NEW FACES GIVE LIFE TO ROBINS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Bar­rie White

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.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Mark Do­herty

JOY: Ear­lier goalscorer Ben Glad­win cel­e­brates as Swin­don take the lead in the clos­ing sec­onds

ALL SQUARE: Ben Glad­win scores for Swin­don

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