NEW FACES GIVE LIFE TO ROBINS
ADISAPPOINTED Phil Parkinson admitted the fact teams around Bolton also lost was at least one positive to be taken from his side’s home defeat to struggling Swindon Town.
A David Wheater stunner gave Wanderers the lead, but goals from Ben Gladwin and Yaser Kasim gave the Robins their first comeback win of the season.
Parkinson admitted his dressing room was “low” but hopes his side can shrug off their first home league defeat since October when they face Crystal Palace in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay.
“It’s a good thing that when you’ve got beaten, other teams around you have got beaten too,” he said.
“You’ve got to take that as a good thing, from our point of view.
“But looking at the game, we should have at least taken a point – really, all three. It’s about our game management – we could have held onto one point instead of chasing all three.
“We needed that solid base of winning, or at least not losing, and it was a bit ‘you attack, we attack’ at the end.
“We have to move on from it and we have a terrific game at Selhurst Park, with a great prize waiting in Manchester City. We’ll go down there and give everything we can.”
Wheater broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half with a special goal, swinging his right foot at the ball and unleashing a perfect volley in off the bar.
Swindon levelled on 65 minutes, the ball falling to QPR-loanee Gladwin who drove in a shot which appeared to deflect past keeper Ben Alnwick.
And the Robins grabbed all three points in the final minutes when Iraqui Kasim was the right man at the right time to volley home and send the travelling away fans home delighted.
Swindon head coach Luke Williams believes his side were good value for the win, and credited the influx of four debutants – Fankaty Dabo, Charlie Colkett, Islam Feruz and Gladwin, the latter for a third spell – as contributing to the victory.
He said: “It’s huge that that’s the first time we’ve won from coming from behind this year and it’s no coincedence with new players coming to the club. We have good players here already, but lack a bit of balance. “In Ben, we have someone who does things no other players in the squad can do. “We had two moments of real quality which put us in front. It’s almost like having a player inside the box with the ball when Ben has it from 20 yards out and people don’t press him. “When the ball dropped to him, we knew we had a goal in us. It probably could have gone either way, but the longer it went on, the more likely we were to score.”
JOY: Earlier goalscorer Ben Gladwin celebrates as Swindon take the lead in the closing seconds
ALL SQUARE: Ben Gladwin scores for Swindon