Sheffield United couldn’t repeat their amazing comeback against Colchester as they crashed 5-2 at Swindon Town this afternoon...
Michael Smith put the home side ahead with a good finish past Mark Howard, but Town could have extended their lead in the first period.
Jon Obika was the main culprit, missing two gilt-edged chances, while Massimo Luongo narrowly failed to hit the target after good work from Nathan Byrne.
United’s only real effort on goal came when Marc McNulty forced Wes Foderingham into a good save from point-blank range.
United did finish the half on the front foot, and Stefan Scougall in particular caused Swindon problems before Jay McEveley headed narrowly wide on his return to the County Ground.
Michael Smith scored his second goal from the penalty spot as United fell 2-0 behind in 55th minute.
Massimo Luongo won the spot kick, driving past two United players before Collins brought him down.
And Smith made no mistake from the spot, his effort hit hard past Mark Howard’s despairing dive.
Marc McNulty pulled a goal back for Sheffield United, to reduce the defecit to 3-1.
McNulty’s deft finish gave United hope of mounting another comeback, after their remarkable 3-2 win over Colchester in midweek.
But in truth, the visitors have been second best for almost all this encounter against a strong Swindon side.
Jon Obika looked to have made the points safe with a confident finish for the third, after Bradley Smith’s cut-back, in the 58th minute.
Ben Davies, the hero of Tuesday night’s remarkable win at Colchester, gave Sheffield United hope of mounting a similar comeback at Swindon by reducing the defecit to 3-2.
Davies’ stunning sidefooted finish capped a fine move from United, who have improved remarkably since going 3-0 behind.
But Andy Williams restored the gap to two goals in the 76th minute and Louis Thompson put Swindon 5-2 up with a pile-driver which went in off the crossbar.
Swindon: Foderingham, N. Thompson, Byrne, Luongo, Turnbull, Kasim, M. Smith, B. Smith, L. Thompson, Obika, Rossi-Branco.
Subs: Williams, Reeves, Lelan, Waldon, Barker, Barthram, Belford.
United: Howard, Alcock, Basham, Doyle, Murphy, Scougall, McNulty, Collins, Davies, McGahey, McEveley.
Subs: Harris, Flynn, McGnn, Porter, Higdon, Reed, Turner.