Match report posted by John_ (view the full thread on the forum )
Swindon overcame a plucky Wrexham side this afternoon to move within 3 points of leaders Walsall. The game as a spectacle was nothing to write home about. The conditions were hardly ideal and with a steady breeze the game was littered with loose passes and poor play.
Swindon kicked off attacking the Town End and they soon created their first chance of the afternoon when good play on the left saw a ball threaded through to Pook who sent in a low shot just past the posts. It was a good move and perhaps Pooky, with a bit more composure, should have hit the target.
This optimistic start was soon put to bed when Wrexham took an early lead with what must have been their first attempt on goal. Play spread down the right-flank and from a cross a downward header from Williams found the net beyond the despairing dive of Phil Smith. Where was the marking?!
It was quite unbelievable how simple a move it was and slightly worrying how vulnerable, AGAIN, we are, when balls get played into our box.
Still, there was plenty of time to get back into the game and in fact it took just 60 seconds.
More through luck than judgment, Shakes made strides down the right flank and somehow retained possession. The ball found it`s way to Roberts or Weston near the touchline who instinctively cut inside and played a low precise pass across the box that was met by Zaaboub who placed the ball home into the top corner of the net. An Excellent finish and credit to Shakes for his perseverance, if nothing else.
Sadly this wasn`t really the catalyst for the floodgates to open. Despite all the recent goings-on at the Welsh club the XI players on show at the CG looked well drilled and were quick to close us down. For sure, some of their passing and attacking play was abysmal but they had plenty of effort and determination.
The longer the half drew on the less likely it looked that we`d get another breakthrough. The best chance of all fell to Peacock who slid in to connect with a cross but could only toe it wide of goal. Disappointing.
A lot of our hopes rested on the dangerous Zaaboub who always seemed to have a trick or two up his sleeve. However in one instance, he carelessly fell to the ground when well placed in a vain attempt to win a free-kick. The Ref was having none of it.
The half-time whistle was met with the usual indifference of a less than satisfied crowd. To be fair I think 1-1 was just about right.
Hopefully Sturrock`s words of wisdom would fire the lads up and we`d step up a gear or two and finally put Wrexham to the sword. At least that was what I was hoping for.
The second half was played in a similar fashion to the first with Swindon trying to break down a resilient opposition.
Peacock soon met a Shakes cross with a powerful header. Keeper Ingham made a fantastic to save to deny the Scot. Sadly the corner came to nothing and Wrexham survived.
The game meandered on and for a while the players had to endure a bit of drizzle as the heavens briefly opened. The stop-start nature of the game soon became apparent with countless injuries and stoppages for treatment. It was beginning to test my patience.
Another move saw Zaaboub connect with a volley that saw Ingham have to work to claim the save. It was a chance, but not clear cut.
I can`t remember Phil Smith in the Town goal having any notable saves to make although I might have drifted off for 10 minutes or so.
Eventually luck befell the Town as they were awarded a penalty midway through the half. The build-up had seen us work the ball into the opposition box and while we waited for someone to get hold of it and lamp it goalwards, a Wrexham arm apparently found its way in front of the ball. All this happened up at the Stratton Bank, so I have very little evidence if it was deliberate or accidental. The penalty award felt like a `Get Out Of Jail Free` card and as Roberts coolly stroked it home into the bottom corner the relief around the stadium was evident.
We had chances to get a t