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MATCHDAY LIVE: Brentford v Swindon Town
Updated 3:13pm Thursday 26th December 2013 in Sport
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- FT: Brentford 3 (Saunders 27, Donaldson 55, Trotta 71) Swindon Town 2 (Mason 9, Ajose 52)
- Trotta sneaks between Ward and Foderingham to win the game for the Bees
- Donaldson equalised quickly after Ajose had given Town the lead again
- Saunders had equalised with a well-taken free kick
- Mason had finished a good Town move to give the visitors the lead
- No new injury news for Swindon
- Ranger tweets about writing off his car on Christmas Day
- Kick-off at 12.30pm
That's it for today ladies and gents. Resume eating your Christmas leftovers and we'll see you at Bradford on Sunday.
Nicky Ajose admitted his goal was just a case of being in the right place at the right time.
“We knew it would be difficult but it wasn’t as difficult as it could have been.
“We worked hard and scored two goals but it wasn’t enough so that’s disappointing.
“My goal was nothing extraordinary and I just put it home. I’m delighted (with double figures) but the team’s the most important thing and we didn’t win.
“As an attacker I never feel like we are going to get a free goal, we need a wonder strike, deflection or a Pritch free-kick, but we’re giving silly goals away.”
LEAGUE ONE FULL-TIME
Coventry City 4 Peterborough United 2
Alex Pritchard has just spoken to the media and offered 'no comment' when asked about his future after he was linked to a number of Championship clubs.
He did however talk about the free-kick which was saved by his former Tottenham teammate David Button.
“It was a tough game because we came to play and we did that, but Brentford are top of the table and they’re going to come at you and have chances.
“We played well and scored two good goals but it wasn’t enough.
“David’s (Button) my old mate from Tottenham and he told me he knew what I was going to do so I’ll give him that one.”
Cooper also said Nile Ranger's withdrawal this afternoon was due to tiredness following a day where he wrote his car off.
“Nile had a difficult day yesterday where he wrote his car off and he looked really tired. We got him a taxi here today after what is another day in Nile’s life.
“We brought Miles on to try and use his pace.”
Cooper revealed Ryan Harley was on the bench for today's game due to illness while Jay McEveley was injured.
Mark Cooper is now talking to the media after an attacking display from his Swindon Town side.
“After Sheffield United it was clear people wanted to see us attack and we opened the game up today. When you do that we risk conceding goals and we conceded two schoolboy ones.
“We won the game twice and we let them back in.
“The fans made it clear at Sheffield United what they wanted and we gave them that. The following was fantastic today.
“We played some really good football at times and we opened them up which was good.”
The win takes Brentford top of the table, for now at least, with Town staying in seventh. They could be as low as 10th by the end of the day.
FULL-TIME: Brentford 3 Swindon Town 2
90+6 minutes: El Alagui fires as shot wide and that's surely it.
The five minutes are up
Brentford look to wind the clock down by keeping the ball in the corner.
SUBSTITUTION: Farid El Alagui on for Trotta. 90+3
90+1 minutes: Kasim can’t get the ball out his feet to shoot and goes flying before reacting and earning himself a yellow card. It caused a melee in the Brentford box where McCormack again kicked Kasim, but it wasn’t seen.
Five minutes added on.
Town just haven't been able to keep the ball in the final third in the last 20 minutes.
YELLOW CARD: Forshaw goes into the book. 87
Trotta is wreaking havoc in the Town defence but more often than not chooses the wrong pass. His goal looks like the winner though.
YELLOW CARD: Barthram clatters into Forshaw on the edge of the area and is booked. The Brentford man takes the free-kick himself but it’s over the top. 84
SUBSTITUTION: Cooper makes his final change as he bring Barthram on in place of Thompson.
SUBSTITUTION: Sam Saunders off and he is replaced by Ben Reeves.
Storey is playing up top on his own but it well supported by Pritchard and Gladwin in behind.
76 minutes: Pritchard wins a free-kick which he then proceeds to fire over the wall only for Button to tip it wide.
DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION: Gladwin and Storey on for Ajose and Ranger.
74 minutes: Ajose skews wide following a free-kick.
ATTENDANCE: 8,333 (1016 Town fans)
GOAL 3-2 BRENTFORD (Trotta 71): Ward and Foderingham get themselves in all sorts of trouble and Trotta steals between the two prod home.
69 minutes: Button gets down quickly to turn Pritchard’s low, driven shot round the post.
YELLOW CARD: Saunders booked for dragging down Luongo. 67
67 minutes: Trotta again skips through three Town players on his way into the box but this time Hall makes a superb tackle.
65 minutes: Trotta leaves Thompson, Ward and Hall on their backsides but the Italian’s poked finish is right at Foderingham with the goal gaping. He had to score and if he had just put his foot through it he no doubt would have.
Ranger is giving the ball away an awful lot too.
Town guilty of hanging onto the ball for too long at the back in recent minutes, with Mason, Hall and Byrne all guilty of nearly gifting Brentford something.
59 minutes: Ward slips just as he’s about to deal with a ball into the box but Trotta can’t profit.
1:51pm Thu 26 Dec 13
old town robin says
I did say beware of Donaldson 2-2
57 minutes: Brentford have their tales up and Trotta heads just wide of a full-stretched Foderingham’s goal.
GOAL 2-2 (Donaldson 55) The Town lead doesn’t last long as Donaldson heads home McCormack’s cross.
GOAL 2-1 TOWN (Ajose 52): Somehow Douglas manages to gift the ball straight to Pritchard and when the winger’s shot is charged down the ball falls straight to Ajose who pokes home from just outside the six-yard box.
52 minutes: Saunders clips a shot away but it’s straight at Foderingham.
48 minutes: Town are on the attack again and this time Pritchard curls a shot straight at keeper Button.
47 minutes: Ajose wins a corner off McCormack and Mason’s delivery is punched away by Button.
Off and running
And here come Town. No changes by the looks of things.
The Bees are back. Just waiting for Town.
1:23pm Thu 26 Dec 13
Since 1950 says
Half time 1-1. Playing well enough but we have to stop giving away these silly free kicks.
LEAGUE ONE LATEST
Most games kick-off at 3pm but there are a couple in progress.
Coventry 2 Peterborough 2 (12pm kick-off)
Carlisle 0 Preston 0 (1pm kick-off)
HALF-TIME: Brentford 1 Swindon Town 1
45+4 minutes: Trotta drives wide and that's in for the first half.
45+2 minutes: Town win s corner but Pritchard’s kick doesn’t beat the first man. Brentford break and penalties appeals for handball against Ward are waved away.
Four minutes added on
1:15pm Thu 26 Dec 13
old town robin says
Since 1950 wrote:who gave the free kick away
1-1 stupid free kick given away unnecessarily. :-(
45 minutes: Luongo flies in at Trotta’s feet to try and stop him getting a shot off, but the Italian’s effort does deceive in the flight and the Town keeper turns it wide with a combination of arm and leg.
YELLOW CARD: Donaldson sends Ajose three feet in the air and is booked. 43
SUBSTITUTION: Grigg goes down in a heap and is replaced by Stuart Dallas. 40
Pritchard and Mason have been getting a fair amount of time on the ball, with Thompson and Byrne looking to join in too, but the delivery's not been there.
35 minutes: Town break forward down the left but Pritchard can only fire against Dean when presented with a shooting opportunity.
30 minutes: Hall blocks a shot from Donaldson which looks to be heading on target.
28 minutes: Mason drills a free-kick wide as Town look to repond quickly.
GOAL 1-1 (Saunders 27): Griffin Park, led by the Town fans, erupt into laughter as Saunders falls flat on his face while running up to take a free-kick, but the away support aren’t laughing anymore when the midfielder finds the top corner at the second attempt.
20 minutes: Mason flashes a cross through the Bees’ six-yard box but there’s no Town player there to turn home.
There's a break in play as Donaldson gets treatment after colliding with Kasim.
16 minutes: After Ranger gives away a free-kick, Foderingham has to stretch to superbly tip Saunders goalbounder effort over the bar.
Looked to me as if McCormack just kicked Kasim. Neither the ref or his linesman saw it though. Pritchard certainly did as he's still talking to Macca about it.
13 minutes: Town fly forward again thanks to nice reverse pass from Kasim, with Ajose eventually seeing shot blocked.
That goal was perhaps a little against the run of play, but who cares?
GOAL 1-0 TOWN (Mason 9)
A really nice goal for Town as Thompson is fed wide by Luongo, who then in turn finds Pritchard. The tricky winger turns and finds Mason who takes a touch past his man and drills past Button from just inside the box. Great finish.
Seven minutes: McCormack again gets forward and drills a cross which Byrne heads behind. From the corner, Foderingham gets ahead of Trotta to punch clear.
Three minutes: Pritchard does really well to work his way past Bidwell before crossing for Ranger, although the striker heads the powerful cross wide.
One minute: McCroack’s long ball nearly finds Donaldson before Foderingham scrambles it out for a throw to save a corner. Brentford work the ball into the box through Forshaw but Wes is able to claim it.
Here we go! Brentford get us under way
Interestingly, or not, McCormack's 18-month old daughter Olivia is one of the Brentford mascots this afternoon.
McCormack given a few boos by the Town fans when his name is read out.
DANGER MEN - Alan McCormack
Another familiar face for Town fans today as they see their former captain line up against them. The Irishman moved to Brentford in the summer having been part of the Swindon side which lost the play-off semi-final on penalties in May.
Like his time with the Robins, McCormack has played in various positions and now finds himself at right back.
Teams are out, with Town dressed like Inter Milan.
Almost forgot, although given the fact we have not won a thing this season it's probably better we hadn't.
SAM: Brentford 3 Swindon Town 2, Marcello Trotta first scorer - 100/1
ANDY: Brentford 2 Swindon Town 0, Will Grigg first scorer - 35/1
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DANGER MEN - Toumani Diagouraga
The French-born Malian has been impressive since moving to Griffin Park from Peterborough, and although he is on the bench today has become a mainstay of the midfield alongside Douglas.
He likes to control possession and create chances for his teammates, and if he does that, he can be a real threat.
Cooper still speaks to old boss MacDonald on a regular basis and hopes the Scot will be back in the game soon.
“I speak to Kevin most weeks and he’s a really nice man," Cooper said.
“He’s told me I’m doing a great job and to just keep going and I really hope he’s back in the game soon.”
Mark Cooper was Kevin MacDonald's number two that fateful day in May and has some vivid memories of the occasion.
“It was a great game and all I can remember is running about 40 yards onto the pitch when Flinty scored and then Kevin told me to sort out the penalty takers,” he said.
“I was looking round for volunteers and there weren’t many that day and it was a horrible way to end it, especially for Miles. Hopefully he has a chance to go back and put that right.”
IN THE HOME DUGOUT- MARK WARBURTON
I’m sure not many people knew an awful lot about Mark Warburton when he was appointed Bees boss following Uwe Rosler’s departure to Wigan.
The former Leicester apprentice has no professional career to speak off, having dropped into non-league circles following his release from the Foxes.
From there he became a city trader before taking up a coaching position at Watford, but made his first major impact when he helped set up the successful Next Gen academy series which so many of Town’s Tottenham contingent have been involved in.
He became involved with Brentford when Nick Forster took over at Griffin Park, later becoming sporting director from where he took over from Rosler two weeks ago.
DANGER MEN - Jonathan Douglas
The Irish midfielder needs no introduction to Town fans following his two years in Wiltshire between 2009 and 2011, where he was part of the Swindon side which made the League One play-off final before suffering relegation the following season.
If given time and space he can control the midfield.
Mark Cooper hinted earlier this week that Yaser Kasim may be given more of an attacking role, similar to the one he performed during the second half against Coventry on Saturday.
“You have to create, stop and score goals to be a good midfield player these days and believe it or not Yaser is probably one of our best attacking midfielders because he has ridiculous ability with his feet and he can create things.
“When he came on on Saturday we put him further forward and you could see what he can do, which has given us another option now because he can play further forward.”
DANGER MEN - Clayton Donaldson
The striker has scored goals wherever he has been since his move from Hull to York in 2005, and the same is true of his time with the Bees with 10 goals already this season.
Town come face-to-face with former skipper Alan McCormack this afternoon and current boss Mark Cooper had nothing but praise for the Irishman.
“When I was here he was a great player for us and he’ll be trying his hardest to get one over on us," Cooper said.
“He’s a good footballer and a good man and he made it easy for me when I came in.”
11:47am Thu 26 Dec 13
Already at a chilly griffen park. Never a dull moment when we play here, lets hope we don't play like turkeys.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE - KEITH HILL
Keith Hill is in charge of today's game and his appointment looks to be a positive for Town. Of the 17 games he has refereed this season there have been eight away wins and another would be very welcome today.
He's shown 53 yellow cards so far in 2013/14, as well as three reds.
Some explanation of Dany N'Guessan's absence from today's matchday squad comes in the form of suggestions made to us that he is ill.
We'll have a word with Mark Cooper post-match to get the official word.
DANGER MEN - Marcello Trotta
Trotta is currently on loan from Fulham, and has quite some pedigree having spent time with Napoli and Manchester City as a kid. He can play as a striker or can sit back and support Donaldson, and is also capable of finding the net from long-range.
The Italian missed the vital penalty which cost his side automatic promotion on the final day of last season and was then part of the team which beat Town in the play-off and then lost at Wembley.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
BRENTFORD v Swindon Town: Button; McCormack, Craig, Dean, Bidwell; Saunders, Douglas, Forshaw; Trotta, Donaldson, Grigg
Substitutes: Lee, O'Connor, El Alagui, Logan, Dallas, Diagouraga, Reeves
Wes Foderingham, Tyrell Belfrod and goalkeeping coach Fraser Digby are out to begin the warm up. They need it too, it's freezing.
LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated.
Coventry v Peterborough (12pm)
Brentford v Swindon (12.30pm)
Carlisle v Preston (1pm)
Gillingham v Leyton Orient (1.30pm)
Bradford v Rotherham
Bristol City v Walsall
Colchester v Stevenage
Crawley v MK Dons
Port Vale v Notts County
Sheff Utd v Oldham
Shrewsbury v Tranmere
Wolves v Crewe
Only three players (Foderingham, Byrne and Luongo) who will start today's game for Town played in the play-off semi-final shootout loss here in May. Miles Storey, who is on the bench, is the only other player involved who played that day.
Brentford v SWINDON TOWN (play-off semi-final second leg): Foderingham; Devera, Flint, Ward, Byrne; Ferry, Luongo, McCormack, Roberts; Rooney A, Williams.
Subs: Bedwell, Navarro, Miller, Rooney L, De Vita, Collins, Storey.
Two changes for Swindon Town this afternoon, then, with Yaser Kasim and Nathan Thompson coming back into the side.
Ryan Harley and Jay McEveley drop to the bench, while Dany N'Guessan misses out altogether.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Brentford v SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham; N Thompson, Hall, Ward, Byrne; Ajose, Mason, Luongo, Kasim, Pritchard; Ranger
Substitutes: Belford, Barthram, McEveley, L Thompson, Gladwin, Harley, Storey
Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin has explained exactly why today’s game kicks off at 12.30pm in today’s matchday programme, having a dig at the television companies in the process.
“Today’s game was scheduled to kick-off at 3pm,” Devlin wrote.
“However, for the first time I can remember, live TV coverage of a Premier League game was arranged for 3pm, directly in contrast with most of today’s fixtures.
“BT Sport, who are currently focussed on the Premier League and, in the future, the Champions League, clearly did not feel it inappropriate to conflict with our matches in any way. As they are not a broadcast partner of the Football League, why should they, but I thought we had found some sympathy from our colleagues at the Premier League.
“Alas, I was naïve and misguided to have even entertained such a notion.
“We already have to compete with live coverage of European football on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, which has undoubtedly had an adverse effect on attendances and cash flow.
"This is one further challenge for us to deal with.”
Miles Storey returns to the scene of his worst moment in football today.
Storey missed the crucial penalty in the shootout in May which saw Brentford advance to the League One play-off final. But he's not too bothered about returning to Griffin Park.
We all know what happened last year and to be the only player to miss in the shootout was heartbreaking for me,” he said.
“I’m kind of dreading going back there but at the same time I’m kind of looking forward to it too because although I have some bad memories there it can’t really get much worse."
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "Good morning all, welcome to a chilly Griffin Park, where the memories are already flooding back.
"It's incredible to think seven and a half months have passed since that Aden Flint header in front of the Town fans which sent the League One play-off semi-final to penalties.
THE SCENE AT THE END OF SWINDON'S LAST VISIT TO BRENTFORD
"So much has changed at Swindon since then but the supporters remain the same and those travelling down the M4 for the lunchtime kick-off will be hoping for a spot of revenge.
"Town's cause has been bolstered by the fact Nile Ranger is involved in the matchday squad despite being involved in a car accident on Christmas Day. His presence should offer Mark Cooper an extra dimension up front.
"I expect Swindon to set up in a more aggressive manner than they have shown in recent away games. The only way to combat this Brentford juggernaut is with the kid onf free-flowing football they've played with such regularity at home."
10:36am Thu 26 Dec 13
C'mon you REDZZZZZZZZZ.
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Here's the tweet Nile Ranger posted last night. The good news is, he's arrived safely at Griffin Park this morning and is expected to feature.
Nothing official is expected until around 11.30am but here's a quick idea of how Swindon Town are shaping up ahead of today's game.
Mark Cooper has no new injury concerns, but Nile Ranger's involvement has been brought into question after the striker tweeted a picture of a his car after it was involved in an accident on Christmas Day.
Otherwise, the only notable absentees for the Robins remain the long-term injured trio of Troy Archibald-Henville, Alex Smith and Tijane Reis, though Archibald-Henville and Reis are closing in on returns.
With memories of heartbreak at Griffin Park in last term's play-offs still fresh for Town fans, players and coaching staff, it's all set up to be a cracker this afternoon.
And you can follow every second right here on Matchday Live.
Brentford last lost a home game against Rotherham on October 5 and are on a tremendous run of form going into the match this lunchtime.
Town, who have only won twice on the road in the league this season, are in desperate need of a victory to keep their play-off push intact.
Swindon kicked off their festive campaign with a superb 2-1 victory at home to Coventry on Saturday and another tough test awaits the Robins in west London this afternoon.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen and a very happy Christmas to you all.
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