Swindon: 2 Walsall: 1
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Swindon Town dug deep in howling winds and torrential rain to record a hat-trick of wins at the County Ground.
Despite an early spell of pressure from Walsall, which saw Dan Scarr blaze over from close range following a corner, Swindon took an early lead. A quick move that started from a Town goal kick saw Swindon rapidly advance down the left flank. Michael Doughty knocked a long ball to Jerry Yates who then held the ball up and lay off to Keshi Anderson, Anderson after opening up the Walsall defence with his pace found Eoin Doyle who converted from close range in an empty penalty area. That was Doyle's 14th strike of the season and the man that's been dubbed the ginger Pele steched his goal scoring streak to 5 games in a row.
10 minutes later ex Town striker Elijah Adebayo caused Steven Benda to produce a fine save after Adebayo connected well with a low cross. Swindon nearly doubled their advantage before halftime as a Michael Doughty cross was just to high for the on rushing Eoin Doyle.
Swindon like the first half scored early on after some good work from Diallang Jaiyesimi. Jaiyesimi won the ball on the edge of the penalty area after some good pressing then he cut inside the defence and his shot took a kind deflection taking the ball past the keeper to make it 2-0. That was the winger's first goal for Town after joining on loan from Norwich in the summer.
Seven minutes later Walsall halved Town's lead after Steven Benda misjudged the flight of the ball from a free kick leaving Rory Gaffney to head in to an open goal.
As the game went on it was becoming harder to play good football due to the weather. The weather however was perfect for sliding challenges and every time a Town player made a tackle it was greeted by loud cheers from the Town faithful.
Right in the dying embers of the game Steven Benda produced two superb saves to prevent town from dropping two points.
A good win for Town and the most impressive thing to note was how every player put in 110% effort. Also the win saw Swindon move up in to the automatic promotion places.