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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- FT: Swindon Town 5 (Hollands, 4; De Vita, 7; Williams 21, 51; Ritchie 33) Tranmere Rovers 0
- Williams adds a fifth for Town a the start of the second half
- Goals from Hollands, De Vita, Williams and Ritchie had given Town a 4-0 half-time lead
- Williams misses a penalty as he goes for his hat-trick
That's it from us, ladies and gents. A fabulous win to wrap up 2012 at the County Ground.
From all at the Adver sportsdesk a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. See you all at Brisbane Road on Boxing Day.
Andy Williams was disappointed not to have been able to complete his hat-trick after missing a second-half penalty, but was pleased with his two goals.
“I have my routine because I have not missed before, and when I was putting the ball down I wasn’t able to keep it which I think contributed to the miss.
“But to score two goals was great, and for the first one Nathan put in a great cross down the right and I was able to finish well after a good first touch.
“For the second I managed to slide it in after a great ball from Matty, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to cap it off with the hat-trick.”
Di Canio wanted striker Chris Martin to take the penalty which Andy Williams missed this evening, but is not too angry about the incident.
“I understand in England hat-trick is crucial for tradition, but it is a team performance.
“It is not a big criticise, and Chris Martin said him to take it, but Chris Martin should take it because he hasn’t scored yet.
“Andy Williams scored twice anyway and he is crucial, but Chris Martin wants one goal today and if he scores the goal it is a different mentality.”
9:59pm Fri 21 Dec 12
Great result. But let's not get carried away just yet. Another 6 points out of 9 and I'd say that's a good Xmas.
Town boss Paolo Di Canio believes tonight's performance was one of the best of the season from his side.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“For sure, because obviously we played against one of the best teams, a solid team.
“I was sure we would win this game but not in this manner, and we created another six clear chances.
“Even a person that knows nothing about football can understand tonight.
“We work hard even when we had two weeks off, and it was tough for them and the new players, but I have a group of lads who understand, it is tough but they can take advantage physically.
“With our quality, system, detail and desire, this is what can happen.
“We have played similar games and not scored as many goals, but this was perfect to say thanks to our fans in a fantastic way.
“But I want to say thanks to my players because it is not easy, but for me it is normal to see this commitment and desire.
“But we have done nothing yet and we have to keep going or we can burn what we have done.”
9:51pm Fri 21 Dec 12
Excellent result! We now have the best goal difference in the league!
Could be vital at the end of the season!
Out comes Paolo Di Canio's over-sized red and white scarf as he celebrates with the Town fans, on what has been a great night for the club.
FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 5 Tranmere Rovers 0
90+2 minutes: Cassidy’s effort is deflected against the bar, which is as close as the visitors have come.
90 minutes: Foderingham has a rare save to make as he is equal to McGurk’s effort.
89 minutes: Martin's header flashes wide, and a yard in front of a flying Devera. Three minutes added.
Wonder if Ronnie Moore will have a message for the supporters after Tranmere's drubbing at Swindon? #stfcadver #afcb— @neilperrettecho 21 December 2012
For the first time the game has gone a little flat, but does anyone really care?
80 minutes: Roberts curls one over the bar after cutting inside well.
78 minutes: Hollands sees a shot blocked.
Every Town pass being cheered here, and despite not quite looking as threatening as they have during the rest of the game, Swindon are in complete control.
Attendance: 8,885 (291 Tranmere fans)
73 minutes: SWINDON SUBSTITUTION: Andy Williams is replaced by James Collins.
Andy Williams celebrates his first of the night. PICTURE BY DAVE EVANS
67 minutes: Martin’s shot is blocked by Daniels.
66 minutes: TOWN SUBSTITUTION: Raffa De Vita replaced by Gary Roberts.
Raffa De Vita celebrates Town's second PICTURE BY DAVE EVANS
62 minutes: MISSED PENALTY: Bizarre scenes after Martin is felled in the box. Tommy Miller gives the ball to Williams for his hat-trick, but Di Canio seems to order Miller to take it. Eventually Williams steps up and misses, and Di Canio is livid, kicking the gate leading to the stand.
60 minutes: Williams wins a corner off Taylor, and when Ritchie delivers after it is taken shot appears to strike the hand of Kay. No penalty given, and to be fair the Town players didn’t appeal.
Danny Hollands is mobbed by his teammates after scoring Town's first. PICTURE BY DAVE EVANS
54 minutes: Simon Ferry is replaced by Tommy Miller after going down injured. After initial concern the Scot seems to be walking reasonably well, but no need to risk him.
51 minutes: GOAL 5-0 TOWN (Williams) Tranmere gift possession to Ritchie in midfield, and he slides in Williams who slots the ball superbly right into the bottom corner.
49 minutes: Devera heads a Ritchie cross at the glove of fon Williams.
47 minutes: Andy Robinson shoots very wide as Tranmere look to find a route back into this.
De Vita had ripped Holmes apart in the first half.
DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION FOR ROVERS: Two changes for Tranmere, as Michael Kay and Donovan Daniels replace Danny Holmes and Ian Goodison.
Nearly time to get going at the start of the second period, and the two teams are back with us for the second half.
Programme number 261 has won a 32" Samsung TV. Congratulations.
Gutted I didn't win it, could do with a new one.
#stfcadver a result like this has been on the horizon all season!!— @sefstfc 21 December 2012
@AndyWarren_ wayne allison top bloke I lost my dad 14 years ago When he was very ill my sister arranged for him to visit dad special day— @tictoc1962 21 December 2012
8:31pm Fri 21 Dec 12
This is becoming cruel and unnecessary .....call it off!
HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 4 Tranmere Rovers 0
45 minutes: A shot from Michael O’Halloran has an effort straight at Wes Foderingham, and that is it for a blistering first-half from Town.
39 minutes: Ritchie plays an absolutely perfect ball into the path of Thompson, and the right-back’s cross is deflected over with Martin lurking.
36 minutes: Cassidy pops a cross into the box, and Foderingham pounces on it well.
33 minutes: GOAL 4-0 TOWN (Ritchie) And the goals keep on coming!!! A cross-field ball from Simon Ferry finds De Vita, and the Italian’s first touch is one his manager would be proud of as he glides past Holmes and stroms into the area. The winger pulls it back and Williams forces a good save from fon Williams, and Ritchie is there to fire the ball home. What a half from the men in red!
30 minutes: Williams beats the offside trap and has plenty of time to shoot, but gets his shot of a bit quick and from a wide angle and it is held by the keeper.
27 minutes: Another vicious drive from Ritchie is saved by fon Williams, some real movement in the shot there.
Top drawer stuff from Town so far, and that goal for Williams in particular could do him wonders. A real confidence player.
21 minutes: GOAL 3-0 TOWN (Williams) Thompson swings a ball in which Williams eventually controls and turns before firing into the bottom corner. Game over?
20 minutes: Martin bursts into the area and should score, but his shot is saved by fon Williams. Ritchie fires over after the ball is cleared.
19 minutes: Ritchie lets fly but his shot is blocked by Palmer.
17 minutes: Williams unleashes a vicious shot at goal, but fon Williams makes the save.
16 minutes: Ferry feeds Williams down the right, and his pull-back falls for De Vita but he scuffs it harmlessly wide.
15 minutes: Power has another effort which Foderingham spills, but Jake Cassidy is offside as he goes for the rebound.
12 minutes: Max Power shoots wide for the visitors.
'You should have gone Christmas shopping' shout the Town fans.
Seven minutes GOAL 2-0 TOWN (De Vita): Williams is pushed wide when through by Ash Taylor, but Town keep the ball and after Hollands finds Raffa De Vita, the Italian fires home thanks to another deflection. What a start!
7:55pm Fri 21 Dec 12
Sporting life has just reported a Town Goal but I refuse to believe until I see it on this page!
Believe it... and double it! We are sorry for the three minute delay, but them's the rules! What a start
Six minutes: Tranmere look to respond but Bakayogo’s effort is over.
Four minutes GOAL 1-0 TOWN (Hollands) But the danger doesn’t pass for the visitors, and after the ball is put back into the box it falls for Danny Hollands who rockets the ball into the back of the net with the help of a deflection off Liam Palmer.
Four minutes: De Vita puts in a corner, and after Devera heads it back across, Ward should score with a header of his own.
Looks like a decent crowd in here this evening, and some singing! Something the home fans at Oldham last weekend forgot to do. The 300 travelling Town fans were once again superb.
And we're off!
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Looking like Alan McCormack will start at left back again, with Joe Devera alongside Darren Ward. Solid.
Time for the real action though, and the two teams are out on the pitch
We have just heard a tribute to the East 17 classic, Stay Another Day.
There is one other game in League One this evening, with Bury hosting Shrewsbury.
IN THE AWAY DUGOUT – Ronnie Moore
Moore is in his fourth spell at Prenton Park, having made more than 400 appearances for the club in the 1971-79 and 1986-89.
The Liverpudlian started and finished his career with the club, and in between enjoyed a long spell with Rotherham as well as representing Cardiff, Rotherham, Charlton and Rochdale.
The striker scored close to 150 goals during his long career, before starting his managerial career just down the road at Southport. His time there only lasted a year, and he quickly moved on to Rotherham where he enjoyed immense success as he took the unfancied Millers into the old Division One
It was during his time at Millmoor he was the victim of a hoax call, which he believed was offering him the Ipswich job, and he revealed he intended to accept it in a live television interview. It was eventually revealed the call was a hoax, and Moore remained in Yorkshire for a further three years until 2005.
He then moved on to Oldham, and after helping them avoid relegation he led them to a mid-table finish the following year before moving on due to poor season ticket sales.
He was immediately offered the Tranmere job, and led them to an 11th place finish in his first season. They went into the final day of the following season needing three points against Scunthorpe to secure a play-off place, but after conceding a late equaliser Moore was given the sack.
Moore returned to Rotherham for two largely uneventful years, before returning to the Wirral, where he has superbly guided Rovers to the top of the table.
With 10 minutes to go until kick-off, here's a quick reminder of how we're allowed to cover games on the Swindon Advertiser website.
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While the County Ground is filling up we are being treated to the soulful sounds of a gospel choir.
Wayne Allison is clearly held in high regard by fans here at the County Ground, with the Chief back at his old stomping ground this evening to see two of his former clubs.
@AndyWarren_ @wayneallison68 weve never had a striker like him since absolute beast #chief— @sefstfc 21 December 2012
@AndyWarren_ @wayneallison68 Arguably the best centre-forward for holding up the ball that we've ever had. Loved his duet with Peter Thorne.— @safehandsgk1 21 December 2012
Do we have the best two keepers in League One on display this evening? I have always been impressed with Owain fon Williams, and we all know all about Sir Wes Foderingham.
@AndyWarren_ wish i wasnt so tired so i could of gone but 2-1 to the might STFC #stfc #coyr #paolosredandwhitearme— @stevetyrrelluk 21 December 2012
DANGER MEN - Tranmere's men to watch tonight
Although he by no means is blessed with pace, Robinson is as tricky as they come in League One. He is capable of whipping in killer balls, and also scoring from distance, which he has proved during his time with Swansea and Leeds. Will need to be watched tonight, as he will take advantage of any space he is given.
The Wolves loanee has been in superb form in what is his second loan spell in the North West. He made his professional debut while with the club last season, and scored five goals in 10 games. His form was enough to earn a second spell this season, and he has been similarly effective this time around.
The tricky forward began his career with Aston Villa, but struggled for any playing time and moved to Hendesford. He impressed there and moved to Tranmere in 2010, and he has found his groove as Rovers forced their way up the table. Has represented Northern Ireland at U21 level once.
7:02pm Fri 21 Dec 12
It's a safe bet we will dominate so the key is our 2 strikers Martin and Williams. This is an area we have been generally poor this season so could do with the front men scoring a few goals and turning those home draws into wins!
Hell of a statement to say it's a safe bet against the league leaders!
@SamMorshead_SA 3-0 best performance of the season #stfcadver— @stfcinbmth 21 December 2012
Swindon v Tranmere tonight! Big game, who do we think will come out on top!?— @wayneallison68 21 December 2012
The two teams are out on the County Ground pitch for their warm-ups. Trnamere looking very fetching in yellow.
What do you make of the team selections from either side this evening? Let us know by commenting below or using the hastag #stfcadver on Twitter.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
TRANMERE ROVERS v Swindon Town: Fon Williams, Holmes, Taylor, Goodison, Bakayogo, O'Halloran, Palmer, Power, McGurk, Robinson, Cassidy
Substitutes: Mooney, Kay, Daniels, Black, Harrison, Thompson, Stockton
A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS – a look at the players who have represented both clubs
WAYNE ALLISON (who is here tonight)
#stfcadver leaving aside the own goal, I've not been impressed with Hollands. Bang Bostock in there— @Mutineer_press 21 December 2012
The County Ground pitch looks in excellent condition considering the recent heavy rain. Groundsman Marcus Cassidy is once again doing himself proud.
"@patjohnston33: @alannavarro31 all the best tonight mate u starting ?"Na not involved m8, need more training, gutted as well #oldclub.— @alannavarro31 21 December 2012
6:49pm Fri 21 Dec 12
Tranmere have been a revelation this season. Lets hope we stop them in their tracks today.
On the whole they aren't usually a team associated with anything vaguely romantic, however, Tranmere is Old Norse for Cranebird Sandbank, which is probably a little nicer than Pig Hill, but hey, we love Swindon.
Fact of the day!
BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Town unchanged following Saturday's win at Oldham.
Swindon Town: Foderingham, Thompson N, McCormack (Capt), Ward, Devera; Ritchie, Hollands, Ferry, De Vita; Martin, Williams
Subs: Bedwell, Archibald-Henville, Collins, Roberts, Miller, Rooney, Bostock.
What are your thoughts on that Town fans? Has Paolo made the right decision? In my book he has, but what do I know.
Get in touch in the comment box below or by using #stfcadver
ON THIS DAY
Friday, December 21, 1990
Ossie Ardiles uses some of the cash generated by the sale of Alan McLoughlin to bring in Argentinian defender Nestor Lorenzo from Bari. The reported £400,000 fee was a club record.
Friday, December 21, 2001
Andy King returns to Swindon Town for his second spell as manager following the departure of Roy Evans
I'm going to guess at an unchanged team tonight. Sounds odd, I know. Let's see.— @SamMorshead_SA 21 December 2012
Paolo Di Canio will be delighted with Swindon Town's start to the 2012/13 season, regardless of the result this evening.
In his pre-match press conference on Wednesday he said: “It was the same situation this time last year. If we win we are very close there for one night but if we lose the day after we can be 11th in the table.
“I look at the positives. If we win we are there, if we draw we stay close. There is a balance.
“There is not a team now apart from Bournemouth, with seven wins in their last 10 games, who have a very good moment. Maybe Coventry too.
“We want to stay close there because after Friday we are halfway to go.
“Forget sixth, seventh or 10th, because it can make a difference in your eyes. Even at worst, if we are eighth or 10th in the table but three or four points from the play-offs that is a really good result because of what has happened this year."
6:36pm Fri 21 Dec 12
Blazing Riff says
Merry Xmas everyone with 3 points as the ideal present.
It's a bit early for anything official, but here's the lowdown on Town's runners and riders for this evening's clash.
The Robins will be without Jay McEveley following his knee surgery, while Miles Storey is also out with a knee problem of his own.
Alan Navarro has tweeted to say he is not match fit and won't involved, but otherwise manager Paolo Di Canio has a full squad at his disposal.
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Good evening ladies and gents and welcome to the Advertiser’s final Matchday Live before Christmas, as Tranmere visit the County Ground.
With Town flying high after dominant performances against Doncaster and Oldham in recent weeks it seems now is the perfect time to welcome the league leaders to Wiltshire.
Tranmere have not won in five in the league and have seen their advantage at the top of League One completely obliterated.
But in Jake Cassidy and Andy Robinson Rovers have a strike partnership to be feared, and Swindon will have to be on top form to keep the visitors from the Wirral quiet.
You can keep up to date with all the latest from SN1 throughout the evening right here.
Here’s to an early Christmas present of three points and goals galore!