SWINDON Town and Oldham Athletic shared two stunning strikes, two one-yard tap-ins and the League One points after a 2-2 draw at the County Ground.
The Robins, some way off their fluent best, turned the game around through Jon Obika’s 27th-minute prod home and Andy Williams’s 80th-minute belter after falling behind to a remarkable strike from Latics midfielder James Dayton, but they couldn’t hold on.
Amari Morgan-Smith came off the bench to rescue a point for the visitors in the 84th minute, nudging home from close range after Swindon failed to clear a routine free-kick.
A scrappy opening 15 minutes, during which neither side manipulated possession with any sort of class, saw Town enjoy the best sights of goal, as Michael Smith volleyed wide from Nathan Byrne’s pull-back and Louis Thompson dragged wide from the edge of the area.
Oldham hadn’t looked remotely like scoring before they took the lead with a thunderbolt from the blue in the 23rds minute.
Joseph Mills laid off a free-kick to Dayton and the midfield produced a quite sensational finish, crashing a strike beyond Wes Foderingham from fully 30 yards.
The goal stung the home crowd but they were soon boisterous as Obika netted for the third time in two games.
Byrne floated in a corner from the left, Jordan Turnbull caused havoc inside the six yard box and, once again, Obika was in the right place at the right time to prod the ball past Paul Rachubka.
The game drifted through to half-time with little extra incident and the second half started in a similar, subdued fashion. Only Dominic Poleon’s 57th minute drive, which was saved by Foderingham down low at his near post, animated the hushed crowd.
It looked for all likelihood that the game would meander out to a drab draw but Cooper threw on Williams and in the 80th minute the move paid off. And in some style.
Byrne slid through a superb pass for the substitute striker who surprised Rachubka with a first-time finish from 20 yards, from a relatively acute angle, that flew into the roof of the net.
Oldham hit back almost immediately. Swindon failed miserably to defend a lofted free-kick into the box, and after a mini-scramble in the six-yard box Morgan-Smith had the simple task of tapping home from a yard out.