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The final word on Wanderers' victory over the Robins as rounds up manager, player and local press post-match reaction

A late own goal saw Wanderers clinch a deserved Sky Bet League One victory away at Swindon Town on Saturday. 

Rounding up the manager, player and local press' post-match reaction alike, offers the final word on the match... 

How saw it...
The time old cliché of it doesn’t matter how you score a goal never chimed truer at The County Ground as Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill’s late own-goal earned Wanderers all three points against Swindon Town.

It appeared that it was going to be another frustrating day for Phil Parkinson’s men who dominated the entire contest and created a plethora of gilt-edged chances.

James Henry should have a hat-trick in the first-half while Zach Clough would have found himself on the scoresheet on any other day.

But Wanderers’ second-half substitutions provided the impetus which led to the winning goal and a return to winning ways. 

It was a hard earned win, but there’s no easy game. We had plenty of chances today to take the lead, but weren’t able to take them.

That said though, we deserved that little bit of luck and for something to go our way and luckily that happened towards the end of the game.

The lads stuck to the job in hand today and even when we missed the chances, we didn’t let our heads drop.

We kept doing the right things out on the pitch and created some fantastic chances which on another day could have seen us win three or four nil.

At some point, that will happen, but at the moment while those goals aren’t flowing, we have to make sure that we stay strong and that everybody does their job for the team to earn that little bit of fortune that we got.

We had a way of setting up against Swindon because they play differently to a lot of teams we’ve come up against so far this season. 

We did that throughout the 90 minutes and carried on creating chances. Anything they threw at us, we dealt with and thankfully we’ve got the goal. 

We created enough chances to put the game to bed early on. We didn’t quite manage to do that but it is good character from the boys to stick together and keep doing what we’re doing. 

Sometimes it is quite easy to go a bit flat when you create that many chances and miss them. However, thankfully we didn’t do that. We kept going and in the end got the win.

It is very hard to take and it is damaging but I wouldn’t want to go down the lines of saying the wheels are coming off at the moment.

It wasn’t a convincing performance collectively and I felt we defended the aerial threat we knew we were going to get quite well throughout the game.

They had one or two moments where Lawrence Vigouroux kept us in it but I just felt that we lacked that threat at the top end of the pitch today.

It's very easy to feel you’re going round in circles in Swindon, and for 85 minutes the sense of déjà vu for Wanderers was strong.

As the missed opportunities stacked up like the many roundabouts surrounding the County Ground, this looked like yet another occasion we would rue the lack of killer instinct in Phil Parkinson’s side.

But then, a most unexpected helping hand.

Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill’s moment of misfortune ensured that Wanderers did not equal a club-record fifth league game without a goal. It was the least the Whites deserved, given their superiority in the second half and the weight of chances created, but felt like a let-off nonetheless.

Had Wanderers driven away from Wiltshire with a point it would have been hard not to concentrate on the negatives – the wasted chances in particular.

They remain a glitch to be fixed by Parkinson; a big one at that.

But they say ‘if you can’t be good, be lucky.’ This might just have been the break the manager needed.

Having listened to Phil Parkinson dissect the game standing in the dugout on Saturday, it was clear that he had worked out a game plan to conquer Town.

The ‘Swindon Way’ is now in its third season and while it may have caught people unaware two years ago, many have become wise to Swindon’s desire to play the ball out and be patient in creating those golden chances.

Bolton opted for a focal front man in the form of Gary Madine, with two wide men playing off him.

While Swindon’s back three did well in matching up to Madine’s physicality, which sometimes bordered on assault, they found themselves vulnerable to James Henry and Zach Clough, who exploited the space and holes left in the final third.

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