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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- FULL-TIME: Oldham Atheltic 0 Swindon Town 2 (De Vita 27, 30)
- Two Raffa De Vita goals give Town the win from a very scrappy game
That's it from us for today, ladies and gents. A solid if unspectacular win during which Swindon never looked troubled.
Paolo Di Canio was a very happy man at full time and why not, his side had just completely outplayed Oldham to move into seventh place in League One.
Tranmere visit the County Ground on Friday night, and we'll be back with you for that one, until then goodnight.
Winger Raffa De Vita gave Townt he lead, and is hoping to claim the second one too after it took a deflection.
RAFFA DE VITA
“It was great ball from Matty (Ritchie) and I was the first to react and score a goal, the second was a deflection, so if I can claim it I will.
“I think I had six goals at this point last year, but I went to sleep last year so I hope that doesn’t happen again.
“In the first ten minutes we were shaky, and I thought I might be taken off, but we settled down and I think we were better than them.
“Sometimes it can help playing on the side he is because he can talk you through the game, but other times he can call you games.
“The concentration today was good today and they didn’t have many shots.”
Buzzin wit 2-0 win!! Well done @RaffaDeVita23 getting a brace!— @AFlint4 15 December 2012
Town manager Paolo Di Canio is currently speaking to the media after earning three points this afternoon.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“In the last three games we deserved much more and today we get what we expect, and we gave our best.
“I am happy because Danny Hollands and Chris Martin started today and learnt what it means to play under me.
“We took our chances but had four clear ones we didn’t take, we have dominated more clearly than today and only took one point, but it happened perfectly today.
“It is obvious I told my player that I hope you try and save your energy for Tranmere, and just keep the ball and keep something for the next game. I discovered another part of my players and we won very well.
“We took only one point from our games but today was a strange atmosphere because there was no big atmosphere, and we set the tempo.
“Once again we are not going to lose in terms of performance and desire because how can you underestimate Tranmere?
“We dominated and we have to keep going, and not like in the past miss the chance to take off. The fact we play Tranmere makes me happy, but if it was Hartlepool it makes me worry.
“Nobody can relax because we have a chance.
“It was a long trip and a lot of money, and after not being completely close to the play-offs it is difficult, but 300 people is a big number to come with us near to Christmas.
“The fans can travel back very happy with the goals and the performance which is professional, I said thanks so much because they are our strength.
“Since Jeremy left something changed, but if I stay I stay for my players and the fans because I promise something and I don’t give up until I go through my plan.
“Thanks so much because their support is important, thanks for 8,000 at the County Ground, but thanks for the 300.”
LEAGUE ONE FULL-TIMES
Bournemouth 1 - 0 Colchester
Crewe 1 Bury 0
Doncaster 1 Coventry 4
Leyton Orient 1 Scunthorpe 3
MK Dons 1 Hartlepool 0
Notts County 1 Brentford 2
Oldham 0 Swindon 2
Portsmouth 0 Preston 0
Sheff Utd 0 Tranmere 0
Shrewsbury 2 Carlisle 1
Stevenage 1 Crawley 2
Walsall 2 Yeovil 2
FULL-TIME Oldham Athletic 0 Swindon Town 2
90+5 minutes: Ritchie whips in a free-kick which is well punched clear by stand-in keeper Simpson, moments later Ritchie fires over.
90+4 minutes: Matt Smith shoots tamely at Foderingham.
90 minutes: Ritchie and Miller both have efforts blocked, before Roberts fires over. Still not tested Simpson. Seven minutes of added time, which at the moment is painful to watch.
Town haven't managed to test striker/keeper Simpson yet.
Town haven't managed to test striker/keeper Simpson yet.
SUBSTITUTION: Tommy Miller replaces Simon Ferry. (82)
NON-LEAGUE UPDATE: Swindon Supermarine 2 Bishops Cleeve 0
Goallllllllll @Stretch86A Ashley Edenborough 79mins 2-0 @BishopsCleeveFC 0— @SupermarineFC 15 December 2012
A few long range shots coming then?
76 minutes: Ritchie sends a decent through ball in for Williams, who collides with Oldham keeper Cisak with both players needing treatment. Oldham have used all three subs, so striker Robbie Simpson is going in goal.
SUBSTITUTION: Chris Martin is booked for a late shoulder barge on Jonathan Grounds, and that is his last act as he is replaced by James Collins (73)
SUBSTITUTION: Cristian Montano is replaced by Robbie Simpson for Oldham.
68 minutes: Derbshire shoots from inside his own half for no reason at all, and his effort doesn’t leave the floor and goes 20 yards wide.
SUBSTITUTION: Gary Roberts replaces Raffa De Vita (67)
Attendance: 3,345 (287 Town fans)
61 minutes: Lee Croft lays the ball back to Brown, and he is shot isn’t even close. Oldham really not creating anything.
59 minutes: Martins fires high and wide, and that looks as though it might be his last involvement this afternoon, as James Collins is told to step-up his warm-up.
The fourth official takes over, and we are back underway again.
Looks like we are having a change of assistant referee after Mr Plane pulla up. I think PDC might have just reminded him how important it is to stretch.
51 minutes: Another effort straight at Foderingham, this time from Jose Baxter.
48 minutes: A big cheer erupts from the home support as they have their first shot of the afternoon, but Derbyshire’s effort trickles into Foderingham’s arms.
Underway again at the start of the second period.
Here come the teams for the second half, looks like both sides are unchanged.
Swindon will move up to seventh if results stay as they are in League One this afternoon.
Been waiting all season to decide who to get on the back of shirt @RaffaDeVita23 has now confirmed my first thoughts #stfcadver #STFC— @Skinz2006 15 December 2012
3:51pm Sat 15 Dec 12
I knew my reverse psychology would work. Now stop tinkering PDC and keep going with what you have today.
2:56pm Sat 15 Dec 12
Sorry did not no Storey was injured..How bad is it?
We don't think it's anything serious.
Chippenham Town 1 St Neots 0
Swindon Supermarine 1 Bishops Cleeve 0
Wootton Bassett Town 2 North Leigh Reserves 2
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Bournemouth 1 Colchester 0; Crewe 0 Bury 0; Doncaster 0 Coventry 2; Leyton Orient 0 Scunthorpe 0; MK Dons 1 Hartlepool 0; Notts County 1 Brentford 1; Oldham 0 Swindon 2; Portsmouth 0 Preston 0; Sheffield Utd 0 Tranmere 0; Shrewsbury 1 Carlisle 1; Stevenage 0 Crawley 0; Walsall 1 Yeovil 0
HALF-TIME: Oldham Athletic 0 Swindon Town 2
A very poor first half in truth, but Town eventually got going and are well on top of an Oldham side very short of ideas. Could easily be four or five up by now without ever hitting top gear themselves.
45 minutes: Alan McCormack cuts in off the left flank, and drives one miles wide. One minute added time is up, and that's it for the first half.
40 minutes: The ball is worked back into the box after a Town corner, and Martin latches onto the ball and sees his shot deflected behind by Connor Brown. From the corner which follows, Devera sends a diving header over.
35 minutes: Chris Martin appeals for a penalty after Furman appears to drag him down, but nothing doing.
3:34pm Sat 15 Dec 12
HA HA 2.0 Im in heaven
COME ON YOU REDS
30 minutes GOAL 2-0 TOWN (De Vita 30) Nathan Thompson whips a ball in, and after Martin lets it go, De Vita’s effort finds the net thanks to a deflection. It has not been pretty, but Town are well in control.
29 minutes: Oldham look to respond, and Derbyshire gets free down the right and drills in a great cross which Wes Foderingham superbly claims.
27 minutes GOAL 1-0 TOWN: It really hasn’t been pretty at all, but Ritchie whips in a good cross which De Vita just about wins in the air, and the Italian latches onto his own knockdown to fire past Cisak.
This game really hasn't woken up yet, not pretty at all.
20 minutes: Ritchie has a shot from a free-kick which deflects off Dean Furman, but the following corner comes to nothing.
17 minutes: Nathan Thompson gets free down the right and pulls it back to Ritchie, who guides it straight at Cisak. Not sure if it was a cross or a shot.
14 minutes: Big chance for Town as Raffa De Vita wriggles free and crosses, but Ritchie can only turn it over the bar from three yards out. He was under a lot of pressure, though.
10 minutes: Andy Williams has the first effort on goal of the afternoon, after cutting inside Reece Wabara and shooting straight at Alex Cisak.
Five minutes: Town have their first attack of a very uneventful game as Ritchie picks up on a loose ball, but after he drives into the home half his cross has too much for Chris Martin.
Very very quiet here this afternoon, and the ball has spent very little time on the floor.
We are underway here at Boundary Park
The Swindon Town under 18s beat AFC Bournemouth 3-2 earlier today, with Connor Waldon netting twice and Liam Walsh scoring the other.
Manager Paul Bodin said: "It was an excellent performance from back to front.
"Connor Waldon and Mark Francis were tireless with their running and created good opportunities."
2:49pm Sat 15 Dec 12
Bostock ONLY SUB ???? and no Storey..
paolo please DONT take off the best player again 2day life you did last game..
Storey did not travel with the squad after picking up a knee injury in training.
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Tommy Miller returns to the Swindon squad this afternoon for the first time since the end of October.
Manager Paolo Di Canio is delighted to have him back.
“It will take a few more days for Alan and for Tommy. Since the first day Tommy came back he’s been saying ‘I’m fit, I’m fit, gaffer’ and maybe he has started skipping to his position," he said.
“That made me laugh and smile because his positive enthusiasm is contageous to the others. It’s obvious that we have to be honest, we have to know it will take a few games and then gradually they will get back.
“Obviously I am more happy now than three weeks ago or four weeks ago.
“It’s clear that we played with Notts County and Doncaster two of the best games that we have played without him in terms of football expression but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t missed him.
“Before he got the injury there was only one game where he didn’t play, in my opinion, at his level for half an hour. Otherwise he was always one of the best on the field, like the last six games with McEveley.
“Tommy Miller for all season was a positive influence for the others with his quality, intelligence and tempo that he played at.
“It makes a difference, we have to be honest, but the others have done very well. Bostock for three or four games has done very well.
“In general, yes, we have missed him. He’s a player that will give the calmness to the others, he doesn’t go blurry easy in the way he speaks and the way he acts. The others feel more confident next to him."
The referee this afternoon is Carl Boyeson
IN THE HOME DUGOUT – Paul Dickov
Scottish striker Dickov and Town boss Paolo Di Canio went head to head as players, and will renew hostilities on the touchline this afternoon. Both players had a reputation for a fiery temperament, and that has translated into their managerial careers.
Dickov joined the youth ranks of Arsenal in 1989, before being promoted to the first team in 1990. Under George Graham chances were limited for Dickov as he struggled to break into the Arsenal team who were rich in talent with players such as Ian Wright. He helped the club win the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1994, and before hand he had been a member of Arsenal's squad whilst it had been a founder of the Premier League. Whilst at Highbury he spent several loan spells at both Luton Town and Brighton & Hove Albion. He left Arsenal in 1996 having made 26 appearances in all competitions, scoring 7 goals.
Dickov joined Manchester City in a period of turmoil; and in his first season at Maine Road he played under five different managers (three full-time appointments and two caretakers). He was in and out of the team under his various bosses, but the following season he went on top scorer with nine goals, but the club were relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history after finishing in 22nd place.
The Scot played a vital role in getting City back into Division One with 16 goals alongside Shaun Goater, the last of which was an injury time equaliser in the Division Two play-off final against Gillingham, which allowed the Citizens to go on and win on penalties.
Despite missing much of the following season through injury, Dickov scored another vital goal as he struck on the final day of the season as City clinched promotion back to the Premiership with a goal in their 4-1 victory over Blackburn on the final day.
It looked as if he was going to lose his place in the side after the signings of George Weah and Paulo Wanchope following their return to the top flight, but he kept his place and won his first Scotland call-up before going on to win 10 caps.
After another relegation Dickov was transferred to Leicester, and his 20 goals saw the Foxes promoted to the Premier League before being relegated again in their first season. That brought a move to Blackburn, but he never really figured and he returned to Manchester City.
Injuries disrupted his second spell at City, this time at the City of Manchester Stadium, and he was loaned to Crystal Palace and Blackpool, before a return to Leicester. He scored two goals in 20 games as the Foxes won the League One title, but was loaned to Derby where his dogged style made him a hit with the club’s fans.
After a brief spell with Leeds he joined Oldham as player-manager, and proceeded to build a young side which finished in the bottom half in 2010-11.They finished 16th last season, and currently sit 16th.
Here are Paolo Di Canio's thoughts on Oldham manager Paul Dickov, who he played against in years gone by.
He said: “His body language is always tough, he was a hard player to challenge on the field. I watched their last three games and there is a clear organisation, not only off the ball but on the ball when they are on the counter.
“You can see there is a manager’s hand in there, especially in an attacking moment. He chose two small and sharp players because he was similar.
“They attack the space, they don’t hesitate too much. The two strikers are very good quality strikers, so sharp and quick.
“You can see in an attacking moment there is his hand completely. They are very good to watch when they attack.
“In the back, there are players that in my opinion we can damage. They are third from the bottom in terms of goals conceded to the opponents, so they give chances to the opponents to score but also they create chances.
“There is organisation. He is a good manager."
The former Blackburn and Olympiacos striker is playing his final game for Oldham today before returning to Nottingham Forest at the end of his loan spell. The striker has impressed during his temporary spell at Boundary Park, where he has got back on the goal scoring trail after poor spells with both Forest and Birmingham since returning from Greece. The forward likes to sit deep before getting into the box, and while he is not blessed with blistering pace, his footballing brain allows him to beat his man on a regular basis. He can ghost in between defenders, and is a handful for any League One defence.
The winger, on loan from Derby, has spent most of his career playing in the Championship, but has dropped back into League One following a spell in Scotland with St Johnstone. His bulky frame means he, like Derbyshire, is not going to burst past his man on a regular basis, but he is good on the ball and can also come inside to link up with his strikers. Also possesses a rocket of a shot, meaning Town can’t afford to give him too much space.
The youngster was destined for big things after breaking through the Everton academy, and went on to make seven appearances for his boyhood club as well as enjoying a decent loan spell at Tranmere. But disciplinary issues blighted his time at Goodison, and after rejecting a new contract he spent time on trial at Crystal Palace but was not signed due to issues over his fitness. Their loss was Oldham’s gain, and the forward has performed well in League One. Baxter can play as a main striker or drift out wide, and will look to make gaps for the rest of his teammates to profit from.
Here are the thoughts of Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio going into today's game:
“There is no easy place to go but it is one of the toughest because it is a team that has been established in League One for a few years, Dickov is a good manager, they have good organisation," he said.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“They have lightweights with pedigree up front - young Baxter, Derbyshire we know now has found a place where he can play his football, he’s sharp and intelligent and there is more.
“Montano in a wide area, Croft is a more exerienced player and in the middle of midfield they have two very good players.
“In the back they have experience and quality, but if we think they come from a positive moment we have to be careful even more because we are not in a good and positive moment in terms of points.
“In terms of performances I can be sad after Notts County and Doncaster for some reasons but not football expression because we were the best side far and away from two very good sides.
“I hope the pitch is okay because we want to play football. Any side in any moment is tough this year because we know there are good players."
OLDHAM ATHLETIC: Cisak; Wabara, Byrne, M'Voto, Grounds; Croft, Wesolowski, Furman, Montano; Derbyshire, Baxter
SUBS: Jacob, Brown, Tarkowski, Simpson, Smith, Taylor, M'Changama
SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham, Thompson, Ward, Devera, McCormack, Ritchie, Ferry, Hollands, De Vita, Williams, Martin.
SUBS: Bedwell, Archibald-Henville, Miller, Bostock, Roberts, Rooney, Collins.
Two changes for Town today, with Alan McCormack in for Aden Flint, and Simon Ferry in for John Bostock. Tommy Miller returns from injury to earn a place on the bench.
Hello ladies and gents and welcome to a slightly belated edition of Matchday Live.
Apologies for our tardiness, but traffic on the M6 caused a late arrival at Boundary Park.
However, we're all set for Swindon Town's visit to Oldham, and you can keep up to date with events from Greater Manchester right here throughout the afternoon.
Town are looking for their first win in four - will it come at a damp and dreary Boundary Park?