Su­per­man Lawrence comes to the res­cue

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

‘SU­PER­MAN’ goal­keeper Lawrence Vigouroux came to the res­cue for Swindon with a string of fine saves be­fore Jon Obika’s last-gasp equaliser earned them a point in their rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.

Kieran Agard had given MK Dons the lead at the County Ground from the penalty spot on 43 min­utes, but Obika kept the rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Robins’ sur­vival hopes alive with a 90th-minute equaliser.

How­ever it was Vigouroux who was the star of the show for the home side, deny­ing Agard, Ben Reeves and Har­vey Barnes and his head coach Luke Wil­liams was quick to heap praise on the keeper.

“To make saves that he has no right to make we re­ally owe him for this per­for­mance,” Wil­liams said. “Lawrence had a red cape on his back and a big ‘S’ on his ch­est to res­cue a point.

“We needed the point, we know that, so we de­cided to be brave in the sec­ond half with one or two cen­tral de­fend­ers join­ing the at­tack to try and put them un­der pres­sure.

“We had to ride our luck again at the other end of the pitch but you can’t have ev­ery­thing.

“I think we’re value for a point even though the op­po­si­tion out­classed us for pe­ri­ods of the game.”

Af­ter hav­ing the ma­jor­ity of the chances, Dons even­tu­ally took the lead when Char­lie Colkett brought down Reeves in the box and Agard con­verted from 12 yards.

Yet, against the run of play, Obika was played in and af­ter hav­ing sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties ear­lier in the game, this time he found the back of the net with a low strike.

In the sixth minute of in­jury-time Ed Up­son – who had ear­lier hit the bar – should have grabbed the win­ner, but blazed it over the bar on a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon for Rob­bie Neil­son’s men.

“We were the to­tally dom­i­nant team and played some fan­tas­tic foot­ball, but we have to put the ball in the back of the net,” Neil­son said.

“We should have scored six goals easy, but we didn’t and that’s why we’re sit­ting here with one point.

“The pos­i­tive we can take is that we’re cre­at­ing chances.

“When it’s 1-0 with a cou­ple of min­utes to go and they go gung-ho, we make a sloppy mis­take in the mid­dle and it’s a goal.

“When you’re play­ing against a team near the bot­tom, they had to win here.

“If we go 2-0 the game’s fin­ished but credit to them, they kept fight­ing and it’s our fault we didn’t win the game.”

STAR MAN STU­ART O’KEEFE MK Dons

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