HYLTON’S A HERO OFF THE BENCH
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.”
WINNER: Swindon celebrate Jermaine Hylton’s strike, inset