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Swindon Town 1-2 Scunthorpe United

Swindon
Despite victory, Scunthorpe must settle for the play-offs, with promotion rivals Bolton winning

Swindon Town were relegated to League Two after losing at home to Scunthorpe, with Bury's victory condemning the Robins to the drop.

The Iron led early on when home keeper Lawrence Vigouroux dropped a cross, which hit Murray Wallace and went in.

Swindon's fate was effectively sealed as Sam Mantom swept home a second for the visitors from a low ball in.

Rohan Ince netted from range but the Robins, with Tim Sherwood as director of football, could not save themselves.

With just one game remaining Swindon are five points behind 20th-placed Gillingham, while Scunthorpe cannot now be automatically promoted after Bolton's win, meaning Graham Alexander's side will contest the play-offs.

Unique structure fails to pay off for Robins

In November, Tim Sherwood was named director of football at the County Ground, a move described as "one of the biggest appointments the club has ever made" by chairman Lee Power.

The former Spurs manager was given responsibility for "transfers, the way we play, the formations and the picking of the team" - though head coach Luke Williams was kept in his post.

Despite an impressive 3-0 win over Charlton in their first game following Sherwood's arrival, the appointment did not result in a sustained improvement in form, as Swindon have won only seven of their 31 games since his hiring.

At times, it was unclear whether or not Sherwood was managing the team, though in recent weeks his first-team responsibilities have decreased, and he has not attended all of the Robins' games.

But the return to a more conventional coaching structure has not paid dividends, as a four-game winless run sent them down to the fourth tier for the first time since 2012.

Line-ups

Swindon

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Vigouroux
  • 27BarrySubstituted forBrophyat 61'minutes
  • 29Rossi BrancoBooked at 41mins
  • 25Conroy
  • 21DaboSubstituted forNorrisat 73'minutes
  • 23Ince
  • 4Thomas
  • 20ColkettSubstituted forGoddardat 70'minutes
  • 7Gladwin
  • 19Ajose
  • 9Obika

Substitutes

  • 3Ormonde-Ottewill
  • 5Rodgers
  • 10Goddard
  • 11Brophy
  • 12Henry
  • 22Starkey
  • 33Norris

Scunthorpe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Anyon
  • 2Wiseman
  • 6Mirfin
  • 5M Wallace
  • 22Townsend
  • 8Dawson
  • 26Ness
  • 12Bishop
  • 11Morris
  • 24ToneyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMantomat 70'minutes
  • 9MaddenSubstituted forDaviesat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10van Veen
  • 15Toffolo
  • 17Mantom
  • 19Holmes
  • 28Davies
  • 31Sutton
  • 35Watson
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
7,579

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swindon Town 1, Scunthorpe United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swindon Town 1, Scunthorpe United 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

  4. Post update

    Luke Norris (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Ness (Scunthorpe United).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Rohan Ince (Swindon Town).

  7. Post update

    Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Norris (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rohan Ince (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Joe Anyon.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

  12. Post update

    Rohan Ince (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Ness (Scunthorpe United).

  14. Post update

    Rohan Ince (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town).

  17. Post update

    Jamie Ness (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Craig Davies replaces Paddy Madden.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Dion Conroy (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd452910689454497
2Bolton4524111065362983
3Fleetwood4523121064432181
4Scunthorpe4523101277532479
5Bradford452018761421978
6Millwall451913136254870
7Southend4519121469531669
8Rochdale451911157061968
9Oxford Utd451991763521166
10Bristol Rovers451812156566-166
11Peterborough451711176259362
12MK Dons451513175657-158
13Walsall441416145053-358
14Charlton451318145753457
15Wimbledon451317155255-356
16Northampton451410216073-1352
17Oldham451216173144-1352
18Shrewsbury451312204661-1551
19Bury451311216172-1150
20Gillingham451213205979-2049
21Port Vale441112214470-2645
22Swindon451111234463-1944
23Coventry45912243665-2939
24Chesterfield45910264175-3437
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