Swindon 2-2 Millwall: Doughty completes late comeback
Swindon Town extended their unbeaten run after Michael Doughty’s dramatic 94th minute equaliser and Nicky Ajose’s successfully converted penalty earnt Swindon a 2-2 draw at the County Ground against visitors Millwall, writes Damian Meaden.
Two of Millwall’s danger men combined within the opening 11 minutes to put the visiting side firmly in control, with former Norwich City striker Steven Morison finding the net after Lee Gregory opened the scoring a few minutes prior. Gregory also squandered another close quarter chance with the score at 0-1 after breaking clear and putting his side-footed effort wide of Laurence Vigoroux’s goal.
Town’s play in the first half was disjointed and cautious, with the visitors enjoying a number of chances as a result of their height and a more physical approach to the game. Nicky Ajose went the closest to offering a response with a close-range header, but the lack of power enabled Archer to get down to the effort in time to prevent it finding the back of the net. Despite growing in stature as the break loomed closer, the teams went in with the visitors still seemingly in control.
Despite an early chance for Morrison to add to his tally in the second half, Swindon then grew into the match and began to enjoy the greater spell of possession, with the Millwall goal coming under increasing pressure as the Town continued to push for a route back into the game.
And they were given it with a little under half an hour left to play, when a foul on Raphael Rossi Branco resulted in a penalty for the Robins. Presented with the chance to notch his 21st league goal of the campaign, Nicky Ajose made no mistake, firing high into the right hand corner of the net to half the deficit to the Lions.
Both Anton Rodgers and Ajose would go close with speculative efforts from range as they continued to press for an equaliser, but on both occasions they were beaten by the post and the goalkeeper respectively.
In the final minute of extra time, a cross from Brad Barry made its way through to Michael Doughty via a flick on, who headed home to the delight of the home crowd and secured a point for Swindon.
The result leaves Swindon in 14th position in SkyBet League 1, with a total of 49 points after playing 35 matches. With a game in hand on those above, the whispers of making a late surge into the Play-Offs around the County Ground remain very much alive.