Red card agony for Swindon

Referee Stuart Attwell sends off Nathan Byrne of Swindon Town after a challenge on Shaun Williams. Photo: Jon Buckle/PA Wire

LEAGUE ONE

  • MILTON KEYNES DONS 1 - 1 SWINDON TOWN

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper was left fuming after a controversial sending off changed the game at stadium:mk.

Town were 1-0 up and coasting to victory before the incident early in the second half. Nathan Byrne was shown a straight red card for a stamp on Shaun Williams.

Speaking to the press after the game, Cooper said:

If we had had eleven men then we would have won the game.

MK Dons are a very good side but we could have killed the game off in the first half. Then the referee decides to get involved.

It’s never a sending off. If we have sending offs like that then we’ll be playing five-a-side football.

He (Byrne) made a genuine attempt to get the ball – the lad has prodded the ball away and Nath has put his foot there.

– Mark Cooper, Swindon Town manager
Swindon Town's Alex Pritchard celebrates his stunning free-kick at MK Dons. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire

Swindon were quickly out of the blocks as they looked to build on last week's 5-0 thrashing of Crewe.

The impressive Alex Pritchard had his early shot saved by Dons keeper David Martin.

Martin also denied Byrne and Nile Ranger, but the shot-stopper could do nothing about Pritchard's stunning free-kick in the 17th minute which sailed into the top corner.

The Dons drew level within three minutes of Byrne's dismissal. On-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford got in between two defenders to score his 5th goal in the last 7 games.

With the extra man, the Dons looked most likely to grab a winner. Wes Foderingham saved well from Danny Green.

And the hosts thought they had won it right at the death, but George Baldock's strike was ruled out for offside.

MK Dons' goalscorer Patrick Bamford under pressure from Swindon Town's Yaser Kasim. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire

LEAGUE TWO

  • PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 - 0 BRISTOL ROVERS
Reuben Reid headed Argyle's winner in the 82nd minute. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Plymouth Argyle were victorious over Bristol Rovers in a scrappy West Country derby at Home Park.

Bristol-born Reuben Reid scored the only goal of the game eight minutes from time - a close-range header from Conor Hourihane's free-kick.

Neal Trotman also hit the crossbar for the hosts, while Rovers best chance fell to Ryan Brunt - but he volleyed wide in the first half.

  • CHELTENHAM TOWN 2 - 2 PORTSMOUTH
Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Scott Brown makes a save against Portsmouth. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Jermaine McGlashan twice pegged back Portsmouth to rescue a point for Cheltenham at Whaddon Road.

Patrick Agyemang gave Pompey a fifth minute lead. McGlashan levelled in the 36th, only for Johnny Ertl to restore the visitors' advantage a minute before half-time.

However, McGlashan scored in injury time to deprive the pre-season title favourites of victory.

Cheltenham Town's Jermaine McGlashan (right) celebrates the first of his two goals. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire