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Swindon Town 2-2 Coventry City

Town came back from 2-0 down to rescue a point from Saturday's League One clash with Coventry City at the County Ground.

A first half brace from David McGoldrick looked like it had sealed the points for Mark Robins’ side, but late goals from Gary Roberts and substitute James Collins saved the hosts from a third home league defeat of the season.

Town were under pressure from the word go as the Sky Blues made a bright start to the clash.

And it came as little surprise when they went in front after 13 minutes as David McGoldrick stooped to guide a pinpoint John Fleck free-kick into the near corner.

Town rallied briefly but looked short on ideas as they struggled to create any clear cut chances.

The hosts' best opportunity fell to Simon Ferry after 23 minutes, but the midfielder could only head weakly into the arms of Joe Murphy from eight yards.

Town were counting the cost of that miss moments later as McGoldrick grabbed his second shortly before half time.

Another dangerous corner from Fleck bobbled around the penalty area before the on-loan Nottingham Forest man popped up to squeeze a close range shot through a crowd of bodies and into the corner.

Paolo Di Canio's side started the second half with a mountain to climb, and it nearly got even higher a few moments into the period as Wes Foderingham parried a Franck Moussa shot into the path of Callum Ball, but the striker dragged his shot wide when he should have scored.

Di Canio introduced Adam Rooney and James Collins on the hour mark, but his side were still struggling to gain any sort of foothold on proceedings.

It took a nasty collision between Nathan Thompson and Fleck – which saw the latter stretchered off – to spur Town into life after 70 minutes.

They thought they had pulled a goal back when Collins tapped home after Rooney's shot had been saved, but the striker was rightly ruled offside.

Gary Roberts found City 'keeper Murphy in top form again moments later as the former Scunthorpe man tipped a curling 20-yard effort over the bar.

But Roberts went one better soon after as he found himself in space at the back post and volleyed a flick from Tommy Miller into the back of the net on 77 minutes.

And Town’s rapid comeback was complete just two minutes later as a Jay McEveley cross was cleared into the path of James Collins who let fly with a rasping volley into the top corner from 10 yards.

Somehow Town were now looking the most likely to steal the points, and they might have done as Roberts teed up Miller on 85 minutes but the skipper could only side foot the ball straight at Murphy from ten yards.

Murphy was again called into action in the second minute of injury time as Aden Flint nodded the ball into the path of Rooney, but the striker could only head straight at the 'keeper when he should have scored.

Though they might have won it late on, Town will have been happy to take a point after being second best for much of a disjointed yet entertaining afternoon’s football at the County Ground.

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