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MATCHDAY LIVE: Crewe Alexandra v Swindon Town
Updated 5:07pm Saturday 1st March 2014 in Sport
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD
- FT: Crewe 1 (Oliver 76) Town 1 (Harley 48)
- Aneke misses 43rd-minute penalty for Crewe
- McEveley out, Luongo returns
- No win in four for Swindon
Then pick up Monday's paper for a full round-up of today's action in The Result.
Town's next match is the home clash with MK Dons. We'll see you then.
Due to the set-up here at Crewe I'm afraid there won't be any reaction on Matchday Live today but pop back onto the Adver website later this evening to hear from Town manager Mark Cooper.
Crewe Alexandra 1 (Oliver 76) Swindon Town 1 (Harley 48)
In the end Swindon Town found themselves hanging on for a draw from a game they bossed for 70 minutes.
Ryan Harley's brilliant finish was cancelled out by Vadaine Oliver after Chuks Aneke missed a first-half penalty for the hosts. Town played well but couldn't find the goals they needed to take all three points.
Three minutes to be added to the game.
George Barker replaces Ryan Harley, 83
Crewe Alexandra 1 (Oliver 76) Swindon Town 1
Crewe have been edging their way back into the game for some time and fully deserve their equaliser. Oliver's only just come off the bench and it's a cracking finish from 20 yards.
The home crowd are really behind their team now. It's going to be a tough final 15 minutes.
75 mins: Aneke hits the crossbar with a wonderful effort from 25 yards.
75 mins: Good save from Tyrell Belford to deny Aneke at close range.
Vadaine Oliver replaces Mathias Pogba, 74
Grant is back on his feet and play has resumed.
Grant is down needing attention for a head injury.
David Tootle is booked for a trip on Louis Thompson.
After a long spell of Swindon pressure in the opening stages of the first half, Crewe are starting to battle their way back into the game.
Billy Waters replaces Byron Moore, 61
Dany N'Guessan replaces Jacob Murphy, 59
57 mins: Smith snatches at his volley on the edge of the box and it dribbles wide.
56 mins: Luongo tries his luck from 30 yards. His luck's not in.
53 mins: So close to a second for Town. Luongo wins possession on the edge of the box, bursts into the area and curls over, his shot brushing the top of the net.
50 mins: Anthony Grant's shot is sliced high and wide from 25 yards.
Crewe Alexandra 0 Swindon Town 1 (Harley 48)
This is a stunner. Byrne runs around half the Crewe team before laying the ball back for Harely who hits it first time, left-footed from 18 yards, and it almost takes the net off.
And we're off again at Gresty Road.
The two teams are out at Gresty Road for the second half.
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Bradford 2 Stevenage 1; Bristol City 1 Gillingham 0; Carlisle 0 Brentford 0; Crawley 0 Peterborough 0; Crewe 0 Swindon 0; Leyton Orient 1 Colchester 0; MK Dons 0 Sheffield Utd 1; Preston 2 Walsall 1; Rotherham 4 Notts County 0; Tranmere 1 Oldham 1; Wolves 0 Port Vale 0
Crewe Alexandra 0 Swindon Town 0
Well, Swindon dominated that half from first whistle til last but had to thank their lucky stars they weren't going into the break behind after Chuks Aneke missed a 43rd-minute penalty.
Town were fluent for the first half-hour, getting in behind their hosts at will and spurning terrific chances through Nathan Thompson and Michael Smith. Hopefully that profligacy won't have cost them.
One minute of added time at the end of the first half.
43 mins: Aneke skies his spot-kick over the crossbar. Awful, awful penalty.
Harley put in a sliding block to prevent a cross and it was adjudged to have caught a hand by the assistant referee.
Penalty to Crewe
It's all slowed down a bit in Town's midfield after an energetic start.
34 mins: Nathan Thompson drives wide from range.
33 mins: Harley curls wide from the edge of the box.
Swindon are comfortably the better side so far but they need to make their dominance count.
Cameron Park replaces Brad Inman, 25
Attendance here today is 4,433 (288 from Swindon).
23 mins: A great pass from Yaser Kasim plays in Nathan Thompson, who's caught in two minds whether to shoot or pass to Michael Smith, and in the end the ball dribbles out for goal-kick.
20 mins: A lovely pass from Murphy sets Byrne free in the box, his cross into the six-yard box is scrambled clear.
Town have settled into this game nicely. Crewe are allowing them that extra second on the ball and the Swindon midfield is ticking over better than it has done for some time.
17 mins: Ryan Harley's cross from the left wing is headed wide by Massimo Luongo.
14 mins: That's a cracking pass from Jacob Murphy to play in Michael Smith but he shoots at Crewe keeper Ben Garratt when one on one.
13 mins: Neat period of possession from Town ends with Byrne drilling wide from range.
11 mins: Nathan Byrne and Troy Archibald-Henville leave the ball to each other on the edge of the box, Chuks Aneke picks up on it and shoots wide.
Nothing of note to report so far, other than that a section of around 50 Town fans are in incredibly good voice.
It's a quiet start at Gresty Road as both teams try to figure each other out.
And we're off at Gresty Road, with Town in their changed blue and black strip.
Before we start, there'll be a minute's applause for Crewe photographer Pete Warburton, who tragically died last weekend.
The teams are out at Gresty Road. Kick-off is just moments away.
Five minutes to go until kick-off here. Swindon have brought around 250 fans with them this afternoon, not a bad effort at all given the team's away form this season and the length of the journey.
Gresty Road in the sunshine #stfc #cafc #stfcadver https://t.co/e3DyO1kUdU— @SamMorshead_SA 01 March 2014
2:35pm Sat 1 Mar 14
Looks like the plan is to dominate possession and hope that Smith and Murphy can do something in the attacking third. Hope the confidence is there amongst the players as it has been clearly lacking in the last two games. You never know!
Jay McEveley, who's co-commentating on BBC Wiltshire this afternoon, has been talking about his injury.
He said: “I completed 90 minutes in the week it was just a bit sore. It’s not actually my knee, I’ve got a short bit of bone that’s rubbing and causing irritation and it needs shaving. We’re in the process of deciding what to do. If it does need shaving it will be a two week shout and then I’ll be back training and playing.
“It’s a mixture of the manager, myself and the physio. I’ve been struggling with it for four or five weeks but it’s come to a point where it’s really sore and we’ve got to do something about it – whether it’s selective games or getting it shaved.
“I know once this bit of bone is removed or shaved there’ll be no problems because I’ve felt so strong this season. All through I’ve played Saturday-Tuesday and there have been no problems. It’s just this niggly thing that’s bothered me the last four or five weeks."
Jack Barthram is back on the bench this afternoon and the full-back is hopeful he's done enough to secure an extended stay at Swindon Town when his one-year initial contract with the Robins expires this summer.
“We haven’t really had much talk about it and we will just have to see what happens really,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ve done enough but I would like to play a bit more, although that’s the gaffer’s decision. He’s sees me in training though so I hope I’ve done enough.”
2:22pm Sat 1 Mar 14
smirg kcab says
No forwards, no goals, no points.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
CREWE ALEXANDRA v Swindon Town: Garratt; Tootle, Davis, Ellis, Nolan; Grant, Inman, Guthrie, Moore; Pogba, Aneke
Substitutes: Phillips, Mellor, Dugdale, Oliver, Turton, Waters, Park
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
This afternoon's referee is Rob Lewis and he's something of an away win specialist.
Of the 16 games Lewis has officiated in this season, there have been seven away victories - a near 50 per cent hit rate. Let's hope he improves on that today.
2:11pm Sat 1 Mar 14
Come on town lets start to play again
Jay McEveley might be injured but he's still made the trip to Gresty Road as part of BBC Wiltshire's commentary team this afternoon. He speaks very eloquently about the game, so should be a good listen.
That said, don't all go abandoning me for Jay.
Swindon Town will be hoping to recreate the form which saw them thrash Crewe 5-0 in August when the sides meet this afternoon...
It looks like a 4-4-2 with a narrow midfield for Swindon Town this afternoon but, as we've come to expect this season, the shape and formation is almost irrelevant.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Crewe Alexandra v SWINDON TOWN: Belford, Thompson N, Archibald-Henville, Ward, Byrne; Harley, Kasim, Thompson L, Luongo; Smith M, Murphy
Substitutes: Bedwell, Barthram, Smith A, Branco, Gladwin, Barker, N'Guessan
We arrived at Gresty Road this lunchtime to be greeted by this rigourous training routine. Pretty old school stuff...
Old school training in progress at Gresty Road #stfc #cafc #stfcadver https://t.co/NPm2vTBoPL— @SamMorshead_SA 01 March 2014
Crewe are no great shakes . We can do this . We can get 3 pts. We have to think that . We must learn from mistakes made #stfc #stfcadver— @itslove1956 01 March 2014
1:37pm Sat 1 Mar 14
Hoping for another Port Vale.
Let's hope Town favour this part of the world!
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We'll have official news in around 10 minutes but here's a quick breakdown of how the Swindon Town squad is shaping up ahead of this afternoon's game.
Jay McEveley misses out with a knee injury, Wes Foderingham's groin problem sees him left at home, Ryan Mason has an ankle knock, Grant Hall has not recovered from his calf tear, Nile Ranger is out for the season and Alex Pritchard not fit following a medial ligament strain.
INJURED: JAY MCEVELEY
Town welcome back Massimo Luongo after he was rested in midweek.
You can follow all the latest events from Crewe, right through the afternoon, right here on Matchday Live.
Sit back, try to relax, we've got it covered.
Nevertheless, with their League One play-off hopes dangling by a thread, Mark Cooper's men are all too aware of the importance of this game on the outcome of their season.
The Robins have not won here in more than a decade and have managed just a single goal in their last four visits.
Town are looking to end a run of four games without a win at Gresty Road but history dictates that it will not be an easy task.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Gresty Road for the League One clash between Crewe Alexandra and Swindon Town.
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