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Notts 3-1 Swindon

Fine first half blows visitors away

3 October 2023

Match Reports

Notts 3-1 Swindon

Fine first half blows visitors away

3 October 2023

We ended Swindon Town's unbeaten start to the season following a fantastic first-half display.

Goals from David McGoldrick, Macaulay Langstaff (pen) and Dan Crowley gave the Wiltshire outfit too much to do after the break, with Tyrese Shade's header proving merely a consolation.

Luke Williams made one change to side that lost on a dramatic day in Colchester, John Bostock returning to the XI in favour of the bench-bound Sam Austin.

That meant Bostock reclaimed his place alongside Matt Palmer in central midfield, shielding a back three of Kyle Cameron, Aden Baldwin and Richard Brindley – the latter moving to the right-hand side.

Jodi Jones and Aaron Nemane continued down each flank, with McGoldrick and Crowley in behind Langstaff.

It didn’t take us long to break the deadlock as, on 10 minutes, McGoldrick burst into the area and was rewarded with the perfect through ball from Jones. With the Swindon keeper Murphy Mahoney rushing out to dive at his feet, McGoldrick did brilliantly to dink the ball over him and into the net at full sprint.

Four minutes later it could have been two as Nemane and Crowley linked up as they so often do, the latter cleverly working the former to the byline. Neither Langstaff nor McGoldrick could get on the end of his dangerous low cross, though.

Nemane broke down the right again on 22 minutes, supplying Langstaff who opted to shoot instead of passing to Jones outside the area. His left-footed effort whistled wide of the near post.

And Langstaff was denied again minutes later when his goalbound volley from Bostock’s half-cleared free-kick was well blocked by a defender.

Our incessant pressure continued and another big moment passed us by when Nemane, brilliantly released by Palmer this time, squared the ball for Crowley. He sent his first-time effort wide, though, and his disappointment was clear to see as he rested against the upright.

But, after Mahoney had made a strong save from Jones at his near post and Charlie Austin had sent a shot wide with the visitors’ first threatening moment of the first half, we had our second goal.

It came after Nemane was hauled back by Tariq Uwakwe, who had failed to properly deal with a looping ball, and Langstaff buried our first penalty of the season – and the first of his Notts career - to take his tally to an incredible 50 goals in 59 appearances.

We were in rampant mood and squandered a good opportunity to make it three after catching Swindon cold, Nemane unable to get his cross right at the crucial moment.

But, a matter of seconds later, any lingering frustrations Crowley had over his earlier miss were banished as he ghosted into the area unmarked and produced an excellent first-time finish from McGoldrick’s pinpoint cross.

Swindon showed signs of a fightback, Rushain Hepburn-Murphy drawing a big save from Aidan Stone shortly after we’d made an important block to deny Austin.

And the second half proved to be a much trickier affair as our opponents came out of the blocks fast, reducing the deficit through half-time substitute Shade as he was able to get the climb on Nemane to head home a cross at the back post.

We were left with 40 minutes to see the game out and nerves were jangling in the 64th when Frazer Blake-Tracy could only bounce the ball into the turf and over the bar with a free header from eight yards.

Williams sent Austin, Tobi Adebayo, Jim O’Brien, Connell Rawlinson and Junior Morias into the action as the half progressed and they contributed to a resolute defensive performance – although Tom Brewitt will likely feel he could have done better with a glancing header from a corner conceded by Stone as he pushed an effort wide at his near post.

Cameron made a huge block to deny Kemp as the visitors continued to press for a route back into the game.

But, inside five added minutes, it was Langstaff who’d have the game’s final shot as Mahoney did well to deny him from a narrow angle.

STARTING XI: Stone; Cameron, Brindley, Baldwin (Rawlinson 77'); Jones, Nemane (Adebayo 69'); Bostock, Palmer (O'Brien 77'), McGoldrick (Morias 77'), Crowley (Austin 71;); Langstaff

SUBS: Slocombe, Randall

BOOKINGS: Bostock 12', O'Brien 83', Jones 90+1'


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