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- HT Swindon Town 1 Crewe Alexandra 0
- Kasim's glorious free-kick gives Town the lead
- Luongo deemed not fit enough and sits the game out
- Town sit 11th in the League One table, Crewe are 23rd
- REPORTING BY TOM BASSAM AND MICHAEL REEVES
Media scrum over that means that we're finished with Matchday Live until Tuesday night when we return for the visit of Brighton in the League Cup.
A good win for Town and thanks for sticking with us.
Mark Cooper is in the media room:
"Crewe came for a point. I didn't feel we were ever in trouble and I'm glad we got the three points."
"Yaser has lost about 25 balls at the training ground, I've got thorn scratches all over trying to find them but it was well worth it for a goal like today."
"We have 14 players at the moment, we're short on depth but we're working bringing in players."
"We thought Massimo had a chance to play last night but there was no improvement overnight so we gave him a rest."
Louis Thompson is speaking to the press:
"I thought we dominated possession.
"They came out to press us all over pitch and the lads dealt with that well.
"Ben's (Gladwin) been brilliant so far this season.
"We believe in ourselves, in how we play, we work on that week on week, it paid off today.
"We put on a real footballing show today."
4:58pm Sat 23 Aug 14
Ah well , that`s another three points !
Still waiting for Mark Cooper in the media room.
Reaction to come shortly.
A deserved Town win against a poor Crewe side. Williams and Kasim's goals both good quality and Swindon's patient possession game reaps the rewards. Brad Smith was lively and showed signs of why he received his first Australia call-up this week.
It's all over here and Town get the comfortable win, their first in the league since Scunthorpe on the opening day.
91 mins: Turnbull shows good compusre to marshall a threatening Crewe break out of harms way, the ball was bouncing around the box dangerously there.
Comfortable 3 pts, but this has to be one of the worst crewe sides for a long time. Harder tests to come #stfc Kasim motm— @SteveWarren1968 23 August 2014
89 mins: Gladwin replaced by George Barker. Three minutes of added time announced.
Town appear to be playing this out now. Groans from the crowd are understandable as the ball returns to Foderingham once more but the Swindon defence must want that first clean sheet.
Yaser Kasim announced as Town's man of the match over the PA, probably fair.
Crewe are throwing the ball forward now.
Billy Waters is through the middle for Crewe now with Vadaine Oliver on the right of the front three and Inman on the left.
Attendance 6,513 with 133 from Crewe.
83 mins: Double change for Crewe, Oliver and Inman on for Haber on Molyneux.
82 mins: Barthram comes on for B Smith. The young Aussie has had a decent afternoon.
81 mins: Cooper calling for his side to push up as Crewe have the ball in their half. Tootle has a decent strike from distance but it drifts wide.
Really pleased for Andy Williams, a thoroughly nice guy getting back to his best after a long injury.
Williams powered into the area and showed great composure to get his second in two games.
76 mins: Goal from Williams!
75 mins: Another short routine but the ball sails though at the far post from B Smith
Gladwin is a tall lad, I don't undertand why he isn't put in the box for corners.
74 mins: Williams can't get a ball in from the right but does win a corner.
73 mins: The visitors are enjoying their longest spell of attacking possession for a while. Nothing doing yet.
71 mins: Foderingham flaps at a cross and that in truth his the closest Crewe have come to a chance. Turnbull clears up the danger.
70 mins: He nearly does! Garratt tipping Kasim's attempt over the bar.
69 mins: L Thomspn wins a cheap free-kick 30 yards out, Kasim over it again. Can he repeat the trick?
61 mins: It's a poor corner from B Smith but it dribbles out to L Thompson. His strike is scuffed wide.
65 mins: M Smith does well to force a coner out of Dugdale.
63 mins: B Smith, far improved from Tuesday, forces a corner by using his pace to get around the outside and cross. The set-piece goes short and comes to nothing.
Need another goal, I get twitchy at 1-0 #stfc— @stfcinbmth 23 August 2014
60 mins: Town allowed all the time in the world to build up to a flashing Byrne cross, neither M Smith or Williams can get near it.
So far this has been very easy for Swindon in this half. Crewe look devoid of ideas, not much of the attacking football they promised.
Come on SWINDON. Get a 2nd Goal #STFC— @mark_wix 23 August 2014
54 mins: M Smith strikes the crossbar! Gladwin plays a through ball out to the left for B Smith and his floated cross finds his namesake. M Smith gets up well and beats Dugdale but sees his header hit the frame of the goal.
53 mins: Patient build-up from Swindon ends in a low cross from Byrne which Garratt gets down to claim.
Billy Waters hasn't shown much of his early season form so far today, a cross-field ball towards him is mis-controlled and runs out of play - very poor.
49 mins: A cheeky dinked ball from Byrne finds M Smith but on the stretch his volley is harmless.
47 mins: First action of the second half. A neat interchange near halfway between Gladwin and M Smith allows the midfielder a run at the box. Gladwin checks and crosses for M Smith but the big striker fouls in his attempt to win the header.
Second half is underway.
It's 0-0 in Oxford, can Miles break their resistance? Let us know on #stfcadver.
I say teams, so far just it's Crewe. Maybe Davis has sent them out early to get a reaction in the second 45.
Teams emerging for the second half.
Crewe looked bright in the early stages but faded badly. Town took the game on from the 20th minute onward, creating a number of chances before taking the lead through Kasim. It was a well deserved advantage by the break with only one team in it and the home side dominating possession.
HALF-TIME, TOWN LEAD 1-0.
46 mins: Swindon working a number of their corners short. Perhaps that's a reaction to their recent failures to produce much from set-piece dominance.
45 mins: Two minutes of added time to come.
45 mins: Gladwin curls in a shot from the edge, Garratt saves well.
Town are absolutely dominating the ball here, over 64% possession at the moment. Crewe's early invention has all but disappeared.
41 mins: B Smith has looked good so far today, he has another dangerous effort. Striding in from the right he works along the byline and gets a shot in that could have dribbled over had it not been dealt with.
40 mins: Byrne forces a corner, B Smith to take.
Yes !! 1-0 in the railway derby Kasim #STFC— @BrownSauceSTFC 23 August 2014
You'd have to say Town deserved that goal. On the balance of chances created, it had been coming.
34 mins: Atkinson on for Ness as Steve Davis makes an early first change, the Stoke loanee looked to have picked up a hamstring injury.
GOAL FOR TOWN!
Kasim's free-kick is a beauty and it finds the top right corner, great strike. Cooper will be hoping the Iraqi FA were watching that one.
31 mins: Louis Thompson is fouled 25 yards out from goal, Gladwin and Kasim lining it up.
Smith looks to have been really working on his link play recently, he's far more aware of those around him than last season.
28 mins: A flurry of chances for Swindon. Tootle has to be aware to clear Byrne ball with Williams arriving, but his header only finds B Smith. Smith gets off two shots which Garratt saves well. More like it from Town.
28 mins: Williams goes down in the box looking for a penalty, nothing doing from referee Lee Collins.
27 mins: Another chance for Town. Byrne gets in a good low cross that M Smith leaves for Williams whose shot is blocked.
26 mins: Louis Thompson gets on the end of a ball from Michael Smith, Garratt has to to be alert to save.
23 mins: Williams and Smith are looking bright as a partnership. Williams just a tried a little backheel trying to find his fellow striker, it didn't come off but that was an encouraging sign.
22 mins: Brad Smith refound his range with a dangerous low cross, Garratt takes it with Williams certain to score if he didn't.
21 mins: Ben Gladwin creates the clearest chance of the game so far. Three Town players worked to steal the ball in midfield and Gladwin emerged with hit. He timed his pass well to find Kasim in the box but the Iraqi's low angled drive is saved by Garratt.
Rain starting to come down here at SN1.
19 mins: As I type that the Liverpool loanee earns groans from the crowd after an overhit ball into the box.
18 mins: Brad Smith gets in on the action, he makes a burst down the left, to the delight of those in the Don Rogers. His early cross finds Byrne but he can't find a centre and the ball goes out for a throw-in. Promising from B Smith.
16 mins: Kasim surprises everyone with a strike at goal but it's harmless.
15 mins: Town have a free-kick, right side of the area 30 yards from goal, Kasim over it.
13 mins: Nathan Byrne gets in his first cross of the piece, it's testing but Tootle deals with it well at the back post.
Bit of a quiet start for #stfc, patience appears to be key #stfcadver— @michaelreeves78 23 August 2014
11 mins: Town seem happy to knock the ball around at the back. The crowd are urging them forward.
Early signs show Town might not have it all their own way today. Crewe looking to play far more than any of Swindon's last three opponents at this stage.
7 mins: ... that comes to nothing.
6 mins: The free-kick strikes the wall and goes out for a corner.
5 mins: Crewe show their first signs of life as Branco is bypassed by a through ball, N Thompson concedes a free-kick 30 yards from goal.
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2 mins: Town's first attack comes after some patient play from the back ended with Andy Williams crossing, but it's too deep.
... And we're off.
A minute's applause in memory of former Town player and Hall of Famer, George Hudson, is beautifully conducted by the County Ground fans.
The teams are out here Town, of course, in red. Crewe in an all navy number with some sky blue trim, oo-er.
MILES STOREY UPDATE
Storey starts today against that lot up the road, I know a few fans were giving him some encouragement in the build up.
Miles storey is going to destroy oxford— @pBuckley05 22 August 2014
12 months ago #stfc beat #cafc 5-0 at the County Ground #stfcadver— @michaelreeves78 23 August 2014
Out of the 15 times #stfc have faced #cafc at the County Ground, Town have won nine of them #stfcadver— @michaelreeves78 23 August 2014
The signs are looking good for Town this afternoon then.
2:42pm Sat 23 Aug 14
Red Marra says
Any news about the Australian trialist that turned up at Luton?
We understand a decision was due to be made on Joel Chianese this weekend. We will ask Mark Cooper after the game.
Town's PA going to an extra effort to show that it's working in the Don Rogers by making the crowd give a wave.
Crewe's fans aren't an optimistic bunch:
If we lose by less than 4 today it will be a good result #crewealex #cantdefend #gowithwhatwehavegot #stillcantdefend— @AndrewRogers9 23 August 2014
Less than half an hour to kick-off, what are your predictions? I'm going 3-1 Town #stfcadver— @michaelreeves78 23 August 2014
That's my colleague Michael Reeves' prediction, I'm backing a clean sheet so I'll say 3-0.
It's just 25 minutes to kick-off now what are you score predictions? Let is know using #stfcadver
Andy Williams, whose goal against Gillingham the other night was a real gem, was very gracious about Town's medical staff after the game.
Town-wise Louis Thompson returns from suspension with Massimo Luongo judged not fit enough. That means Ben Gladwin retains his place in central midfield and after his goalscoring start so does Andy Williams.
Crewe will line a up in 4-3-3, with the only changes from their last fixture Jon Guthrie coming in at left-back and Lee Molyneux replacing Brad Inman on the left of the front three.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Town v CREWE ALEXANDRA: Garrat; Tootle, Ray, Dugdale, Guthrie; Turton, Ness, Grant; Waters, Haber, Molyneux.
SUBS: Shearer, Atkinson, Oliver, Inman, Saunders, Nolan, Leigh.
RT @Tbassam: RT "@ThePeterMorse: Expecting just one change for #CreweAlex today, with Jon Guthrie in for Greg Leigh" Guthrie is a local lad…— @AdverSport 23 August 2014
Swindon goalie Wes Foderingham is out warming up, he spoke this week about the improvement to his game since he started playing as a 'sweeper 'keeper'.
Another of Town's youth prospects is on the bench today, Tom Holland. He was part of the Milk Cup Bowl winners in 2012.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
TOWN v Crewe Alexandra: Foderingham; Branco, Thompson N (C), Turnbull; Byrne, Smith B; Kasim, Thompson L, Gladwin; Williams, Smith M.
Subs: Belford, Barthram, Lelan, Holland, Marshall, Barker, Waldon.
Obligatory pitch inspection photo #stfc http://t.co/gXcb5qczpr— @Tbassam 23 August 2014
1:05pm Sat 23 Aug 14
Good luck today I expect 3 points v Crewe . Based on the opposition and the way we are playing . Passing game should work v them . But no game is a give me . We will need to keep the ball , pass it , and not give it away easy . And win it back quickly when Crewe do get it. I expect us to win 3-1 today .
12:29pm Sat 23 Aug 14
GOOD LUCK 2DAY BOYS.....
12:12pm Sat 23 Aug 14
STFC Boyo says
COME ON SWINDON TOWN
Robins skipper Nathan Thompson said in his column in the matchday programme that the teams are aiming for perfection.
He said: "We’ve heard criticism from some of our fans and we appreciate your frustration. To go behind twice against Gillingham despite 67% possession doesn’t seem fair but, ‘Lady Luck’ must have been on their side for them to capitalise on the only two chances they had.
"However, we play with the correct ethos so I believe that if we continue in the same way the results have to come. As the Gillingham anomalies show, the margin for error is very small, so this means we have aim for perfection – and we’re committed to getting results for our fans."
TOWN SKIPPER NATHAN THOMPSON
Town boss Mark Cooper has been pleased with how his team have started the campaign. In today's match programme he said:
"I think we’ve been really good and I’m pleased with the start we’ve made to the season. Yes, we’ve conceded some soft goals – I think that’s the nature of the age of the boys we’ve got but we need to keep on working on that and make sure we eradicate those mistakes. I think football-wise we’ve been fantastic and we are slowly but surely getting a reputation as being a good football team, which is want we want. Yes, we want to win games as well but it a process that will bear fruit the longer it goes on."
TOWN BOSS MARK COOPER
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Good afternoon and welcome to Matchday Live from the County Ground.
Swindon Town will be searching for their first win in three League One matches when they entertain Crewe Alexandra.
Mark Cooper's men have been playing some attractive football this term, but they have conceded some soft goals and have lack a creative edge between the midfield and the attack.
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