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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD
- FT: Town 3 (Smith 30, 90; Ranger 89) Shrewsbury 1 (Parry 44)
- Smith scores on debut, Ranger comes off bench to register
- Reckord signs from Wolves
That's your lot for Matchday Live this evening. Thanks for joining me.
It was an important, if slightly fortunate win for Swindon Town over Shrewsbury Town. I think we'd take exactly that result at Walsall on Tuesday night.
Join Andy Warren and me from 6.30pm on Tuesday for live coverage of another crucial League One encounter.
Until then, enjoy your weekend.
Wes Foderingham was named the sponsors' man of the match this afternoon for several critical saves and he explained how hard it was to deal with torrential rain and strong winds at the County Ground today.
“We were relieved. We got two late goals but we made it difficult for ourselves. Towards the end it was getting a bit nervy and we probably would have taken a 1-1 draw," he said.
“The conditions don’t help at all. Today we had to do our best and try our conditions and I thought we did it well.
“At times I looked like I was an 11-year-old girl kicking the ball out, it didn’t go far at all. I’ve played in the those conditions before and you have to try your best to strike through the ball.”
Michael Smith, after bagging two goals on debut, is in front of the local media. Here’s what he’s had to say…
“I think the weather played a massive point but I was delighted to get the debut out the way and get two goals. That was horrible to play in.
“I think 3-1 flattered us in a way, a few of the boys would have taken 1-1 but Nile’s come off the bench to score one and make one and we’ve got three points. I was so relieved to get one on my debut, let alone two.
“As a striker it’s always nice to get off the mark, every striker has got a selfish streak in them.”
Swindon Town have moved up one place to eighth in the League One table, five points off the play-offs.
5:07pm Sat 25 Jan 14
Great end to this relegation dog fight and an excellent start for Michael Smith. Are we seeing the beginnings of a strike partnership?
Even more inspired to take the trip down the M6 on Tuesday but they look in awesome form. Any result there would be a bonus.
5:11pm Sat 25 Jan 14
WOW!!! This football lark is just great. What an ugly win, but a win all the same.
A win away to Walsall (ha, ha) and we're within 2 points of the play-offs .
Jamie Reckord has revealed that he only signed for Swindon Town a little before noon this afternoon and played half a game for the Robins without really knowing anyone's name.
“I wasn’t expecting to be involved but when I got the shout I was delighted to be involved. I signed this morning, just before 12 and got to know everyone in the dressing room. It’s a little hard with names but that’s football," he said.
“It wasn’t the best conditions but I was just happy to get the opportunity to play. We won and that’s the main thing.
“We dominated the first half and gave them a little bit of confidence when they got the goal just before half-time. Everyone’s happy and everyone’s buzzing with three points.”
Mark Cooper has confirmed that Swindon Town have made Dany N'Guessan available for loan, as revealed by the Advertiser yesterday, and that the club have received enquiries for the striker.
"There has been no falling out, Dany has been as good as gold," said the Town manager.
Michael Smith marked his Swindon Town debut with two goals and his new manager Mark Cooper was delighted for him.
“He’s honest, he works his socks off and he can score a goal," he said. "I’m pleased he got off the mark so quickly and hopefully he can go from strength to strength.
“I’m not sure some of our other forwards would track back 60 yards. That’s what I’m after – I want them to work hard for the football club."
Mark Cooper has been out to speak to the media after his side's 3-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town.
This is what he had to say: “I’m pleased to get three points,. It was an atrocious game of football, especially the way we tried to play. The most frustrating part for me was letting them score a goal just before half-time when they hadn’t really threatened.
“We weren't pretty today but we got it done. I know the fans got frustrated. When you win every week at home sometimes it’s going to be difficult to do so but we got it done.
“There were too many silly mistakes, too many wrong decisions but on days like this you just have to get three points and we did."
Mark Cooper reveals Jay McEveley's knee locked, hence his replacement, while Ryan Mason suffered a muscle spasm in his side after being tripped early in the first half.
According to Cooper, it's too early to say how long either might face on the sidelines.
Swindon Town 3 (Smith 30, 90; Ranger 89) Shrewsbury Town 1 (Parry 44)
What a relief that is. Two late goals help Swindon to an important three points. All the reaction to follow shortly.
Swindon Town 3 (Smith 90) Shrewsbury Town 1
Well, it all came at once. Rnager slips in Smith who takes his time to slide the ball beneath Weale. Lovely finish.
Swindon Town 2 (Ranger 89) Shrewsbury Town 1
Wow. How crucial could this be? Weale fails to properly clear a Pritchard corner with a punch and Ranger rises to meet the looping ball to head home.
Bahrudin Atajic replaces Tom Eaves, 87
87 mins: Smith's shot from the edge of the box is poor and floats out for a goal-kick.
86 mins: McAllister slices a shot wide from the edge of the Swindon box.
77 mins: Pritchard's left-footed effort is tame and easy for Weale to claim.
75 mins: That's a brilliant save by Foderingham to deny Eaves after Ward loses possession in his own box.
Attendance here today is 7,448 (227 from Shrewsbury).
Jermaine Grandison replaces Fraser Fyvie
74 mins: It's getting desperate from Town now as Luongo fires wide from 30 yards.
71 mins: Hall's tried his luck from fully 40 yards but Foderingham is alert to the attempted chip and claims comfortably.
70 mins: Luongo wins back possession in midfield, breaks forward and flashes a shot past Weale's right-hand post.
68 mins: Smith heads Kasim's cross past Weale's left-hand post.
67 mins: That's a terrific save from Foderingham to push Parry's ferocious drive onto a post.
Massimo Luongo is booked, 65
62 mins: Somehow Asa Hall has hit the bar from six yards out with a free header. Amazing let-off for Swindon.
Nile Ranger replaces Nathan Byrne, 62
57 mins: Town's backline is all over the place. Shrews have four on three and Taylor's volley hits Dave McAllister on the head and flies over.
The home fans are not enjoying this one. Town are retaining possession but aren't getting into final third all that often. Now jeers are emanating from Arkell's Stand.
McEveley had to be substituted due to injury.
Jamie Reckord replaces Jay McEveley, 47
The two teams are out for the second half.
Doing ok in tough conditions! Take Byrne off as only player not playing well!! #stfcadver— @bullyboy1974 25 January 2014
Swindon Town 1 (Smith 30) Shrewsbury Town 1 (Parry 44)
As the weather got worse, the game got better and Town can't complain at being level at the break.
Michael Smith put the hosts ahead with a poacher's finish on the half-hour but Town couldn't fashion many clear-cut chances and Shrewsbury got back into the game with a minute of the first half remaining thanks to Paul Parry's excellent free-kick.
45 mins: Swindon almost get an immediate response as Pritchard's shot is spilled by Weale, who claws it away from Smith at the last minute.
Swindon Town 1 Shrewsbury 1 (Parry, 44)
It's a thumping free-kick from Parry to draw Shrewsbury after Raphael Branco fells Taylor. There was no stopping that.
It is apocalyptic out there - rain, high wind, Arkell's Stand feels like it's about to fall over.
36 mins: Jacobson heads Parry's corner behind for a goal-kick.
Pritchard is back on his feet but moving quite gingerly
Pritchard is now down and in need of treatment. May be his groin or calf.
31 mins: That's a cracking, surprise effort from Eaves on the volley from range, has Foderingham rooted to the spot but flies over the bar.
Swindon Town 1 (Smith 30) Shrewsbury Town 0
Smith shows terrific poacher's instinct to cotton onto a bouncing ball in the box and hook home amongst a crowd of bodies. It's a good finish and what a start for him in Swindon colours.
28 mins: Nathan Byrne carries the ball 20 yards and fires right-footed at Weale from the edge of the box, but the Shrews keeper holds on.
24 mins: Smith hooks Tom Eaves's flicked header off the line.
23 mins: Jon Taylor's fizzing effort forces Foderingham into a save at his near post.
The wind is playing a major part here. The ball is getting held up and blown backwards from any aerial pass.
Mason seemed to be holding his hip as he came off the pitch and he disappeared straight down the tunnel for treatment.
Ryan Harley replaces Ryan Harley, 17
Mason isn't going to be able to continue, expect Ryan Harley to come on soon.
Ryan Mason is receiving treatment. Surely he's not picked up another knock.
13 mins: Town have a terrific chance to take the lead after Ryan Mason is tripped on the edge of the box but Pritchard's free-kick is poor and floats into the Town End.
10 mins: Joe Jacobson's looping header from Paul Parry's corner is saved by Wes Foderingham.
Eight mins: Michael Smith beats Chris Weale to Alex Pritchard's near-post corner but heads the chance over the bar.
Michael Smith has had a couple of nice touches early on to settle any pre-match nerves. Already looks a handful in the air.
And we're off at the County Ground. Swindon will be defending the Stratton Bank in the first half.
The two teams are out at the County Ground, kick-off is just moments away.
2:43pm Sat 25 Jan 14
Ranger on the bench ...what a joke. ( Whats happened to Storey? )
Cooper the idiot.
Here's Lee Power's take on Jamie Reckord, signed today from Wolves: “Jamie has been one we’ve kept a close eye on. From our perspective, defensively Grant (Hall) and Wardy (Darren Ward) haven’t had a rest.
"He’s a young, athletic boy who can play centre-back or left-back and with (Jay) McEveley struggling a little bit the opportunity came up to take him until the end of the season."
The stewards have been told to expect around 7,500 fans for this afternoon's game. I feel it may be a few less than that.
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More now from Lee Power, who has been speaking to BBC Wiltshire about the signing of Michael Smith.
“I think we’ve been lacking goals in the last few games. He’s going to be an important player over the new couple of years. We’re looking for a big number nine who the boys can bounce the ball off," he said.
“It was a bit touch and go, there were a lot of clubs interested in him but the agent looked after us and were able to get in there and do the deal late.
“I’ve always said to people if the right player comes along and he’s in our range I’ll try my best to go and get him for the club. We want young hungry lads and we’ll try to buy assets for the club."
Last week Swindon Town were beaten 2-0 by Gillingham. It wasn't much fan but we're going to put you through it all again...
Swindon Town chairman Lee Power has also suggested that he is getting more and more hopeful that Alex Pritchard will remain with the Robins through the current transfer window.
Huddersfield and Wolves have both been closely monitoring Pritchard, but Power said: “I hope so, I know there’s been a hell of a lot of interest in Pritch. (Tim Sherwood) has kept me informed of that and I’m not sure what stage it’s got to but we’re counting the days. Fingers crossed, it looks like we’re going to be able to keep him until the end of the season."
In his role as headteacher, Power also gave an update on the recent discipline of Nile Ranger.
“If he was at school he’d get a big sticker," he said. "All joking apart, if Nile’s on the pitch and his head’s right, he’s a fantastic asset. There haven’t been any problems with him and long may that continue."
Lee Power has this afternoon confirmed that there has been loan interest in Dany N'Guessan, while a Scottish Premier League side is in for Lee Cox.
Speaking to BBC Wiltshire, he said: “We’ve had an interest. I’ve had a call from a Premier League team in Scotland who have come in for him (Cox).
“He’s a super lad, nice kid but there are people in the team he’s finding hard to budge.
“Dany came in and was like a whirlwind when he came in. He’s found himself in and out of the side and has been travelling in from London. We’ve had a number of enquiries from teams asking to take him on loan and we’ll sit down with him next week and see what he wants to do."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Swindon Town v SHREWSBURY TOWN: Weale; Woods, Mkandawire, Goldson, Jacobson; Fyvie, Hall, McAllister, Taylor, Parry; Eaves
Substitutes: Anyon, Grandison, Winfield, Bradshaw, McQuade, Atajic, Schmeltz
Wes Foderingham and Tyrell Belford are out for their warm-up with goalkeeping coach Fraser Digby.
Michael Smith makes his Swindon Town debut this afternoon and his new manager Mark Cooper has plenty of good things to say about the towering striker.
“Obviously I’ve been asked questions - ‘are you going to sign anyone’ - and it was getting late in the day but Michael has always been towards the top of our list. I know him from before and he is a player that will want to play for the club," he said.
“He won’t have come here to get rich, he’ll have come here to further his career. He’ll haver a point to prove maybe that he didn’t get a fair crack of the whip at Charlton, which is good for us.
“He’s in the right age bracket for us, he’s in the right wage bracket and he’s very hungry to succeed."
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "With six-foot, four-inch Michael Smith lining up alongside the spritely Kasim, Byrne, Pritchard and Luongo, Swindon's frontline this afternoon is going to look something like Gulliver's first day in Lilliput.
"I expect a big response from Town today on home turf after a couple of very meek displays on the road. Big home win, plenty of entertainment and a few smiles returned. Let's hope so, anyway!"
So, as predicted, Michael Smith starts for Swindon Town this afternoon with Nile Ranger recovering from illness.
A recent lack of form from the former Newcastle frontman is also believed to be a reason behind his dropping to the bench, where he'll sit alongside new signings Jamie Reckord and George Barker.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Shrewsbury Town: Foderingham; N Thompson, Branco, Ward, McEveley; Luongo, Kasim, Mason; Pritchard, Smith, Byrne
Substitutes: Belford, Reckord, Barthram, L Thompson, Harley, Barker, Ranger
Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper has a lot of respect for former Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner, who ended a 35-year managerial career by stepping down from his role at the Greenhaus Meadow earlier this week.
“When I first started as a player-manager I came up against him when he was at Hereford. He always seemed to come up with something that you weren’t expecting," said Cooper.
“To be in the game as long as he has with different clubs is full credit to him. It is sad to see him leave.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
This afternoon's referee is Trevor Kettle and he likes his cards.
Mr Kettle is averaging almost four bookings a game this season, with 71 yellows and two reds distributed in 20 games.
He last took charge of a Swindon game in January last year, as the Robins beat Carlisle 4-0. More of the same, today, please.
1:11pm Sat 25 Jan 14
smirg kcab says
3 points today or we will get sucked into the relegation battle
Ever the optimist, Mr Kcab
Nothing official until around 2pm but here's what we know about the state of Swindon Town's squad ahead of this afternoon's match.
Michael Smith could be set for a full debut up front after arriving from Charlton on Tuesday. With Nile Ranger struggling with illness during the week, Smith may well get his chance from the off.
DEBUT?: MICHAEL SMITH
Dany N'Guessan's inclusion in the squad is uncertain after he was made available for a loan move away from the County Ground, while Grant Hall, Troy Archibald-Henville, Alex Smith and Tijane Reis are all out.
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Swindon Town have in the last few minutes confirmed the signing of Jamie Reckord from Wolves on a 93-day emergency loan deal.
Reckord has previously had spells at Scunthorpe, Coventry and most recently Plymouth. He is a former England age-group international and a left-back by trade.
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Buckle up and enjoy!
Town have had a fortnight to forget, with away defeats at Stevenage and Gillingham putting serious pressure on Mark Cooper's men to get back to winning ways this afternoon.
Shrewsbury go into today's game off the back of some pretty awful form - nine defeats in their last 13 outings - and long-standing manager Graham Turner stood down from his role in midweek.
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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the County Ground for the League One clash between Swindon Town and Shrewsbury Town.