Match report posted by Richard (view the full thread on the forum )
Whether or not it was something to do with the general feeling of impending doom surrounding the County Ground at the moment, I don`t know, but for a match involving a team chasing a play-off place and another in an automatic promotion slot, the game yesterday seemed to be completely lacking.
A low attendance, including a small away contingent, didn`t manage to generate hardly any atmosphere at all - and this was not helped on the pitch with a dull game almost completely devoid of goalmouth action. All this was only of course until the 88th minute, when Barry Corr stole the show with a superb late winning goal, which sent the CG into raptures and the vast majority of the crowd home happy.
Earlier, the game had been dominated by sound defence, Tranmere looking big and strong at the back, but unable to break a hardworking Swindon team down. The flow of the game was not being helped by a whistle-happy referee, and there were few notable efforts on goal - apart from a swerving effort from Commingues that was spilt by the keeper, a well-executed shot by Peacock that was well saved, and a low shot from Paynter that was also saved, the other Town efforts on goal failed to trouble the keeper at all. Tranmere troubled Smith once early on, but the sides unsurprisingly went in at nil-nil.
Tranmere had a couple of efforts early in the second half, one of which resulted in a goalmouth scramble - personally, I had no idea what was going on because I was in the Town End! Apparently Aljofree cleared one off the line, but as the half wore on, it seemed that Swindon were starting to get the upper hand, but were still unable to fashion a clear cut chance. Cox rolled a ball across the six yard box which was crying out for someone to run onto, but no-one was there. Both Cox and Roberts hit the Town End roof with shots, to match equally embarrassing efforts by Aljofree and Peacock in the first half.
With twenty minutes left, Sturrock began to make changes - showing the strength in depth that we have now. Zaaboub replaced Roberts, the returning Corr replaced Paynter, and Michael Pook replaced Peacock, who had picked up a knock. Swindon were starting to put pressure on the Tranmere defence, but they were standing up well to the test, and it seemed unlikely that anyone would score - the game had a feel of the Yeovil match about it, you could imagine Tranmere snatching a late goal. As it was, the goal was snatched by Swindon.
After Nicholas had an effort deflected onto the post, with just two minutes remaining, two of the substitutes combined with McGovern to create the winner. Pook picked the ball up well in midfield, and fed the ball into Corr, who released McGovern on the right. McGovern made progress down the wing, before putting in a beautiful cross that was met by the onrushing Corr, who did brilliantly firstly to make it to the ball, and secondly to control his first time shot past the Tranmere goalkeeper. It was by far the best move of the game, and well worthy of winning it. The Town End certainly went nuts, as did the players... it was worth waiting for.
The Town now sit in seventh place, and on current performances, a play-off place looks to be well within their grasp.