FRAN THE MAN ROCKS ROBINS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nate Bur­rows

ALAST-GASP de­feat left chair­man Lee Power feel­ing sick as a par­rot af­ter his fi­nal game in tem­po­rary charge of Swin­don.

Power, who took the reins af­ter Mark Cooper was sacked in the mid­dle of last month, con­firmed af­ter their trip to Wi­gan that a new man­ager will be in place early next week.

How­ever, his last act as stand-in boss was not a sat­is­fy­ing one, as Fran­cisco Ju­nior’s strike deep into in­jury time de­nied the strug­gling Robins a share of the spoils.

“To lose it that way is sick­en­ing,” said Power. “This is what hap­pens when you are down this end of the ta­ble. We have got to take it on the chin.

“Wi­gan are a big club – I said it with Coven­try last week as well. They are big clubs and I think they will fill the two top spots. Not too many teams are go­ing to come away with much from here.

“We’re sick. I was say­ing to [first team coach] Luke Wil­liams five min­utes from the end that it was go­ing either way – we were break­ing, they were break­ing and I said to him that it would be nice if for the first time this year we had a bit of luck!

“I am mas­sively pleased with the per­for­mance. I said to the lads that I am proud of them, and I felt first half we should have been in front.”

In a fran­tic open­ing ten min­utes at the DW Sta­dium Yanic Wild­schut’s low ball across the face of goal evaded ev­ery­one, be­fore An­ton Rodgers slipped with just Jussi Jaaske­lainen to beat.

Ben Glad­win then struck the post against the run of play on 25 min­utes af­ter Nicky Ajose had teed him up on the edge of the box.

The di­rect-run­ning Wild­schut con­trib­uted three fur­ther chances be­fore the break, pro­duc­ing three rou­tine saves from Lawrence Vigouroux.

Will Grigg was gifted the first chance of the sec­ond half, latch­ing onto Glad­win’s mis­placed pass only to fire over from just in­side the Wi­gan area.

Chances dwin­dled as the game wore on, but Vigouroux re­mained alert to ex­pertly block Reece James’ ef­fort af­ter Don­ald Love’s prob­ing cross found him on 80 min­utes.

Vigouroux was booked for time-wast­ing in added time and then spilled a cross with sec­onds re­main­ing, al­low­ing sub­sti­tute Ju­nior to prod home a dra­matic late win­ner.

And Wi­gan boss Gary Cald­well re­vealed his sat­is­fac­tion at get­ting the job done.

“We are on a good run of form and we just have to con­tinue to build on that,” he said. “It is all about progress in terms of per­for­mance; the be­lief that that gives the play­ers is im­por­tant to keep­ing the mo­men­tum go­ing.

“We did not get that early goal and that spooked us and for the next 15 min­utes Swin­don played very well.We knew that they liked to keep pos­ses­sion and pass be­tween lines and Ben Glad­win was a prob­lem for us in that spell.

“It is good to be ten un­beaten, but it is al­ways about the next game in foot­ball. We are im­prov­ing, and we still have a long way to go.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

STAR MAN BEN GLAD­WIN

Swin­don DE­LIGHT: Fran­cisco Ju­nior cel­e­brates af­ter grab­bing the in­jury-time win­ner, be­low

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