- 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:
– Mark Cooper, Swindon Town manager
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.
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.
- PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 - 0 BRISTOL ROVERS
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
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.