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Swindon Town 1-0 Port Vale

Andy Williams
Only Chesterfield's Eoin Doyle has scored more League One goals this season than Swindon striker Andy Williams

Andy Williams headed his 15th goal of the season as Swindon climbed back up to second in League One.

Williams, the Robins' top scorer, converted Nathan Byrne's right-wing cross 11 minutes into the second half.

Vale keeper Chris Neal had stopped a first-half shot from Byrne with his chest, while Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham denied Louis Dodds.

Foderingham made a superb save to stop Adam Yates scoring for Vale early in the second half before Williams' goal.

The Swindon keeper was again called on when Yates fired towards the near post from close range after former Swindon midfielder Mark Marshall had set up an attack.

Jon Obika got the ball in the Port Vale net soon afterwards, only to have his close-range header ruled out for offside.

But promotion-chasing Swindon, who had dropped out of the top two following a 1-0 defeat at home to Doncaster on 20 December, were not to be denied.

Williams's header secured a second straight Christmas victory for Mark Cooper's side following a 4-1 win at Walsall on Boxing Day.

Swindon manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"We should have been a lot more comfortable. We shouldn't have been only 1-0 ahead.

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Cooper on Swindon v Port Vale

"We need to be a bit more clinical, when we have chances to kill the game off.

"We're only halfway in the season - there's 23 games to go and an awful lot of football to be played.

"We've just got to keep going."

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 5Stephens
  • 29Branco
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3Byrne
  • 4LuongoBooked at 80mins
  • 7Gladwin
  • 19Thompson
  • 15ToffoloBooked at 90mins
  • 10Williams
  • 20ObikaSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Smith
  • 12Bell
  • 14Reeves
  • 18Barker
  • 23Barthram
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 21Veseli
  • 6Duffy
  • 3Dickinson
  • 20Marshall
  • 17BrownBooked at 54mins
  • 15O'ConnorSubstituted forLinesat 58'minutes
  • 8DoddsBooked at 39minsSubstituted forCampionat 77'minutes
  • 33N'GuessanSubstituted forDanielat 58'minutes
  • 9Williamson

Substitutes

  • 4Robertson
  • 7Birchall
  • 10Lines
  • 12Johnson
  • 14Daniel
  • 19Moore
  • 28Campion
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
9,248

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home11
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home5
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Swindon Town 1, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swindon Town 1, Port Vale 0.

Foul by Andy Williams (Swindon Town).

Michael Brown (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Carl Dickinson.

Foul by Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town).

Mark Marshall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Booking

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

Chris Lines (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Achille Campion replaces Louis Dodds.

Attempt saved. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Colin Daniel (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Toffolo.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Michael Smith replaces Jonathan Obika.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Frederic Veseli.

Attempt missed. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Harry Toffolo.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Lines replaces Michael O'Connor.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Colin Daniel replaces Dany N'Guessan.

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 1, Port Vale 0. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Byrne.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Michael Brown (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Brown (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Adam Yates (Port Vale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Adam Yates.

Foul by Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town).

Richard Duffy (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Swindon Town 0, Port Vale 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Swindon Town 0, Port Vale 0.

Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City23146342222048
2Swindon23145444222247
3Preston23136436211545
4MK Dons22135448222644
5Bradford2310673126536
6Sheff Utd229672826233
7Chesterfield238873231132
8Rochdale2394103931831
9Notts County228772724331
10Peterborough2394103029131
11Fleetwood238692322130
12Walsall237972322130
13Oldham227962933-430
14Doncaster228682327-430
15Port Vale2385102932-329
16Barnsley2275103235-326
17Coventry236892431-726
18Scunthorpe217592836-826
19Gillingham2367102735-825
20Crawley2358102136-1523
21Crewe2365122041-2123
22Leyton Orient2257102934-522
23Colchester2356122740-1321
24Yeovil2255121933-1420
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