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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town 5 Portsmouth 0

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REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN

  • FT Swindon Town 5 (Collins 61, 66, 73, 83; Hollands 69) Portsmouth 0
  • James Collins scores a hat-trick less than 13 minutes after coming on, before adding his fourth
  • Collins also set up Danny Hollands' for Town's third
  • The striker had headed Town into the lead with his first touch after coming on

  • Comments


    KojaktheWarg 12:57pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Arnold Schwarzenegger used to live in Portsmouth. Lets hope it's their Judgement Day and not ours...

    I'm off to the match now. But I'll be back...

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    vikingred 1:21pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    After two consecutive postponements I'm looking forward to Swindon playing today. Let's hope Town can get a positive result and kick-off 2013 in fine style. COYR...

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    Robinonfire 1:22pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Come on you REDS

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    Stfc_BristolRed 1:58pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Off subject.....

    But lifetime fan of Portsmouth who was well known in Melksham passed away this morning. RIP Graham..... Im sure the away end will be sorely missing you today.

    COYR!

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    Blazing Riff 2:42pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Doesn't seem as comfortable so far as we might have hoped!

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    Since 1950 2:58pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Town on top but not sharp enough up front.
    Good crowd here. 11, 500 I'd say.
    Wasn't very encouraged by the pre match interview with Sir WP!!
    COYR!

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    Blazing Riff 3:11pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    'Creepies' score and leapfrog us.

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    Blazing Riff 3:14pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Blazing Riff wrote…


    'Creepies' score and leapfrog us.

    Then MKD do the same...down to 8th. Come on Swindon.

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    spectacles testicals wallet watch 3:15pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    And the franchise, should really be putting teams like this to the sword, no excuse cant even say theyre fighting relegation as were pushing for promotion our needs are just as important. Dropping points at home to bottom half sides just isnt acceptable with our strenghts, put the ball in the onion bag Town c'mon

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    spectacles testicals wallet watch 3:24pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Cracking inspiring substitution now push on Town

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    Blazing Riff 3:26pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Phew..that's a relief and that's what I call an impact sub. Donnie beating Sheff. U

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    Blazing Riff 3:32pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    This is good...very, very good!

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    spectacles testicals wallet watch 3:34pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Happy days 3-0 and now beginning to fire on all cylinders keep pushing for the the goals for tally

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    spectacles testicals wallet watch 3:36pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Clucking Bell where has JC been all season
    YOU REDS

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    Robinonfire 3:40pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    We want 5555555555555555

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    Blazing Riff 3:42pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    spectacles testicals wallet watch wrote…


    Clucking Bell where has JC been all season
    YOU REDS

    Wonder who will get M.O.M?

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    Swindon1984 3:43pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Substitution of the season from PDC!

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    Robinonfire 3:46pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    We want 666666666666666666

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    Blazing Riff 3:56pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Brilliant stuff...Happy New Year to you all

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    mallorca 4:01pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    super result 10 goals in 2 games plus clean sheets.
    Happy New Year to all TOWN FANS

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    louiscassius 4:13pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Amazing!!

    I put £2 on us at 40-1 for 5 Nil and i've just won £82...Hahahahaha...


    Flippen brilliant, thank you PDC....

    Collins.........Come on you boy!!!

    Let this be an Omen........

    Town for back to back Titles!!!!

    Louis :-))))))))

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    guyswonga 4:14pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Only 5-0?? I am very dissapointed!

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    red white 4:17pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    We are Proper!

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    Rebel_phish 4:20pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    My Man of the Match today must go to the Pompey fans. Just brilliant throughout.

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    nosyrudeman 4:41pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    I must say that we struggled for the first hour with their 5 man midfield, but then a corner and what do you know they collapse after Jc first goal. I must also say that the Pompey fans were superb throughout the whole game and with fans like that that club should never be allowed to die.

    Onwards and upwards roll on Saturday.

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    Another view 4:42pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Without a doubt James Collins deserves all the headlines, but once again Simon Ferry showed he is the man who makes things happen. Surely we need Bostock as back up and to help change the mix during games, as the other midfielders are good workers, but don't have that bit of class to turn things round.

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    STFCman&boy1973 4:42pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    louiscassius wrote…


    Amazing!!

    I put £2 on us at 40-1 for 5 Nil and i've just won £82...Hahahahaha...



    Flippen brilliant, thank you PDC....

    Collins.........Come on you boy!!!

    Let this be an Omen........

    Town for back to back Titles!!!!

    Louis :-))))))))

    Congrats on the bet...

    I also believe we will be going up, again as champions...

    Happy new year to you and yours...

    Now where are those haters today???

    COYMRs

    Score: 0
    Since 1950 4:55pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Fantastic second half from Town.
    Not to put a damper on it but once again I wasnt very encouraged by Sir WPs pre match interview, repeated after the match.
    Basically, no more money for investment. Club for sale and no ground development. Now we know why he's here.

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    London Red 5:03pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    As said before - think some really need to eat some humble pie and give the magnificent James Collins an apology!
    .
    Couldn't hit a cows arse with two banjos could he!
    .
    Oh no he is now clearly our top scorer and on course to beat his target of 16 with half a season to go
    .
    As said above it was Ferry that made the difference though
    .
    Holland and Miller too similar and that saw us by pass the midfield
    .
    Ferry change that and that is why we were superb in the 2nd

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    Haydonender 5:17pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Great second half, had to be patient as they flooded the midfield and tried to hang on for a point but we got there in the end. Collins was unplayable but Ferry and Roberts also improved things. Very good substitutions from PDC.

    Two 5-0's in a row, things are looking good on the pitch

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    Chish and Fips 5:28pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    LR with respect, there are a lot of games he has let his self gain this 'Banjo and Cows Arse' tag but today he deserves the credit he deserves.
    Lets hope it is the start of more consistent scoring and not like after the previous hat-trick.

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    Blazing Riff 5:34pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Since 1950 wrote…


    Fantastic second half from Town.
    Not to put a damper on it but once again I wasnt very encouraged by Sir WPs pre match interview, repeated after the match.
    Basically, no more money for investment. Club for sale and no ground development. Now we know why he's here.

    Where can I find this interview please?

    Score: 0
    SAPFanSTFC 5:55pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Since 1950 wrote…


    Fantastic second half from Town.
    Not to put a damper on it but once again I wasnt very encouraged by Sir WPs pre match interview, repeated after the match.
    Basically, no more money for investment. Club for sale and no ground development. Now we know why he's here.

    Hate to say it but...I told you so! :-(
    ---.
    Bit of a siege mentality now with the players they have to get Ward, Hollands and Martin back (Bostock is looking unlikely now) but that does rely on the promised funds for the 2nd half of the season.
    ---.
    With the line-up we have we'll be good enough to make the play-offs at least. If Collins starts to get the attention then that'll leave Williams free and vice-versa....I fancy both to get to 20 goals now.

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    stigger 5:59pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Great 2nd half performance after a mediocre first half. Collins deserves his plaudits after 4 goals and an assist in 30 mins!! Well done that man. But again how on earth did Ferry not start, he changed the course of the game, form being overrun in midfield to totally dominating, no coincidence that this happened with his arrival. I know he's had a minor knock but he was clearly fully fit and should start. I dont care what leagues Miller has played in or how experienced he is (and i'm not anti him he's a decent player) but he is no Simon Ferry and never will be. Simon's energy, the time he makes on the ball, the temp he brings to our play and his passing should make him a first name on the team sheet. Joe Devera had a really good game today and Macca was involved in a number of our goals and can bomb on from full back, occasionally overdoes it but worth it for when it pays off. COYR!!

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    Since 1950 6:02pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Blazing Riff wrote…


    Since 1950 wrote…

    Fantastic second half from Town. Not to put a damper on it but once again I wasnt very encouraged by Sir WPs pre match interview, repeated after the match. Basically, no more money for investment. Club for sale and no ground development. Now we know why he's here.
    Where can I find this interview please?

    Might be on the BBC Wilts site, I don't know. I'm sure it will feature in the local media.

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    London Red 6:08pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Think Ferry was just being rested as we have lots of games coming up
    .
    Surely home games against teams near the bottom is the place to do it
    .
    Also gave him a chance to look at Miller and Hollands which we all now know is a no no

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    Oi Den! 6:08pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Since 1950 wrote…


    Blazing Riff wrote…


    Since 1950 wrote…

    Fantastic second half from Town. Not to put a damper on it but once again I wasnt very encouraged by Sir WPs pre match interview, repeated after the match. Basically, no more money for investment. Club for sale and no ground development. Now we know why he's here.
    Where can I find this interview please?
    Might be on the BBC Wilts site, I don't know. I'm sure it will feature in the local media.

    BBC Wilts iPlayer - today's pre-match programme. The interview starts about 10 minutes in.

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    SAPFanSTFC 6:18pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    London Red wrote…


    Think Ferry was just being rested as we have lots of games coming up
    .
    Surely home games against teams near the bottom is the place to do it
    .
    Also gave him a chance to look at Miller and Hollands which we all now know is a no no

    Absolutely - Miller needs game time to get back to fitness so today was the obvious opportunity....don't want to see it on Saturday until we're 4-0 up though
    :-)
    ---.
    We'll need all these players - especially if we can't get Hollands back so game time is critical.
    ---.
    Good professional performance today - have to agree with Rebel_Phish though: The true MotM today was the Pompey support....they are truly something!

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    billbst 6:23pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    First a thank to the lads. Great to see Collins do everything right. If anything his setting up of Hollands' goal was the best piece of skill. Also have to agree that Ferry balanced the team much more. The pairing with Hollands looks the best for me at the moment. Many others played well but just want to say that Devera has improved to become and key member of the team. He had to fight for the chance and deserves his reward. Final comment has to go to the Pompey fans. Fear the worst for you but you deserve the best.

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    louiscassius 6:28pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    STFCman&boy1973 wrote…


    louiscassius wrote…


    Amazing!!

    I put £2 on us at 40-1 for 5 Nil and i've just won £82...Hahahahaha...




    Flippen brilliant, thank you PDC....

    Collins.........Come on you boy!!!

    Let this be an Omen........

    Town for back to back Titles!!!!

    Louis :-))))))))
    Congrats on the bet...

    I also believe we will be going up, again as champions...

    Happy new year to you and yours...

    Now where are those haters today???

    COYMRs

    Ian,

    Hahaha, love you man....Amazing result....

    I', just talking my youngest girl through the fundulmentals of wing backs with the Southampton V Gunners game.....

    I'm telling you...there's something extrodinary happening at the County this season.....

    I love all you fans......

    COYR'ssssss

    Please please god or whoever let us rape the sh1te outta this league....just once in my life....

    Louis :-)))

    Score: 0
    Oxon-Red 6:29pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    The quality of the balls into the box (especially 2nd half today) in the last two games has improved 200%. Said for a while that if we get decent service into the strikers they will score. Well done Matt, Raffa, Roberts and Co and well done James and Willo.

    A few have mentioned the difference that Si Ferry makes and they are spot on. Hollands and Miller a bit too samey and were often both too deep, Ferry bridged that gap and made the intelligent runs on both side of the park.

    I must say I prefer Hollands at the moment as his forward vision and passing is better. He has also scored two decent goals. I hope he can be signed at least until the end of the season.

    Great result, our goal difference is now worth an extra point.

    HNY all.

    COYMR

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    red white 6:35pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Always comes good in the end.

    Well done Paolo and the plaaaayers.

    Championes;never mind the finance!

    Rocking up again.

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    dreamofacleansheet2 7:24pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Where's the 6% who thought we'd lose?! No matter what happens in the window, the manager's unbelievable standards are bearing fruit again.

    Pompey fans are a lesson to those that moan (you have every right to moan if you want) but please support the team and the manager during the 90 minutes.

    Massive game away at Bournemouth on the horizon who haven't lost under Eddie Howe. I feel another bet coming on.....

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    TheDukeOfBanbury 7:25pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Rebel_phish wrote…


    My Man of the Match today must go to the Pompey fans. Just brilliant throughout.

    Totally with you Rebel.

    They were an absolute credit and what some great songs, including -

    "You're not that special we lose every week :) "

    Swindon fans applauding that was a great touch.

    Fantastic to play as we did second half and nice to have a bet at 5-0.
    Starting to see why we need to score early to open up defensive teams at the CG.

    Well done to James Collins - He was well happy as you could expect after the game and his 4th goal was his favourite.

    COYR'ds.

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    TheDukeOfBanbury 7:27pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Rebel_phish wrote…


    My Man of the Match today must go to the Pompey fans. Just brilliant throughout.

    Totally with you Rebel.

    They were an absolute credit and what some great songs, including -

    "You're not that special we lose every week :) "

    Swindon fans applauding that was a great touch.

    Fantastic to play as we did second half and nice to have a bet at 5-0.
    Starting to see why we need to score early to open up defensive teams at the CG.

    Well done to James Collins - He was well happy as you could expect after the game and his 4th goal was his favourite.

    COYR'ds.

    Score: 0
    babssugg 7:28pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Fantastic game Listened to it on the radio very exceiting,,, Carry on the good games Swindon Town, Very proud to live in Swindon with a great Football Team ,,,Long may it continue XXXXXX

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    stigger 7:34pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    yeah i meant to add about the pompey support as well trully superb, best i've seen in a long while, i genuinely hope that they have an upturn in fortunes as they deserve it, some great chants as well. COYR!

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    Malkym 7:40pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Chish and Fips wrote…


    LR with respect, there are a lot of games he has let his self gain this 'Banjo and Cows Arse' tag but today he deserves the credit he deserves.
    Lets hope it is the start of more consistent scoring and not like after the previous hat-trick.

    C&F absolutely -I put my hand up to being one of Collin's fiercest critics and probably the originator of "Cows arse etc. Today I offer up my sincere congratulations on his four goals

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    mikek 7:45pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Fab second half as Ferry and Collins made a huge difference. Rafa and Miller were having poor games so Paolo needed to change things.
    Collins was just lethal in his finishing and what timing with Shrewsbury apparently interested in taking him back on loan for the rest of the season can't see that happening now. That's 14 league goals between the two strikers and I can see them hitting 20 easily and with the cup included they have netted 18. Malkum stated they would not hit 20 goals so I wonder how he is feeling now with just over half the season gone. There is certainly a lot more goals in these two players and still feel Martin could do a decent job once he gets his first goal. Ferry was just fantastic when he came on and would have been MOM had Collins not stole the show. Need to keep this going on Saturday. Ward and Devera look just awesome at the back and best pairing in this league in my view. We must do all we can to keep Ward, Hollands, Martin and Bostock and feel the latter will have a bigger part to play in the second half of the season. I'm sure Paolo is playing his role at the club down to try and nick him from Spurs. Well done Town two 5-0 wins just superb.

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    stigger 7:49pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Malkym wrote…


    Chish and Fips wrote…


    LR with respect, there are a lot of games he has let his self gain this 'Banjo and Cows Arse' tag but today he deserves the credit he deserves.
    Lets hope it is the start of more consistent scoring and not like after the previous hat-trick.
    C&F absolutely -I put my hand up to being one of Collin's fiercest critics and probably the originator of "Cows arse etc. Today I offer up my sincere congratulations on his four goals

    Exactly, i think most of us armchair critics are more than happy to be proved wrong by the players we dont rate, for my part if Adam Rooney comes on and scores a hat trick, i'd be well chuffed. Can't see it though!! With Collins i have seen enough previously to think he can do a job, he's young and some of his 'misses' have been from outstanding saves, although have been some sitters as well but boy did he hit form today!! good on him

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    Malkym 7:51pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    ....but he and Williams and Martin have to be much more consistent as Chish says.

    Today worked out well after an indifferent 1st half and the introduction of Collins & Ferry proved to be inspired choices -not always the case as we've seen on many occasions in the past.

    Not heard the Patey interview yet but reading the summations on here looks like another period of uncertainty beckons perhaps.

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    oncearedalwaysared 7:55pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Wonder what price the bookies will give us on Town going the rest of the season unbeaten??!!

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    TelSTFC 7:55pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Great 2nd half & great journey back for me as i live in Portsmouth.

    To be fair the Pompey fans are great and they are just happy to have a club to support at the moment.

    Not sure my girlfriend would agree though as she is a Saints season ticket holder :) COYR

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    Malkym 8:04pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    mikek wrote…


    Fab second half as Ferry and Collins made a huge difference. Rafa and Miller were having poor games so Paolo needed to change things.
    Collins was just lethal in his finishing and what timing with Shrewsbury apparently interested in taking him back on loan for the rest of the season can't see that happening now. That's 14 league goals between the two strikers and I can see them hitting 20 easily and with the cup included they have netted 18. Malkum stated they would not hit 20 goals so I wonder how he is feeling now with just over half the season gone. There is certainly a lot more goals in these two players and still feel Martin could do a decent job once he gets his first goal. Ferry was just fantastic when he came on and would have been MOM had Collins not stole the show. Need to keep this going on Saturday. Ward and Devera look just awesome at the back and best pairing in this league in my view. We must do all we can to keep Ward, Hollands, Martin and Bostock and feel the latter will have a bigger part to play in the second half of the season. I'm sure Paolo is playing his role at the club down to try and nick him from Spurs. Well done Town two 5-0 wins just superb.

    MikeK - lets be clear I originally stated that I didn't think they'd score 20 league goals each -forget the cups they don't count because those goals won't win us promotion.

    I'll be delighted to be proved wrong but they've both still got some way to go yet.

    Also whilst in confession mode Ward has improved immensely and is deservedly keeping the likes of Flint and TAH out of the side.

    Like others have said I feel we (on paper) have enough quality players to secure promotion provided they transfer that ability to the pitch and do so consistently.

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    the don69 8:13pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    The mid-winter break we had didn't do us any favours,we started slow and never got going in the first half!Ferry and Collins turned the game,we want consistency from Colli,not a hat-trick at Stoke,then a nothing for months and then another hat-trick today,same for Willo,good strikers hit the target week in,week out Pompey were Kn@ckered after an hour,so that helped us,need another 3 points against Carlise,then the real big one Bournemouth away!don't know what that Ernie Howe is doing,but he must be doing something right!they've had a remarkable run,that's the big one Chaps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Score: 0
    madterrier 8:17pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    First half too much long ball, and their giant centre half gobbled most of those up.

    Ferry was on the bench because he picked up an injury and missed quite a few days' training prior to the game. He was always going to come on and boy what a difference he made.

    Quite some impact by young Collins - four goals and an assist. I like it when our own players do well (although am happy if loanees do too!)

    I would also like to mention Ward. Even though Pompey didn't have a potent attacking threat, he looks assured, organises the defence, and talks. I also noticed how he doesn't just head the ball anywhere - countless times he cushioned or measured a subtle header to make sure we kept possession. We have the best defensive record in League 1 with just 18 goals conceded and I think Ward has played a decent part in this.

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    the wizard 8:25pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    First off, Pompey supporters can hold their heads high. They probably will go down, but with that support they will be immense in League Two. True twelfth man stuff.

    I notice their number 20 has a vertigo problem, well I think so because he always had to hold on to one of our guys so he wouldn't fall over, oh do come on ref, are you really that blind, and what did our manager say to the ref on the touchline that seemed to open his eyes suddenly to all the extra off ball activity that was going on.

    The second half showed why we need Ferry in there to sort things out, and at last Collins put the boots on their proper feet. Glimpses there of why we have him and today he repaid some of that loyalty shown to him by our manager, I always thought we would come good and the last two games have shown that we are heading in the right direction. I think Carlisle will come here and park the bus after two 5-0 score lines. Bornmuff will be the acid test. If we can go there and come away with something we will be well on our way.
    And to Roberts, who I must admit started this year on a far better note than he ended the last, and the way he persisted with a lost cause down the wing drawing a foul down the line, his general positional play and runs seemed much ore like we expected , well done.
    Seems the well is dry then and money has dried up, we shall see, the club would be more attractive to any buyer in the Championship than League One.
    I saw Bill Patey walking in, without his Wyatt Earp hat, he didn't look as big a man as the photo perhaps portrayed. Turns out then he is master of dirty deeds and at least now we know where we stand now and why he is here. Bring back Fitton ??

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    jayden 8:32pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    stigger wrote…


    Malkym wrote…


    Chish and Fips wrote…


    LR with respect, there are a lot of games he has let his self gain this 'Banjo and Cows Arse' tag but today he deserves the credit he deserves.
    Lets hope it is the start of more consistent scoring and not like after the previous hat-trick.
    C&F absolutely -I put my hand up to being one of Collin's fiercest critics and probably the originator of "Cows arse etc. Today I offer up my sincere congratulations on his four goals
    Exactly, i think most of us armchair critics are more than happy to be proved wrong by the players we dont rate, for my part if Adam Rooney comes on and scores a hat trick, i'd be well chuffed. Can't see it though!! With Collins i have seen enough previously to think he can do a job, he's young and some of his 'misses' have been from outstanding saves, although have been some sitters as well but boy did he hit form today!! good on him

    Well done lads .Ferry changed the game.Well Mr collins thats more like it you played like a proper center foward movement and desire you are young and hungry and will get better.The Portsmouth fans were class today.Anybody see Nick Watkins he looked like he had the worries of the world on his shoulders today.So no more money thats fair enough ,plans for the ground on hold,Again thats fair enough but Mr Patey you are being paid to find investors unlike Mr Wray i know it takes time but it would be nice if you showed some intrest in the fans like Mr wray who was always to be seen on match days home or away not taking holidays halfway though a season.So Pdc get us up with the squad you have got then you can say you have done your bit and if we can get the att up to 9 thousend or more then us the fans have done their bit so over to you Mr Patey will you be ready?

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    mikek 8:36pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    madterrier wrote…


    First half too much long ball, and their giant centre half gobbled most of those up.

    Ferry was on the bench because he picked up an injury and missed quite a few days' training prior to the game. He was always going to come on and boy what a difference he made.

    Quite some impact by young Collins - four goals and an assist. I like it when our own players do well (although am happy if loanees do too!)

    I would also like to mention Ward. Even though Pompey didn't have a potent attacking threat, he looks assured, organises the defence, and talks. I also noticed how he doesn't just head the ball anywhere - countless times he cushioned or measured a subtle header to make sure we kept possession. We have the best defensive record in League 1 with just 18 goals conceded and I think Ward has played a decent part in this.

    Yes big chunks of humble pie eaten by me over Ward who at the start of his time here looked nothing special but since then he has settled in and just looks out of this world and with Devera having his best spell of his career I say these two are probably the best pairing of defenders in this Division.

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    mikek 8:44pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Malkym wrote…


    mikek wrote…


    Fab second half as Ferry and Collins made a huge difference. Rafa and Miller were having poor games so Paolo needed to change things.
    Collins was just lethal in his finishing and what timing with Shrewsbury apparently interested in taking him back on loan for the rest of the season can't see that happening now. That's 14 league goals between the two strikers and I can see them hitting 20 easily and with the cup included they have netted 18. Malkum stated they would not hit 20 goals so I wonder how he is feeling now with just over half the season gone. There is certainly a lot more goals in these two players and still feel Martin could do a decent job once he gets his first goal. Ferry was just fantastic when he came on and would have been MOM had Collins not stole the show. Need to keep this going on Saturday. Ward and Devera look just awesome at the back and best pairing in this league in my view. We must do all we can to keep Ward, Hollands, Martin and Bostock and feel the latter will have a bigger part to play in the second half of the season. I'm sure Paolo is playing his role at the club down to try and nick him from Spurs. Well done Town two 5-0 wins just superb.
    MikeK - lets be clear I originally stated that I didn't think they'd score 20 league goals each -forget the cups they don't count because those goals won't win us promotion.

    I'll be delighted to be proved wrong but they've both still got some way to go yet.

    Also whilst in confession mode Ward has improved immensely and is deservedly keeping the likes of Flint and TAH out of the side.

    Like others have said I feel we (on paper) have enough quality players to secure promotion provided they transfer that ability to the pitch and do so consistently.

    Hi Malkym I do apologize I was sure it was 20 goals between them you quoted but hey I do not care who scores as we have one of the best goals for and least conceded in this Division. I have said a few times we do not need that out and out goalscorer with so many players chipping in this time around. I would rather have this situation rather than rely on just one or two strikers as injury or suspensions can reck a team.

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    Rebel_phish 8:45pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    With Eddie Howe and Bournemouth on such a good run - P15 W11 D4 L0

    Perhaps we're the ones that can do the double over them this season and get Eddie to record his first long awaited loss.

    Big matches comming up Cherries away on the 12th and then Rovers away on the 26th. If we can win both those two, that will stamp our intent on this league.

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    jayden 8:46pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Malkym wrote…


    ....but he and Williams and Martin have to be much more consistent as Chish says.

    Today worked out well after an indifferent 1st half and the introduction of Collins & Ferry proved to be inspired choices -not always the case as we've seen on many occasions in the past.

    Not heard the Patey interview yet but reading the summations on here looks like another period of uncertainty beckons perhaps.

    Hi Malkym ,happy newyear i feel Williams was back to his worst today hes got great pace but once he is past the player anything can happen ,again missed a one on one.Collins on the other hand has no pace but can finnish but needs to get into the right place quicker and gamble thats what he did today and his allround game was good.Collins has youth on his side but williams has not.Ilooked over to the bench when Williams missed again and saw Pdc doing a Larry grayson impression to the bench "priceless"

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    Blazing Riff 9:09pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Oi Den! wrote…


    Since 1950 wrote…


    Blazing Riff wrote…


    Since 1950 wrote…

    Fantastic second half from Town. Not to put a damper on it but once again I wasnt very encouraged by Sir WPs pre match interview, repeated after the match. Basically, no more money for investment. Club for sale and no ground development. Now we know why he's here.
    Where can I find this interview please?
    Might be on the BBC Wilts site, I don't know. I'm sure it will feature in the local media.
    BBC Wilts iPlayer - today's pre-match programme. The interview starts about 10 minutes in.

    Thanks....I'm just going to have a listen now.

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    Malkym 9:21pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Hi Jayden - same to you yep Willo was once again disappointing he blows very hot and col and mosly the latter but if he and Collins can alternate with providing the goals then I'll settle for that!

    MikeK - to be fair to you I think I also said that when they were both going through their long barren spell recently - happy new year to you.

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    the wizard 9:22pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Blazing Riff wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    Since 1950 wrote…


    Blazing Riff wrote…


    Since 1950 wrote…

    Fantastic second half from Town. Not to put a damper on it but once again I wasnt very encouraged by Sir WPs pre match interview, repeated after the match. Basically, no more money for investment. Club for sale and no ground development. Now we know why he's here.
    Where can I find this interview please?
    Might be on the BBC Wilts site, I don't know. I'm sure it will feature in the local media.
    BBC Wilts iPlayer - today's pre-match programme. The interview starts about 10 minutes in.
    Thanks....I'm just going to have a listen now.

    BR, I saw Patey walking in, but on the interview it sounds to me like he is slurring his words a bit, too much NY celebration maybe, but a bundle of laughs, he aint.

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    mallorca 9:23pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Sounds as if this Chairman is the Hatchet man he is here for a reason.Perhaps there more to all this than meets the eye.
    Maybe the major investor wants his money back.
    All this talk of rich board worth millions a bit different to what he said in the interview and when questioned about administration he skipped over that one.
    So the pot is empty and by the sounds of it Black wants out hence comment we need new investors etc
    Kinda put the damper on the Game today
    Hope that I'm totally wrong and i'm reading into this the wrong way

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    SimonPrice351 9:25pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    A message from free-agent Bradley Diallo:

    'Would love to train with Swindon; I played 15 times for Oldham last season so am well up to the challenges of League 1 football - my email is daday_3@hotmail.fr and I am a free agent, can play left-back or left-wing if needed.'

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    mikek 9:40pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    SimonPrice351 wrote…


    A message from free-agent Bradley Diallo:

    'Would love to train with Swindon; I played 15 times for Oldham last season so am well up to the challenges of League 1 football - my email is daday_3@hotmail.fr and I am a free agent, can play left-back or left-wing if needed.'

    looks quite decent on some utube footage from his Oldham days certainly worth a punt in my view.

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    mikek 9:44pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Malkym wrote…


    Hi Jayden - same to you yep Willo was once again disappointing he blows very hot and col and mosly the latter but if he and Collins can alternate with providing the goals then I'll settle for that!

    MikeK - to be fair to you I think I also said that when they were both going through their long barren spell recently - happy new year to you.

    Happy new year to you and family Malkym always put in plenty of good post bud.

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    Blazing Riff 9:57pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    the wizard wrote…


    Blazing Riff wrote…


    Oi Den! wrote…


    Since 1950 wrote…


    Blazing Riff wrote…


    Since 1950 wrote…

    Fantastic second half from Town. Not to put a damper on it but once again I wasnt very encouraged by Sir WPs pre match interview, repeated after the match. Basically, no more money for investment. Club for sale and no ground development. Now we know why he's here.
    Where can I find this interview please?
    Might be on the BBC Wilts site, I don't know. I'm sure it will feature in the local media.
    BBC Wilts iPlayer - today's pre-match programme. The interview starts about 10 minutes in.
    Thanks....I'm just going to have a listen now.
    BR, I saw Patey walking in, but on the interview it sounds to me like he is slurring his words a bit, too much NY celebration maybe, but a bundle of laughs, he aint.

    Just listened and I think it may be only the 2nd time I've heard him speak. Not sure about slurring but plenty of hesitation on answers along with plenty of 'errrs'. My own take on it is that we'd best all wait for the outcome of the board meeting later this week before making rash judgements. I also think he's just stating what most football fans know already i.e. there's hardly enough dosh to sustain a club without even thinking about extra funds for players etc. We've a very decent squad, inc. loans, who are more than capable of gaining promotion to the Championship but they do need to be more consistent and take their chances. If it wasn't for the latter we'd be top by now! We can all dream about extra players to cover injuries etc. but the reality at this level is that if you can't boost your gates or receive large injections of revenue from e.g. income from transfer sell on clauses (fingers crossed on Charlie Austin), you have to make do! All the other clubs at our level have to and quite honestly we're better off than most. The alternative is to get in an overspend situation with the inevitable outcome which none of us want ever again. Paolo seems to be working his magic now that the current squad have been together awhile and long may it continue. Sure there will be a few hiccups but I reckon were going to be there or thereabouts. This is, and was, my take on our situation before listening to the interview and I'm not at all surprised on what Sir WP said. Keep the faith fellow fans and if you really want to make a difference persuade someone you know to go along on Saturday.

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    dreamofacleansheet2 10:32pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Riff great post totally agree. Let's hope we consistently win 5 nil every week....

    We have the best defence in the league and are joint top scores with Tranmere. Yep we are a eight points off top but we've been threatening these performances for a while.

    Back to back to back promotions coming. Watching the birth of a managerial legend. (Isn't he already)?! Build a statue of him when he takes us into the Premiership.

    Happy new year Town fans... 2013 it's going to be a cracker...

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    Wilesy 10:57pm Tue 1 Jan 13

    Great second half, and fantastic finishing from Collins. As mentioned above, the crossing today was spot on. Improved performance from Roberts as well, and the difference with and without Ferry was plain to see. Some great long balls from Macca, and Ward outstanding as usual. The whole team can be well pleased with another clean sheet - noted Devera in particular busting a gut to get back late on when Portsmouth broke 3 on 1 after our corner when Nathan tidied up.

    Feel a bit sorry for Portsmouth, very well supported but their team capitulated after the 1st goal. Lots of ironic singing from their fans, but 'You're not famous anymore' from the Town End sums it up. Only being able to name 4 out of 7 subs is pretty desparate. But good luck to them.

    Interesting words from SWP, it seems he and the board are not likely to be putting hands in pockets, but in fact this could be a blessing in disguise as like last year, the current team looks to have gelled well with a great team spirit and is firing on all cylinders. Say we got another 5 in I don't think this would serve well. We do though need to keep our loanees, particularly Ward and Hollands.

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    SAPFanSTFC 9:36am Wed 2 Jan 13

    the wizard wrote…


    First off, Pompey supporters can hold their heads high. They probably will go down, but with that support they will be immense in League Two. True twelfth man stuff.

    I notice their number 20 has a vertigo problem, well I think so because he always had to hold on to one of our guys so he wouldn't fall over, oh do come on ref, are you really that blind, and what did our manager say to the ref on the touchline that seemed to open his eyes suddenly to all the extra off ball activity that was going on.

    The second half showed why we need Ferry in there to sort things out, and at last Collins put the boots on their proper feet. Glimpses there of why we have him and today he repaid some of that loyalty shown to him by our manager, I always thought we would come good and the last two games have shown that we are heading in the right direction. I think Carlisle will come here and park the bus after two 5-0 score lines. Bornmuff will be the acid test. If we can go there and come away with something we will be well on our way.
    And to Roberts, who I must admit started this year on a far better note than he ended the last, and the way he persisted with a lost cause down the wing drawing a foul down the line, his general positional play and runs seemed much ore like we expected , well done.
    Seems the well is dry then and money has dried up, we shall see, the club would be more attractive to any buyer in the Championship than League One.
    I saw Bill Patey walking in, without his Wyatt Earp hat, he didn't look as big a man as the photo perhaps portrayed. Turns out then he is master of dirty deeds and at least now we know where we stand now and why he is here. Bring back Fitton ??

    Hi there Wiz,...Happy New Year to you.
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    Going back to when he came in I put up a few posts proffering the 'Real' reasons why Patey was here and explaining how his background sits with where this club is....as per the norm at the time it was mocked by some and doubted by many.
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    This certainly isn't an - 'I told you so' post but more of a sit up, take note and understand the real undertones to the club....and how difficult it is day to day for Paolo now.
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    This is why I was convinced that Paolo would walk (they can't afford to get rid of him), fortunately for us Paolo is a proud man and VERY loyal to his players and to the fans...week on week I expected to hear the fateful news but fortunately he won't be going anywhere now and will prove the doubters wrong.
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    I was lucky enough to talk to J-Wray for quite some time when he was behind us at the Villa match and he still feels sad for Paolo and confirmed all suspicions of what Paolo is going to have to deal with day-to-day.
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    Patey is here to sell the club and no more...he isn't the football guru that everyone hoped, he is a redundant ambassador who specialises in middle to far East contacts...why!?
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    Black's money is largely tied up in stocks and shares etc. since mid 2010 he has, like many business men, lost over 60% of his paper value hence his worth of £350 million is nowhere near these days and it is all getting closer to being too expensive to run a football club.
    ...
    Let's take a leaf out of Pompey's book and give him and the players our 100% support and lets make it more vocal and make Patey's job that bit harder from a 'Wind up Paolo' point of view...as I'm sure that's what he's also charged with.
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    GET THOSE SCARFS OUT & lets show OUR commitment to PDC and the team

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