Swindon 1 Port Vale 2

By Tim
Last updated : 09 October 2005
This looked like it would be the game that would end Swindon's losing run. Steve Jenkins, Gareth Whalley, Jerel Ifil, and new signing Hameur Bouazza all starting.

The game started at 1pm due to the England game at 4pm at Old Trafford against Austria, and the gate was still well down with only 4,531 turning up, and a very low following from Port Vale. The lead came out to hundrews of red ballons, as part of fan Rob Tuck's "Loud and Proud" day.

After a couple of early chances Swindon took the lead after 24 minutes when McDermott passed to Pook, who found Fallon who scored his 7th goal of the season from close range. This was a real team effort goal.

Colin Heath was booked on 30 minutes after a bad foul on Sam Collins, who then grabbed Heath around the neck, but despite calls for Collins to be sent off he was even shown a card, instead just Heath was booked.

Against the run of play Port Vale equalised a minute before half time when a free kick was deflected in for an own goal by Jack Smith, although the goal was given to Mickey Bell.

Port Vale took the lead on 53 minutes after Heaton was well out on his area he attempted to catch the ball, missed which was good as he would have been sent off if he had touched the ball. Chris Cornes then scored into the empty net to put them 2-1 up against the run of play.

Swindon went on to have plenty of chances, but just couldn't get many more shots on target, with the ball going across the face of the goal, but there was no one there to put it into the back of the net.

New loan signing Bouazza came off after 87 minutes having had a fairly good game, and he had come close to scoring earlier in the game.

Port Vale didn't look they would score any more goals, so the game was there for Swindon to win, but they didn't take their chances and lost their 8th game in a row.

Overall Swindon should have had at least a draw, like most of the past 8 league games Swindon didn't deserve to lose, and the law of averages states their luck must change very soon. Swindon now travel to West London to play Brentford next Saturday.

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