Wil­liams re­lieved but Robbo hits out...

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Si­mon Smed­ley

SWIN­DON boss Luke Wil­liams wore a broad smile af­ter his side ended a run of three straight de­feats with a com­pre­hen­sive win at Old­ham.

The Robins struck a goal in each half to end their wor­ry­ing run of form in a game in which they dom­i­nated.

Re­lieved boss Wil­liams said: “I’m re­ally pleased for ev­ery­one with this re­sult.

“Our away form hasn’t been too great in re­cent weeks and months, and to be hon­est a few things have been go­ing against us.

“But ev­ery­thing seems to work in our favour here and I thought we were ex­cel­lent value for the three points.

“We were able to take the lead and re­ally take con­trol of the game. We played the game on our terms, and when we do that we can be a match for any­one.

“Not a lot has changed in terms of the per­son­nel and the way we’ve been play­ing.

“But don’t for­get we’ve got an ex­cel­lent group of play­ers here and I’ve been hurt­ing for them th­ese last three games.”

Swin­don bossed the first pe­riod at Bound­ary Park and de­servedly led at the in­ter­val.

Jonathan Obika struck af­ter 18 min­utes, slot­ting home his sec­ond goal of the sea­son from 15 yards af­ter meet­ing a neat through ball from Johnny God­dard. Old­ham’s best chance came when Josh Law curled a 25-yard free­kick nar­rowly wide.

Swin­don dou­bled their lead cour­tesy of a neatly-taken goal in the 55th minute.

Bran­don Or­monde Ot­tewill clipped a shot ex­pertly past Con­nor Ri­p­ley fol­low­ing a cut­back from the im­pres­sive God­dard.

It could have been worse for the hosts, but skip­per Peter Clarke hacked an ef­fort from Raphael Rossi-Branco off the line.

Old­ham man­ager Stephen Robin­son slammed his play­ers af­ter his side slipped into the League One drop zone.

The hosts have now scored only four goals in their nine league games, and af­ter this lat­est de­feat, changes are promised for Tues­day’s toughlook­ing trip to Charl­ton.

Robin­son said: “It’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing, and that’s putting it mildly.

“There’s no hid­ing away from it, that was as poor as we’ve been since I joined the club.

“Nine play­ers just didn’t show up, and that is not what you need at his level of foot­ball.

“(Goal­keeper) Con­nor Ri­p­ley was mag­nif­i­cent again and Peter Clarke con­tin­ued to set an ex­am­ple, but not the rest.”


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