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Oldham 1 - Swansea 1

Boundary Park

22/4/06

Attendance: 5,179

Latics 1 Swans 1

Swansea moved themselves back in the top 6 after a 1-1 draw against fellow play-off contenders Oldham at Boundary Park.

Beckett put the home side in front on the hour mark from the penalty spot after a clumsy foul by Tom Williams.

8 minutes later though Kristian O'Leary scored a stunning goal from 30 yards of more to gain the Swans a point.

There was also a surprise in the starting line-up as transfer-listed winger Kevin McLeod featured in the starting 11. Austin replaced the injured Monk at the back while Martinez didn't even feature on the bench. With Britton and McLeod on the flanks, Robinson joined O'Leary in the centre.

As expected Trundle and Akinfenwa were dropped in favour of Fallon and Knight.

With 6 changes then from the side that lost 2-0 at home to Rotherham, huge improvements were required if we wanted a result against the Latics, another side trying to gain a playoff spot this season.

Alan Tate prevented veteran David Eyres from scoring on the half-hour mark after clearing his shot off the line.

Knight and Fallon had half chances in front of goal in a poor first half.

Oldham pushed for an opening goal after the restart and their pressure paid off when they broke the deadlock on the hour mark.

Tom Williams was punished for a foul on Paul Warne and top scorer Luke Beckett took his season's tally to 18 from the penalty spot.

Their lead lasted just 8 minutes and it was O'Leary who grabbed a vitally important equaliser for the Swans and what a goal it was from 25 yards.

The Swans defence looked vulnerable against Rotherham but they were more solid today as they managed keep the scores levels as Oldham pressurised for a winner.

Beckett shuold have scored when put through by Butcher but Gueret saved his weak shot. Eyres had an attempt hit the bar while Beckett again was denied by Gueret.

We hung on to claim a vital point which was enough to get us back in the play offs, but only goal difference seperates us from Forest in 7th.

Southend need a win to go up as Champions next Saturday as we must win to boost our chances of a playoff place.




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Date:Saturday April 22 2006

Time: 11:34PM

Your Comments

A well earned point yesturday and now it's all in our hands again 2 wins and it's the lottery of the play-offs .
JACK_THE_LAD
joint 6th on goal difference now so if we just get i say 4 points of the remaining 6 we will be fine. great goal by the way o'leary. screamer.
mattyjones
Awsum goal by o'leary to earn us that vital point .. now back in play offs =) .. c'mon cityy we can do it !!!
swanzea_gal
A great point yesterday, we're clinging on by the skin of our teeth! At least its back in our own hands now. 3 points against Southend is a must.
Jack69
You need to be scoring a few goals too, the goal difference is very small.
FEn_100
well done city!! what a great game and a well deserved point. o'leary's goal was class!! c'mon city
s_w_a_n_s
this draw got you back into the play offs for one week only! forest are going to take your place!
vertigo_red
what a goal from o'leary...well done!!
hefyn11
stunning goal from o'leary ..1 poin only another 6 left can we do it lets hope so fingers crossed for them "cme on da jacks"
swanz_gal_05
wtf was wrong with the tackle that tom williams made i didnt see anything wrong with it stupid referee!:@
swans_mad_greeno
 

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