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Swindon Town 4-3 Crewe Alexandra

Doubles from debutant Marc Richards and substitute Timi Elsnik inspired Swindon to come from behind to beat 10-man Crewe in a spectacular match at the County Ground.

Swindon went ahead when Ellis Iandolo's low cross fell to Richards in the box and the former Northampton striker coolly fired home from 12 yards.

The Alex equalised when the hosts failed to clear their lines and Callum Ainley hit a low volley across goal into the far corner.

Crewe then took the lead before half-time when Ainley glanced Charlie Kirk's pinpoint cross into the bottom right corner for his fifth goal of the season.

David Artell's men extended their advantage early in the second half when Reice Charles-Cook parried Jordan Bowery's initial shot and Ryan Wintle ran in to tap the ball into the net from close range.

The Robins had a lifeline with 25 minutes to go when Elsnik curled a shot into the top left corner from the edge of the box, before the Derby loanee equalised with a composed low shot into the bottom left corner.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men after Zoumana Bakayogo received a second yellow card and with just minutes remaining Matt Taylor's low cross was poked home by Richards at the front post to win it for the home side.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 21Charles-Cook
  • 6Lancashire
  • 5Robertson
  • 4PrestonBooked at 87mins
  • 20Gordon
  • 8DunneSubstituted forElsnikat 45'minutes
  • 29Banks
  • 14IandoloSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutes
  • 30AndersonBooked at 90mins
  • 17RichardsBooked at 90mins
  • 22WoolerySubstituted forNorrisat 42'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 7Mullin
  • 9Norris
  • 19Elsnik
  • 24Knoyle
  • 28Moore
  • 31Taylor

Crewe

  • 13RichardsBooked at 67minsSubstituted forGarrattat 72'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 12Nolan
  • 6RaynesSubstituted forat 90+6'minutes
  • 4Walker
  • 3BakayogoBooked at 80mins
  • 15Wintle
  • 30Green
  • 14Ainley
  • 20KirkBooked at 58minsSubstituted forPickeringat 81'minutes
  • 10Bowery
  • 39McKirdyBooked at 24minsSubstituted forMillerat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Garratt
  • 5Ray
  • 16Lowery
  • 18Pickering
  • 24Reilly
  • 32Miller
  • 40Barlaser
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
5,439

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Swindon Town 4, Crewe Alexandra 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swindon Town 4, Crewe Alexandra 3.

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Luke Norris (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Keshi Anderson (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Keshi Anderson (Swindon Town).

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Michael Raynes went off injured after Crewe Alexandra had used all subs.

Foul by Luke Norris (Swindon Town).

Brad Walker (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Marc Richards (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 4, Crewe Alexandra 3. Marc Richards (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matthew Taylor.

Booking

Matt Preston (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matt Preston (Swindon Town).

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Oliver Lancashire (Swindon Town).

Ben Garratt (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Brad Walker.

Booking

Ben Garratt (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Keshi Anderson (Swindon Town).

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Marc Richards (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Harry Pickering replaces Charlie Kirk.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 3, Crewe Alexandra 3. Timi Max Elsnik (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Oliver Banks (Swindon Town).

Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Timi Max Elsnik (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

Attempt saved. Luke Norris (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Taylor (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Luke Norris (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Ben Garratt replaces Dave Richards because of an injury.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Shaun Miller replaces Harry McKirdy.

Oliver Banks (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra).

Booking

Dave Richards (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 2, Crewe Alexandra 3. Timi Max Elsnik (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Marc Richards.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton29186564273760
2Notts County29149648321651
3Mansfield291311543321150
4Wycombe28147752381449
5Accrington28154948341449
6Exeter2715393833548
7Coventry28145931201147
8Swindon28152114440447
9Newport29121074033746
10Lincoln City28129738271145
11Colchester30111094037343
12Crawley30126123235-342
13Carlisle29118103937241
14Stevenage29108113840-238
15Cambridge28108102736-938
16Cheltenham3098134045-535
17Grimsby3098132840-1235
18Port Vale3096153441-733
19Morecambe3079142941-1230
20Crewe2992183449-1529
21Yeovil2877143850-1228
22Chesterfield3076173053-2327
23Forest Green2975173151-2026
24Barnet2957172843-1522
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