MATCH Swindon Town 2-1 Port Vale - EFL Sky Bet

Monday, May 16, 2022
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Swindon Town 2 1 Port Vale EFL Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Semi-Final

Swindon Town edged out Port Vale 2-1 in the first leg of their EFL Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final. While Swindon have the poorest defensive record in the league‚ the goal from McKirdy is enough to put the tie all square. However‚ with a lack of goals in recent weeks‚ Clarke's side could be organised enough to ensure the tie finishes all square.

Swindon Town edged out Port Vale 2-1 in the first leg of their Sky Bet League Two play-off semi-final

After a thrilling first leg‚ Swindon Town edged out Port Vala 2-1 at home to book their place in the second leg at Vale Park on Thursday. Both teams had secured top-seven spots in Sky Bet League Two before the final day of the season. Port Vale were relegated to the fourth tier after failing to qualify for the play-offs. However‚ Swindon Town remain in the hunt for promotion despite not having had a good run in the league‚ winning four of their last five games. The first half was cagey with neither side threatening to make an early breakthrough. A free-kick from Josh Davison was blocked by a Vale defender but the goalkeeper was able to save it. The hosts' efforts in the second half were limited to few chances‚ as Vale were unable to create any clear chances. In the first half‚ Swindon's attack was one of the best in the league. Sam McKirdy was at the centre of Swindon's attack. He set up Jack Payne to shoot from a tight angle‚ but his shot was blocked by Port Vale defender Nathan Smith. After the break‚ McKirdy headed home a Jonny Williams cross with his head‚ sending the home crowd into raptures. McKirdy almost made it 2-0 in the 37th minute but Lewis Ward saved his shot.

Swindon have the worst defensive record in Sky Bet

Swindon Town have been a perennially poor defensive team in the Sky Bet League One. Last season‚ Swindon boasted the worst defensive record in the division‚ conceding 89 goals in thirty-nine games. Although Swindon have a host of attacking talent‚ they are largely reliant on their defence. Their goal-scoring average is below the league average‚ and they have the worst defensive record of all Sky Bet clubs. The Town have been unable to score goals since mid-April‚ which has hampered their attacking play. However‚ despite this poor defensive record‚ Swindon Town have only lost once since the beginning of the campaign. The club are currently operating without the services of two key players‚ Joe Tomlinson and Rob Hunt‚ which is causing their team to suffer. Port Vale‚ meanwhile‚ have suffered three defeats in four games‚ though Darrell Clarke returned to the front line last weekend. The Vale were able to win the crucial game away to Exeter‚ albeit due to nerve-wracking play. However‚ it is still a good start for Swindon‚ with a point in midweek against the Robins. Offrande Zanzala's return from injury means that the side could end the week in the third place. Exeter have two home games this week. And if Swindon fail to win‚ they could fall into the relegation zone. So‚ keep an eye on Swindon Town's defensive record.

McKirdy's goal

Harry McKirdy's first-half goal put Swindon ahead‚ and he made the most of his opportunity to open the scoring. The striker drew the keeper Stuart Nelson's attention early on with a low shot‚ but the goalkeeper was able to save it. After the break‚ Swindon began to press‚ and a cross from David Ajiboye was deflected for a corner. JoJo Wollacott cleared a subsequent corner. The U's needed a player who could find space at the right time‚ and McKirdy was able to find it. The striker's incisive run and power to finish made him one of Town's most dangerous strikers. But he was not at his best at home this season‚ and the team relied on him to make an impact. In addition to McKirdy's superb strike‚ Town also made use of the keeper's excellent defensive abilities. Despite his ineffectiveness in front of goal‚ he was a key cog in Town's attack. He played an important role in holding up the ball for the other team and directing headers to his fellow attackers. Despite not being at his best on the ball‚ McKirdy helped Town survive a difficult opening period and settled the team as the game progressed. The visitors came close to changing the scoreline‚ with Williams' twenty-yard effort being cleared off the line. A similar scenario happened when McKirdy was unlucky to see a low cross deflected away by Nelson. The U's fans were happy to see the match end as it did. And McKirdy's first-half goal in Swindon Town 2 1 Port Vale EFL Sky Bet

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Swindon Town 2-0 Port Vale: It was a tight game in the FA Cup‚ but Swindon Town won thanks to two goals from McKirdy. The hosts haven't looked very convincing‚ but their two goals from McKirdy have been enough to see them through. Town have been good in the first half‚ but the second half is going a bit more slowly. The visitors are making some chances‚ but they are not getting them. The Town keeper hasn't had much to do‚ although he did save a header in the closing minutes. Swindon Town went ahead in the 20th minute‚ thanks to Harry McKirdy's brace. Port Vale halved their deficit in the second half‚ but Harry Charsley had a goal disallowed. However‚ Swindon were more than capable of making up for this. In the second half‚ Jack Payne almost put Swindon in front. In the 77th minute‚ he smashed home a rebound from a corner. Swindon Town have a lot of attacking quality‚ but their defensive record is a worry. The hosts are second in the league‚ but their defensive record is poor. A draw here would see them go back to the bottom of the table. Despite that‚ they can still be promoted to League One with a win. With the right strategy‚ Swindon Town can take this victory.

TV schedule

Swindon Town 2 versus Port Vale on Thursday‚ November 1st‚ kicks off at 3pm. The league table is below‚ but there are still many matches to watch. Northampton Town host Mansfield Town in their semi-final on Wednesday‚ while Port Vale face Swindon on Thursday. The match is also on Sky Sports. In other league action‚ Arsenal will face Newcastle United on Sky Sports Premier League. Sheffield United will play Liverpool‚ while Liverpool take on Mansfield Town in the Championship play-offs. Also on Sky Sports‚ the League Two play-off semi-final between Northampton Town and Mansfield Town can be seen. Swindon Town and Port Vale will be battling it out in League Two play-off semi-finals. They will play the first leg at the County Ground‚ and the second leg at the Vale Park‚ with the winner going through to face either Northampton Town or Mansfield Town in the final. Many Swindon fans have been against the use of VAR‚ but the head coach Ben Garner has said he supports the use of VAR in a match. If you're interested in watching this game‚ Sky Sports Football will be the best choice. The game is broadcast on Sky Sports and Sky Bet League Two. The game will kick off at 7.45pm. Whether you're looking for a Sky Sports subscription or a cable subscription‚ you'll be able to find an excellent TV schedule for the game. So get comfortable‚ relax‚ and watch the match live!