• Kerrouche 83
• Do Prado 16 • Forte 30 • Lambert 90+3
Look at the possession stats in the sidebar on the right - 63%. How Swindon managed as much as 37% I will never know. A year ago we were in the same league and Swindon were revelling in giving us a hard time when we met. Now we are two leagues apart and without being unkind, the gap looked bigger.
Of course they have the Billy Big Boots manager in Paulo Di Canio, but he is just starting out and will make mistakes along the way. He made one on this night in not dealing with a bust up between his No9, Clarke and the fitness trainer after the match. The resulting shoving match in the tunnel was filmed by both Sky and the BBC. Not a good move. Clarke had only moved from QPR to Swindon less then a fortnight before, so I guess this was his last match for Di Canio.
Returning to the match, Saints strolled into a two goal lead without really much effort. Guly converted a cross in the 17th minute and Forte scored through a crowd of players in the 30th minute.
Saints were in control, until the 84th minute when Kerrouche scored a pretty impressive free kick, which found it's way past Davis. Saints didn't panic. Rickie Lambert, who had come on in place of Forte strolled through the Swindon defence, deep into stoppage time, rounded the keeper and tapped the ball into the open goal.
That was it for the football, but the Di Canio v Clarke dust up had the press foaming at the mouth.
08 Ferry (McCormack - 73' Booked )
21 Gabilondo (Esajas - 54' )
24 Smith Booked
17 Connell (Kerrouche - 31' Booked )
23 De Vita
03 Harding Booked
16 Martin Booked
04 Schneiderlin Booked
24 Holmes (Hammond - 90' )
10 Guly (Hoskins - 90' )
17 Forte (Lambert - 83' )