Town lose out to Robins
Town started 2021 with a defeat to Swindon at Portman Road.
Diallang Jaiyesimi’s first-half header gave the Robins the advantage at the break.
Substitute James Norwood got Town back into the game, before the visitors went back in front from a wonder goal from Scott Twine and Jaiyesimi added his second with a cross-cum-shot that found the bottom corner.
Alan Judge gave Town hope with a late goal, but it was Swindon who claimed the victory.
Town were playing their first game of football in 25 days following four fixtures that were postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks.
Paul Lambert, who is still feeling the effects of the virus, watched the game in one of the executive suites at Portman Road, with Stuart Taylor and Matt Gill taking charge of proceedings on the touchline.
Aaron Drinan returned the starting XI for Blues, with Flynn Downes named on the bench for the first time since suffering knee ligament damage in October.
The Robins took the lead on 16 minutes in the game’s first real chance. Brentford loanee Dominic Thompson delivered an inviting cross from the left flank which Jaiyesimi met and headed home from eight yards out.
Just after the half-hour mark, Andre Dozzell lifted a perfectly-weighted ball to Judge which the Irishman latched onto, but his right-footed effort from 12 yards out was saved by the legs of Mark Travers.
Town took action at the break and made two changes for the second half with Downes and Norwood replacing Emyr Huws and Drinan respectively.
Blues started the second half brightly and on 51 minutes, Judge picked up Norwood’s flick-on and drilled a low effort from distance which struck the foot of the post.
Town’s bright start to the half was rewarded just after the hour-mark. Kayden Jackson drilled a low cross which Norwood swung at and missed, before the ball ricocheted off a Swindon defender allowing Norwood to jab the ball home.
The visitors regained the lead on 67 minutes through an unbelievable strike from Twine. The Swindon man picked the ball up 30 yards out, took a touch and fired it into the top corner.
The Robins made it 3-1 seven minutes later. Jaiyesimi found space on the left-hand side and whipped a cross into the box that was intended for Brett Pitman but evaded everyone before nestling into the bottom corner.
Town grabbed a lifeline with three minutes of the 90 left. Norwood got in beyond the Swindon back four and held the ball up, before teeing up Judge who buried his effort from close range.
Blues tried to find a way back into game, Jack Lankester replaced Armando Dobra with 10 minutes remaining, but the Robins held firm to take the three points.
Booked: Caddis, Downes, Norwood
Town: Cornell, Chambers (C), Woolfenden, McGuinness, Ward, Dozzell, Huws (Downes 46), Jackson, Judge, Dobra (Lankester 78), Drinan (Norwood 46).
Subs: Holy, Nsiala, Kenlock, Siziba.
Swindon: Travers, Caddis, Fryers, Conroy (C), Jaiyesmi, Pitman, Twine, M. Smith, Lyden, Palmer, Thompson.
Subs: Matthews, T. Smith, J. Smith, Payne, Curran, Grant, Hope.