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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & TOM BASSAM
- Town visit Luton in the Capital One Cup
- FT Luton 1 (Rooney 54 pen) 2 Town (Smith 76, 82)
- Rooney shown a late red card
- Injuries to Louis Thompson and Brad Smith could see them miss Crawley
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "That's about it for this evening's coverage and from me on matchdays at the Advertiser. I'll leave you in the capable hands of the rest of the team at Adver Towers from now on. A very happy finale.
"Let's keep fingers crossed for an Old Trafford sojourn in round two."
That's about it here from Kenilworth Road. A great fightback from Town sees them in the pot with the potential of Premier League opposition.
I hope my updates were at least intelligible of not always spelt right and that you will join us again here on Matchday Live for Town's trip to Sussex to take on Crawley this Saturday.
Should have added that Lee Marshall replaced Louis Thompson in the 93rd minute, it was nasty tackle on the Thompson and he could miss Saturday.
Williams coming on was crucial, chased down a ball in the corner which led to the pen! We were always the better team tho. #stfc— @jayonce78 12 August 2014
Byrne: "I've enjoyed playing on the right and enjoying getting the opportunity to do that (so far this season)."
Byrne: "We knew it would be a strong battle (tonight).
"Every team has a weakness and ours might be physicality but the lads handled it well tonight."
Byrne speaking now: "It's early days we just want take it one game at a time."
Smith: "I don't really pay attention to what people say, I just listen to the gaffer.
"I'm a football fan myself and I understand myself the frustration."
Smith: "Its's a League 2 side against a League 1 side they're always going to be up for it."
Smith: "I've heard little rumours of a move but I'm happy and enjoying my football."
Michael Smith speaking now: "I didn't expect to be this good so soon."
Joel Chianese is the trialist, so far he's been too jet-lagged to train.
Medial ligament for Brad Smith and Louis Thompson also a doubt for Saturday.
Cooper: "When you play like we do you leave yourself open to getting kicked."
Cooper: "It could be a turning point for us after we went down and came back into it."
Cooper: "Two games, two wins, you can't ask for much more."
Cooper: "Louis Thompson has a dead leg, Barthram and Turnball being stitched up now. Anton is still a doubt for Saturday."
Mark Cooper: "We kept going and stuck our beliefs.
"It was an outstanding away peerformance.
"The second goal was absolute utopia."
9:51pm Tue 12 Aug 14
Congratulations to MC and the lads tonight just wish I could have been there. Top banana lads. Just brilliant, thank you.
Reaction from Mark Cooper to follow shortly.
9:37pm Tue 12 Aug 14
Who ever is doing this report is having a real bad day spelling.
Sorry guys, still getting used to this.
Town desvered that with a strong fightback, Smith and Thompson excellent and Luongo looking classy.
SWINDON WIN 2-1!
96 mins: Luton throwing everything forward but it's very ragged.
96 mins: We're still playing here, Town controlling extra time.
93 mins: ROONEY SENT OFF. Th goalscorer is sent off after going down in the box looking for a penalty, his second yellow.
91 mins: N Thompson booked for protesting about a foul on his brother.
90 mins: SIX MINUTES OF ADDED TIME!
89 mins: Town keeping the ball and trying to run the down the clock here. Extra time board due imminently.
87 mins: Luke Rooney awarded man of the match by the home sponsors.
83 mins: The corner comes to nothing.
82 mins: Williams tests Tyler at his near post, a great run down the right from the number 10 who chops back on to his right and shoots at the near post.
Luongo plays a a lovely weighted pass into Smith who keeps his composure to place past Tyler. Great finish from the big striker after a Lungo's ball.
80 mins: SMITH SCORES!
78 mins: Matt Robinson goes off for Mpanzu.
ATTENDANCE: 4,410 here with a solid 436 travelling from SN1.
Cool low penalty from Smith, Town's pressure had deserved that.
76 mins: SMITH SCORES!
Clear foul on Byrne, Smith to take.
75 mins: PENALTY TO TOWN!
9:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14
old town robin says
Where this "all guns blazing" Cooper promised, sounds more like a damp sqib
73 mins: Low daisycutter from Bathram which Tyler again gathers.
Town starting to crank up the pressure hopefully they haven't left it too late.
72 mins: Benson is replaced by Ross Lafayette.
70 mins: Town's slow build up results in a corner which again comes to nothing.
67 mins: Smith has a shot which clips a Luton defender for a corner. The corner leads to some consistent pressure which concludes with a Williams shoot over on the volley from outside the box.
64 mins: Cullen off for Luke Gutteridge.
65 mins: Fraser Franks sees yellow as he trips Luongo on a break from the home side's corner.
62 mins: Bathram needing treatment as Luton prepare to take a corner.
Luton looking dangerous as the volume goes up in Kenilworth Road.
61 mins: The rain has abated.
60 mins: Luongo strikes from the edge of the box but it is tame and Tyler gathers easily.
58 mins: It's end to end stuff here but quality is lacking as Town's midfield struggle to get hold of any good possesion.
56 mins: It's raining here now as the home fans work through their repetoire of terrace chants.
Town will feel hard done by but they must regroup quickly now.
54 mins: Andy Williams replaces Gladwin.
53: ROOONEY SCORES. The former Town striker's right foot penalty beats Foderingham to his right. Good strike but a soft decision.
51 mins: PENALTY TO LUTON! Nathan Thompson is harshly adjudged to have handled as he tried to control the ball with chest. It hit his shoulder and Rooney lines up the kick.
49 mins: Turnball and Benson involved in a collision which sees the Town defender bandaged up on the pitch.
48 mins: A nice move from Town sees Kasim and Luongo work the ball from left to right then Louis Thompson plays a well weighted through ball which Byrne shows great pace to get on the end of. His cutback goes over Smith again but that was a great move from Town.
47 mins: Free-kick to Luton is delivered by Rooney but a foul sees the chance go and Foderingham plays it to Kasim from his own free-kick.
We're off again here.
SUBSTITUTION: Bartram on for Brad Smith (45 mins).
The mystery man here with Swindon Town today is Joel Chianese, who is on the books of Australian outfit Sydney United.
Chianese is a five-foot, nine-inch striker.
Half time here apologies for the slight delay wi-fi in Luton is about as consistent as sewage.
46 mins: Too often Town have got into good wide positions and failed to find a man. It's Byrne this time who has to trot back the half way having seen his ball go long.
45 mins: Town break quickly with Kasim feeding Louis Thompson, he moves it wide to Dan Smith whose delivery is not good enough. Shame it was an exciting move.
Thompson wins a free-kick on the left hand side with a nice angle. Gladwin's kick bobbles through for a corner.
Five minutes left here and much of Town's early zip has disappeared allowing Luton men behind the ball and attacks petering out.
41 mins: Fraser Franks has a shot just past the post, Foderingham was beaten but it never looked like curling in, at least from my seat.
39 mins: Louis Thompson is down now having been clipped by former £300,000 man Luke Rooney.
I doubt the Luton fans will let Branco forget about that but it was a foul by Benson he could have booked for.
35 mins: Benson's physicality is causing Town's defence a bit of trouble and he dives in again on Branco and catches the Brazilian late. Branco's cries do not go down well with home fans but the ref plays the advantage.
33 mins: Griffiths hits a shot from 30 yards, in truth it is always drifting away but Foderingham dives at it goes over the stanchion.
31 mins: Louis Thompson is booked for diving, after going down on the edge of the Luton box that is a hideous decision. It may not have beena foul but Thompsonn's momentum is what took him down
30 mins: Kasim is booked for breaking up the Luton breakaway.
29 mins: Luongo has a good looking shot charged down having been found by Nathan Thompson marauding out of defence.
28 mins: Luke Rooney is booked for a cynical foul on the half-way line.
27 mins: Yas and Gladwin over it but the Iraqi's effort drifts tamely over the bar.
26 mins: Yaser Kasim plays a lovely pass to an open Louis Thomspson just inside the Luton half, his storming run results in a free-kick on the edge of the box.
Town are controlling the game here and looking the more likely to make something happen. Byrne looks dangerous against Scott Griffiths and keeps getting to the byline, Smith and Gladwin need to be doing more to to get on the end of it.
22mins: Gladwin is found by Byrne just inside the Luton area but his sidefoot shot is straight at Tyler in goal. He really should have done better with that.
21 mins: Former Town man Paul Benson breaks through after a muddle in midfield but tries to square it when perhaps a shot was the better option.
Town go staight down the other end where Byrne's cross again fails to find a man.
Miles Storey has scored for Portsmouth in their Carling Cup match at Fratton Park.
15 mins: Byrne slices wide after a nice backheel from Luongo.
14 mins: Luton have the ball in the net but Town's defence marshalled their offside trap well and the ironic cheers from the home fans barely break above a murmur.
A lovely move from Town, with plenty of neat interchange around the box, results in Ben Gladwin looking to bend one from 18 yards and seeing his shot drift just over.
7 mins: Foderingham keeps looking to play the ball from the back but Luton are pressing high and keep forcing the ball long.
5 mins: Town go very close early here. Byrne crosses on the volley after a lovel ball from Louis Thompson but Michael Smith cannot get on the end of it. Town in the ascendency.
3 mins: Paul Benson is in sharp with a tackle on Nathan Thompson as Town start playing from the back.
We're off here at Kenilworth Road.
Luton are in their orange shirts with blue and socks.
They are out, Town are in their change kit afterall, red and orange do clash apparently. They line-up in white shirts, red short and red socks.
Teams, I imagine, will follow him out of the tunnel shortly.
Town boss Mark Cooper is out and gets a warm applause from the travelling Town fans.
7:15pm Tue 12 Aug 14
Been informed by a mate at the game that the mystery player is Dominic Poleon from leeds.
There's a gentleman here with a very old school, wooden rattle. Wow, it makes some noise for a tiny little thing.
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "Fifteen minutes til my final game covering Swindon Town for the Advertiser gets underway and I thought I'd take a moment to thank everyone who's read and contributed for the past 27 months. It's been a blast.
"I won't be going far and I'll still be covering Town elsewhere, you don't get rid of me that easily.
"Anyway, back onto the game, as the Swindon subs and Tyrell Belford practice free-kicks from the edge of the box, who's predicting a glut of goals tonight? I think there just might be."
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "I've been told by the club that the mystery man who's with the Swindon Town squad here this evening is simply 'a trialist'.
"He's not trialling tonight, of course, and usually Town are quite good at naming their trialists - which would suggest there's more too it. Alternatively we could be barking up completely the wrong tree.
"Perhaps Mark Cooper will shed some light on the situation after the game."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
LUTON TOWN v Swindon Town: Tyler; Connolly, Griffiths, McNulty, Wilkinson, Franks, Robinson, Drury, Rooney, Benson, Cullen
Substitutes: Lacey, Wall, Howells, Justham, Ruddock Mpanzu, Lafayette and Gutteridge.
Both sets of players are out on the Kenilworth Road pitch for their respective warm-ups.
There's a smattering of Town fans in the Oak Road Stand here at Kenilworth Road. They give Wes Foderingham a nice round of applause as he comes out to warm-up.
BACK IN THE DAY
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Little chance of seeing Town's new away kit tonight with their hosts playing in orange that fits almost to well with their sponsors Easyjet.
One change, then, for Swindon Town as Raphael Branco replaces Josh Lelan as expected.
Anton Rodgers does not make the bench, meaning he's presumably got some work to do to get over his knee injury. We've been told by the club that we'll get an indication of how severe the problem is from Mark Cooper in his post-match presser.
There are places amongst the substitutes for Lee Marshall and Will Randall - both talented, second-year scholars. Though that does give a good indication of how thin this squad is.
It's an incredibly attacking bench named by Mark Cooper, one attacking midefielder, four strikers and Jack Barthram.
Much intrigue over a mystery face that appeared on the pitch with the players' pitch inspection we're currently working on identifying him.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Luton Town v SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham; Thompson N, Branco, Turnbull; Byrne, Kasim, Luongo, Thompson L, Smith B; Gladwin, Smith M
Substitutes: Belford, Barthram, Marshall, Randall, Waldon, Barker, Williams
LUTON TEAM NEWS
Luton will be without former Swindon man Jonathan Smith, Shaun Whalley, Alex Lawless and Andy Parry for the game.
Luke Guttridge is fit again though, while Luton boss John Still admitted he might be tempted in to making a few changes for the tie.
5:45pm Tue 12 Aug 14
Swindon1984 wrote:Not many would go 84 prices would be to high!!!
Will be a stern test tonight but with perseverance and a bit of luck it'll be a win (and away to Man Utd in the next round...)
Come on you reds.
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Anton Rodgers was the only doubt for Swindon Town ahead of tonight's game but he's travelled with the squad to Kenilworth Road despite his knee injury.
Otherwise, Josh Lelan has not been given permission to play by Derby County, while there is a mystery man with the Swindon party here in Luton this evening. We're waiting for official word from the club on his identity.
Luton will be no walkover. Recently promoted to the Football League after five years away, the Hatters are among the favourites for promotion this term.
On a lush playing surface at Kenilworth Road, Town will be able to play their football. It should be entertaining and you can follow all the action right here throughout the evening.
Swindon reached the third round of this competition last season before being beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at the County Ground, and Mark Cooper will be hoping for a similar boost to the club's coffers this time around.
Good evening ladies and gents and welcome to Kenilworth Road, where Swindon Town are preparing to take on Luton Town in the first round of the Capital One Cup.