the home side a penalty after the ball was handled by Town captain Hasney Aljofree inside the area. Beckford would convert the chance sending Peter Brezovan the wrong way.
Town would go into the break 1-0 down however they put on a fantastic performance.
Sadly we missed Town's first goal of the game due to the long queue's downstairs for half time food and refreshment however replays showed us that Lee Peacock opened the scoring for Swindon on the 47th minute with a bundled shot past United keeper Kasper Ankergren.
Leeds would pile on the pressure with the United strikeforce of Kandol and Beckford going close on several occasions only for a newly confident Peter Brezovan to clear the danger.
Leeds would take the lead once again thanks to a powerful strike by Beckford that no one at any level would have saved on the 56th minute.
On the 84th minute Town had looked as if they had secured a point thanks to a goal by Simon Cox that clearly looked to be onside. Leeds fans contest the ball was handled by Swindon players and therefore the right decision had been made however the linesman had ruled Cox to be offside after he followed up a Barry Corr strike.
Town would battle forward for the rest of the game looking to make right what looked to be a wrong decision for Swindon.
The 4th official indicated 4 minutes added time, however Town could have had 44 minutes added time but with the referee clearly a fan of the home side, Town were never going to come away with anything from the game.
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Date:Sunday November 18 2007
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