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MATCHDAY LIVE: Peterborough United v Swindon Town
Updated 10:11pm Wednesday 5th February 2014 in Sport
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- HT: Peterborough United 2 (Branco og 9, Vassell 14) Swindon Town 2 (Ranger 31, Brisley og 45)
- Play held up for 10 minutes as a fan is treated after collapsing
- Brisley slices into his own net to level the contest right on half-time
- McEveley sent off after Ranger had grabbed one back for Town.
- A Branco own goal gave the hosts the lead before Vassell doubles the advantage
- Town make five changes
- N'Guessan, Ranger, McEveley, Gladwin and Kasim all start
- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
That's it for tonight but don't forget to pick up your copy of the Adver tomorrow for all the action and reaction from tonight's game.
Apologies for the gaps in reaction this evening. Newspaper deadlines and all that.
A little more from Mark Cooper now, who praised Dany N'Guessan's performance this evening.
“Dany came to see me and we had a frank discussion, I showed him some clips because I didn’t think he had been working hard enough and he agreed. He came back tonight and was outstanding.
“To play for this club and in this team you have to work until you have blood coming out your ears. Dany did that tonight and set his standard now.”
Cooper is also considering appealing Jay McEveley's red card.
“I’ve seen it again and it was very very harsh, Jay had his eyes on the football and the guy’s ducked into it.”
The Town boss then went on to talk about the game.
“We tried to play on a cabbage patch of a pitch and my only disappointment is we haven’t won because we outplayed them with 10 men. It’s all set up to be a fantastic tie in two weeks.
“They were 2-0 up without doing anything, they hadn’t laid a glove on us and they didn’t have to try but from there we were outstanding. For me, that is the best display with 10 men I’ve seen.”
First things first, Mark Cooper has revealed the fan who was given CPR has regained consciousness.
“There were obviously horrible scenes at the end which thankfully you don’t want to witness but thankfully they regained consciousness and that’s the most important thing.”
Reaction to come from this game, but no doubt Mark Cooper will be the happier manager.
FULL-TIME: Peterborough 2 Swindon Town 2
The corner flies across the Town box but Ranger, and then Thompson, clear before the referee gives a free-kick to the Robins.
Corner to Posh. There's can't be more than a minute left now.
Town win a corner and win another as they try and keep it there to see out the clock.
9:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14
All the best to that fan. Absolutely horrible situation
9:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14
Thoughts are with the supporter that needs all our prayers at this moment - nothing else.
The fan has is leaving London Road by ambulance.
We are back underway and into five minutes of added time.
London Road is, rightfully, subdued. Some things are more important than football.
The Peterborough players are back out and are soon followed by Town.
The PA announcer has said the game will continue once the fan is moved to the medical centre in the corner of the ground.
The players are being taken off the field as treatment continues.
The fan is still being treated.
SUBSTITUTION: Byrne is on for Gladwin. 88
Play has been stopped as a Peterborough fan recieves treatment. It looks pretty serious as they are surrounded by paramedics.
A few Town legs seem to be tiring out there, not surprising given they've played nearly an hour with 10 men. Byrne could be an option off the bench.
80 minutes: Knight-Percival heads over from Kearns’ corner. Should have been a goal, he was all alone.
POSH SUBSTITUTION: Brisley is taken off and replaced by Joe Newell. 77
Dany N'Guessan is being asked to patrol the entire left side of the pitch following McEveley's red card. He's doing so superbly.
YELLOW CARD: Yaser Kasim is booked for dissent. 69
68 minutes: Rowe heads towards goal from a corner but sees his effort held up in the win, leaving Foderingham in two minds whether to come for it. He doesn’t but is lucky to see the ball trickle into lap while lying on the ground.
67 minutes: The 10 men of Town continue to venture forward but when the ball falls to Louis Thompson he fires wide, very wide.
63 minutes: Luongo forces his way forward and into the box as the ball threatens to get away from him but when he pulls it back for Gladwin, the youngster can only fire off target.
If you fall over this evening, it's a free kick.
54 minutes: From the free-kick Ward heads towards goal from the edge of the area but he can’t quite hit the target.
YELLOW CARD: Bostwick drags down Luongo and is booked. 53
Can see another red card coming in this game. Thompson and Branco the leading contenders for me.
47 minutes: Thompson does really well to get across and block Knight-Percival’s shot.
Off and running again here at London Road. Let's see what this half brings!
POSH SUBSTITUTION: Jermaine Anderson replaces Grant McCann 45
Here come Town who appear to be as we were.
Peterborough are out for the second period and it looks as though Jermaine Andersen is about to come on.
Enjoy your 15-minute breather.
HALF-TIME: Peterborough 2 Swindon Town 2
GOAL 2-2 (Brisley og 45+5) The 10 men of Town are level after Brisley slices Gladwin’s low cross into his own net. What a half of football this is!
YELLOW CARD: The cards keep coming as Rowe is booked for a foul on Thompson.
Five minutes added on.
42 minutes: Foderingham is able to grab Rowe’s header out the air.
POSH SUBSTITUTION: Assombalonga replaced by Danny Kearns. 42
YELLOW CARD: Vassell booked for his challenge on Ward. 39
Assombalonga has gone down the tunnel so that's the last TOwn will see of him.
Seemed pretty harsh to me. Not seen a replay though.
RED CARD: McEveley sent off for clattered Assombalonga. 34
GOAL 2-1 (Ranger 31) Ranger, about two yards offside, tucks the ball home from Kasim’s pass. Town won’t care too much about that.
28 minutes: Town come as close as they have all night as McCann slices McEveley’s corner towards is own goal, where Olejnik just about stops it from crossing the line.
26 minutes: A really nice run forward from Gladwin ends with the former Marlow youngster firing over.
YELLOW CARD: Thompson is booked after over running a dribble forward and taking out Bostwick. 24
22 minutes: McEveley swings s free kick into the box but referee Tierney blows up for a Town foul and the chance is gone.
18 minutes: A combination of three Town players give away a free-kick on the edge of the box but to their relief, Swanson can only curl the ball onto the top of the net.
7:34pm Wed 5 Feb 14
Di kanny oh says
Garbage game over looks like Christmas all over again with the presents we are handing out. To think I am missing Emmerdale for this.
GOAL PETERBOROUGH 2 TOWN 0 (Vassell 14): Vassell shoots through a crowd of bodies and the ball rolls past Foderingham.
7:28pm Wed 5 Feb 14
What a goal! :-(
GOAL PETERBOROUGH 1 TOWN 0 (Branco og 9): The combination of Vassell and Assombalonga win a corner, which is quickly followed by another which flies into the net off Branco.
Seven minutes: Gladwin wins the ball and whips in a really nice cross by N’Guessan at the far post can’t beat his man to the ball. Good start from Town.
Four minutes: Luongo wins a corner but Assombalonga is able to clear with his head.
Two minutes: Nathaniel Knight-Percival has the first shot of the game but he drags it wide.
We've only been playing 40 seconds but you can already see the conditions will have a big impact on this game.
Here we go!
We will now have a minute's silence for a former Posh player
Here come the teams!
The Peterborough mascot, a white rabbit not the posh bloke, is marching around the ground with a massive carrot.
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Here are the thoughts of Mark Cooper ahead of this evening's clash...
“It’s easy to respond in training because there’s no pressure on them. It’s how they respond in a game that’s the key for me. Saturday wasn’t acceptable in terms of spirit, in terms of fight, in terms of the way we want to play football.
“We can blame the weather, we can blame the pitch but Oldham wanted to - I would suggest - win a little bit more than us and that’s the thing that hurts. There’s no excuse for that. Whatever team you pick, 11 players have got to roll their sleeves up.
“Sometimes it’s not about the football, it’s about rolling your sleeves up and wanting to win more than the person you’re playing against. If you fight and scrap hard enough you might to get to play for 10 minutes towards the end, with the way the conditions were.
“We played for 10 minutes when it got desperate and it was too late. We’ve got to bounce back from that quickly and hopefully we can do that tomorrow night.
6:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14
Yes, there's a look of 'a bit of umphh' about this side tonight.
It's very muddy out there but the ball does seem to be rolling okay, Hopefully the pitch won't be the major talking point of this game.
6:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14
Yes, there's a look of 'a bit of umphh' about this side tonight.
Yesh the pitch ain't great but it's feb in league 1. Get used to it, this is why a plan B is needed #STFC #stfcadver— @mwooly63 05 February 2014
DANGER MEN – Britt Assombalonga
The big striker is without the Posh’s most potent weapon, having been signed for £1.5 million in the summer. The forward marked his Peterborough debut with an early goal as Posh beat Town here on the opening day and has carried on in the same vein ever since. He now has 22 for the season.
Why have @SkySports moved the JPT game to SS2 from 1? @BBCWiltshire only now. Subscription to be cancelled for certain. #STFC #stfcadver— @StephenPeacey 05 February 2014
Got A Good Feeling About Tonight 2-1 Win #stfcadver #stfc #Redarmy— @Craigy1189 05 February 2014
6:42pm Wed 5 Feb 14
Always like N'Guessan and Ranger plating together,can see it being a match winner.
A lot of power in that front two, could be just the way to play this pitch.
Darren Ferguson is in his second spell at Peterborough boss, and has continued his reputation for attacking football following his return to London Road from Preston.
Following his father’s retirement at the end of last season (his dad is former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson if you didn’t know) he will be keen to at least partially emerge from his shadow.
Posh were relegated from the Championship on the final day of last season, but the junior Fergie knows exactly how to escape League One having done so via the play-offs in 2011.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Tonight's referee is Paul Tierney and he has a habit of dishing out red cards.
In 23 matches this season the whistleblower has sent off nine players, including three in a Burton vs Bristol Rovers tie in November.
Let's hope he doesn't mind a slide tackle too much, the conditions are just perfect for it.
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "Not a lot of width in either side tonight, which means the already stodgy centre circle is going to become very quickly like quicksand.
"It seems to me that Mark Cooper's been fairly astute here, drafting in bulk and power ahead of pace, skill and trickery. Conditions are far from ideal but you'd settle for a dull 0-0."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
PETERBOROUGH UTD v Swindon Town: Olejnik; Alcock, Bostwick, Brisley, Knight-Percival; Swanson, McCann, Rowe, Payne; Vassell, Assombalonga
Substitutes: Day, Little, Newell, Anderson, Kearns
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Peterborough Utd v SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham; N Thompson, Branco, Ward McEveley; L Thompson, Luongo, Kasim, Gladwin; Ranger, N'Guessan
Substitutes: Belford, Byrne, Harley, Reis, Barker
6:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14
Since 1950 says
What state is the pitch in Sam? I can imagine it's only heavy going. That won't suit our game - whatever it is tonight.
It's distinctly muddy and the feeling is it's going to chop up later tonight. It won' be pretty, that's for sure.
Mark Cooper has plenty to contend with when it comes to selection this evening. Alex Pritchard and Troy Archibald-Henville are both suspended, while Ryan Mason is injured.
BANNED: ALEX PRITCHARD
Tijane Reis is included in the matchday squad, while Nile Ranger is expected to start up front with Michael Smith cup-tied. Jamie Reckord is also ineligible.
Official team news is expected very soon indeed.
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The Town players have been out on the pitch having a little look and on the whole didn't seem too pleased with what they saw.
Wes Foderingham in particular was watching his step, probably because he has fancy new trainers.
The first thing to report is that the game is ON despite heavy rain in recent days. The pitch is not in great condition at all with plenty of mud pitches around the centre circles and goalmouths, but we will have a game.
Good evening one and all and welcome to London Road for this evening's Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final first leg clash.