Swindon 3-3 Walsall: Goals can be over-rated

Alex Cooke sees a patched-up Town team play a match with a lot more goals than quality

That 3-3 scoreline makes promises such a chaotic game didn’t live up to. Little pressure on the ball and weak defending from both sides meant it could have been a whole lot more.

Nathan Byrne ensured a lively start for Swindon pushing high onto Walsall’s full-back, he consistently drove into the box with cut-backs and crosses. A header by Jordan Turnbull, a saved shot and a one-two which just escaped Ben Gladwin were the clearest of a flurry of good Town chances.

On the left flank Harry Toffolo struggled, forcing Yaser Kasim to defend as Walsall’s pushed runners into the space behind him. First came the warning, then the goal, with the otherwise excellent Wes Foderingham fumbling a straight Kieron Morris shot.

A second was added by Jordy Hiwula after the break when Sam Ricketts failed to control a through-ball. Changes were quickly made. Town returned to their usual shape with Jermaine Hylton offering trickery up top and Will Randall proving a dogged replacement for the listless Toffolo.

Swiftly Hylton’s surprising strength and resilience drew one soft penalty, and a truncated Byrne pirouette inside the box, drew a more certain second. Gladwin dispatched both with venom. But, another display of defensive hubris, Turnbull lofted an easy pass between two red shirts and substitute Romaine Sawyers smashed home a cross. A long free-kick from Gladwin was headed home by Turnbull to level the scores but with both sides attacking at will, the franticscoring seemed unlikely to stop. Until it did.

Picture credit: Naomi Youd for Flic Sport.

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