LATE ROBINS POWER BACK

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Mor­shead

SWIN­DON’S chair­man-turned-man­ager Lee Power felt his side showed glimpses of their former selves as they came from two goals down to earn a draw with Coven­try.

Power dis­posed of the ser­vices of former man­ager Mark Cooper last week, fol­low­ing an alarm­ing slump in form which saw the Robins drop into the League One rel­e­ga­tion zone, in­sert­ing him­self as care­taker-man­ager.

And the former Nor­wich and Peter­bor­ough for­ward se­cured his first point in charge, as Ben Glad­win and Nicky Ajose both scored in the fi­nal five min­utes to peg back Coven­try, who were seem­ingly coast­ing to vic­tory thanks to ef­forts from Ro­main Vincelot and Mar­cus Tudgay.

Power stressed his de­light at the style on show from Swin­don and in­sisted that the form which took the Wilt­shire out­fit to the play-off fi­nal in May will re­turn in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.

“Even the fans can see there’s light and that their old team is com­ing back,” said Power, who watched from the stands as coach Luke Wil­liams di­rected pro­ceed­ings from the dug-out for Swin­don.

“I think this is the day where our sea­son’s started.

“It’s the first time this sea­son that we’ve passed the ball the Swin­don way.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do and we’ve put our­selves in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion but all the lads in the dress­ing room know the sea­son starts now.

“We dom­i­nated the game for 70 min­utes. I think Coven­try will be one of the strong­est teams this sea­son.

“We held our own and we made the sub­sti­tu­tions to try to win the game.

“Very quickly we find our­selves one down, we could have folded and we could’ve been beaten three or four-nil but the lads put their heads down.

“When we are where we are then things don’t go your way but the most pleas­ing thing is to come back and get a point and most def­i­nitely the per­for­mance. I’m so proud and pleased with the lads that they’ve done that.”

Af­ter a goal­less first half Vincelot tapped home Coven­try’s opener in the 66th minute, be­fore Tudgay prod­ded in the re­bound af­ter his ini­tial penalty was saved by Lawrence Vig­oru­oux, putting the Sky Blues in con­trol with 11 min­utes left.

How­ever, Glad­win thumped past Re­ice Charles-Cook from 15 yards and Ajose net­ted from the spot to earn Swin­don a draw.

Coven­try boss Tony Mow­bray said: “We’re all hugely frus­trated at the re­sult. We’ll have to use it as a les­son on how to see games out.

“We have done it pretty well this sea­son but that was a hugely dis­ap­point­ing re­sult for us on the back of a lot of hard work in the first 80 min­utes.

“We knew it was go­ing to be a tough match but we got our­selves 2-0 to the good but then pro­ceeded to hand them a way back into the game. It’s dis­ap­point­ing for the sup­port­ers who trav­elled up in great num­bers.

“There are two home games com­ing up and we have to win af­ter draws away.”

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