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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD
- FT: Swindon 1 Preston 1
- Adam Rooney equalises for Town after Hayhurst put Preston in front
- Miller and Ward take charge of Robins for first time
- McCrory & Co oversee first match of their ownership of club
That's it for us folks. A 1-1 draw sees Swindon drop to second in League One, but after the few weeks the club has had we can hardly complain.
We're back on Tuesday for the visit of Bury, until then goodnight.
Alan McCormack has been explaining what happened to make Paolo Di Canio strip him of the captaincy last week.
"I was ill on Friday, I got sent home half way though the session and woke up Saturday even worse," he said.
ALAN MCCORMACK & PAOLO DI CANIO
"I asked the physio to go to see the doctor, went into the walk-in in Swindon hoping I'd only be in there half an hour and ended up being in there two hours.
"The manager wasn't too happy and he thought I'd just take a day off because I had a tickle in my throat. I never got to tell my side of the story.
"I can only praise the lads for being around and sticking by me the last few days."
McCormack on Jamie Pitman: "Jamie was brilliant before the game, he had information on all their players and he's been there and been in the dug-out managing the team."
Swindon captain Alan McCormack has praised his teammates for the way they have dealt with the recent turbulence at the County Ground.
"It's not a bad result. There are positives. You can look back on this week and say everything was there to win the game but it's never easy to come into it after the week we've had," he said.
"It does take its toll mentally but the lads showed today they are never going to give up on anything. Anything that anyone throws at us we're going to fight it.
"I think the lads have done extremely well given the week we've had."
McEveley on Ward and Miller: "They've handled it very well. It's been hectic for them every day trying to sort things out and they've been trying to prepare themselves for the game."
Jay McEveley thinks Town have dropped two points today.
"The pressure we put on them meant we were on top for most of the game. I think Wes was very quiet. We created chances but we couldn't seem to put the ball in the back of the net," he said.
"We're on top we've just got to learn to be more clinical and take our chances a bit better. We'll keep fighting, we'll never give up.
"You look at the teamsheet or you look in training and it does look light compared to what we have had.
5:19pm Sat 23 Feb 13
aint all doom and gloom,do not think Pdc would have made a lot of difference if new Board are serious we need 2/loan players plus a keen manager who will get us promoted.
@Official_STFC #stfcadver I believe that Tommy Miller should be appointed manager. He certainly sounds like he should be.— @GreenPumice 23 February 2013
5:26pm Sat 23 Feb 13
Stratton Red says
The sooner we get a decent manager the better...
Williams very very poor today. I would have chucked Thompson on at right back and moved Macca in the middle instead of Navaro.
Too much hoof ball
Adam Rooney has been asked what has changed now Darren Ward and Tommy Miller are in charge.
He said: "Nothing has changed. The two lads are very professional. We've worked hard all season and we're just going to do that. We don't want to ease off.
"They're really professional so all the lads have plenty of respect for them.
"We've great respect for them as players and leaders on the pitch."
Adam Rooney is now talking to the media about his goal within a minute of coming off the bench.
"When you've just come on you want to get involved as much as you can. I was happy for it to come right to me and I was happy to put it away.
"It's difficult when you're not on the pitch but we were going through a spell where the team was doing very well. The main thing is to keep your head up.
"The fans were brilliant day and we really appreciate that."
Tommy Miller talks about Simon Ferry's injury.
He said: "He's struggled with his ankle. He didn't do any training for a couple of days but he is struggling with that."
Tommy Miller and Darren Ward's first tactical substitution, the introduction of Adam Rooney, resulted in a goal in under a minute.
"Obviously the substitutions are vital. It was a joint decision of who was going to come on. We made that decision as the game was going," Miller said.
"He came on and got the goal which is superb. All season he has been out of the team, he wants to play every week, he's a great trainer and it's hard.
"Beforehand we still had a little bit to do, one or two things to finalise. We got that out the way and we have to thank Jamie Pitman - he was fantastic and gave us a few words of advice.
"We wanted three points to keep us top of the league but we're still unbeaten."
Tommy Miller is now talking to the media.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game. We knew it was gooing to be hard," he said.
"I thought we deserved to win the game. We started very well, I had a good chance and the keeper made a good save.
"Then we got a bit sloppy. Second half we started very well and they've got the goal when we're stretched and out of position."
We really need to be winning games like that if we want to stay in contention. #stfc #stfcadver— @TrueKingFu 23 February 2013
4:55pm Sat 23 Feb 13
1-1, lost top spot and so tight at the top that one loss and we can be out of the play-offs.
So much respect for Miller and Ward but we need a manager to see out the season.
TODAY'S LEAGUE ONE RESULTS
Bournemouth 0 Sheff Utd 1; Brentford 0 Walsall 0; Carlisle 1 MK Dons 1; Colchester 1 Tranmere 5; Coventry 1 Crewe 2; Doncaster 1 Yeovil 1; Leyton Orient 0 Crawley 1; Oldham 1 Portsmouth 0; Scunthorpe 1 Hartlepool 2; Shrewsbury 2 Stevenage 1; Swindon 1 Preston 1
Town drop to second following the 1-1 draw with Preston, a point behind Sheffield United.
#stfc #stfcadver disappointing performance from swindon, devoid of any ideas. Really lack strength in depth, in desperate need of players!— @OfficalBenEvans 23 February 2013
5:04pm Sat 23 Feb 13
Still undefeated in 2013, c-mon the reds...
Swindon Town 1 (Rooney A 75) Preston 1 (Hayhurst 51)
Swindon fought back well to get a point after falling behind but will perhaps have felt they should have won this match. Reaction to come.
90 mins: Keane goes into the referee's notebook.
SUBSTITUTION: Robertson for Hayhurst, 90
90 minutes: Williams' effort is deflected out for a corner after a brilliant run by McCormack.
Four minutes added time to be played.
85 mins: Flint's header is very well saved by Rudd. Miller lays off for Navarro who fires over.
SUBSTITUTION: Beardsley for Beavon, 83
SUBSTITUTION: Proctor for Holmes, 82
81 mins: Town want a penalty when Collins volleys and it hits a Preston defender around the arm area. Nothing given.
77 mins: Bailey Wright is booked.
Swindon Town 1 (Adam Rooney, 75) Preston 1
Adam Rooney has only been on the pitch a matter of seconds and he's equalised. David Buchanan produces an awful backpass straight into his path and he slides the ball beyond Rudd.
SUBSTITUTION: Rooney A for De Vita, 74
Ferry has picked up an injury, hence his removal from the game.
SUBSTITUTION: Navarro for Ferry, 70
Today's attendance is 9,145.
66 mins: Collins has a left-footed volley from 20 yards saved by Rudd as he scrambles to his left.
62 mins: Collins' volley on the turn from the edge of the area flies over the crossbar.
Swindon have responded well to falling behind but they're still struggling to fashion another golden chance in front of goal.
53 mins: Roberts' piledriver from range fizzes over.
Swindon Town 0 Preston 1 (Will Hayhurst, 51)
Preston take the lead as Town's defence implodes on the counter. Beavon's cross is nodded down by King for Hayhurst and the forward can control before thrashing home. Meek defending by the home side.
49 mins: A rocket from McCormack is pushed over by Rudd. Swindon start the second half at a canter. Flint heads the resulting corner wide.
The second half is under way.
Teams are back out at the County Ground.
Swindon Town 0 Preston North End 0
Not much to say really. Town had an excellent early chance when Rudd denied Miller. Otherwise it's been pretty poor.
38 minutes: McCormack is booked by referee Deadman
37 minutes: Welsh produces the kind of shot that you quickly want to forget, slicing his chip about 10 metres wide.
34 minutes: Wroe lashes well wide of Foderingham's left-hand post from 20 yards after Preston break quickly.
31 minutes: Keane's clearing header falls at Williams' feet but he crashed a poor volley well wide of the far post. Should have done better.
Still very little to report, I'm afriad. Not a lot of quality on offer.
Preston are starting to find their feet. It's hardly a thriller here at the County Ground.
21 minutes: Roberts' free-kick from 25 yards floats into Rudd's hands.
3:11pm Sat 23 Feb 13
Up at 2am in Sydney. Looking forward to the new era, thanks to Paolo for what he did, but that's the past. Time to move on to the Championship. Go the town
Little by way of goalscoring opportunities here so far. Miller's header the clearest chance.
Plenty of possession for Town in the first 15 minutes. Swindon in total control.
Eight mins: Flint's header from McCormack's cross is straight at Rudd.
Six minutes: What a save by Rudd, flying to his left to deny Miller's header from Williams' cross.
The teams are out at the County Ground.
I went to Deepdale for the away fixture v PNE & it was one of the worst #stfc performances I've seen. Today, I want revenge #stfcadver— @adamdjohno 23 February 2013
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A crowd of around 9,000 is expected for today's game.
Jamie Pitman, the former Hereford manager who is now part of Swindon Town's academy, is involved in the warm-up and will join Fraser Digby as the coaching staff on the bench today.
2:23pm Sat 23 Feb 13
Feeling really positive.
This is the dawn of a new era. Come on u reds!! Lets get off to a flyer!
YOUR SAY - PREDICTIONS
@SamMorshead_SA 3-1 williams,ward and a late luke rooney goal #stfcadver— @bensley1979 23 February 2013
TODAY'S LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Bournemouth v Sheff Utd; Brentford v Walsall; Carlisle v MK Dons; Coventry v Crewe; Doncaster v Yeovil; Leyton Orient v Crawley; Oldham v Portsmouth;
Scunthorpe v Hartlepool; Shrewsbury v Stevenage; Swindon v Preston
Both teams are out for their respective warm-ups. Has anyone spotted Di Canio yet?
It's a club effort today as Ward & Miller both start for #stfc. Fraser Digby on the touchline. What a difference a week makes. #stfcadver— @adamdjohno 23 February 2013
Darren Ward has not ruled out a future in management and today he will get his first taste of what comes with the role.
IN CHARGE: DARREN WARD
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
PRESTON v Swindon Town: Rudd; Keane, Huntington, Wright, Buchanan, Holmes, Welsh, Wroe, Hayhurst; Beavon, King
Substitutes: Stuckmann, Robertson, Garner, Monakana, Procter, Beardsley, Mousinho
Good luck Swindon feel a massive effort will see us through, place will be buzzing #STFC #stfcadver— @mojc5 23 February 2013
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "There's a real buzz around the club this afternoon as a new era begins both on and off the pitch.
"Tommy Miller and Darren Ward are both hugely respected figures in the dressing room and will be hoping to have the perfect start to life in the manager's seat.
"Jed McCrory and his new board of directors will be looking forward to the football after a turbulent five weeks of negotiations and controversy as they secured the takeover at the County Ground.
"Really, all anyone wants to concentrate on now is the football. That's what we have today. I'm looking forward to it with eager anticipation. How about you?"
Captain and our 2 managers starting for town! #3pts #stfcadver— @Tommyryan88 23 February 2013
@SamMorshead_SA jed handing out scarves to the kids pre match nice touch #stfcadver— @cirendave 23 February 2013
Two Thompsons and two Rooneys on the bench for Town today, then, and a seven-man bench for the first time in a while.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Preston: Foderingham; McCormack, Flint, Ward, McEveley; Roberts, Ferry, Miller, De Vita; Collins, Williams
Substitutes: Bedwell, Navarro, Thompson N, Rooney A, Rooney L, Oakley, Thompson L
1:58pm Sat 23 Feb 13
If we manage a win today and Di Canio storms onto the pitch at the final wistle from the Arkells stand, swinging his scarf......I'll eat my horse.
Alan McCormack will return as captain this afternoon after being stripped of the armband by Paolo Di Canio last weekend.
SKIPPER: ALAN MCCORMACK
Nothing official until 2pm but here's a rundown of the runners and riders for Swindon Town today.
Troy Archibald-Henville, Miles Storey and Joe Devera remain sidelined through injury but otherwise there is a clean bill of health for caretaker duo Darren Ward and Tommy Miller.
OUT FOR THE SEASON: MILES STOREY
Andy Williams is likely to return up front alongside James Collins.
1:48pm Sat 23 Feb 13
Another 3pts today please!!
Rumours have been circulating around Swindon over the last 24 hours that Paolo Di Canio could return to the County Ground to watch the match.
BACK AS A FAN?: PAOLO DI CANIO
The suggestions remain speculation at the moment but it would be another extraordinary twist in the tale of the club this year.
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Good afternoon everyone. What a week that was!
Welcome back to the world of live football from the County Ground after seven days which saw Paolo Di Canio leave Swindon Town and the Robins go top of League One.
Preston are the visitors today as Tommy Miller and Darren Ward take temporary charge of the team.
A large crowd is expected but if you can't make the game then stick with us for all the best build-up to the match, followed by in-play updates and reaction.