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1 May 2021

Blues beat Robins thanks to Norwood brace

A James Norwood double saw Town take all three points against Swindon this afternoon.

Brett Pitman netted for the hosts, but it was Paul Cook's side who prevailed at The County Ground with a 2-1 win.

Town started brightly and went close in the fifth minute as Gwion Edwards drilled in a low cross from the left which Teddy Bishop didn't quite get enough on as he looked to divert the ball into the far corner.

Jack Payne then robbed Andre Dozzell in the middle of the park on before feeding Pitman, who drifted inside Luke Woolfenden but curled his effort wide from the edge of the box.

Scott Twine tested David Cornell with a dipping strike from 20 yards which the Welsh 'keeper pushed out, before Kane Vincent-Young blocked efforts from Tyler Smith and Matthew Palmer in quick succession after they had picked up the loose balls in the area.

Bishop collected a through ball from Flynn Downes which was deliberately dummied by Norwood in the 27th minute, but his low shot was saved by the feet of the advancing Lee Camp.

Comfortably the best chance of the first half came on the half hour mark. A low cross from Myles Kenlock was missed by Edwards, with Armando Dobra then dragging his effort well wide of the mark from about eight yards out.

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Sixty seconds later the away side had two more chances. Norwood collected a ball over the top and stung the finger tips of Camp with a left-footed effort, with Mark McGuinness then heading over the crossbar from the resulting corner.

Dominic Thompson was booked 11 minutes before half-time for an off-the-ball incident involving Dobra, which the linesman signalled to referee Kevin Johnson.

Camp was called upon again five minutes before the break as he saved a low Vincent-Young header with his right leg following the full-back's late arrival at the back post to meet Dozzell's cross.

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A minute later Cornell comfortably caught a glancing header from Pitman as both sides searched for an opener.

The breakthrough came in the 43rd minute. Bishop flicked the ball past Jonathan Grounds before being clipped, with Johnson pointing straight to the spot and Norwood converting from 12 yards with a low strike down the middle of the goal.

Blues created the first chance of the second half, but Downes drilled over from the edge of the box having been set up by Dobra.

In the 58th minute Town extended their lead. Twine produced a lovely spin move to get away from danger on the edge of Swindon's box, before playing a soft pass back to his goalkeeper which Norwood latched on to and poked into the bottom corner for his ninth League goal of the season.

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Cook made his first change of the afternoon three minutes later as Troy Parrott replaced Bishop.

Palmer swung in a free-kick on 69, but Pitman headed wide for the hosts. As Cornell collected the ball for a goal-kick, Blues made two more switches with Keanan Bennetts and Josh Harrop coming on for Edwards and Dobra respectively.

In the 71st minute Pitman did find the net. A low cross from Robert Hunt found the former Town striker with a yard of space 10 yards out, and his low shot slipped through the hands of Cornell.

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Town had a chance to restore their two-goal advantage in the 74th minute, but Norwood sent the second penalty of the match wide following Taylor Curran's late tackle on Parrott.

Norwood teed up Harrop six minutes from time, but the midfielder's effort was high and wide; landing outside the stadium.

Dozzell then produced a neat reverse pass to find Parrott, but the Spurs loanee shot straight at Camp from a narrowing angle.

Blues saw the game out comfortably to end a six-game winless run.

Booked: Thompson, Grounds, Curran, Downes.

Swindon: Camp, Grounds (Broadbent 45'), Pitman (C), Smith, Twine (Grant 82'), Payne (Garrick 56'), Missilou (Curran 63'), Palmer, Hunt, Thompson, Grant.

Subs: Matthews, Caddis, Hope.

Town: Cornell, Vincent-Young, Woolfenden, McGuinness, Kenlock, Downes, Dozzell, Bishop (Parrott 61'), Edwards (Bennetts 70'), Dobra (Harrop 70'), Norwood (C).

Subs: Holy, Chambers, Nsiala, Hawkins.

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