LATE CON JOB SHOCKS LI­ONS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Scott Phillips

SWINDON boosted their League One sur­vival as­pi­ra­tions af­ter a last­gasp win­ner gave them vic­tory over Mill­wall.

Conor Thomas came off the bench for the Robins to score the goal, and ec­static Swindon man­ager Luke Wil­liams said: “Ev­ery sin­gle Swindon fan should be very proud of Conor.

“Ev­ery sin­gle day he is im­mac­u­late, he’s bright, he’s in early and looks af­ter him­self he so he de­serves that goal.

“He wouldn’t have started the game for sure. He’s taken the op­por­tu­nity with both hands, and that’s what you want.

“We had to pay a huge amount of re­spect to the front two of Mill­wall, they can hurt you. They are both will­ing run­ners and can fin­ish and pro­vide for each other.

“Af­ter a good solid dis­play we tried to in­tro­duce a bit more pace and at­tack­ing flair. We then made changes to put some more ag­gres­sive at­tack­ing play­ers on be­cause we know a draw isn’t good enough at this mo­ment.

“To score that late and the whis­tle to go al­most im­me­di­ately is my dream come true.”

The re­sult has dented Mill­wall’s as­pi­ra­tions of se­cur­ing a play-off place and man­ager Neil Har­ris was un­happy with the per­for­mance, say­ing: “There were so many dis­ap­point­ments from that game.

“We didn’t im­pose our­selves on the game. The front four play­ers were about as bad as they’ve been in my two years in charge.

“A Mill­wall team should be com­ing here and re­ally im­pos­ing them­selves on the game, be­ing on the front foot and be­ing ag­gres­sive.

“We knew we were go­ing to get beaten at some stage, we weren’t naïve enough to think we were go­ing to win ev­ery game un­til the end of the sea­son. Some­thing was go­ing to give at some stage but the dis­ap­point­ing thing for me was the man­ner of the de­feat.

“Th­ese boys have been great for me, bril­liant, they’re a re­ally good group and I’ve been loyal to a lot of play­ers, as they’ve played well for me.”

The match was evenly con­tested in the first half with nei­ther team able to break the dead­lock.

The first chance of the game fell to Mill­wall in the fifth minute when striker Lee Gre­gory ran on to a long ball from the goal­keeper, but from a tight an­gle he was only able to hit a timid shot.

The best op­por­tu­nity for Swindon fell to mid­fielder Char­lie Colkett in the 21st minute. Fol­low­ing some in­tri­cate play on the edge of Mill­wall’s box, his shot looked destined for the top right cor­ner but Jor­dan Archer was able to save.

The home side im­proved in the sec­ond half but failed to make their dom­i­nance pay un­til Thomas blasted home in the fifth minute of in­jury time af­ter be­ing picked out by Nicky Ajose.

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Gary Lear­month

OH YES! Conor Thomas scores, inset, and cel­e­brates his last-minute goal

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