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MATCHDAY LIVE: Walsall v Swindon Town

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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

  • Comments


    mrwoo 7:07pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    At last an attacking lineup 3-2 town

    Score: 0
    fraser digby's washbag 7:09pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    I hope nobody minds me gloating a little, as this is the team I called for this morning (under the N'Guessan could feature article). I asked for a diamond of Louis Thompson at the base and Alex Pritchard at the top. Let's see if that is correct.

    Score: 6
    jayden 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 .

    Score: 1
    smirg kcab 7:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    A very good side excluding ward

    Score: 0
    Since 1950 7:18pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Forget Liverpool v Everton! There's only one match that counts tonight!

    COYR!

    Score: 0
    joey butler 7:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Sorry Sam and not wishing to be too critical of you, but this is not the first time you have both been late for an away game.

    With one driving, surely the other one could have started Matchday Live?

    I put it down to our shocking away form this season, I guess you and Andy were in no rush to get to Walsall??

    Score: -13
    Robinonfire 7:22pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Ward worries everyone...except the manager.

    Score: -1
    Scouse Red 7:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    fraser digby's washbag wrote…


    I hope nobody minds me gloating a little, as this is the team I called for this morning (under the N'Guessan could feature article). I asked for a diamond of Louis Thompson at the base and Alex Pritchard at the top. Let's see if that is correct.

    Have to say i'm quite happy with how we're lining up, possible exception of Ward but surely he can't have another mare can he as bad as Saturday.

    It's how they play and how they allow Walsall to play that counts though!
    How do i listen to Five Live for the Merseyside Derby and BBC Wilts at the same time?!?

    Score: 0
    Oldhamred 7:25pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    fraser digby's washbag wrote…


    I hope nobody minds me gloating a little, as this is the team I called for this morning (under the N'Guessan could feature article). I asked for a diamond of Louis Thompson at the base and Alex Pritchard at the top. Let's see if that is correct.

    Gloat away, you called it right ;-)

    Feeling quite positive about tonight, wouldn't be surprised if we came away with all 3 points tonight.

    Score: 3
    Since 1950 7:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Scouse Red wrote…


    fraser digby's washbag wrote…


    I hope nobody minds me gloating a little, as this is the team I called for this morning (under the N'Guessan could feature article). I asked for a diamond of Louis Thompson at the base and Alex Pritchard at the top. Let's see if that is correct.
    Have to say i'm quite happy with how we're lining up, possible exception of Ward but surely he can't have another mare can he as bad as Saturday.

    It's how they play and how they allow Walsall to play that counts though!
    How do i listen to Five Live for the Merseyside Derby and BBC Wilts at the same time?!?

    Get on line with STFC World. Or radio Wilts for Town game (if you live close enough) and 5 live on digital tv. Simples

    Score: -2
    Scouse Red 7:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Since 1950 wrote…


    Scouse Red wrote…


    fraser digby's washbag wrote…


    I hope nobody minds me gloating a little, as this is the team I called for this morning (under the N'Guessan could feature article). I asked for a diamond of Louis Thompson at the base and Alex Pritchard at the top. Let's see if that is correct.
    Have to say i'm quite happy with how we're lining up, possible exception of Ward but surely he can't have another mare can he as bad as Saturday.

    It's how they play and how they allow Walsall to play that counts though!
    How do i listen to Five Live for the Merseyside Derby and BBC Wilts at the same time?!?
    Get on line with STFC World. Or radio Wilts for Town game (if you live close enough) and 5 live on digital tv. Simples

    Yip I'm only down the road from the County Ground so that works for me.

    Come on Red Men! (x2)

    Score: 0
    Di kanny oh 7:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Flint OG at Brentford ha ha how the mighty has fallen hey grass greener and all that.

    Score: 2
    old town robin 7:58pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Brentford one up against Brizzie, own goal for poor old Flinty.

    Score: 1
    london paolo 8:00pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Flint own goal away at Brentford. Wonder if it was in the same goal he scored during the play off semi?

    Score: -1
    old town robin 8:18pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Following Sams updates, well done darren ward for getting in a timely tackle, and once again Luango has once again shown he is a greedy B with no vision when others are better placed.

    Score: -5
    The Jockster 8:35pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    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.

    Score: -4
    Robinonfire 8:42pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Bring on Storey in 2nd half... just go for it Cooper

    Score: -5
    Rednwhitewalrus699 8:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    old town robin wrote…


    Following Sams updates, well done darren ward for getting in a timely tackle, and once again Luango has once again shown he is a greedy B with no vision when others are better placed.

    as you say, following the updates, having a pop at the boys from the computer... not up in Walsall behind the lads.

    COYR LETS DO THIS!!!!

    keep the faith

    Score: 2
    old town robin 9:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Yessssssssss Smithy equaliser, looks like Coops change has worked. Let's hope we can keep it going for the remainder of the game.

    Score: 2
    The Jockster 9:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Somehow we're back in it and following a corner Smith scores with a well placed header.

    Score: -3
    Rednwhitewalrus699 9:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Smith!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!! what a signing! 200k well spent!

    Score: 3
    Swindon1984 9:25pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    The Jockster wrote…


    Somehow we're back in it and following a corner Smith scores with a well placed header.

    Three in two, bloody hell! Thanks for the update jockster, twitter seems to have gone quiet for the last ten minutes.

    Score: 0
    floridared 9:34pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    if we can hold on it would be a great point but you never know could sneek a late winner

    Score: 1
    Graham8181 9:35pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    come on boys keep it together now, would be nice to nick a winner but a draw would suit me fine .... although we did score 2 late goals last game maybe again (touching every bit of wood right now)

    Score: 3
    Oldhamred 9:38pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Graham8181 wrote…


    come on boys keep it together now, would be nice to nick a winner but a draw would suit me fine .... although we did score 2 late goals last game maybe again (touching every bit of wood right now)

    leave your wood alone!!!!!

    Score: 5
    alcazares 9:40pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Have we scored, no mention!!

    Score: -2
    Oi Den! 9:42pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Good result against a good team. Well done Mark Cooper.

    Score: 2
    red white 9:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Well done lads good point

    Score: 2
    old town robin 9:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    1-1 good point,

    Score: 1
    Di kanny oh 9:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Yipee we have got a golden point super result boys and wow last minute shot hit the bar from Walsall blimey that was a change of underpants. Mike Smith again what a signing this guy is proving to be wonderful result and now lets hammer Oldun on Saturday

    Score: 2
    Graham8181 9:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    well done boys, hats off, walsall are best team in league in my eyes. well done cooper and most of all well done Mr Smith !!!!

    Score: 2
    california andy 9:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Wow. Didn't see that coming. Good team selection, and finally some fight away from home. COYR

    Score: 4
    Since 1950 9:47pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Phew! Well done Lads. That was an important point.

    Respect to the 422 traveling fans.

    COYR!

    Score: 10
    Swindon1984 9:51pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Said earlier I would have been delighted with a hard fought score draw and that's exactly what we've got, good stuff. Bring on Saturday, a convincing win would be fantastic. Well done again to Smith, big man up front who can score goals, what more could we want.

    Score: 2
    Oldhamred 9:54pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Since 1950 wrote…


    Phew! Well done Lads. That was an important point.

    Respect to the 422 traveling fans.

    COYR!

    Fantastic result, that should really boost their confidence away from home.

    Can I demand a re-count on the away fans?
    I'm sure it was 423.

    Score: 4
    Di kanny oh 9:57pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Draw at Bradford, Draw at Walsall, Draw at Crawley, Win at Rotherham, that is promotion form away from home yet we can't get results at lower league teams, very puzzling. Michael Smith could be the signing of the season 3 goals in two games. Tactics were good tonight so well done Cooper and well done the Town away fans brilliant.

    Score: 8
    Penhill54 10:00pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Good job Darren Ward played, see he made the goal

    Score: 7
    the don69 10:01pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Hallelujah! Coops homer's got a great point! Smiffy seems a bargain that's 3 in 2 games, keep up the good work lad, finally the Red Army away support had something to cheer!!!!!!!

    Score: 1
    old town robin 10:12pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Penhill54 wrote…


    Good job Darren Ward played, see he made the goal

    and saved one. lol

    Score: 3
    The Jockster 10:19pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Well in the end we held on for a deserved point following an improved second half display. Too often though our build up was slow and ponderous without being able to penetrate in the final third. Smith again looked useful and took his goal well but it's this failure to get forward that puts the defence under pressure. We saw it again tonight with more scary moments for Wardy and Branco. We were exposed time and again down the left flank and Reckord looked uncomfortable but got forward a couple of times to put in a decent cross.Coops needs to address that for Saturday.
    Well done to me and the other 421 travelling souls who at least can celebrate a point on the road for a change.

    Score: 0
    the don69 10:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    The Jockster wrote…


    Well in the end we held on for a deserved point following an improved second half display. Too often though our build up was slow and ponderous without being able to penetrate in the final third. Smith again looked useful and took his goal well but it's this failure to get forward that puts the defence under pressure. We saw it again tonight with more scary moments for Wardy and Branco. We were exposed time and again down the left flank and Reckord looked uncomfortable but got forward a couple of times to put in a decent cross.Coops needs to address that for Saturday.
    Well done to me and the other 421 travelling souls who at least can celebrate a point on the road for a change.

    Well done Jock,thanks for the report!!

    Score: 1
    Di kanny oh 10:27pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Louis Thompson MOM and this is what many fans have been calling for away from home to play him in the middle to break up play. Well done Cooper for listening and it was said on BBC Wilts he covered every blade of grass. Great result and bet Charlton fans are cheesed off with giving away a potent goalscorer called Smith. Superb signing and his workrate alone is just what we have needed. Roll on Saturday and lets have a goal feast please.

    Score: 4
    Di kanny oh 10:29pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    The Jockster wrote…


    Well in the end we held on for a deserved point following an improved second half display. Too often though our build up was slow and ponderous without being able to penetrate in the final third. Smith again looked useful and took his goal well but it's this failure to get forward that puts the defence under pressure. We saw it again tonight with more scary moments for Wardy and Branco. We were exposed time and again down the left flank and Reckord looked uncomfortable but got forward a couple of times to put in a decent cross.Coops needs to address that for Saturday.
    Well done to me and the other 421 travelling souls who at least can celebrate a point on the road for a change.

    Well done Jock for the report and to you and the other fans that went brilliant support. What was your take on Louis Thompson as on BBC they had him MOM.

    Score: 0
    Oxon-Red 10:57pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    The Jockster wrote…


    Well in the end we held on for a deserved point following an improved second half display. Too often though our build up was slow and ponderous without being able to penetrate in the final third. Smith again looked useful and took his goal well but it's this failure to get forward that puts the defence under pressure. We saw it again tonight with more scary moments for Wardy and Branco. We were exposed time and again down the left flank and Reckord looked uncomfortable but got forward a couple of times to put in a decent cross.Coops needs to address that for Saturday.
    Well done to me and the other 421 travelling souls who at least can celebrate a point on the road for a change.

    Someone has hijacked my username and posted this as me because I wasn't going to post because I am happy and have nothing to complain about :-)

    More seriously thank you for the report, I was interested in how Reckord played. Baptism of fire possibly and a bit more time working with the team required perhaps !

    I think your comments about scary moments in a way sums up why I believe Ward (and Hall) have been unfairly, at times, been singled out.

    Good point and respect for supporting Town tonight (just wish I could have been there too).

    COYMR

    Score: 1
    Oxon-Red 11:15pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Strong words for MK Dons manager !!!!

    "The players have no excuses. I've just said to them, they've got their individual meetings tomorrow and some of them will be told they've played their last game for me.
    "We've got to use some of that money to build this team, because if we don't we'll be struggling."

    Blimey !!

    Score: 2
    bearwoodred 11:18pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    Good battling performance tonight. Walsall away is a home game for me being 10 minutes up the road.

    Firstly Walsall were a good side and a point was a good result.

    Secondly as many others present there will testify we had to face some very strange refereeing decisions. As Town fans we tend to have a go at the ref but this was just perculiar. My own favourite was when Reckord was pushed over - we are talking pushed right over and the ref gave a free kick to Walsall!! Staggering, absolutely staggering! The second was when a Walsall player played it through to an offside player who left it, so Branco just saw the ball out = corner!

    I felt sorry for Reckord, he has been given a bit of grief but the fella was often up against two very good wide men as Walsall pushed forward.

    Luongo and Kasim needed to get the hold of the ball more tonight and also drive forward more - perhaps this will come in time. Walsall were oftern overlapping on both flanks and we were reluctant to do that.

    Ranger seemed quiet but Smith was everywhere and caused problems for them. He is tireless. Wardy still looks shakey but Branco is solid and I though he was the pickl of the back four tonight.

    We did cause Walsall some problems at times, plenty to be positive about - they are a form side and we battled, kept with them and took our chance and on another day could have snuck it.

    Well done lads and good away support as ever. Shame about the ref!!

    Score: 7
    Wilesy 11:51pm Tue 28 Jan 14

    No complaints from me tonight thought the whole team put in a shift. Walsall are a very good side and I haven't seen a harder working side for some time.They seemed to be first to every loose or second ball and played a fast breaking passing game, like us on our best day. At times we did look a little open in the middle and the midfielders weren't always as tight to their men as they could have been, but the ball was being played around at speed and the Walsall movement was excellent.

    Agree with bearwoodred those 2 reffing decisions were baffling. The Pritchard booking looked very soft as well. On Pritchard I may be wrong but that looked like he was saying his goodbyes when he got subbed off.

    Branco solid at the back and a much better showing from Reckford although still settling in, pleased for him.

    Ranger was up for it and won 99% of his headers up front and made some excellent defensive headers too. Smith not so consistent as Ranger in the air but looks an excellent signing and a very good finish. Smith drifted out wide a fair bit but did well with the ball at his feet, could maybe have gambled a bit more off Rangers flick ons but that will come.

    Louis worked hard defensively and Luongo made a few Ferry like runs, unfortunately no end product today. Both made a good few tackles which was nice to see.

    Credit to Cooper on team selection, and he got the team motivated and came back from a goal down, a good day for him.

    Looking forward to the next couple of days could be some ins and outs on the transfer front.

    Score: 2
    The Jockster 12:02am Wed 29 Jan 14

    The Jockster wrote…


    Somehow we're back in it and following a corner Smith scores with a well placed header.

    DKO - yep on reflection LT good shout for MOM. Strange how the minus muppets voted on my posts from the ground telling it like it was - you can bet they weren't - tossers!

    Score: -1
    red white 12:03am Wed 29 Jan 14

    Think it was Den who quoted Coops after a defeat recently saying the players need to learn and he said 'if anyone needs to learn,it's him'

    Maybe after the humilation at home against them,we have?

    Score: 1
    mancrobin 12:29am Wed 29 Jan 14

    Not long back in and won't repeat good reports already given by Jockster, Bearwoodred and Wilsey......and I'll just stick to the positives.

    Good team selection and substitutions from Coops. Having 2 big men up front really helps to relieve pressure and build attacks. Smith did get drawn wide, especially in the second half but I think that's because so many wingers don't play on the wing these days and nor do overlapping full backs, overlap. When Nathan Thompson ran at the defence from a wide position, we scored.

    Smith and Nathan were our best players and both played with intelligence, skill and heart. Smith made some great runs off the the ball and he really impressed me. Nathan is back to form and what a great player he is.

    Reckord and Branco got better as the game went on on and could form a very solid combo in our defence. Record improved considerably as the game progressed.

    Wardy, Branco and Louis Thompson made some excellent blocks, interceptions and tackles. Nile held the ball up well on occasions and even managed a few chase backs.

    Mass had one of his better away games and really tried to get forward and create. On a few occasions he was really effective in breaking up their play and setting us going forward. He was clearly up for it.

    Barthram came on and did well trying to play as an out and out winger. Storey and Harley just weren't on long enough to make an impact.

    Yasser played well in patches and added a bit of steel when required.

    Oh, and Wes was Wes and hopefully should be getting his passport visa stamped for a summer trip to Brazil.

    Great result, bit lucky but won with some good tactics from Coops, some tenacity from the players and continued great support from the Red Army.

    Overall, Walsall should have won really. The fact they didn't speaks volumes for our approach.

    Well done guys, a good day at the office. Glad I went. Seen 8 games now. 2 draws now.

    Score: 5
    The Jockster 12:29am Wed 29 Jan 14

    Wilesy - Funny how we all see it differently - I thought they played us off the park 1st half and we were ripped apart down the flanks, Branco did ok but I'd hardly call it solid thought he wobbled on occasions. Our midfield is just not strong enough and Kasim struggled again while Luongo was better but still not at his best. Reckord did ok but we let their nippy Brandy have far too much space and as you say big gals at times in the middle. Agree we deserved a point in the end against a very useful side and that everyone put a shift in. I reckon you could say we won ugly on Saturday and drew ugly tonight. Hopefully we can continue the run against Oldham.

    Score: -3
    Wilesy 1:48am Wed 29 Jan 14

    The Jockster wrote…


    Wilesy - Funny how we all see it differently - I thought they played us off the park 1st half and we were ripped apart down the flanks, Branco did ok but I'd hardly call it solid thought he wobbled on occasions. Our midfield is just not strong enough and Kasim struggled again while Luongo was better but still not at his best. Reckord did ok but we let their nippy Brandy have far too much space and as you say big gals at times in the middle. Agree we deserved a point in the end against a very useful side and that everyone put a shift in. I reckon you could say we won ugly on Saturday and drew ugly tonight. Hopefully we can continue the run against Oldham.

    Walsall were the better team I agree Jock but it was a big improvement on Stevenage my last away game. We all know our weaknesses, but everyone put a shift and we ground out a draw. The side showed character, I enjoyed the game and pleased I went.

    Score: 2
    Oi Den! 8:05am Wed 29 Jan 14

    red white wrote…


    Think it was Den who quoted Coops after a defeat recently saying the players need to learn and he said 'if anyone needs to learn,it's him'

    Maybe after the humilation at home against them,we have?

    Nope - not me.

    Score: 0
    Another view 8:27am Wed 29 Jan 14

    "Well done to me and the other 421 travelling souls who at least can celebrate a point on the road for a change."

    - Yeah Well Done, Jock and the other 421 - oh and the players! Can't be easy travelling to an away game on a grim January evening knowing that we might have taken another battering. The away fans really do sound like a twelth man.

    Score: 0
    swwindon61uk 1:33pm Wed 29 Jan 14

    Excellent Point,like i said before,still fine tuning to do but we are getting there.
    Ward made the goal Eh!
    Just like our 2nd goal Saturday,it was a Ward punt into the box that caused us to get the corner that lead to our 2nd goal,
    Get the ball in the box!

    Score: 0
    red white 1:37pm Wed 29 Jan 14

    Oi Den! wrote…


    red white wrote…

    Think it was Den who quoted Coops after a defeat recently saying the players need to learn and he said 'if anyone needs to learn,it's him' Maybe after the humilation at home against them,we have?
    Nope - not me.

    Sorry!

    Score: 0
    buckobassettboy 5:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

    Well done to the travelling 400 odd on what was a filthy night-well done team for getting a point.Wards contribution to the goal was probably a relief to him after Saturdays abysmal performance.More importantly,Hall definitely not missed.Smith looks like a very good signing and maybe the confidence levels will improve-especially away from home.COYR

    Score: 0

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