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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Crawley Town
Updated 12:06am Wednesday 26th February 2014 in Sport
This live event has finished
- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- Swindon Town 1 (Walsh og 48) Crawley Town 1 (Tubbs 80)
- Tubbs equalises for the visitors
- Crawley defender Walsh had turned Barthram's cross into his own net to give Town the lead
- Both Thompsons & McEveley return, Barthram starts
- Foderingham out for three weeks, Luongo not in squad
- Reckord and Archibald-Henville rested
That's it for this evening ladies and gents, but of course there is a full report and reaction tomorrow's paper.
See you for the Crewe game on Saturday.
Here's the front page of The Sun tomorrow.
Nile Ranger on the front of The Sun tomorrow... #stfc http://t.co/YS29lKE3Rg— @RobT_02 25 February 2014
Thanks for sticking with us through the trial of our live streaming from the County Ground. If you flick back through the library there are videos MARK COOPER, JACK BARTHRAM and NATHAN BYRNE.
Still waiting for Nathan Byrne. Most media outlets seem to have given him the goal but it was clearly an OG.
Mark Cooper tells me Wes Foderingham has three-centimetre tear in groin - says time out is however long it takes to heal #stfc #stfcadver— @SamMorshead_SA 25 February 2014
We're expecting Nathan Byrne in the next few minutes.
10:18pm Tue 25 Feb 14
Just listened to Cooper on the video and he he is saying what a lot are sating on here, about the forwards not holding the ball up for us to create attack,which is a fair comment IMO.
Question is what can he do about that as we have now very limited options?
Apart from the referee references again i thought it was a good interview.
Cue the shooting down,,,,,,LOL
Glad the video worked. It's work in progress for our live video stuff and STFC it seems.
A few issues with showing Mark Cooper live this evening, but the video is ready to watch below.
When asked about the referee this evening, Cooper simply said: "This tops the lot."
Town boss Mark Cooper had this to say when asked whether a draw was a fair result.
“Probably, but when you have chance for a centre forward to roll the ball across the box for a simple tap in and then 30 seconds later it’s in the back of the net, it’s frustrating.
“When you aren’t having a great spell the fans can become edgy, which transmits to the players, but you’re only as good as the football you play.”
We will also be running a live video from Mark Cooper this evening.
Reaction coming in the next few minutes.
FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 1 Crawley Town 1
Not much urgency from either team
ATTENDANCE: 7,062 (102)
Three minutes added.
SUBSTITUTION: Tijane on for Barthram. 87
85 minutes: Murphy shoots low but doesn’t connect properly and his effort is saved easily by Jones.
GOAL 1-1 (Tubbs 80) Crawley break following N’Guessan’s missed chance and Simpson’s cross is converted by a sliding Matt Tubbs.
80 minutes: Another superb ball, this time from Byrne, frees N’Guessan but his shot is saved.
Somebody charge this referee £25. He's clearly come to spectate tonight #stfcadver @BBCWiltshire— @simon_adkins 25 February 2014
RT @SamMorshead_SA: We're off again. Town attacking the Town End in this second half #stfc #stfcadver— @MattSwindonLad 25 February 2014
75 minutes: A lovely ball from Harley, again, finds Murphy but the winger’s shot is blocked. Harley’s having a great game
Cooper's happy with the performance of the ref again....
Mark Cooper livid at the decision not to give a foul for a late hack on Louis Thompson. The Town man is down getting treatment but soon jumps up. Thos boys are made of something special.
SUBSTITUTION: Smith off and replaced by Murphy. 66
64 minutes: Sully Kaikai whips a free kick towards goal but whips it a little too much and it flies wide.
63 minutes: Crawley’s best chance comes and goes as Dicker heads into the hands of Belford.
61 minutes: Louis Thompson drives forwards and drags a shot across goal.
YELLOW CARD: Sadler goes into the book for tugging back Louis Thompson. 59
57 minutes: Really neat stuff from Byrne sets N’Guessan away but the striker fires into the side netting.
9:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14
Are the fans cheering now :-)
SUBSTITUTION: Dannie Bulman on for Proctor. 55
53 minutes: Two Crawley corners are dealt with by Town.
Another stroke of luck this evening. Hope Cooper's happy.
GOAL 1-0 TOWN (Walsh og 48) Barthram swings a ball into the box, aimed at Byrne at the near post, but Walsh guides it into his own net. The announcer gives it to Byrne but no way is that his.
Town look brighter already.
No changes for Town, or Crawley for that matter.
Followed by Crawley.
Here come Town.
Crawley keeper Paul Jones hasn't gone in at the break and is out working on his kicking.
8:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14
Whatever the score in this game i would like to see Troy and Branco given a go together at Crewe..
8:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14
Sounds like you are enjoying this game Andy and Sam LOL.
How could you tell.
Here's some light relief at the break. The Adver's run down of the evolution of facial hair at Swindon Town. Massimo Luongo's awful effort from earlier this season fails to make the cut. Click here and enjoy.
A very frustrating half of football for Town but they're lucky to be level after Ward got away with a silly tackle in the box.
HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Crawley 0
Three minutes added onto the first half of this beautiful game of football.
41 minutes: Town’s biggest chance of the half comes and goes as N’Guessan latches onto Smith’s flick-on but can only brush the ball into the arms of Jones when only four yards out.
38 minutes: Smith plays N’Guessan through but the ball doesn’t run smoothly for the big Frenchman and it’s out for a corner. Town take it short and N’Guessan has an effort tipped over by Jones. Nothing comes from it.
34 minutes: Yet more luck for Town as Ward chops down Proctor in the box for what should have been a penalty for the visitors. Somehow he gets away with it. Awful decision.
32 minutes: Simpson lashes a shot towards goal from the edge of the box but his effort flies wide.
SUBSTITUTION: Drury can’t carry on and is replaced by the beautifully names Sully Kaikai. 30
YELLOW CARD: Drury and Nathan Thompson come together, leaving the Town man thrashing around in agony, but the Crawley man only sees yellow. In fairness, both were stretching for the ball and Thompson is able to walk off the pitch for treatment before coming back on.
24 minutes: Harley lets fly from 25 yards but his shot is blocked. Really well struck.
Town living very dangerously but have been saved by 'the rub of the green' Cooper has been after.
17 minutes: A Harley corner is easily cleared and Town can’t work the ball back into the box.
The ball really isn't sticking to the Town forwards' feet this evening. Fans quick to jump on them.
13 minutes: Jones’ low cross is turned wide by Proctor.
11 minutes: Harley glides really nicely through three Crawley tackles before Byrne’s attempted cross wins a corner. It’s cleared.
More atmosphere at an Adam Rickett gig.
More atmosphere at an Adam Rickett gig.
Five miniutes: Belford does really well to tip a fizzing Proctor shot over for a corner, which Town clear before a free kick is given for a push on Nathan Byrne.
Four minutes: A really nice touch from Byrne takes him away from Connolly and the full-back shoots wide from 23 ½ yards.
One minute: A very ugly start for Town as Belford’s kick only just reaches McEveley, who in turn passes straight to Drury who lashes wide.
Town very much in a 3-5-2 it seems. Barthram and Byrne the width at full-back.
Town break their huddle and we are off.
Doesn't look like we are going to be kicking off at 7.45pm, as the teams are only now on their way out.
DANGER MEN - ANDY DRURY
The former Ipswich midfielder has a good engine on him and, regardless of how well he plays, will be up and down all evening. Is capable of arriving late in the box and causing carnage if not watched.
Someone from Crawley has brought a drum.
Rockin Robin is out and you know what I think about him.
(Views of deputy sports editor Andy Warren)
@SamMorshead_SA the attendance is getting worse for league games, new prices next season won't encourage people #stfcadver— @Dazzared36 25 February 2014
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Tonight's referee is Steve Rushton and he's never refereed a game at the County Ground that Swindon Town have lost.
Sure, that's only based on two matches, but we're trying to get better at looking at the positives this term.
7:13pm Tue 25 Feb 14
Sam, said at start of season i thought mid-table and still think we will.
Win tonight and we will back in the playoff mix whether people like it or not.
8th after 32 games i would say has nearly surpassed everybody's expectation at the start of the season.
I had them down for 11th place at the start of the season. I would consider top 10 a success this season given the change of the summer.
A certain Rory Fallon is part of the Crawley Town squad this evening. He's a hero around these parts and this is why...
7:10pm Tue 25 Feb 14
Troy and Massimo both being rested then, can understand it with Massimo a little bit as he has been out of form of late but Troy should be ok to go IMO.
Continued live streaming of Swindon Town's warm-up below, though my colleague Andy Warren could do with a steadycam!
Jamie Reckord, on the other hand, appears to have been dropped altogether. No word on any injury or maintenance going on there.
We've been told that neither Massimo Luongo nor Troy Archibald-Henville are injured per se.
Both are in need of a rest - Luongo having played nearly the entire season unbroken and Archibald-Henville due to the fact he needs to play it safe with his knee condition.
RESTED: MASSIMO LUONGO
The topic for discussion on Twitter this evening is where Swindon fans see their team's season heading. Here are some of the thoughts floating around cyberspace...
@SamMorshead_SA POs would exceed expectations. We have the capability, but not the consistency or nous. Be nice to stay in ze mix #stfcadver— @NickJudd78 25 February 2014
@SamMorshead_SA mid table obscurity. 7 more points will do and then we can relax #STFCAdver— @hussla4 25 February 2014
@SamMorshead_SA Mid table mediocrity would of taken that after FGR friendly in July hopefully add some steel to squad in summer #stfcadver— @chrisberry71 25 February 2014
The stewards have been told to expect no more than 6,500 at the County Ground tonight.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Swindon Town v CRAWLEY TOWN: P Jones; M Connolly,Walsh, McFadzean, Sadler; Simpson, Drury, Dicker, M Jones; Proctor, Tubbs
Substitutes: Atkins, P Connolly, Boateng, Bulman, Kaikai, Torres, Fallon
6:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14
Keep up the good work.... the great Tactics Cooperman.
Live shots from the County Ground as the build-up continues to Swindon Town vs Crawley Town...
That's five changes for Town this evening, then, with Massimo Luongo and Troy Archibald-Henville not involved in the squad at all.
We've asked the club to clarify if those two are injured and are waiting on a response.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Crawley Town: Belford; N Thompson, Ward, McEveley, Barthram; L Thompson, Harley, Kasim; Byrne, Smith, N'Guessan
Substitutes: Bedwell, Branco, Cox, Gladwin, Reis, Murphy, Barker
4:46pm Tue 25 Feb 14
win this and we will have a vague chance of playoffs, lose this and kiss goodbye to the playoffs I feel. umming and ahhing about whether to go as skint and not a fan of cooper but hey ho the fact it is a must win is motivating me to make the trip. COYR
Go on. Come along. It might surprise you.
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Three key players return for Swindon Town tonight but goalkeeper Wes Foderingham will not feature.
INJURED: WES FODERINGHAM
Jay McEveley and the two Thompson brothers – Nathan and Louis – are set to start after their return from injury and suspension but Foderingham has been ruled out of action for around three weeks after missing the defeat to Leyton Orient on Saturday with a groin problem.
Nile Ranger is out for the season, Grant Hall remains absent, Alex Pritchard has a medial ligament strain and Ryan Mason has suffered a recurrence of an old ankle injury.
It will be a difficult evening for Swindon but, if their play-offs aspirations really remain, a game they need to be winning.
Stick with Matchday Live right through the evening for build-up, in-play updates and reaction.
They run into a Crawley side who, after a month's break due to a raft of postponements, are incredibly fresh and boast a new forward line of Matt Tubbs and former Swindon favourite Rory Fallon.
Town go into tonight's clash looking for their first home win in four attempts - a strange run given their form in SN1 this season.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the County Ground for the Advertiser's live coverage of Swindon Town's clash with Crawley Town.