4:50pm Saturday 22nd November 2008
By Anthony Marshall
CHRIS Lines struck an injury-time equaliser to grab a share of the spoils for Bristol Rovers in Town's 2-2 draw at the Memorial Stadium.p>
The midfielder struck with the last kick of the game to deny Town what would have been a valuable three League One points.
Barry Corr looked to have won the game whenhe produced a calm finish to slot home in the 53rd minute and send the noisy travelling supporters crazy, but Lines silenced them in the 92nd minute.
Rovers dominated for long periods of the first half and could have put the game out of sight early on with a series of chances.
Rickie Lambert eventually gave them the breakthrough with a superb finish, but Pat Kanyuka levelled before the break.
Here's the key moments from the game:
2 mins: Jo Kuffour slips away from the challenge of Sean Morrison and slips in Craig Disley, who strides into the box and plants a low effort across the face of goal, which Phil Smith does well to turn behind for a corner.
6 mins: As Rovers force a succession of corners, Rickie Lambert climbs above Patrick Kanyuka to plant a free header straight at Phil Smith from Stuart Campbell's flag kick. However, the referee blows up for an foul by the striker.
12 mins: Campbell feeds Kuffour on the edge of the box and the front man spins away from the challenge of Michael Timlin and Morrison. With Phil Smith rushing out to narrow the anle, Kuffour produces a superb lob which has Smith beaten all ends up.
However, it agonisingly strikes the post and is scrambled away for a corner.
26 mins (GOAL 1-0 Lambert): With Town still yet to muster a shot of any sort, Rovers take a deserved lead thanks to League One's top scorer Rickie Lambert.
The home side break quickly following some decent Swindon pressure and Kuffour finds full-back Aaron Lescott arriving on the edge of the box.
His poked effort into the middle of the box is met by an acrobatic volley from Lambert who sends the ball flying into the far corner.
31 mins: Timlin gives away a free-kick 20 yards out on the right side of the box. Lambert steps up to take it, but his low shot just evades Phil Smith's far post.
34 mins: Town's manage their first shot of the afternoon, but it's not one to be remembered.
Sean Morrison's long throw is headed out as far as the edge of the box, where Billy Paynter meets it on the volley.
But his strike clears the goal, the Blackthorn Stand, the car park and probably ends up somewhere on Gloucester Road.
34 mins (SUBSTITUTION): Swindon caretaker boss Dave Byrne decides a change is needed and withdraws teenage striker striker Ben Joyce for midfielder Jon-Paul McGovern.
Joyce's involvement has been minimal and it looks like a tactical change rather than injury-enforced.
36 mins: McGovern whips in a corner from the right which Kanyuka meets about eight yards out. But his header into the floor bounces up and wide of the Rovers goal.
38 mins: A free-kick into the box is headed back across goal by Kanyuka. Barry Corr should fire in the loose ball first time, but he takes a touch and his eventual half-volley is deflected behind for a corner.
39 mins (GOAL 1-1 Kanyuka): Sean Morrison heads McGovern's corner goalwards. It's blocked but the ball runs to Billy Paynter, whose shot is turned in from close range by Kanyuka.
Town probably don't deserve to be level, but their noisy travelling supporters don't really care.
48 mins: Barry Corr's flick on falls into the path of right-back Jack Smith striding into the box. The defender takes it first time, but can only fire high and wide.
51 mins: Chris Lines's 20-yard free kick is struck straight at Phil Smith. Town's keeper appears to make a hash of the save but recovers well to smother the ball.
53 mins (GOAL 1-2 Corr): Town take the lead and with a brilliantly worked goal.
Michael Timlin takes a quick free-kick on the left which is floated into the box. Billy Paynter's knock-down finds Corr in acres of space and the front man takes it on his chest before slipping the ball under the body of Rovers keeper Steve Phillips.
67 mins: Rovers create their best chance of the second half. A well-worked move releases Kuffour down the right and his lofted ball in from the touchline is met by the head of Craig Disley.
However, his effort clears the crossbar.
69 mins: Rovers substitute Sean Rigg lashes the ball well over from the left-side of the box when he should have done much better, having been freed by Kuffour.
71 mins: Rigg gets down the left and his cut-back into the box finds Lambert lurking around the penalty spot.
The striker hits a thunderbolt but it cannons off the crossbar with Phil Smith beaten.
76 mins: The home side are applying some heavy pressure, forcing some heroic, last-gasp defending from Town.
Sean Morrison makes a fantastic, last-ditch block to deny Lambert, while Stuart Campbell drags an effort wide from the edge of the box.
85 mins: Lambert strikes a 25-yard free-kick which appears to be heading for the bottom corner, but it strikes the outside of the post and Town survive.
89 mins: A Rovers free kick is blocked by the wall, but chipped back into the box. Lambert heads into the path of Craig Hinton, but Phil Smith pulls off a top draw point-blank save to deny the defender.
90 mins (GOAL 2-2 Lines): Town suffer late heartbreak as Chris Lines picks up on a loose ball to curl an effort into the top corner of the net from 15 yards.
It's the last kick of the game, and the Rovers man receives a second yellow card for his celebrations.
TOWN: Phil Smith; Jack Smith, Pat Kanyuka, Sean Morrison, Michael Timlin (c); Michael Pook, Lilian Nalis, Billy Paynter; Ben Joyce (Jon-Paul McGovern 34), Barry Corr, Anthony McNamee (Hasney Aljofree 80).
Subs not used: Peter Brezovan, Jerel Ifil, Blair Sturrock.
ROVERS: Steve Phillips; Ryan Green, Craig Hinton, Steve Elliott, Aaron Lescott; Chris Lines, Stuart Campbell (c), Craig Disley (Darryl Duffy 83), Jeff Hughes (Sean Rigg 65); Rickie Lambert, Jo Kuffour.
Subs not used: Mike Green, Ben Hunt, Joe Jacobson.
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