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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD
- Swindon hosts MK Dons in League One
- FT: Town 1 MK Dons 0; Ritchie and Collins both claim goal
- Lewington sent off for the Dons
- Di Canio: "We were not at our best but it's a good win"
- MK chairman prevents players and management from talking to media
It's good evening from me now and catch you all on Tuesday night, when Town visit Stoke in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Another happy matchday for Swindon fans!
Right, thanks to all those who have been involved in 'Matchday Live' today.
In summary, Swindon Town beat MK Dons 1-0 at the County Ground, with James Collins touching Matt Ritchie's cross past David Martin just before half-time.
Dean Lewington was sent off for the away side for violent conduct after elbowing Simon Ferry, becoming the fourth Dons player to be dismissed in as many games this season.
Andy Williams hit the crossbar late on for Town, who move up to third with the win.
The visitors drop to 10th and Dons chairman Pete Winkleman banned his players and management staff from speaking to the media post-match.
He said that this was in the light of a series of what he feels were poor decisions by officials for three of the four red cards his side have received this season.
ADVERTISER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: There were times when it wasn't pretty, when it needed the nitty gritty doing well and nerves to stay strong.
And Town managed all of that today against a side that is widely tipped to be challenging for promotion from League One.
Sure, you could argue that Swindon should have taken one or two more chances but really MK Dons barely had a sniff.
Let's face it, Wes Foderingham didn't have anything to do until the 91st minute when he smothered a Darren Potter shot from range.
The red card changed the game, but hardly in Town's favour if the general patterns of play are anything to go by.
MK Dons are evidently a decent team and, while Swindon fortunately played them at a time when they were missing four first-team regulars through suspension and injury, they still had to be put away.
This was a different Swindon than that which eased past Crawley. There was a stubborness there has to be admired.
On the playing field, everything points upwards for the Robins at the moment. Four games, four clean sheets, three wins and a trip to Premier League Stoke to come on Tuesday.
@SamMorshead_SA said it before the start of the season and nothing has changed my mind. We will win the league!— @DaddyDannyDill 25 August 2012
Town go up a place to third in the League One table, but are the only club in the division not to have conceded a goal so far this season.
Wes Foderingham has upped his clean sheet ratio to 28 from 45 games in total, four in four games this season and 12 in a row stretching back to last term.
Furthermore, the Robins will now become unbeaten at home IN ALL COMPETITIONS when the anniversary of their last defeat at the County Ground (a 3-1 loss to Southampton in the League Cup) comes around on August 30.
LEAGUE ONE FINAL SCORES: Bournemouth 1-1 Preston; Brentford 5-1 Crewe; Carlisle 4-2 Portsmouth; Colchester 1-1 Sheffield Utd; Coventry 2-2 Bury; Doncaster 0-1 Crawley; Leyton Orient P-P Hartlepool; Notts County 0-1 Walsall; Oldham 0-1 Stevenage; Scunthorpe 0-4 Yeovil; Shrewsbury 1-1 Tranmere; Swindon 1-0 MK Dons
@SamMorshead_SA good win. Not sure about sending off. Hopefully it was the title decider as paolo said— @02hodgsol 25 August 2012
Andy Williams is now with the press, and speaking about his frustration at not getting off the mark in a Town shirt.
He said: "If they could make the goals a few inches wider and higher that'd be handy.
"I've always been taught the harder I work the luckier I get. Hopefully the goals will start coming sooner rather than later."
@SamMorshead_SA good. Their faves to go up? We'll have the league won by Christmas if everyone's that quality!— @SuggWillSugg 25 August 2012
@SamMorshead_SA de Vita is miles better than last year, outclassed their defence— @AndrewLincoln97 25 August 2012
James Collins on the red card handed to Dean Lewington: "Si's an honest lad and he's said he's caught him."
James Collins claiming the goal: "It did get a touch on my studs."
Matt Ritchie is not too fussed: "It doesn't matter. We defended from the front and we looked strong. Maybe we should have put the game to bed and scored a second but it was a good win.
"I didn't have a great game. It's nice to get man of the match but it was a team result today."
What did Swindon Town fans make of today's game?
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Paolo Di Canio did not think his side played their best football today but he was delighted with a victory over one of the teams he believes will be at the top end of the table come the end of the season.
He said: "It wasn't probably our best game but in the first half we played our football. Second half, to be honest I did not completely enjoy.
"At the end of the day it was a step forward for my team in a real test against one of the best sides in the league.
"Before the sending off we were the only team who showed they could win the game. Since that moment we didn't play the same football.
"I have to recognise that before that moment we were a better side, after this moment we were not a completely better side than them."
And on Dean Lewington's red card, given for an apparent elbow on Simon Ferry, Di Canio said: "I don't know if it was a violent reaction or if he wanted to keep the ball and put his elbow very hard."
Paolo Di Canio should be in front of the media shortly...
MK Dons chairman Pete Winkleman has not allowed his players or management staff to talk to the media.
He has put himself forward instead...
"I've seen video of and it wasn't even a free-kick. Lewington held ball, Swindon players come to get ball off him like we see a million times up and down the country.
"Swindon player has grabbed Dean by the throat and Dean has raised his elbow.
"Somehow that has been interpreted as a red card.
"I've come to the end of a game with huge disappointment, huge frustration and pretty upset about it."
What does everyone make of that?
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FULL TIME: Swindon Town 1 MK Dons 0 - full reaction to come from the County Ground.
CHANCE FOR MK DONS (90 MINUTES): MK Dons stage a final rally and Darren Potter fires from distance. Wes Fdoeringham fumbles the initial save but leaps on the loose ball to calm a few Town nerves.
The torrential rain is back. Just down the road in Wycombe, Bristol Rovers' clash with the Chairboys has been abandoned because of the danger to players.
Rovers were 3-1 up as well.
CHANCE FOR TOWN (82 MINUTES): After a long spell of Phoney War games from both sides, Town suddenly get a golden chance to put the game to bed.
With play stretched, Williams gallops from halfway and into the MK Dons box before letting fly with a rasping effort that cannons back off the crossbar. Oh, so close for Swindon.
ADVERTISER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: It's a war of attrition out there now and Town could do with a second just to settle any lingering nerves.
Karl Robinson has dealt very astutely with the tactical nightmare of having a centre-back sent off before half-time, and MK Dons are creating chances.
It's going to be a tight and tense last 10.
SUBSTITUTION: Alan Navarro replaces Raffa De Vita for Town (73 minutes)
CHANCE FOR TOWN (63 MINUTES): When Miller’s shot from 20 yards breaks to Williams, on his own, the former Yeovil man should do better than fire tamely at Martin.
CHANCE FOR TOWN (58 MINUTES): Flint has another glorious chance to put the hosts pretty much out of sight.
Matt Ritchie’s corner finds the centre-back making strides, unmarked, in the middle of the penalty area – but Flint can only get minimal contact on the ball and cannot direct his header on target.
Players are out, sun's out, second half - let's do this!
I'm being told by Adver photographer Dave Evans, who is pitchside, that Ritchie's "goal" actually had a last touch from James Collins.
We'll have to say what the players in question say about that later!
LEAGUE ONE HALF TIME SCORES: Bournemouth 0-0 Preston; Brentford 3-0 Crewe; Carlisle 1-0 Portsmouth; Colchester 0-1 Sheffield Utd; Coventry 2-0 Bury; Doncaster 0-0 Crawley; Leyton Orient P-P Hartlepool; Notts County 0-0 Walsall; Oldham 0-1 Stevenage; Scunthorpe 0-1 Yeovil; Shrewsbury 1-0 Tranmere; Swindon 1-0 MK Dons
GOAL 1-0 (Ritchie, 45): Town open the scoring in fortunate fashion against Crawley in midweek – and it’s in a similar style that they have taken the lead today.
Ritchie cuts in from the right and crosses on his left foot. Collins goes for the ball at the near post but doesn’t appear to get a touch and the centre ends up beating Martin.
Both players claim it. It doesn’t matter. What matters is Swindon lead at the break.
RED CARD - LEWINGTON, MK DONS (40 MINUTES): MK Dons are making an unhappy habit of having players sent off this season, and it’s continued at the County Ground.
As the lightning forks in the background over, Dean Lewington lashes out at Simon Ferry as the Robins midfielder tries to get the ball off him to take a quick free-kick.
He catches Ferry with a forearm to the face and it leaves referee Phillips with little choice but to brandish the red card.
Four dismissals in four games for MK Dons this season. Unforgiveable.
ADVERTISER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: Town have been well on top over the course of the first half-hour. But for David Martin they'd be in a very comfortable position indeed.
MK Dons look nervous and hesitant, the crowd is loud and the thunder rumbling. Still, the atmosphere would be electric if the Robins can find the net before half-time.
Now Hartlepool's trip to Leyton Orient has had to be called off because the Pools bus got stuck on the M11.
Daft day in Football Land.
Lightning is on the horizon here in Swindon and the rumbles of thunder are closing in.
CHANCE FOR TOWN (23 MINUTES): Only the reactions of Martin in the Dons’ goal prevent the visitors from falling behind.
Ritchie delivers from the right, Collins gets ahead of his marker and his flicked header seems destined for the roof of the net, only for Martin to paw the ball over the bar.
CHANCE FOR TOWN (16 MINUTES): David Martin is called into action once again, getting down well to smother Raffa De Vita’s volley from 15 yards after James Collins’ initial shot deflected into his path.
CHANCE FOR TOWN (11 MINUTES): Matt Ritchie’s corner finds Andy Williams at the back post but, off-balance, the striker fires over the crossbar.
CHANCE FOR TOWN (NINE MINUTES): Swindon go close to opening the scoring. Matt Ritchie’s free-kick from the right lands at the feet of Aden Flint inside the area.
Flint has two tries at firing the ball goalwards, the second of which cannons of Dons stopper David Martin’s chest and away to safety.
The teams are out ahead of kick-off here at the County Ground. No Rockin' Robin haka pre-match was a surprise.
Thankfully, Drew Cameron has cleared the whole saga up quickly on Twitter.
@SamMorshead_SA I understand Rocky Robin is carrying a slight knock #STFC— @DrewCameron12 25 August 2012
@SamMorshead_SA 40 degrees in Tunis! Monsoon sounds great! A win today, to set up a great season! (Swindon supporter since 1967!)— @HJonesTunis 25 August 2012
Right, 10 minutes til the get-go here at SN1. As the Rocky music blurts out over the PA system, let me just fill you in on the way we can cover games on the Advertiser website.
Restrictions mean match updates can only be provided on a three-minute delay, so if you want up-to-the-minute coverage log onto Twitter and follow me @SamMorshead_SA.
Some updates will appear here but will be on delay.
Half-time and full-time quick reports and player reaction will be available as normal and 'Matchday Live' will also keep up aware of everything else going on around League One.
Hopefully that clears everything up... on with the game!
@SamMorshead_SA do not underestimate them. Potter is the best player outside The Championship— @rdslee 25 August 2012
A little bit of light on the Paul Benson situation now, with the club saying:
"Paul Benson has a slight injury and not risked this afternoon."
Make what you want of that.
Another Town fan joining us from thousands of miles away...
2:29pm Sat 25 Aug 12
Good to finally find this here ,seems like I will be able to follow the game ,it's dark still warm n well over 30 c from Nara Japan
When I was looking through the YouTube demographic breakdown in Italy I wondered who was viewing videos from Japan. Was it you?
Robbie Fowler is a guest of Swindon Town at today's game. He's pitchside at the moment talking to MK Dons boss Karl Robinson.
There's half-an-hour remaining until kick-off, so here's a reminder about how to get involved in the Advertiser's coverage on matchdays.
Voice your opinion via the comments section below, via Twitter by using the hashtag #stfcadver and by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
The teams are out for their pre-match warm-ups now. And all of a sudden it's bright sunshine at the County Ground.
Let's call the weather 'British variable' today, shall we?
Spare a thought for those Reading fans, players and press making the return trip to Berkshire after their game was called off in August for a waterlogged pitch at Sunderland.
Still can't get over that.
2:01pm Sat 25 Aug 12
1-0 to Town, Williams to score, from sunny (but dark right now at 11pm) Sydney.
Hope you're enjoying the sunshine/darkness, Steve.
Martin Holmes is concerned by Town's options from the bench today...
@SamMorshead_SA ours isn't much stronger with Benson missing through injury I assume. Thompson, Bedwell, Storey and Smith very inexperienced— @mtholmes84 25 August 2012
TEAM NEWS: MK Dons have only named six subsitutes for this afternoon's game.
MK DONS: Martin; Otsemobor, McKenzie, Lewington, Chicksen; Potter, Chadwick; Powell, O'Shea, Bowditch; Lowe.
Substitutes: McLoughlin, MacDonald, Williams, Ibhere, Ali, Spence
We've just had a mini monsoon at the County Ground. Not sure the sprinklers were really necessary after that.
It's not as bad as at Sunderland, however, where the Black Cats' game with Reading has been called off for a waterlogged pitch.
A waterlogged pitch?! In the Premier League, in August?! That's just stupid.
Chris Smith named amongst the substitutes today, and Paul Benson not on the bench. No word on why just yet.
TEAM NEWS: Paolo Di Canio names an unchanged side to face MK Dons.
SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham; Devera, McCormack, Flint, McEveley; Ritchie, Miller, Ferry, De Vita; Williams, Collins
Substitutes: Bedwell, Thompson, Risser, Navarro, Rooney, Storey, Smith.
All of the MK Dons' suspended trio of Anthony Kay , Alan Smith and Stephen Gleeson have travelled to the County Ground this afternoon.
The trio are currently doing fitness work out on the pitch.
Sprinklers at the County Ground dumping LOTS of water on the pitch pre-match.
Perhaps manager Paolo Di Canio has asked for that to speed up the tempo during the game.
@SamMorshead_SA 2-0 prediction all the way from Arkansas, USA #stfc #PDC— @ben_poole 25 August 2012
Swindon Town captain Alan McCormack talks about today's game in his programme notes:
"This afternoon we face an MK Dons side who have been in the top spots of League One over the last few years.
"Their manager, Karl Robinson, has done a great job there over the last few years and hsi team are playing some great stuff.
"Having done our homework on them, if we keep our discipline on and off the field then we will be in with a great chance of another positive result and three points."
More team news now, and we don't expect Troy Archibald-Henville to be involved today as he recovers from a slight knock.
@SamMorshead_SA I'm going out on a limb and confidently predicting a 5-1 Swindon victory.— @cheddar_george 25 August 2012
A bit of early team news for you now, as Paolo Di Canio has confirmed in his programme notes that Gary Roberts is not going to be involved today.
The winger is recovering from a calf injury but was walking into the County Ground earlier this afternoon minus the protective boot he has been sporting recently.
Swindon Advertiser reporter Andy Warren has waded in with his prediction:
@SamMorshead_SA 1-1. Williams to score first i think!— @AndyWarren_ 25 August 2012
@SamMorshead_SA 3-1 swindon. Benson, Williams and De Vita :)— @turner_95 25 August 2012
It's interesting that MK Dons are struggling to even slightly shed their "franchise" tag despite being into their ninth year of competition.
Will Milton Keynes ever be viewed by Town fans as a club in its own right?
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The first predictions of the day are coming in via Twitter and, perhaps unsurprisingly, there's a lot of positives vibes floating around Swindon Town cyberspace.
@SamMorshead_SA Swindon 3 - 0 Franchise. Flint to score first from a X header, Ritchie gets a double. Franchise manager sent to the stands.— @garymchugh 25 August 2012
In his programme notes today, Paolo Di Canio says of MK Dons:
"MK Dons coming to Swindon will give us a very good picture of where we are. They have done well over the last few seasons and are perhaps a step ahead of us at the moment.
"My players must not underestimate the challenge today because the first hour at Hartlepool United a week ago gave us a little lesson.
"The way we have been training is very encouraging and the signs are good going into today's game."
Hello, good afternoon and welcome everyone to the League One clash between Swindon Town and MK Dons.
After a win and a draw from their opening two league matches in 2012/13, Town go into today's game full of confidence against a side who have been up in the third-tier play-offs in each of the last three seasons.
Town haven't beaten the Dons at the County Ground since 2006, but that could all change this afternoon as Paolo Di Canio's men look to build on their 3-0 victory over Crawley in midweek.
Don't forget, you can get involved by using the hashtag #stfcadver on Twitter, commenting below or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Here we go...