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FT: Swindon 1 City 0
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City lost away for the first time in four games with a disappointing defeat at Swindon.
The seventh-placed Robins kept their outside play-off hopes going thanks to a fine second-half strike from Lee Cox – who was about to be substituted when he scored.
City had started the game fairly well but were pushed back as the first half went on. And the second was dominated by the home side.
Jon McLaughlin made a couple of crucial saves including a superb point-blank block from Michael Smith’s header.
Gary Jones had City’s only real threat at goal with an early free-kick but there was no comeback once they had conceded their first away goal since March 22.
And that's all folks. 1-0 Swindon and City can't have any complaints.
Three minutes added on
Thompson leads another late rally but his cross is behind Mclean and Luongo clears
Stead takes a touch too many before trying a volley and gets knocked over in box. Penalty appeals ignored - much to Parkinson's dismay
McEveley gets the "last chance" warning for a foul after slipping
Good cross from Garry Thompson but Archibald-Henville flicks away from six-yard box. A rare hint of action in the Swindon penalty area
Thompson down for treatment with the home fans pointing an accusing finger at Drury
Crowd is 8,377 with 299 from City.
Don't think the subbed player would have got quite such a generous reception if he had been taken off initially...
That sub that was about to happen before the goal is now going ahead. Gladwin on for Cox
Almost like someone's put the controller down on FIFA #bcafc— @lrichardsonbcfc 21 April 2014
The usual sub... Thompson for Bennett
Pritchard hits wicked low free-kick which McLaughlin pushes on to the post and behind...
McArdle gives away foul 25 yards out. Pritchard territory...
McArdle heads away Swindon corner but the home side still have the ball
Luongo the provider again for Pritchard to slide shot wrong side of the post. It's all Swindon
City playing with the urgency of a sloth. #bcafc— @LondonBantam 21 April 2014
City have done nothing going forward in this half
And here comes Mclean. De Vita going off to a standing ovation from the Swindon fans....
McLaughlin makes another good save to deny Storey after Luongo sets him up from an angle
Mclean ready to come on
That's the first away goal conceded for four games - and Cox was just about to be subbed. Gladwin had his tracksuit top off on the touchline when he scored...
Swindon's pressure rewarded with a goal.... Pritchard's shot is blocked and rebounds to Cox who shows quick feet to find some space and curl shot into the bottom corner
Meredith looks rusty - understandable really
Shades of the rearguard action on City's last visit here early into Parkinson's reign. Could be a long second half at this rate
City hanging on as McLaughlin makes superb save from Smith's downward header. McEveley puts dangerous cross back in but Davies flicks it away from a scrum...
Davies is equal to it and heads clear
Luongo sweeps dangerous pass into the box and Darby makes big block on McEveley for Swindon corner
Swindon looking to push City back again. Pritchard shoots over from 20 yards
Meredith slotting into Doyle's holding midfield role. Drury stays at left back
James Meredith coming on for Doyle, who must have picked up a problem with his groin again. Welcome back Mez!
It could be worse. You could be David Moyes...
And that's the break, 0-0 and not particularly memorable
One added minute to go
Thompson leans back and shoots into the empty seats behind City's goal. Then Smith squeezes off an effort that McLaughlin saves low... Swindon starting to get a grip
Smith's neat touch and Luongo looks to go clear in box. Doyle reads it in the nick of time to intercept...
Darby likes a tackle. Understatement of the season ...
Shot on the half-volley from Smith. Makes a decent connection but it's straight into the "bread basket" for McLaughlin ... haven't used that cliche in years!
The City fans make themselves heard for the first time with a chorus of Stephen Darby Baby. The right back has been a busy performer
Jones free-kick is too flat. Ball comes out to De Vita who blazes wide into the crowd
McEveley booked for dissent. He's already been sent off twice this season...
Another Swindon corner, 34th minute. McLaughlin leaps to claim...
Archibald-Henville heads lands to Smith whose shot on the turn is blocked by Jones. Important intervention from el capitano...
Better move from Swindon but Darby is alert to nod behind Storey's cross as Smith heads towards back post. Corner for Swindon and signs of life in the crowd
Davies slides hard into Pritchard - and gets a booking. He saw red on City's last visit here...
Poor touch from McArdle almost gifts Swindon a break. The centre half loses the ball fro Darby's pass in the box and Pritchard shoots into the side-netting
Stead, still looking for a first City goal, tries his luck with a curler. Keeper saves easily and this game drifts along
Swindon don't look like a side with a play-off ticket to chase.... They are playing at walking pace
Jones tries to catch out Foderingham by hammering free-kick to near post. Keeper smuggles it behind ...
Sloppy clearance from McEveley straight to Drury whose cross is headed behind by Archibald-Henville. Stead flicks corner back across goal but danger is cleared by home defence
Stead almost gets on the end of Drury's cross but Foderingham there just ahead of him
Swindon like to pass, pass and pass..... City going to have to concentrate here
Good defending from Darby to snuff out McEveley cross
Reach starting on the right and Bennett on left...
Swindon get us going. City defending the empty open end....
Teams are out and the PA system is on the blink. Not a bad thing...
I really want to take Darby to get his hair cut #bcafc— @lrichardsonbcfc 21 April 2014
Pre match warm up #bcafc http://t.co/WErp6rvmAq— @lrichardsonbcfc 21 April 2014
And Carl McHugh once had a loan spell with Swindon Supermarine... their former manager is sat next to me in the press box
Stephen Darby scored the winning penalty for Swindon in their play-off semi-final against Phil Parkinson's Charlton in 2010!
Come on City, not quite beach time. Keeps things tight, nobody's spanked us so far, let's keep it that way. #bcafc— @CMH1967 21 April 2014
Swindon are likely to go 3-5-2 this afternoon as they look for their sixth win in seven to keep the play-off dream alive.
SWINDON: Foderingham, Stephens, Branco, Archibald-Henville,Thompson, Luongo, Pritchard, Cox, McEveley, Storey, Smith. Subs: N'Guessan, Waldon, Ward, Barthram, Barker, Gladwin, Belford.
Kyle Bennett comes in for James Hanson as the only change for City.
Hanson isn't risked after just coming back from his back injury - understandable given that the Bantams are safe now.
It will be a 4-3-3 again, like the Rotherham away game, with Reach on the left of Stead and Bennett the right.
James Meredith is back on the bench for his first appearance in the squad since New Year's Day.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, Davies, McArdle, Drury, Doyle, De Vita, Jones, Bennett, Stead, Reach. Subs: Meredith, Thompson, Yeates, McHugh, Mclean, Bates, Jameson.
C'mon #bcafc let's finish the season on a high! 3 wins from our last 3 games? Yes please! Finish as we mean to go on next season!— @John_in_a_box 21 April 2014
@AdamReach Reach will tear you apart again. #bcafc— @TalkBradford 21 April 2014
Raffaele De Vita posing for photos with Swindon disabled fans. Was very popular when he was here
City players having a wander on the pitch. Adam Reach is here - it's the final day of his three-month loan spell.
Also good to see James Meredith out there with the group. But can't see Andrew Davies
Surely Raffa de Vita will buck the trend of former players being booed out of the stadium today? #STFC #BCAFC— @danwjonson 21 April 2014
That roundabout is like a super Mario level #bcafc— @lrichardsonbcfc 21 April 2014
Good afternoon and welcome from balmy Wiltshire as City make their penultimate trip of the season.
The Bantams have secured their place in League One but hosts Swindon are still chasing the final play-off spot.
City did them a favour by beating Peterborough on Friday - a result which allowed the Robins to trim the gap to sixth to four points.
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