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Match Report: Swindon 2-1 Walsall

2 November 2019

Darrell Clarke’s side will feel hard done by as they suffered their sixth defeat on the bounce, albeit in unfortunate circumstances as goals from Eoin Doyle and Diallang Jaiyesimi gave Swindon all three points.

In what was a fairly even game between the two sides, goals from Doyle and Jaiyesimi meant that Rory Gaffney’s first goal for the club counted for nothing. 
 
The opening goal for the home side came when Keshi Anderson was played in behind the Saddlers defence on the left and his cut back across goal found Doyle who tapped the ball into an open goal. 
 
Eight minutes later and Anderson found himself in a similar position, only this time on the right wing. Fortunately for the Saddlers, the returning Mat Sadler was in the right place at the right time to cut the low ball out and nothing came from the resulting corner.
 
Moments after that chance, the Saddlers had a chance to get themselves level as Shay Facey, who made his first league start on the afternoon, found Elijah Adebayo on the edge of the box but his well struck effort was well saved by Steven Benda. 
 
Just before the break, the home side came close to doubling their lead as Michael Doughty clipped a cute cross to the back post but it proved to be just too high for Doyle and that was the last of the action in the first half. 
 
Into the second and after just two minutes the home side doubled their lead through Jaiyesimi. The forward cut inside Dan Scarr and despite his best efforts, Scarr’s block only diverted the ball past Jack Rose, with the shot then trickling into the goal. 
 
Seven minutes later and the Saddlers got themselves back into the game. Rory Holden chipped a delightful free-kick into a dangerous area and Gaffney met the cross ahead of Benda and his header skidded into the empty net. 
 
With 10 minutes left to play, the home side went in search of restoring their two goal leads as efforts from Rob Hunt and Jordan Lyden were both saved and blazed over the crossbar. 
 
With seconds to go the Saddlers were denied an equaliser when Rory Holden saw his rising effort from eight-yards out superbly tipped over the crossbar by Benda in the Swindon goal. 

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