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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Bury
Updated 10:39pm Tuesday 26th February 2013 in Sport
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- FT: Swindon Town 0 Bury 1
- Schumacher pokes Bury in front, with a goal which ultimately proves to be the winner.
- Joint caretaker player-manager Tommy Miller admits the Robins need a new voice in the dressing room.
That's it from us for tonight, ladies and gents. One to forget for everyone involved with the club.
We're back for the trip to Coventry on Saturday, see you then.
Rooney praised the work of Tommy Miller and Darren Ward in the last week, and backed the duo to carry on.
“What they have done is admirable, and they have shown courage and been brave to step out the dressing room, and a lot of pros wouldn’t have done it," he said.
“It probably doesn’t look good on them, but hopefully they get given another chance on Saturday at Coventry.
“The boys will feel they let them down a bit tonight, but it is out of our hands.
“If someone comes in the boys will take to it, but if Darren and Tommy carry on then we will give them everything.
“We let ourselves down too, and it is about the team as a group. Tommy and Darren have come out of it but they are still players.”
Winger Luke Rooney returned this evening following a long exile from the Town squad, and while he was pleased by his own display he was disappointed with the result.
“Delighted to get on the pitch finally, but it means nothing because it wasn’t a good result," he said.
“It’s a long season, and we have another game on Saturday and the game is coming thick and fast now.
“It looked like I tried to shoot (when he robbed keeper Carson before hitting the side netting), but I lost my balance when I opened up my body and I lost my balance.
“I think I did okay when I came on, and I tried to keep the ball and I didn’t give it away too much.”
After that horrendous display I think it's bed time! #stfcrollercoastercontinues #swindoncrumble #stfcadver— @pete_leppan 26 February 2013
10:19pm Tue 26 Feb 13
Miller and Ward (especially) have been immense as players this season and to lump management duties on top of them is far too much to take on. The last two games has seen an unusally hesitant defence (Ward too much to think about). In addition, these two have got far too much on to consider training, injuries, loan players, opposition, their own games, making substitutions. They have huge credit for taking the job on, because PDC threw his toys out...but they need to be left to playing football. Get an interim manager in asap.
I don't blame the new board, I don't blame these two. Most teams are losing their way, including unbeaten Bournemouth. Plus, the squad is small and getting injured, need 3 quality loan players.
Just back from game rubbish #stfcadver— @MrNeale92 26 February 2013
Joint caretaker player-manager Tommy Miller has spoken to the media, and when asked whether tonight's performance was the worst of the season he agreed.
Miller also suggested that now might be the time for a manager to come in from outside the club.
TIME FOR A CHANGE? Darren Ward and Tommy Miller
“I agree, it was rubbish all throughout and we didn’t get going, and I include myself in that," he said.
“There was a bit of complacency maybe with Bury struggling in the table, but we struggled and we weren’t at the races.
“We didn’t create many chances, if any, and when we went down there was no urgency and no fight.
“We have had fantastic opportunities to go top of the league, but we haven’t been able to take them.
“We say we want promotion but we have not been delivering.
“Something needs correcting, and whether that is me and Darren we will see.
“We have to look at everything, and how the lads have responded and something needs to be done.
“Darren and I need to have a chat, and ultoimately we are still players so we will see.
“There is no doubting the effort but the final ball wasn’t there and maybe it needs a different voice from the outside now.
“I think it needs someone different to tell them, but for me and Darren it's hard for us to work things out on the pitch.”
We are expecting Tommy Miller in the next few minutes.
9:51pm Tue 26 Feb 13
Since 1950 says
Abject! The worst performance since Hart days. Just awful. I defy anyone to go any positives from that. The slide down the league starts. Bye promotion!
We are still waiting to hear from either of the managment duo or the rest of the players.
Luckily alot of others also slipped up. #stfcadver— @calbrowntown 26 February 2013
Last week I said I liked the idea behind Ward & Miller although 1/6pts isnt good enough at this stage. #stfcadver— @calbrowntown 26 February 2013
Cant fault Ward or Miller but maybe a experienced boss is now a better option. #stfcadver— @calbrowntown 26 February 2013
LEAGUE ONE FULL-TIMES
Bournemouth 0-2 Coventry
Carlisle 0-3 Walsall
Colchester 2-0 Yeovil
Crawley 1-2 Brentford
Hartlepool 3-0 Crewe
Portsmouth 1-1 MK Dons
Scunthorpe 1-0 Stevenage
Sheff Utd 0-0 Leyton Orient
Shrewsbury 1-2 Doncaster
Swindon 0-1 Bury
Tranmere 1-1 Notts County
Town down to fourth after tonight's results, with Doncaster taking over at the top
FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Bury 1
90+4 minutes: A Town corner goes to waste as time ticks on further.
90 + 3 minutes: Luke Rooney robs Carson of the ball, but can only poke his shot into the side-netting.
YELLOW CARD: Nathan Thompson booked for a trip on the edge of the box, and Schumacher forces a great save from Foderingham from the free-kick.
88 minutes: The ball is lobbed into the box, but Flint’s flick-on is nowhere near a Town shirt. Time is fast running out but five minutes are added on.
Mark Carrington and Johnson Clarke-Harris both went into the book earlier, I should tell you.
ATTENDANCE: 7,508 (95 Bury fans)
81 minutes: Adam Rooney fires in an overhead kick which is gathered by Carson.
80 minutes: Town’s best chance of the night comes and goes as Darren Ward flicks on a free-kick and Aden Flint powers in a header which is well saved by Carson.
DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION: Tom Soares and Craig Fagan replaced by Johnson Clarke-Harris and Craig Jones.
79 minutes: Rooney (Luke) has Town’s first shot on target as he fires a free-kick straight at Carson.
YELLOW CARD: Carrington booked for tripping Collins from behind. (78)
9:20pm Tue 26 Feb 13
old town robin says
so is Nat playing full back or midfield
Thompson in at right-back with McCormack into midfield.
76 minutes: Rooney’s first act is to lift a cross into the box, but Williams fouls his man and gives away a free kick.
SUBSTITUTION: Luke Rooney makes his return to the Town first-time, replacing Gary Roberts.
73 minutes: Schumacher shoots over for Bury.
71 minutes: Roberts fires the free kick over.
YELLOW CARD: Tom Soares is booked for chopping down Nathan Thompson.
SUBSTITUTION: Raffa De Vita is replaced by Adam Rooney....eventually. The fourth official holds a blank board up at least four times before the change is made.
66 minutes: Collins latches onto a through-ball but volleys an effort off target.
63 minutes: Skarz is a lucky man after avoiding a yellow card for bringing down Roberts after the winger popped the ball past him. Should have been off.
YELLOW CARD: Joe Skarz booked for wasting time.
SUBSTITUTION: Alan Navarro replaced by Nathan Thompson. (61)
A big cheer comes up as Navarro’s number is held up. He was off the pace, but understandable given how long he was out.
Some huge groans coming up from the Town crowd as Alan Navarro and then Jay McEveley pass the ball straight out of play.
The fans want a change, and it looks as if they are going to get one as Nathan Thompson readies himself to come on for Alan Navarro.
55 minutes: Town work their way into the box before De Vita’s cross is cleared, and when it comes back in again Trevor Carson beats Williams to the ball.
There is still not much in the way of quality in the game, but Town are now having some longer spells of possesion.
Jamie Pitman has been a lot more visible on the touchline this evening, but doesn't seem particularly authoritative.
47 minutes: Town win an early corner at the start of the second half, but Flint heads wide, very wide. A little bit more urgency from Town though.
Teams back for the second half for Town, no changes.
This reminds me of Ady Williams' games in charge when Wise left in 2006 - look clueless without proper guidance. Sigh. #stfcadver— @mightygwah 26 February 2013
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Bournemouth 0-1 Coventry
Carlisle 0-1 Walsall
Colchester 1-0 Yeovil
Crawley 0-2 Brentford
Hartlepool 2-0 Crewe
Portsmouth 1-1 MK Dons
Scunthorpe 0-0 Stevenage
Sheff Utd 0-0 Leyton Orient
Shrewsbury 0-0 Doncaster
Swindon 0-1 Bury
Tranmere 1-0 Notts County
As things stand, Town are down to fourth and Tranmere take over at the top.
The #TownEnd are getting out sung by 50 #Bury fans. How embarrassing? #STFC #STFCAdver— @Rabcnesbit1982 26 February 2013
No disrespect to Ward and Miller but it really sounds like we need a manager! #stfcadver— @duncanshearer 26 February 2013
A smattering of boos there as Town leave the field.
HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Bury 1
45+1 minutes: McCormack cuts back, but his cross is too hard and goes out of play.
One minute added.
40 minutes: Miller sends in a corner from the left, and this time it is Flint who heads over.
38 minutes: Roberts flights a free-kick into the box, but Ward can only head over.
Town really struggling to get a grip of the midfield here, which Bury are looking to flood and then attack Swindon on the counter. THe Robins just don't seem able to get the ball down and play.
31 minutes: Williams latches onto a through-ball and appears to be impeded by Ashley Eastham, but he manages to get a shot off and the referee gives nothing. Looked like a clear free-kick outside the box, which would have also resulted in a red card.
28 minutes: Collins fires in Town’s first real effort of the half, but it is very wide.
27 minutes: Collins gets clear down the left, but after stumbling on the ball is cross is cleared.
23 minutes: Mark Carrington fires well over for the visitors.
That was Schumacher's 10th goal of the season.
21 minutes: GOAL 1-0 BURY (Schumacher) A great turn in midfield from Craig Fagan sets Bury away, and after the ball is worked out to Joe Skarz his cross is turned home by Schumacher who ghosted in at the near post.
18 minutes: David Worrall fires wide after McEveley does well to stop Ajose again.
15 minutes: A Gary Roberts cross is cleared behind, and from the corner Collins can’t quite get on the end of the cross as he slides in.
Referee Adcock is enjoying blowing his whitstle so far. A pretty stop-start affair.
A pretty ugly opening 10 minutes or so here at the County Ground.
Eight minutes: Nicky Ajose latches onto a great ball from the outside of Schumacher’s boot and beats Jay McEveley, but the Town defender gets back well to tackle inside the box. The resulting corner goes straight out of play.
Four minutes: The ball is lifted into the box in the direction of James Collins, but he can’t reach the ball as it bobble through to goalkeeper Trevor Carson.
One minute: Wes Foderingham has to scramble outside his box to clear, but finds row D of the Arkells stand well.
We are underway. Town kicking towards the Stratton Bank.
Here come the teams!
Perishing old @countyground #STFC http://t.co/mlqx2nDyNU— @swindonred 26 February 2013
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Town could go back to the top of League One this evening with three points, but for that to happen Sheffield United would need to slip up at home to Leyton Orient.
On the other hand, they could drop as low as sixth.
LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Bournemouth v Coventry
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Yeovil
Crawley v Brentford
Hartlepool v Crewe
Portsmouth v MK Dons
Scunthorpe v Stevenage
Sheff Utd v Leyton Orient
Shrewsbury v Doncaster
Swindon v Bury
Tranmere v Notts County
Just under 20 minutes until kick-off now, and the County Ground is slowly filling up. Not expecting a huge crowd this evening.
The former Everton midfielder makes Bury tick, and can control a midfield if given the chance. He will be stationed behind the lone-forward Craig Fagan, and will be looking to thread balls through as well as being confident to shoot from distance.
Tonight is the former Hull and Derby man’s first start for the Shakers, having joined the club after leaving Bradford in the summer. Has played in the Premier League in days when he had lightning pace, but despite having been robbed of that due to a succession of injuries, still has an eye for goal.
The Peterborough loanee has given Bury a new lease of life since making the temporary move, and offers his side the chance to get in behind. Decent pace and keen to get into the box, Ajose can cause any teams trouble at this level.
7:13pm Tue 26 Feb 13
super red says
Wish that Nathan was starting and macca pushed into midfield.
Still as long as 3 Pts arrive.
#stfcadver 5nil— @eiremehaw 26 February 2013
Our total raised for the STFC Football in the Community Trust still stands at £53. Will we be adding to that total this evening.
SAM: Swindon Town 3 Bury 0, Raffa De Vita 1st scorer - 28/1
ANDY: Swindon Town 2 Bury 0, Tommy Miller 1st scorer - 40/1
DO IT FOR CHARITY: Raffa De Vita & Tommy Miller
7:06pm Tue 26 Feb 13
Keep your eyes peeled gents for anyone sat in the crowd trying to put themselves in the frame for the managers job
Let us know who you might spot, ladies and gents.
FUN FACT: During his time at Sheffield United, Bury boss Kevin Blackwell was at one point the highest placed former goalkeeper managing in English football.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
BURY v Swindon Town: Carson; Worrall, Eastham, Ebank-Landell, Skarz; Carrington, Thompson; Soares, Schumacher; Ajose; Fagan
Substitutes: Belford, Regan, Clarke-Harris, Jones, Healey
Joe Devera's fitness work on the pitch has gone up a gear now, and to be fair to him, he is looking pretty sharp.
6:58pm Tue 26 Feb 13
the wizard says
Not a great fan of Navarro and Miller playing together, we play our best when we play Ferry, but if he is injured then its unavoidable.
Hope the lads have a good one tonight, three points but more importantly a convincing performance is essential.
The experienced pair started the season on fire, but I agree, they have struggled to replicate that since when paired together.
6:57pm Tue 26 Feb 13
A win is a win is a win....
So, LETS WIN.
I'd take a 1 nill, but lets hope for a convincing result and show we're not going to just roll over 'cos our leader has flown the coup.
6:56pm Tue 26 Feb 13
Steve. Brentford says
I was stood in the Townend when we beat Bury 8-0 cold outside but being up the top of the townend above the exit kept you warm in those days,i`m getting old.
Hope we get 3 points tonight because anything less will see others start panicking.Sam or Andy can you let us know if anyone in the dugout does any of the orchastating please.
Duly noted, we'll give you an update. We expect Jamie Pitman to be back on the bench this evening.
Joe Devera is closing in on a return to full fitness and he's being put through his paces by interim fitness coach Michael Peacock.
Devera has not played since the trip to Leyton Orient on January 29 because of a hamstring injury.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Bury: Foderingham; McCormack, Flint, Ward, McEveley; Roberts, Navarro, Miller, De Vita; Collins, Williams
Substitutes: Bedwell, Thompson N, Oakley, Thompson L, Rooney L, Rooney A
Alan Navarro will start this evening.
6:43pm Tue 26 Feb 13
A big 3 points needed tonight. We've dropped 4 vital points in our last two home games. Business end of the season now and if we are serious about automatic promotion we have to win games like these. COYR...
You and I have the same thoughts...
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "It's a really important game tonight for more than just league position.
"Sure, Swindon can go top with a win if Leyton Orient do them a favour at Sheffield United, but against a struggling team this match will surely show whether or not the dynamic of Darren Ward and Tommy Miller in charge actually works.
"Points cannot afford to be dropped tonight if automatic promotion remains top of the agenda. Tomorrow chairman Jed McCrory will meet with Ward and Miller to discuss the immediate future. If the players want to keep charge at the club they need to put in a shift this evening."
6:42pm Tue 26 Feb 13
Dover Red says
The Ferry injury is a blow, we look our best when he is fit and playing
Being injured is a lonely place #Day7— @m_storey32 26 February 2013
6:40pm Tue 26 Feb 13
Come on you REDS
HEAD TO HEAD
Bury don’t make the trip to Swindon very well.
The Shakers have lost three-quarters of their matches at the County Ground over the years, haven’t won in 12 games spanning three-and-a-half decades and were the victims of Town’s crushing 8-0 victory in December 1979.
CHRIS KAMARA: SCORER IN TOWN'S RECORD 8-0 VICTORY OVER BURY IN 1979
The three games the Gigg Lane outfit have managed to take all the points from in the history of this fixture came within a four-meeting burst in the 1960s and 1970s but otherwise it has been nothing but doom and gloom for Bury in Wiltshire.
In recent years Town have been equally dominant over the Shakers at home, winning the last three clashes between the sides.
The most recent match came in November 2006, when Christian Roberts’ strike and an own goal from John Fitzgerald.
Just leaving Leicester for the County Ground. Don't start without me :-) #stfcadver— @stfcphil 26 February 2013
Nothing official until around 7pm but here's an insight into the state of the Town squad's fitness.
Alan Navarro and Simon Ferry are both struggling with knocks and could miss out, with Alan McCormack possibly partnering Tommy Miller in the middle of midfield.
DOUBT: SIMON FERRY
Miles Storey is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury and Troy Archibald-Henville is recovering from knee surgery.
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After a 1-1 draw with Preston on Saturday, caretaker managers Tommy Miller and Darren Ward will be hoping for all three points against the relegation-haunted Shakers.
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