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Match Report


Posted Tue 05 Mar 02 at 23:03 PM


Two opportunist strikes from Lloyd Owusu, which brought him level on terms with his strike partner Ben Burgess on 18 goals, set the two sides apart tonight and gave the Bees their 14th home victory of the season.

The visitors who had achieved a safety level at the weekend of fifty points, played with abandon in the second half as they sought to take something out of the match. They pushed players forward and twice around the hour mark went close with Steve Sidwell clearing off the line on each occasion.

But if Swindon think they went close to getting a result, think again, as the Bees could and maybe should have won the game by a far greater margin than they eventually did. But as the heat turns up in the closing stages of this Second Division promotion battle, three points are all important no matter how they come about.

The first goal came in the 43rd minute, just three minutes after Lloyd must have been ruing his missed chance following Duke's blocked clearance and Hunt's resultant centre to the unmarked Bees forward. But on this occasion Lloyd was well placed to capitalise on an error by the overworked Bart Griemink.

The keeper failed to gather cleanly Paul Evans long dipping free kick, and there was Lloyd to poke the ball home with his right foot. The second goal came in the 69th minute and it followed a long clearance from Paul Smith which was headed on by Ben Burgess for Lloyd who having evaded the attention of the keeper on the edge of the area, lifted it into the net. A classic header from the brilliant Ivar Ingimarsson at the death brought out a superb save from Griemink.

The only downside to the evening was the sight of Martin Rowlands limping out of the game in the 75th minute. As the other results from around the country came in the Bees seemed to be distancing themselves somewhat from the chasing pack, while at the same time closing it on the current leaders Reading, who of course have yet to visit Griffin Park.

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