The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mike Vim­pany

ATHREE-GOAL sec­ond half burst en­abled Swin­don Town to re­boot their fal­ter­ing au­to­matic pro­mo­tion chal­lenge, although Notts County boss Shaun Derry felt the Robins were af­forded a help­ing hand.

This was only Swin­don’s sec­ond victory in seven out­ings, but one which lifted them one place to third in the ta­ble, two points be­hind Pre­ston North End.

Teenage Chelsea loa­nee John Swift eased Swin­don’s nerves with the open­ing goal ten min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod.

Ref­eree Gavin Ward and his as­sis­tant then in­ter­vened to help the Robins dou­ble the lead mo­ments later, award­ing Swin­don a soft penalty as vet­eran goal­keeper Roy Car­roll was ad­judged to have felled Andy Wil­liams in the box, the Swin­don man dust­ing him­self off to score from the spot.

County mid­fielder Liam Noble then col­lected a stupid red card – his third of the sea­son – for two bookings in the space of a minute for ar­gu­ing with the of­fi­cials.

This then al­lowed space on the pitch for Harry Tof­folo to add a third on the break late on.

And while ad­mit­ting that Noble only has him­self to blame for see­ing red, Derry pointed the fin­ger at the of­fi­cials for giv­ing his side a moun­tain to climb.

“I’ve looked at the video four or five times and it was never a penalty,” Derry said.

“It’s changed the whole com­plex of the af­ter­noon.

“That sec­ond goal killed us and we couldn’t re­cover.

“I can’t stand by Liam Noble. Liam’s got him­self sent off for the third time this sea­son, it’s not sen­si­ble.

“I can’t back him. He’s got a prob­lem in his make-up. He’s got a flaw in his char­ac­ter.

“I can’t help with this. I don’t think any­one can, other than Liam. He needs to look at him­self very deeply.

“He’s a young foot­baller who is try­ing to stay at League One level. And has done re­ally well when he plays but he’s not played enough.”

But while Derry was un­der­stand­ably ag­grieved, Swin­don boss Mark Cooper was de­lighted with re­sult.

Par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing the man­ner in which Swin­don had col­lapsed to a 3-0 de­feat to Gilling­ham in mid­week.

“This shows our char­ac­ter,” Cooper said.“I thought we played quite well never looked in dan­ger and ran our wor­thy win­ners.

“At half-time I thought we needed to be clev­erer in the fi­nal third and pro­duce that ex­tra bit of qual­ity to lead to the goal.

“We didn’t pull the trig­ger enough in the first half but we man­aged to do that af­ter the break.”

Swift, 19, who made one sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ance for Chelsea against Cardiff City late last sea­son, caught the eye through­out and en­gi­neered most of the Swin­don moves.

“It was bril­liant goal from John Swift,” added Cooper.

“He’s made him­self a yard and bent one in the cor­ner. It was a lovely fin­ish. He’s got tremen­dous abil­ity.”

PIC­TURES: Terry Parker


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