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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- FT: Walsall 1 (Sawyers 36) Town 1 (Smith 71)
- Smith heads home his third goal in two games to level after Sawyers had given the hosts the lead
- Ranger and Smith start
- Robins winless in six away games
That's all we've got time for this evening, ladies and gents. Thanks for stopping by tonight.
Town took a good point from a 1-1 draw at Walsall, having survived a torrent of Saddlers pressure. Next up is Oldham Athletic at the County Ground on Saturday.
We'll be back with all the best build-up to that match from 1.30pm right here, with in-play updates and reaction to follow.
Midfielder Louis Thompson is currently speaking to BBC Wiltshire.
“We dug in in the first half but that’s what you need to do at places like this," he said.
“We had our fair share of chances and it was great to get the goal so hopefully this can be a platform for us.
“At times we were a little bit open out wide but we got a bit more width when Barthram came on which helped us.
“We created chances which is pleasing and we’re happy with a point.
"We're still in touch with the play-offs so all-round it's a good day."
Town have managed to arrange a development game with Birmingham for tomorrow which will allow injury victims Tijane, Troy Archibald-Henville and Alex Smith to get some vital minutes in their legs.
Cooper confirmed there has not been in progress regarding Dany N'Guessan's potential loan move away from the County Ground, and that he now believes it is unlikely he will be adding to his squad.
“I’m not too confident we will do anything now before the window shuts. We have an extremely talented bunch of young men and we’re happy working with them.”
Town boss Mark Cooper has spoken to the media and was content, if not ecstatic, with a point.
“I’m pleased we’ve come away and got something against a team who are going really well," he said. "We were expected to take a battering but we battled well and we’re pleased with a point.
"We can’t go away and play exactly like we do at home and you have to ride your luck a little, but we did that and we are pleased with a point. We came here to win but we’ve stopped the rot and we need to beat Oldham now.
“Our changes worked and we’ve done it a few times, like at Rotherham, and it’s worked again.
“Michael’s (Smith) got off to a good start and hopefully the fans are taking to him and he’s showing he can make a career out the game.”
Mark Cooper is on his way up to talk to the media.
LEAGUE ONE FULL-TIMES
Bradford 0-0 Preston; Brentford 3 - 1 Bristol City; Carlisle 3 - 0 MK Dons; Colchester P-P Shrewsbury; Leyton Orient 2-0 Coventry; Oldham 0-3 Wolves; Port Vale P-P Crawley; Stevenage P-P Crewe; Tranmere 1-2 Rotherham; Walsall 1-1 Swindon.
FULL-TIME: Walsall 1 (Sawyers 36) Swindon Town 1 (Smith 71)
89 minutes: Benning lets fry from wide on the Saddlers’ left but it flies by the angle of post and bar.
WALSALL SUBSTITUTION: Troy Hewitt on for Sawyers. 88
TOWN SUBSTITUTION: Ryan Harley on for Yaser Kasim. 88
87 minutes: Louis Thompson shoots from nearly 40 yards out and it’s straight at O’Donnell. Three added on.
WALSALL SUBSTITUTION: Ashley Hemmings on for Febian Brandy. 84
TOWN SUBSTITUTION: Miles Storey on for Nile Ranger. 84
81 minutes: Westcarr sends in a low corner for Sawyers which finds the midfielder in space, but he misses his kick.
79 minutes: Branco brings down Brandy on the edge of the area but Westcarr’s free kick is straight at the wall.
ATTENDANCE: 4,059 (422 Town fans)
74 minutes: Sawyers drives wide.
#stfcadver o boy...don't believe it...scored away from home...SMITH— @bittergillespie 28 January 2014
9:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14
!!!!!!! what a signing! 200k well spent!
72 minutes: Westcarr is free on the edge of the area but fires over the top.
SUBSTITUTION: Ben Purkiss on for James Chambers. 71
GOAL 1-1 (Smith 71): Thompson’s run into the box earns a corner and when Ward dinks it back into the box, Smith gets in front of his man and heads home.
67 minutes: Barthram cuts inside and shapes to shoot but his effort is incredibly tame and is very wide.
That change has seen Town go three at the back, with Thompson tucked in with Ward and Branco.
Pritchard spends a fair time clapping the Town fans. If you read into stuff like this then you could assume it meant he was off before the end of the transfer window. If you don't, like me, then he may have cold hands.
TOWN SUBSTITUTION: Pritchard trudges off and is replaced by Jack Barthram. 62
58 minutes: Foderingham gets down well to save from Brandy.
YELLOW CARD: Pritchard booked for a foul on Brandy. He’s in danger of being sent off for dissent before he eventually shuts up whinging about it. 56
53 minutes: Branco is lucky to get away with one there as a penalty isn’t given for a foul on Chambers. The Brazilian was trying to see the ball out but took the man instead of blocking him from the ball. I’d have given it.
Town not really able to bring the ball down and play at the start of this second half.
Back under way
8:42pm Tue 28 Jan 14
Bring on Storey in 2nd half... just go for it Cooper
Town are back out on the pitch and there are no changes. Plenty of options on the bench, though.
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Bradford 0-0 Preston; Brentford 3-1 Bristol City; Carlisle 2-0 MK Dons; Colchester P-P Shrewsbury; Leyton Orient 0-0 Coventry; Oldham 0-0 Wolves; Port Vale P-P Crawley; Stevenage P-P Crewe; Tranmere 0-1 Rotherham; Walsall 1-0 Swindon
8:35pm Tue 28 Jan 14
The Jockster says
Walsall deservedly in front as Town concede another sloppy goal. Pushing up on us and causing us to move backwards and sideways rather than forward. Been better last 5 but very little penetration in the last third an in the box.
HALF-TIME: Walsall 1 (Sawyers 36) Swindon Town 0
45+1 minutes: Foderingham does really well to turn Brandy's shot wide.
45 minutes: Ranger rises to meet Pritchard’s free kick but heads just wide.
One minute added on.
40 minutes: Kasim plays a beautiful ball for Smith who advances and finds Pritchard, but his attempts to shoot only lead to a corner which is eventually cleared.
Probably a fair reflection of the game so far, but Town are still in this.
GOAL 1-0 WALSALL (Sawyers 36) Westcarr slips Sawyers in and the midfielder does the rest as he finishes low past Foderingham.
35 minutes: Mantom swings a free kick into the area which Foderingham goes to claim before being wiped out by Butler. Referee Brown speaks to the Saddlers captain but there’s no booking.
30 minutes: Luongo brings the ball down really well but when he comes to shoot he’s off balance and fires wide.
28 minutes: Sawyers plays a lovely reversed pass to Westcarr but the striker can only fire over the top. Another warning sign.
24 minutes: A Town free kick, wide on their left, is swung into the box and Smith heads just wide. Inches.
21 minutes: Brandy is a threat again as he looks to be clean through on Foderingham, but Ward gets back well to tackle.
20 minutes: Luongo turns down the chance to slide Ranger in, in favour of shooting but his effort is over the bar.
19 minutes: Pritchard takes aim and fires a shot in from wide on the left but it’s relatively easy for the home keeper to gather.
Some big gaps in the Town defence and midfield which the hosts are taking advantage of.
14 minutes: Lalkovic swings a leg at a cross to the edge of the box but Nathan Thompson deflects it behind for a corner. Town can’t take advantage of the chance to break.
8:00pm Tue 28 Jan 14
london paolo says
Flint own goal away at Brentford. Wonder if it was in the same goal he scored during the play off semi?
10 minutes: Luongo has Town’s first effort but it’s low, along the floor, and straight at O’Donnell.
Nine minutes: Another chance for the visitors as the pacey Lalkovic gets free down the left and chips a ball into the middle for Westcarr, which the striker heads over.
Eight minutes: The first big chance of the game goes to the hosts as Mantom’s little ball over for Brandy gives the in-form front man a sight of goal, which he lashes just wide. Foderingham looked worried.
Three minutes: Walsall win a corner which, as he has so often, Ranger rises to head clear. The ball comes back and Butler’s shot is deflected behind for another corner. This time Louis Thompson clears.
Here we go
Town kicking towards the goal housing their fans in the first half.
Turns out it was a minute's applause.
We have a minute's silence for Bert Williams.
Plenty of talk amongst the Town players as we await kick-off, most of it directed an new boys Jamie Reckord and Michael Smith.
Here come the teams! A few pairs of gloves around.
Haven't done this for a while. Let's see what happens.
SAM: Walsall 2 Swindon Town 3, Michael Smith first scorer - 180/1.
ANDY: Walsall 2 Swindon Town 2, Craig Westcarr first scorer - 60/1
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DANGER MEN - Andy Butler
The Saddlers skipper was earmarked for the Premier League during his time under Brian Laws at Scunthorpe, but things didn’t quite work out like that. He eventually moved to Huddersfield and once again looked to be moving upwards, but his career stalled and he moved to the Bescot.
Despite not living up to his potential, Butler is still a quality defender, and is capable of keeping the opposition strikers in his pocket.
Should be a decent night for Town if their shooting practise is anything to go by. It probably isn't, though.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Tonight's referee is Mark Brown and, given his habits, he'd be well advised to steer well clear of bulls in the area.
Brown has shown the red card as astonishing seven times in 19 games this season.
DANGER MEN - Craig Westcarr
Town know all about this big, powerful forward after he scored Chesterfield's second goal in the JPT final in 2012. He can battle with the best physically and is also a threat in behind. One to be watched.
Jamie Reckord is wearing some very short shorts this evening. Simon Ferry-esque.
CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH?
Dureing his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight's game, Swindon boss Mark Cooper addressed suggestions his side have had more than their fair share of luck this season.
“I’ve seen one or two things that we’re always lucky or we’ve had loads of luck. Certainly this season I can’t remember having too much luck so maybe we deserved a little bit on Saturday.
“I much preferred to be sat at home on Saturday night with three points than after the Wolves game with everybody telling me how good the team was but we got beat."
7:18pm Tue 28 Jan 14
Since 1950 says
Forget Liverpool v Everton! There's only one match that counts tonight!
DANGER MEN - Febian Brandy
Despite not scoring an awful lot of goals at a number of clubs during his career, the attacker is probably as dangerous now as he has ever been. Brandy scored a hat trick at Notts County at the weekend and is no doubt in confident mood.
Earlier in the season, Walsall produced a fine counter-attacking performance to beat Swindon Town 3-1 at the County Ground.
A reminder follows, as if you really needed it...
7:13pm Tue 28 Jan 14
Decided to say nothing tonight as Ward worries me. Good luck Town I will be happy with a point .
7:07pm Tue 28 Jan 14
At last an attacking lineup 3-2 town
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BREAKING TEAM NEWS
WALSALL v Swindon Town: O’Donnell; J Chambers, Butler, Downing, Benning; A Chambers, Mantom, Sawyers, Brandy, Westcarr, Lalkovic.
Subs: Lewis, Purkiss, Featherstone, Hemmings, Baxendale, McQuilkin, Hewitt.
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "I'd expect that Town side to line up in a midfield diamond, with Louis Thompson as the sitting midfielder, and Michael Smith and Nile Ranger paired in a two up top.
"That would give Alex Pritchard the licence to roam free, which is the role in which he excels. Strangely, it was exactly the team I would have picked pre-match given injuries to Jay McEveley and Ryan Mason. Not that that means much."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Walsall v SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham; N Thompson, Branco, Ward, Reckord; L Thompson; Kasim, Luongo; Pritchard; Smith, Ranger
Substitutes: Belford, Byrne, Barthram, Gladwin, Harley, Barker, Storey
Apologies for the delayed start to the Adver's live coverage of events in the Midlands, traffic on the M5 was a nightmare on the way up.
Nevertheless, we are here now and team news follows...
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Banks's Stadium for the League One clash between Walsall and Swindon Town.