Date:Saturday April 22 2006
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
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