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Oct 222012

news collins247 265375 478x359 300x224 Swindon 1 1 Scunthorpe: Frustration at the CGIt is back to back draws at home for Swindon Town after Saturday 1-1 draw against League One strugglers Scunthorpe.

Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio made one change to the starting line up brining in James Collins in for John Bostock, this meant a change into the style of formation which last week was 4-4-1-1 and with the addition of Collins it meant that Swindon went back to the 4-4-2. Alan McCormack was fit enough to start from the bench.

Scunthorpe had four ex Swindon players in their squad but only two were in the starting XI, David Prutton and Leon Clarke returned to the County Ground, while Mike Grella and Callum Kennedy were on the bench for Alan Knill side.

Swindon took the lead after eighteen minutes and it was James Collins second goal in two games as he cut in from the right hand side of the area and scored from an acute angle. Swindon nearly made it 2-0 when Matt Ritchie was one on one with the Scunthorpe keeper but was foiled as Sam Slocombe done well to spread himself and deny the Swindon winger.

It turned worse for the home side as they were reduced to ten men when Aden Flint was sent off for picking up two yellows. Both fouls were on former Swindon striker Leon Clarke.

With this Swindon made a tactical change and going to a 4-4-1 formation and took of striker Paul Benson and he was replaced by club captain Alan McCormack. McCormack took his place at the heart of the defence next to Darren Ward.

Scunthorpe equalised eleven minutes into the second half when a cross in from the right hand side found Karl Hawley who headed powerfully into the far corner past Wes Foderingham.

Swindon then had two late chances to win the game first was from a flicked on header from Matt Ritchie which found substitute Adam Rooney who angle drive went inches wide of the far post. Then Gary Roberts missed a guilt edge chance from close range when his weak right foot effort floated over the bar.

Scunthorpe in stoppage time had weak penalty claims turned down when Alan McCormack and former Swindon player David Prutton tangled in the box and the referee turned it away.

Both teams had to settle for a draw, Swindon will be thinking what could of have happened if Aden Flint didn’t get himself sent off, as Swindon were 1-0 up and cruising and had eleven players on the pitch.

Up next for Swindon is the away trip to Crewe on Tuesday night


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