9:46pm Tuesday 28th September 2010
By Sam Morshead
BRADLEY Wright-Phillips' 95th-minute winner stunned Swindon Town at the County Ground this evening.
Wright-Phillips headed in the outstanding Craig Noone's perfectly weighted cross from the left in the last seconds of second-half stoppage time to give his side all three points after a dramatic night in Wiltshire.
Earlier, Swindon had staged a spirited comeback to overturn a two-goal deficit thanks to efforts from David Prutton and Michael Rose.
Reda Johnson nodded home and Bradley Wright-Phillips tapped in as the hosts endured a nightmare start, whilst Prutton and Johnson later both saw red for two bookable offences each, but the visitors were not to be outdone.
In a pulsating and hugely entertaining encounter, Town will feel aggrieved not to have taken a point from a match that had it all.
Here are the key moments from today's match:
Four mins: (GOAL 0-1, Johnson) Disastrous start for Town, and David Lucas in particular. The big stopper comes to catch Kari Arnason's long throw but gets nowhere near it as Reda Johnson rises to nod into an embarrassingly empty net.
Six mins: Alan Sheehan loses the ball on halfway to Craig Noone, who charges to the edge of the Town area and lets fly, but his shot barely troubles Lucas.
Eight mins: Plymouth are all over their hosts. Noone tries his luck from long range and brings out the best in Lucas as he reaches full-stretch to tip wide.
Eight mins: (GOAL 0-2, Wright-Phillips) Oh dear. Poor defending down the flank lets Jim Paterson get a neat cross in from the left, it splits centre-backs and goalkeeper in two and Bradley Wright-Phillips is on hand to tap home from only inches out. Masses of work to do now for the Robins.
10 mins: Another good chance for the Pilgrims as Wright-Phillips breaks clear of Morrison and is one-on-one with Lucas. The Swindon defender makes good ground, however, and puts enough pressure on Wright-Phillips to ensure the former Manchester City man fires feebly wide.
17 mins: Michael Rose, on for Sheehan, who looks to be struggling with a leg injury, launches a long throw and Thomas Dossevi connects, but his effort goes wide.
26 mins: Neat keep-ball football from the home side opens up their best opportunity so far. Kevin Amankwaah crosses from the right, Johnson misses his kick and Pericard lays the ball back to Dossevi. However, from 10 yards out, the Togolese fires over.
27 mins: Wright-Phillips' snap-shot half-volley from 25 yards is well gathered by Lucas. There's bound to be more goals in this one.
32 mins: Plymouth crowd out Dossevi in midfield and break quickly. Marcel Seip whips in a dangerous ball from the right, but Joe Mason cannot direct his downward header at the back post and it bounces harmlessly past Lucas' right post.
37 mins: (GOAL 1-2, Prutton) It's come out of very little, but Town are back in the game. David Prutton receives Scott Cuthbert's pass 25 yards from goal, turns and takes a pot-shot which beats Romain Larrieu low to his right. Fascinating contest this one.
41 mins: Bit of a hapless effort from Pericard after the ball breaks to him 12 yards out with Larrieu stranded. The frontman can only pull his shot wide along the ground.
46 mins: Larrieu produces a top draw save after Rose's superb inswinging cross strikes Johnson and looks destined for the bottom corner. That's exactly the start to the second half Town wanted.
48 mins: It should be 2-2. McGovern this time delivers tantalisingly from the left, Larrieu is in No Man's Land, and Dossevi has the equaliser on a plate. Unfortunately the Togo intentional can't get over his header and he glances wide. A huge chance for Swindon to level matters.
56 mins: Pericard nods a long ball down well, giving Dossevi a chance to have a crack on the half-volley from 20 yards but, again, his shot is weak.
69 mins: Rose fizzes in a free-kick from a narrow angle on the right. Larrieu makes a good save low down at his near post and the resulting scramble ends with a Plymouth boot clearing to safety. It's starting to get a little desperate for Swindon here, but there are plenty of chances left in the match, that's for sure.
73 mins: Yannick Bolassie should have put the game beyond Town's reach. He rises to meet Onismor Bhasera's cross but strikes the crossbar from six yards
75 mins:(GOAL 2-2, Rose) And how costly that miss may have been! Paul Caddis is tripped by Bondz N'Gala on the edge of the area and Rose drills home the free-kick. Best performance of his brief Swindon career so far this from the left-back.
76 mins: It's comedy central at the County Ground as Carl Fletcher's 40-yard back-pass almost trickles over his own goal-line, but Larrieu gets back in time to hack away.
77 mins: Prutton takes Bolasie's legs from under him in midfield and the Swindon playmaker is issued his second yellow cad of the night, which results in his second red card of the season. Town are going to have to tough this one out.
81 mins: Noone has been electric for the visitors tonight and his shot from 18 yards takes a wicked deflection, loops over Lucas but falls just wide.
82 mins: A daisy-cutter that would struggle to do just that from Paul Caddis only just reaches Larrieu from 30 yards out.
84 mins: Fletcher finds himself with a glorious chance to win it for the Pilgrims when the ball breaks to him eight yards out, but Lucas saves his powerful drive well.
87 mins: Bhasera has a go from 20 yards, but Lucas is equal to it. Town really are holding on by the thinnest of threads.
90 mins: It's 10-a-side now as Johnson gets a second yellow for handball. Furious stuff in Swindon this evening.
90(+5) mins: (GOAL 2-3, Wright-Phillips) That's a real heart-breaker for Town. Noone, who has been immense all night for Plymouth, centres for Wright Phillips, who evades Morrison to head home the winner. The sound of 9,000 hearts dropping is deafening.
SWINDON TOWN: (4-3-1-2) David Lucas; Kevin Amankwaah, Scott Cuthbert, Sean Morrison, Alan Sheehan (Michael Rose, 15); Paul Caddis, Jonathan Douglas, David Prutton; Jon-Paul McGovern (Alan O'Brien, 62); Vincent Pericard, Thomas Dossevi (Simon Ferry, 78)
Subs not used: Phil Smith, Nathan Thompson, Will Evans, Billy Bodin
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE: (4-4-1-1) Roman Larrieu; Marcel Seip, Reda Johnson, Bondz N'Gala, Jim Paterson; Craig Noone, Carl Fletcher, Kari Arnason, Onismor Bhasera (Lee Molyneux, 89); Joe Mason (Yannick Bolasie, 53); Bradley Wright-Phillips
Subs not used: Ollie Chenoworth, Jack Stephens, Krisztian Timar, Steve MacLean, Dean Parrett
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