ROBINS` WOE CONTINUES
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The livewire 20-year-old striker who has rushed back from a shoulder injury due to the absence of top-scorer Matthias Svensson proved the difference between the sides in a pulsating match that produced twenty-six shots at goal.
It could have all been different for The Robins who took the lead after 22 minutes when Alan Reeves met Gareth Hall`s free kick and diverted it past former Town keeper Fraser Digby.
Palace equalised just before half-time when Clint Morrison battled free of the Swindon defence and calmly slotted past Frank Talia.
The Eagles next two strikes, that effectively settled the game, were both controversial. For Palace`s second, Leon McKenzie appeared to have impeded the Swindon keeper before the ball spilled to defender Craig Foster who squirmed the ball over the line.
The away side`s third goal was even more controversial as Hayden Mullins appeared to be fouled outside the box only for the referee to award The Eagles a penalty, that Mullins duly converted.
Swindon then pulled a goal back when skipper Hall blasted home an indirect free kick awarded for Jamie Smith`s back pass to Digby.
As Swindon pressed for an equaliser, and Reeves was sent forward to look for a second goal, holes were left in The Robins defence and Morrison took full advantage from a long Foster clearance and to seal the three points for the Selhurst club.
The win puts Palace eleven points clear of the relegation zone, while Swindon remain marooned five points adrift at the foot of the table.