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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD
- FT: Town 3 (Luongo 3, M Smith 12, 45) Scunthorpe 1 (Madden 20)
- Marcus Williams sent off for pushing Nathan Thompson in the face
- Lelan unavailable to face Luton
- Rodgers set for scan on knee injury
And that's about it from me this afternoon. What a superb way to start the season.
We'll all congregate in Luton on Tuesday night for the first round of the Capital One Cup. I hope you can join us then.
For now, enjoy your weekends.
Jordan Turnbull is talking to the media now - his first interviews after arriving on loan from Southampton.
"I think it was great to make my league debut and most important the win was a great win. Playing in a stadium in front of a good crowd was great for me," he said.
"We've got to stay focused, keep playing the way we've been playing. We went into the half on a high, stuck at it and played very well in the second half to get the win.
"The players are a lot mroe physical in this league. The whole point that points are at stake means you need to put more effort in. I think we've done that today."
Massimo Luongo is in front of the media now. Here's what he's had to say:
"It's brilliant for myself. The gaffer has always said to be a top midfielder you need to score 10 goals plus a season. That sets me up.
"As a team, we're all young and seeing that goal go in first lights the day up.
"I think naturally we're quite open but it doesn't seem much risk if you get the goal. It's up to the older heads to keep it disciplined and for the guys in the middle to be more vocal."
5:22pm Sat 9 Aug 14
STFC Boyo says
Great game.Well done 2 every1 at Swindon Town
Anton Rodgers has had a relapse of a knee injury. No indication of length of time out. Scan on Monday.
Mark Cooper seems very down to earth this evening despite the nature of his team's victory.
"I'm pleased we sent the fans home happy, it's a really good performance and a good start," he said.
"No matter what anybody says about (Michael Smith) he scores goals."
More from Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper:
"We could have had five or six goals easily in the second half. We're back to work in the morning, we're going to work again defensively because we know there's work to do.
"We could have another defender come in if it works out right. We're just waiting for that one to get over the line."
Mark Cooper has arrived in front of the local media. Here's what he had to say:
"I thought we were really good for the first so many minutes. It was wave after wave of attacks. We managed to get two goals up, two really good goals. We let Scunthorpe back into it.
"We've got a lot of young players at the back, a lot of naivety. We've got a lot of work to do at the back, we know that. We hoped we had enough firepower to see it off and we did."
There's a real buzz amongst the Swindon media contingent after that performance from Town. How about the fans? How are you feeling this evening?
Let me know by commenting below or using the hashtag #stfcadver on Twitter.
Right, time to head downstairs to speak to a, you'd imagine, very happy Mark Cooper. Stay tuned.
Swindon Town 3 (Luongo 3; M Smith 12, 45) Scunthorpe Utd 1 (Madden 20)
A thoroughly entertaining, encouraging and exciting performance from Swindon Town, who passed the ball around nicely, took their chances well and showed real potential for the future.
It's too early to start getting carried away but I imagine a large number of the 7,000-strong crowd here will be heading home pleasantly surprised.
Four minutes to be added to the second half.
89 mins: Luongo heads Byrne's cross wide. If he'd left it, Gladwin scores.
Matt Sparrow replaces Deon Burton, 83
Marcus Williams has pushed both of his hands into Nathan Thompson's face. You can't do that. He's off, 79
The attendance here is 7,060 (454 from Scunthorpe).
73 mins: Williams's shot is cleared off the line at the back post by Nolan after wonderful work from Luongo.
SWINDON DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION
Raphael Branco and Andy Williams replace Josh Lelan and Michael Smith, 71
Michael Smith goes in the book for a foul on Eddie Nolan, 69
65 mins: We've just seen another superb save from a point-blank header by Foderingham. This time it was Madden who missed from about a dozen inches at the back post.
Lyle Taylor replaces Jennison Myrie-Williams, 64
62 mins: Luongo plays in Byrne, who cuts inside and his deflected shot is turned wide for a corner by Slocombe.
Swindon are enjoying a lot of possession at the start of this second half, but haven't had a clear sight of goal yet.
52 mins: Madden gets onto another long ball down the middle of the Town defence but his shot is tame and straight at Foderingham.
48 mins: Luongo plays in Michael Smith but his cross-shot hits the side-netting.
And we're under way again at the County Ground. Town are attacking towards the Town End in the second half.
The teams are back out for the second half at the County Ground.
3:19pm Sat 9 Aug 14
Well colour me surprised. The preseason games I saw showed a lack of cutting edge and no idea where the goals would come from. Well done to Cooper for sorting that out, two goals in the opening 15 minutes is great. Press on, hopefully Williams will nick one as well.
Just a quicky. Swindon Town are top of the league. Enough of that nonsense chat, there's a very real need for the hosts to tighten up defensively in the second half if they're going to take all three points.
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Barnsley 0 Crawley 0; Bradford 1 Coventry 1; Colchester 1 Oldham 2; Fleetwood 0 Crewe 0; Leyton Orient 0 Chesterfield 1; MK Dons 1 Gillingham 2; Port Vale 1 Walsall 0; Preston 0 Notts County 0; Rochdale 0 Peterborough 0; Swindon 3 Scunthorpe 1; Yeovil 0 Doncaster 1.
Swindon Town 3 (Luongo 3, M Smith 12, 45) Scunthorpe Utd 1 (Madden 20)
Time to catch your breath. A fantastic first 45 minutes of the season. Swindon steamed out of the blocks, Scunthorpe pegged them back only for Michael Smith to re-establish the two-goal lead on the stroke of half-time.
More of the same in the second half would be great, though but for a few fluffed chances and excellent saves from Wes Foderingham, Town may well have found themselves in a very different situation.
Swindon Town 3 (M Smith 45) Scunthorpe Utd 1
I'm not sure how much Michael Smith knew about this, when it rebounded off the post from Gladwin's shot and into his path. But it went in.
45 mins: Byrne drags a shot wide from the edge of the area.
45 mins: Burton's snap volley from 18 yards falls just wide.
Seven minutes will be added to the first half.
43 mins: Turnbull's header is deflected over for a corner.
39 mins: Gary McSheffrey takes an air shot at Myrie-Williams's cross. He's six yards out with the goal gaping. Big miss.
36 minutes: Myrie-Williams takes aim from the edge of the box but he slices the ball high and wide.
35 mins: Foderingham spills a low cross, the ball falls to Madden and his shot is going in but for Turnbull's backside. The defender knew nothing about it.
There are 10 minutes remaining in the first half and Swindon are slowly starting to impress themselves on the game again.
The game has lost its edge a little in the last five minutes or so. Passes going astray from both sides.
22 mins: Foderingham is down and requiring treatment after a collision, but it looks like he'll be okay.
Swindon Town 2 Scunthorpe United 1 (Madden 20)
This is where the worry is with Swindon this season. The defence. Everyone knows how clinical Paddy Madden is in front of goal but Swindon have allowed the Irishman to run straight through the middle of their defence.
He comfortably slots past Foderingham. From a position of total control, Swindon are now wobbling a little.
17 mins: That is a terrific save from Wes Foderingham to keep out Jennison Myrie-Williams's header from point-blank range. Corner.
14 mins: Luongo drags a shot wide from distance when he really should have passed to the unmarked Byrne. Never mind, you can hardly have a go at Town for the start they've made.
Swindon Town 2 (M Smith 12) Scunthorpe Utd 0
Town have flown out of the blocks here. It's a wonderful sweeping move involving Jordan Turnbull, Yaser Kasim and Louis Thompson, with the latter crossing for Smith to tap home.
Breathless, breathtaking stuff.
Deon Burton replaces David Syers, 11
Nine mins: Somehow Scunthorpe get away without a penalty being given against them when Byrne is tripped in the box by Neal Bishop.
There's been a nasty clash between Josh Lelan and David Syers, with the Scunthorpe man coming off worse. He's already received three minutes of treatment.
Swindon Town 1 (Luongo 3) Scunthorpe Utd 0
Well, that was quick. Ben Gladwin breaks with the ball, slips in Nathan Byrne down the right and the wing-back's cross is prodded beyond Sam Slocombe by Massimo Luongo, who scores his first goal since November 30.
It's a cagey start from both sides, with the ball spending most of the time in the air.
We're under way at the County Ground, with Swindon defending the Town End in the first half.
The teams are out at the County Ground. Kick-off is just moments away.
Less than 10 minutes til kick-off and so time for a quick prediction for League One this season.
I'm going for Bristol City and Sheffield United to go up automatically, with Preston, Peterborough United, Barnsley and Scunthorpe United making the play-offs.
Going down in the Morshead table are Crawley Town, Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra and Rochdale.
Do you agree? Where have I gone wrong?
Let me know by commenting below or using the hashtag #stfcadver on Twitter.
Tom Smith, who's been drafted onto the bench in place of the injured Anton Rodgers, has been given squad number 28.
Here we go again! Come on town! Let's hope no scoreboard and poor speaker system isn't a sign of things to come :) #stfcadver— @bullyboy1974 09 August 2014
There are 15 minutes to go until the start of the new season. FIFTEEN MINUTES. I'm practically giddy.
Anton Rodgers has been injured in the warm up and is replaced by Tom Smith on the Swindon Town bench.
Neither the scoreboard nor the PA system in the Don Rogers appears to be working this afternoon. Not the best of starts to the season.
2:36pm Sat 9 Aug 14
Good luck to MC and the lads today. I wish I could be there today but unfortunately I'm stuck in Zanzibar. I will have to rely on Sam for the match report.
3 POINTS PLEASE
There are worse places to be stuck!
The stewards at the County Ground have been told to expect just over 6,000 fans for this afternoon's game. That's really not very many at all.
LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Barnsley v Crawley; Bradford v Coventry; Colchester v Oldham; Fleetwood v Crewe; Leyton Orient v Chesterfield; MK Dons v Gillingham; Port Vale v Walsall; Preston v Notts County; Rochdale v Peterborough; Swindon v Scunthorpe; Yeovil v Doncaster.
LEAGUE ONE RESULT
Sheffield Utd 1 Bristol City 2
The Scunny players have pitched up now. They'll be wearing green today, which is a bit odd but nowhere near as bad as this Bristol City abomination...
Swindon Town's players are out on the County Ground pitch for their warm-up.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Nathan Byrne will do well to avoid putting his foot in a nanosecond late today as the man who sent him off at MK Dons last season, Stuart Attwell, is in charge this afternoon.
Attwell is best remembered for this refereeing monstrosity:
Swindon Town’s fans will ‘make or destroy’ their youthful team in 2014/15, according to manager Mark Cooper.
"They’re probably the biggest part because if we play like we do and sometimes we don’t get it right, sometimes fans can get frustrated," said Cooper.
"I get frustrated, we all get frustrated, but it’s so important they stick with the young guys because they can make such an impact on their young careers."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Swindon Town v SCUNTHORPE UTD: Slocombe, Nolan, Llera, Canavan, Williams, Myrie-Williams, Syers, McAllister, Bishop, McSheffrey, Madden.
Substitutes: Severn, Sparrow, Burton, Hawkridge, Adelakun, Addison, Taylor
@SamMorshead_SA top 1/2 finish if we get good start think p/offs could be possible think will be stronger 2nd half of the season #stfcadver— @jimmoffat1 09 August 2014
2:05pm Sat 9 Aug 14
One up front?
Expecting Gladwin to play in the '10' role off Michael Smith
The goalkeepers are out for their warm-up. Steve Hale is making his competitive bow as keeping coach today after replacing Fraser Digby for the summer.
He's putting Wes Foderingham and Ty Belford through their paces.
Interestingly, then, Nathan Thompson starts at centre-back this afternoon, with Brad Smith coming in at left wing-back and Nathan Byrne switching to the right.
Raphael Branco, a mainstay at the heart of the Robins' back three throughout pre-season, drops to the bench, as Josh Lelan and Jordan Turnbull make their Football League debuts.
Ben Gladwin has earned his place in the starting XI, playing just off Michael Smith up front, as Andy Williams is only named amongst the substitutes.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Scunthorpe Utd: Foderingham; Lelan, N Thompson, Turnbull; Byrne, Luongo, Kasim, L Thompson, B Smith; Gladwin, M Smith
Substitutes: Belford, Barthram, Branco, Rodgers, Barker, Williams, Waldon
@SamMorshead_SA game of few chances. Will we take ours? 2-1 town win #stfcadver— @jbrmoon 09 August 2014
1:23pm Sat 9 Aug 14
Have been looking forward to this for weeks now.
Great to Swindon back to a solid passing game, lets have a strong start and 3 points please.
Personally think Thompson will be a great captain in what could be a landmark season.
Early goal and controlled game fortress CG.
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We've only got eight minutes til the teamsheets are delivered to the press box but for now, a quick update on the state of play in the Swindon Town dressing room.
Jordan Turnbull is expected to make his debut in defence for Town after joining from Southampton, while Josh Lelan will also make his Football League bow.
Brad Smith may not quite oust Nathan Byrne at left wing-back, while Jack Barthram is also set for a place on the bench after recovering from an abductor injury.
As usual, Matchday Live is the best place to keep up to date with events from the County Ground on the go.
Stick with us throughout the afternoon for build-up, opinion, in-play updates and post-match reaction.
By 5pm you'll have wondered how you coped with a couple of months without your weekend football fix.
Newly-promoted Scunny have recruited well over the summer and have a lot of Football League experience to anchor their return to League One.
The likes of Gary McSheffrey, Deon Burton, Paddy Madden and Neal Bishop will be well know to Town fans - and Swindon will have to click into gear quickly to get their campaign off to the best possible start.
I don't know about you but I for one am relieved pre-season is over and done with.
No more endless predictions with nothing but gut instinct to rely on. Now we get down to the proper stuff, the good stuff, the wake-up-on-a-Saturday-and-get-excited stuff.
Swindon Town's young squad have very little to lose but everything to prove. They start with a tricky test in the shape of Scunthorpe United.
The season tickets have been bought, the singing voices have been warmed up, the beer is flowing and there's only one thing on our minds.
Football is back at the County Ground.