HYL­TON’S A HERO OFF THE BENCH

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

JER­MAINE Hyl­ton has yet to start a se­nior match since his Jan­uary ar­rival at the County Ground, but he emerged the hero of Swin­don Town’s some­what for­tu­nate win over Peter­bor­ough United.

The re­sult put the Robins within touch­ing dis­tance of clinch­ing a place in the League One play-offs, a po­si­tion they could ce­ment at Rochdale on Tues­day evening.

Signed from non league Red­ditch United in Jan­uary, Hyl­ton scored his maiden league goal within two min­utes of com­ing off the sub­sti­tute’s bench as a re­place­ment for Andy Wil­liams, who had smacked a con­tro­ver­sial first half penalty against the cross­bar.

“I’ve been dreaming of what it might be like to score my first league goal,” smiled Hyl­ton.

“Would it be an ab­so­lute cracker, a sim­ple tap in ? But I’ve scored it now and it’s a won­der­ful feel­ing. My next aim is ob­vi­ously to get a place in the start­ing line-up. I’ve been on the bench seven times now and hope­fully this goal will give me a kick start.”

Hyl­ton’s 70th minute win­ner, teed up by Jon Obika, spared the blushes of team-mate Wil­liams, who – ap­pear­ing low on con­fi­dence - looked all at sea as he took a curved run up at his spot kick and ham­mered it against the wood­work. Jus­tice may have been done.

Ben Glad­win had Swin­don’s other best chances, twice fir­ing wide from dis­tance and forc­ing Ben Al­nwick to make a fine fin­ger­tip save on the stroke of half-time.

Swin­don boss Mark Cooper, cel­e­brat­ing his 100th match in charge at the County Ground, said: “It wasn’t a clas­sic, was it ? We weren’t at our most scin­til­lat­ing. But I was pleased be­cause we showed a lit­tle bit of grit and dug out a clean sheet.

“I thought we de­fended mag­nif­i­cently well. I asked the boys be­fore the game for a clean sheet and three points and that’s what they gave me. But with a few more grey hairs.

“Our play­ers were des­per­ate to get three points and ce­ment our place in the top six.”

With­out a goal in four games, Peter­bor­ough can con­sider them­selves un­lucky to have suf­fered a third de­feat ei­ther side of Easter.

Mar­cus Mad­di­son missed hard-work­ing Peter­bor­ough’s best chance of the match just af­ter half-time, leav­ing care­taker boss Dave Robert­son dis­ap­pointed with his side’s lack of ruth­less­ness.

But over­all he was pleased with the Posh per­for­mance – but un­happy with a penalty de­ci­sion late on that wasn’t given.

“We did enough to win the game. There were a cou­ple of key de­ci­sions from the ref­eree that I’ve watched back,” said Robert­son.

“If he gives the first penalty for them – which per­son­ally I didn’t think was a penalty – he’s also got to give the one for us for a push on Conor Wash­ing­ton.

“We were con­fi­dent, com­fort­able, wanted to get on the ball, as a re­sult of which we cre­ated plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“In the fi­nal third we cre­ated some very good chances, which we didn’t take. The bot­tom line is that we’ve got to fin­ish off th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties. We must be more ruth­less in the fi­nal third.”

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WIN­NER: Swin­don cel­e­brate Jer­maine Hyl­ton’s strike, inset

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