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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Brentford
4:05pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 in Local
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Brentford 1 (Donaldson 59)
- Three changes for Town, with Thompson, Hollands and Martin in for McCormack, Bostock and Williams
- Robins looking for third straight win, Bees unbeaten in six
That's it from us tonight, ladies and gents. Another evening to forget at the County Ground.
Clayton Donaldson's second-half strike handed Brentford all three points in their 1-0 win but Swindon remain sixth in League One.
The Robins have now won just four of 10 home league games this season.
Next up is a trip to Meadow Lane to face Notts County on Saturday. We'll see you all there.
For now, goodnight.
Defender Jay McEveley always knew how Brentford would set up at the County Ground this evening, and admitted his side struggled to break the Bees down.
“It was a difficult game and you could tell it would just be one goal either way.
“We knew their game plan and how they play, and they got their goal and then it was hard for us to break them down.
“I can’t put my finger on what happened, but it is very hard because we were full of confidence and we need to get ourselves up.
“They all seem to be tight 1-0 losses and it is a lack of concentration which costs us.
“We missed a few chances and they didn’t go in, but we have to pick ourselves up again.
“We have felt good as a back four unit, and we have spoke together and felt we were quite solid.
“It was a slip and lapse in concentration by not tracking the flick-on, and there is no excuse for that because we practice it every day.
“If we put the performances in like we can do for 90 minutes, and if we do that we will be unlucky not to get anything out of the games.”
Midfielder Danny Hollands made his first start for Town this evening, and believes Swindon just struggled to take their chances.
“It is tough, but apart from their goal I can’t remember any clear-cut chances.
“We had some that didn’t fall for us, and when we went behind we perhaps went a bit long and a bit direct.
“A few things didn’t drop for us, and when things like that happen you know it is not going to be your night.
“They came with a game plan and the two central midfielder did a good job and screened the forwards.
“Maybe they came for a point, I don’t know, but we need to put it right.
“It is nice to get a full 90 minutes although the result wasn’t great.
“Saturday is a big game and Notts County is a tough task, but if we go there in the right frame of mind we have a chance.
“Every game is tough, and maybe we didn’t deserve to lose today, but we did, and we need to pick ourselves up.
“You need to win your home games if you want to do anything in this league.”
There are two days left before the closure of the loan window, and Di Canio is in the market for one more player.
IN THE MARKET: Paolo Di Canio
“I am close but I do not want to talk about this because we lost the game," he said.
“But there is two days left and I want to bring in a specific player in a specific position because I am disappointed in one player.
“I don’t want players who play tippy tappy football but without the heart.”
Di Canio is staying realistic about his side's chances in League One
“The fans can say what they want, but the reality is we come from League Two, have embargo for two months, and we are still in the top eight after 19 games. It is a sort of miracle.
“Hollands and Martin give us options, but even if I knew my players I will not give up because the day we give up I stop to be manager.
“I have to be realistic, this is the level I have got with the ability, touch and brain which is most important.
“In League One every side has three players who have played in the Championship, and they have quality and can take their chances.
“Some of my players who are weak in their mentality go down with their desire, and we have some average players, but we did a good job and we are there.
“Some of them played all the games without breath, and we can lose, but I prefer to lose in a different manner.”
Town manager Paolo Di Canio is speaking to the media.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“I am angry for the simple reason that for without doing something special we were on top of the game, and three or four players of my squad didn’t perform because they have a very average mentality.
“If you are not focused and you are not capable of recharging the battery, you do not go through the chance you created, and then one chance one goal for the opponent.
“Nathan Thompson made a tactical mistake, but I said to him don’t worry because he did his best, and four of my players didn’t do the same.
“This was an opportunity to remain close because you need wood for the chimney because it is cold in the winter period, but it is a shame and it is clear some players were relegated in League One two years ago, and now they are close to play-offs in League One, and I can’t keep improving them more and more.
“We didn’t create a lot straightaway, but in the last 15 minutes of the first half we created chances, and the only team that should win was only Swindon. At the end the result is, you lose.”
“We have players with a snobby attitude sometimes because they win one game and fly away and not recharge, the difference is between us and Brentford is that they take their chance.
“We play attacking football and are not capable of taking our chance because four or five are not ready.”
LEAGUE ONE FULL-TIMES:
Bournemouth 1-1 Stevenage
Carlisle 1-3 Doncaster
Colchester 1-3 Coventry
Crawley 0-1 Yeovil
Hartlepool 1-2 Oldham
Portsmouth 2-3 Leyton Orient
Preston 0-0 Notts County
Scunthorpe 1-2 Bury
Sheff Utd 3-3 Crewe
Shrewsbury 2-2 MK Dons
Swindon 0-1 Brentford
Tranmere 0-0 Walsall
FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Brentford 1 - Donaldson's second half goal wins it.
STOPPAGE TIME: Martin heads over McEveley’s corner. Moore booked for time-wasting. One minute left.
88 minutes: Big, big chance for Town but Martin can only head Ritchie’s cross wide. Five added minutes.
87 minutes: Donaldson slices an effort wide
ATTENDANCE: 7,431 (548 Brentford fans)
83 minutes: Both Darren Ward and Clayton Donaldson booked for dissent.
82 minutes: Sam Saunders free-kick is deflected over the bar.
All sorts of nonsense on the touchline as Uwe Rosler throws an extra ball onto the pitch, and when it returns once again from the stands, Di Canio reacts angrily, comes onto the pitch and tries to thump the ball back into the crowd – but misses his kick.
SUBSTITUTION: Sam Saunders replaces Paul Hayes.
75 minutes: The Town defence is exposed as Hayes is clean through on goal after beginning his run inside his own half, but McEveley gets back superbly to tackle.
SUBSTITUTION 74 minutes: Gary Roberts replaced by Adam Rooney.
72 minutes: Gary Roberts outmuscles Shaleum Logan to win the ball, but his final ball is woeful.
SUBSTITUTION: Harry Forrester replaces Scott Barron.
71 minutes: Miles Storey is given the opportunity to open his legs and fly forwards, but his final ball flies high over the bar.
The home fans starting to get a little restless here.
SUBSTITUTION: John Bostock replaces Ferry. McEveley takes the armband.
62 minutes: Ritchie has a shot blocked behind for a corner as Town press for an equaliser.
59 minutes: GOAL 1-0 Brentford (Donaldson) The visiting number nine picks up the ball on the edge of the area and weaves into the box, and fires past Foderingham left footed to give the Bees the lead.
SUBSTITUTION: Miles Storey replaces James Collins.
57 minutes: Forshaw whips a ball into the box and Foderingham does well to punch clear.
53 minutes: Douglas gives the ball straight to Roberts, and the winger fires a pin-point cross along the floor in the six yard area, but no red shirt is there to take advantage.
50 minutes: Douglas gets ahead of himself and has visions of thumping into the back of the net in front of the Town End from 40-yards, but his effort trickles along the floor and out of play.
47 minutes: Ferry’s first attempt at heading Jay McEveley’s pass to Ritchie fails, but after heading straight up in the air he nods it to the winger at the second attempt, although Ritchie’s cross is straight into the arms of Moore.
Both teams are back for the start of the second half, doesn't look like any changes.
Town boss Paolo Di Canio has warned Town fans not to expect his side to play like Barcelona, with the slow first half this evening proving his point.
“In general, not 90 per cent of the fans, some of the fans think now that we have to play like Barcelona.
“They think that we have got Barcelona players. They have to be crazy if they think that. We have very good players, we know this, but we have to also understand the moment.
“Sometimes we decided to play more directly in the last few games because it didn’t work playing from the back like we wanted from the beginning of the season because of injuries, change of players and this is the moment we have to play more directly.
“This doesn’t mean that we play kickball, we play football because we show once the ball is on the ground in the opponent’s half we play not only effective football but attractive football.
“The last few games should finish with seven or eight goals for us, not only three or four. Just in case someone loses the sense of reality I told the people to stick together.
“It’s easy to win 4-1, everybody celebrates, we jump up to the top four but one day we will stay out from the play-offs. I hope not but that would be normal for the future because it’s not easy to remain there for long.”
Like Paolo Di Canio, Uwe Rosler chose to start his English managerial career in the lower leagues rather than going right for the top.
Here, Di Canio explains why he chose to go for a Football League position and why it is so attractive for young foreign managers.
“I don’t know the reasons for his decision but for me it was easy. It was my desire to be a manager in England.
“In Italy, I told you many times, I had a chance to move to a club two leagues above. I decided not to sign the contract because it is different football and I don’t like generally the atmosphere in Italy.
PAOLO DI CANIO ARRIVES AT SWINDON
“I thought I would have the chance to be in an environment where I can show my quality and bring success and a new mentality.
“I can improve there and maybe one day reach the top level. It is easy for me because it is the best football in the world, for all reasons - for the tempo, for the atmosphere, for the relationship you can have, everything.
“I love England for many other reasons but the football is something special.
“I presume that he thought like me. If you are a humble person you don’t have to think like that. You have to be realistic.
AND THE TOWN MANAGER HAS ALREADY CELEBRATED PLENTY OF SUCCESS
“If I was in Italy waiting for a Premiership club maybe I would wait 200 years and not get the chance because I didn’t prove anything yet.
“Lots of managers from abroad come in here, even if they decide to start from a low level, to show their football and probably also from my point of view that even if you go into a League Two decide you might only have one pound but you decide how to spend it.
“You build the team. This is the normal way in England. This is the reason. Once you decide to move to England you know you can spend £1, £2, £200, £1million, £2million and you can build the team who have the character and quality to show your football.
“That is a good base to start to show your quality as a manager.”
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Bournemouth 0 Stevenage 1; Carlisle 0 Doncaster 2; Colchester 0 Coventry 2; Crawley 0 Yeovil 0; Hartlepool 0 Oldham 1; Portsmouth 0 Leyton Orient 1; Preston 0 Notts County 0; Scunthorpe 0 Bury 1; Sheffield Utd 2 Crewe 2; Shrewsbury 0 MK Dons 1; Swindon 0 Brentford 0; Tranmere 0 Walsall 0.
8:00pm Tue 20 Nov 12
joey butler says
Re 'On This Day' 7.09 pm this evening,
''East scored twice in the first half before hitting a hat-trick in 16 minutes during the second period. East remains the only man to have scored five for Town in one game since World War II.''
Sorry Adver Guys, but I think Steve Peplow scored 5 goals in a friendly at Newport???
Of course, all these stats apply to competitive games, as any footballers' career stats show. Friendlies don't count to a career tally.
HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Brentford 0
45 minutes: A superb disguised ball from Hollands sets McEveley free, and after the ball is pulled back to Collins, Moore pulls off a superb one-handed save.
43 minutes: From the corner which followed, Joe Devera flicked the set piece up in the and Martin’s shot at the back post was blocked on the line. The ball comes out to Ritchie but he lashes wide.
42 minutes: Town have their closest effort so far as Martin fires from range and sees his effort clawed behind by Moore.
40 minutes: Collins deflects Ritchie’s cross about 40ft in the air, and after it is turned behind Ritchie’s corner is headed away by Paul Hayes.
39 minutes: Ritchie and Ferry combine down the right, but the latter’s cross is cleared by Craig.
Still pretty scrappy here, with both teams trying to keep hold of the ball but being let down by their final delivery.
29 minutes: Ritchie turns superbly and whips in a right footed cross, which Tony Craig is forced to leather over his own bar – and out of the ground.
YELLOW CARD 28 minutes: Douglas leaves a very late foot in on former teammate Simon Ferry, and receives a yellow card for his troubles.
8:00pm Tue 20 Nov 12
joey butler says
Re 'On This Day' 7.09 pm this evening,
''East scored twice in the first half before hitting a hat-trick in 16 minutes during the second period. East remains the only man to have scored five for Town in one game since World War II.''
Sorry Adver Guys, but I think Steve Peplow scored 5 goals in a friendly at Newport???
That may well be the case, but friendlies don't really count
22 minutes: At the end of another crisp passing move from Town, Hollands chips a nice cross into the box which is stolen off the head of Collins by Tony Craig. Swindon waste the following corner with a short effort.
Town starting to feel their way into this one now, but despite some decent spells of possession, they have not been able to create any chances.
14 minutes: McEveley and Roberts rampage down the left, before James Collins can’t quite bring the winger’s cross under control.
11 minutes: The game’s first effort on goal comes from Clayton Donaldson, but Wes Foderingham is able to palm his 20-yard effort away.
Nine minutes: A combination of Jay McEveley and Danny Hollands bring down Adam Forshaw, and after the ball is laid off by Scott Barron, Forshaw’s shot is blocked by Chris Martin.
Very little in the way of action here in the first eight minutes, and even less in the way of chances.
Conditions looking a little awkward out there. Pitch looks perfect, but is playing a little heavy.
One minute: Visiting keeper Simon Moore hammers a kick out of hand straight out of play.
And we're off!
Former midfield partners Simon Ferry and Jonathan Douglas shake hands and toss the coin, and Town will kick towards the Town End in the first half.
Here come the teams!
Eight minutes til kick-off here. I'm going for a crowd of 7,865, a 2-1 home win, 5.2mm of rainfall and a goal apiece for Martin and Collins.— @SamMorshead_SA 20 November 2012
Five minutes until kick-off, and the County Ground is still filling up.
The striker has scored goals wherever he has been since his move from Hull to York in 2005, and the same is true of his time with the Bees. The striker is quick and strong and can force his way past defenders with ease if given the time and space, and will need to be watched.
The Irish midfielder needs no introduction to Town fans following his two years in Wiltshire between 2009 and 2011, where he was part of the Swindon side which made the League One play-off final before suffering relegation the following season. If given time and space he can control the midfield, and his former teammate Simon Ferry will be doing his best not to allow him to do that.
The French-born Malian has been impressive since moving to Griffin Park from Peterborough, and has become a mainstay of the midfield alongside Douglas. He likes to control possession and create chances for his teammates, and if he does that, he can be a real threat.
We are currently being entertained by the beautiful voice of Coldplay's Chris Martin, so let's hope the Town striker with the same name can do the business tonight.
CHRIS MARTIN AND CHRIS MARTIN
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The last time Swindon Town entertained Brentford at the County Ground, Charlie Austin scored in a 1-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy stalemate.
It was at the start of a season which would end with Town being relegated to League Two, and Swindon weren’t even granted a cup reprieve, as the Bees won the ensuing penalty shoot-out 4-2.
Former Adver chief sports writer Anthony Marshall’s match report can be read right here.
Paolo Di Canio believes his players will now fight even harder for their place in his side since the arrival of both Chris Martin and Danny Hollands.
“We got a better position in the last four games because there was pressure for a bad performance.
“It’s difficult to explain but you understand now what it means to have a situation where everything is okay, no injuruies, you can bring players in and the players in your dressing room know you can bring in players if they don’t fight every single moment for their place.”
Uwe Rösler is clearly well informed - two Championship players? #stfcadver— @mankatron2009 20 November 2012
Simon Ferry thinks this year's edition of League One is no easier or tougher than the version three seasons ago which saw Town reach the play-off final.
“It’s still a very tough league. That season had Leeds and Norwich but now you’ve got Coventry who are a big club as well," he said.
THEN: SIMON FERRY DURING HIS FIRST SEASON IN WILTSHIRE
“It’s still a very tough league to get out of. That year we got to the play-off final it was hard and it’s the same this year.
“I think everyone can beat everyone on their day, there are a lot of good teams and a lot of good players. It’s very similar.
NOW: FERRY IN ACTION THIS TERM
“You look at the results each week and everyone is beating everyone so it’s hard.”
Former BBC Director General Greg Dyke is a massive Brentford fan and, after playing a major role in saving the club from liquidation six years ago, now serves as chairman.
In the late 1990s, chairman Ron Noades made himself manager of the Bees, and he didn’t do too badly either. Noades led the west London outfit to promotion as champions of Division Three in 1999.
Brentford became the first team to win the fourt-tier title under all its guises (Fourth Division, Division Three and League Two) when they were crowned champions in May, 2009.
Brentford’s home ground, Griffin Park, is a particular favourite amongst drinkers as there is a pub on each of the four corners of the stadium. They are the Royal Oak, the New Inn, The Griffin and The Princess Royal, which is owned by the club.
The Griffin was used as the set for a scene in British football-yob thriller Green Street.
Steve Coppell is the only Bees manager to ever complete his Brentford career with a win percentage of 50 or higher. Coppell tasted victory in 27 of his 54 games in charge between May 2001 and June 2002.
While Town boss Paolo Di Canio has insisted Town may not be able to maintain their current position, opposite number Uwe Rosler is not surprised to see the Robins where they are.
PAOLO DI CANIO AND UWE ROSLER
“I'm not surprised at the good start they have made when you look at the players they brought in in the summer.
“When their transfer embargo was lifted recently they went and signed two Championship players on loan so they are really going for it.”
Paolo Di Canio thinks it is pretty obvious that the "magic combination" of players and management at Swindon Town is still thriving.
“It’s obvious that they did something special but it happened a few weeks ago when there were a few changes and we had to stick together more, we have to let the people that joined us in the last few days know what is going on in here," he said.
“After a win like that, the first win after a few weeks where we hadn’t won at home, was good and it was a good moment. It showed people that we still have the magic combination between the players and the staff.
“I said to the fans to understand more than ever that if we want to do something to enjoy together, which is not a promise to go up but have a good season, we have to stick together.
PAOLO DI CANIO AND ALAN MCCORMACK
“Otherwise everything looks normal in here. If we stay in the top three people say it’s normal, we have to finish top two. It’s not normal, it’s something special what we have done until today.
“The players are the main part, the staff next to them and fans make their part. We have to keep going. There will come a day, I hope not soon, when we will have a bad moment like it happened at the beginning of the season but that is normal in football.
“I hope this moment will come far from now. It can be normal to lose against Brentford because it’s 50-50 against a team that did well until now, only three points from us, a tough side to face - and it can happen against Notts County.
“It’s important to maintain this atmosphere.”
Fancy Chris Martin for a couple tonight, looked lively Saturday and was unlucky not to score. #stfcadver— @ooshauntaylor06 20 November 2012
Disappointed @JohnJBostock not starting, always enjoy watching him play. But hollands looks a decent player too. #stfcadver— @ooshauntaylor06 20 November 2012
6:59pm Tue 20 Nov 12
Chris Martin looked lively on Saturday. Play like that again and he should get his first goal tonight. 60 mins of Martin followed by 30 mins of Storey should be awesome
Simon Ferry will skipper the Town side this evening, and wants a repeat of the performance which saw Town beat Yeovil 4-1 at the weekend.
“I thought it was a really good performance by the boys. We hadn’t won at home for a while so after a few good away performances we needed to put that right.
“I thought the first 15 minutes it was even but we knew it was going to start like that. As soon as we got the first goal we battered them and it could have been more.
“It was back to doing what we were doing at the start of the season when we played MK Dons and Crawley here.
“It’s just working hard, trying to dow hat we’ve been told, putting a gameplan in and actually doing that. We had chances and we were taking them.
“I think if we get an early goal here it kind of deflates teams and then we can get our game going after that.
“It doesn’t play on my mind, you just go into every game the same to be honest. I go in to win every game and don’t think what’s happened before.”
Paolo Di Canio is anxious his players will not focus fully enough for this evening's clash with Brentford following their 4-1 victory over Yeovil on Saturday.
“If we miss two or three players who don’t perform in the way that I want it will make a difference," he said on Monday.
“The fact that we play against Brentford, who are close to us, reduces the worry because it’s clear that they are close to us. It’s not a team who’s close to the bottom and so we cannot underestimate them.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“Their record is a good record because they haven’t won many games away from home, only one, but they have not lost many, only two, and they have drawn six.
“It means that they are a very good, solid team. Maybe they drop with 10 on the edge of the box. It’s a tough side.
“After you present this picture in front of your players you think everything is clear but you never know.
“The play-offs are there. If we lose tomorrow we can go out of the play-offs. If we played against tomorrow against Hartlepool it would be worse, definitely.
“For one or two of the players there is a risk.”
Before Saturday's 4-1 home win over Yeovil Town had gone eight weeks without a league win at the County Ground, and Simon Ferry was relieved to get the monkey of their back.
“It never really felt like that. It was the first win in eight weeks but we didn’t really think about that. We had a few draws but I think the last defeat was Colchester.
“It was nice to get the win but it didn’t feel like it was the first win in that long. It was a good performance.
“The performances are what matter and I think we’ve been playing well but we’ve not been winning games. When we’ve had the chances we’ve not quite taken them.
“In the last month the performances are up. Eight weeks without winning didn’t seem to bother us and we still went out and played well.”
ON THIS DAY
Friday, November 20, 1964
Bert Head broke the Swindon Town record transfer fee by paying £15,000 to Chelsea for Dennis Brown.
Brown went on to score 44 goals in 106 games for the Robins before moving to Northampton Town in 1967.
Saturday, November 20, 1965
A week after scoring four times in an FA Cup tie against Methyr Tydfil, Keith East goes one better by hitting five in the 6-2 win against Mansfield Town in Division Three.
East scored twice in the first half before hitting a hat-trick in 16 minutes during the second period. East remains the only man to have scored five for Town in one game since World Ward II.
Wednesday, November 20, 1968
Swindon take a step closer to a place at Wembley by beating Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor in the two teams’ League Cup semi-final first-leg clash.
Stan Harland and Peter Noble got the goals for the Robins, Ralph Coates scored for the Clarets.
Jonathan Douglas will captain Brentford against his former club this evening.
IN THE AWAY DUGOUT - UWE ROSLER
Like Town boss Paolo Di Canio, Uwe Rosler has chosen to start his managerial career in the UK in the lower leagues.
The German is best known in English football for his time with Manchester City, where he managed a goal every three games for the Maine Road side in the days before their Middle Eastern money took hold.
From there he returned to his homeland before stints at Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, but opted to end his career on Norway with Lillestrom, with his time as a player coming to a premature end after he battled lung cancer.
But after beating the illness, It was in Lillestrom he began his managerial career, and he led the side to two successive fourth place finishes in the league, as well as losing in the finals of both the Norwegian Cup and the Royal League.
All that was not enough for him to save his job, and a brief stint at Viking followed before a move to Molde, but despite not losing a game, he was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After moving to Brentford he guided the club to ninth in his first season, their best finish in six years, and they currently occupy the same position this time around.
Both sets of players are out on the County Ground pitch for their warm-up.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
BRENTFORD v Swindon Town: Moore; Logan, Craig, Dean, Bidwell; Forshaw, Douglas, Diagouraga, Barron; Hayes, Donaldson
Substitutes: Lee, Saunders, Dallas, Forrester, Oyeleke, German, Kiernan
Brentford manager Uwe Rosler is expecting a tough test at the County Ground this evening.
Rosler's side are unbeaten in six but the German is not being complacent ahead of the trip to Wiltshire.
“We have to be on our toes from the beginning," he said.
“They started like a house on fire against Yeovil and have quality throughout their team. The first goal will be very important – both teams know that.
“Swindon are also playing with a direct style, so it will be another physical test for us. They are an energetic team who press all over the pitch.
“When the opposition do their homework sometimes they will not let us play, but we still have to try and get the ball down.
“There's not room for mistakes because against sides of this quality we will get punished.”
New loanees Chris Martin and Danny Hollands start this evening, and boss Paolo Di Canio has thanked his agent Phil Spencer for making the move happen.
CHRIS MARTIN AND DANNY HOLLANDS
“I have to thank Phil, who works 24 hours per day, because to get the two lads who came in and joined us he worked 48 hours in a row without rest and in the end he brought in the players that I wanted.
“He did very well, it wasn’t easy.”
@SamMorshead_SA 1-nil Swindon #stfcadver— @turner_95 20 November 2012
Coyr 3-1 Collins Martin and Ritchie #stfcadver— @Neilhoughton82 20 November 2012
YOUR SAY - FACT OF THE DAY
6:50pm Tue 20 Nov 12
I doubt if it will have much bearing on the game but Pocahontas used to live in Brentford. Lets hope we're the ones taking a scalp today...
Thank you for that gem. If it's true of course.
Simon Ferry will captain Swindon once again tonight, with regular skipper Alan McCormack on the bench.
He told the local media yesterday that the armband doesn't influence how he prepares for a game.
He said: “It didn’t make a difference. Every single game I go in and try my best, it doesn’t really matter if I’m captain or if I’m on the bench - when I’m on I’ll always do my best.
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: SIMON FERRY, LEFT
“I knew as soon as Macca was fit that he’d be captain (for the Yeovil game) again so it wasn’t really anything I thought about.”
Town boss Paolo Di Canio is sporting a moustache in aid of the Movember charity movement, but jokingly suggested he may keep it if his side carry on winning.
“I’m not looking good to be honest. It’s better than the end of last season when I looked like a 60-year-old but today I look like a Mexican.
“I joined this moment because it’s important but it’s probably better not to have any pictures while it’s there.
“For what happened more often to the man, but not only to the man, touched me because of what happened last year and for many other reasons.
“It’s not only Movember but I will join a testimonial for an association that is trying to get the funds for research against cancer. That will be an occasion we can have fun together and try to persuade people that there is something we can do for the cause.
"If we keep on winning maybe I will let it grow until the end of the season. Last year it happened the same. I decided not to shave my face for a month for my reason and then I kept going for two or three months.
“Obviously it doesn’t matter if I look bad. Fortunately I have two daughters already, I don’t have that problem anymore.”
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Brentford: Foderingham; Thompson N, Devera, Ward, McEveley; Ritchie, Ferry, Hollands, Roberts; Collins, Martin
Substitutes: Bedwell, Archibald-Henville, Bostock, De Vita, McCormack, Rooney A, Storey
Can't be there tonight but going for another 4-1 win with collins 2 , Storey And Martin to score, crowd of 8250 #stfcadver #coyr— @stevetyrrelluk 20 November 2012
Paolo Di Canio is convinced that James Collins' two goals against Yeovil on Saturday were down to the pressure put on him by loan arrival Chris Martin.
Collins is expected to lead the line once more this evening alongside Martin in the absence of Andy Williams.
“It’s not an accident that James Collins scored twice and worked so hard again with anger and determination for 95 minutes.
HOTSHOT: JAMES COLLINS FIRES HIS SECOND AGAINST YEOVIL
“He’s human. When there were three strikers he could think he would play three games in four and relax. This is human.”
Following Saturday's convincing 4-1 victory over Yeovil Town, midfielder Simon Ferry believes it is vital the Town players maintain their focus going into tonight's game.
“Sometimes it does happen that when we’ve had a good game the next game’s not so great. When we beat Stoke we went and got beat by Preston.
“The boys are fully focused on the leagues now, we know we’re out of the cups and we want to be up there at the end of the season. We know, especially with our home games, we’ve got to go in and put in performances so I’m sure on Tuesday the boys will be ready to go.”
Good luck to the boys tonight. Tough game.— @AFlint4 20 November 2012
6:26pm Tue 20 Nov 12
smirg kcab says
I say again how can willo be out for two weeks when we have no game in two weeks??
Onwards and upwards
He's not going to be fit enough to figure in first-team plans over the course of the next two weeks - taking in games against Brentford and Notts County.
6:30pm Tue 20 Nov 12
Going to be tough tonight but I have faith we can get the win. We always seem to play better against good sides
SWINDON TOWN v BRENTFORD: A potted history
Swindon Town have an extraordinarily high win percentage of 67.5 in games against Brentford at the County Ground down the years.
Since the teams first met in SN1 in September 1901 in the Southern League, the Bees have visited the Robins 57 times but have only emerged with a win 10 times.
Brentford’s first victory in Wiltshire came in November 1904, thanks to a pair of Franks - Oliver and Hobson, who scored three goals between them in a 3-1 success.
After that win, however, the Bees went 18 games without stinging Town in their own backyard.
That long and miserable run for the west London outfit lasted 25 years and included a streak of 13 consecutive Swindon victories in the tie between 1909 and 1927.
Four successful trips to the County Ground in seven matches followed, as Brentford started to figure out how to pick up points in Wiltshire, but normal service was resumed in the 1960s and 70s as Swindon won six games in a row between the teams in SN1, scoring 19 goals in the process.
There has not been a goalless draw involving these two sides at the County Ground since May 1981, while Swindon have not failed to score at home to Brentford since a 2-0 reverse in November 1992 - a run of 12 matches.
The last two clashes in Wiltshire have ended in 1-1 draws but Swindon are unbeaten in four against the Bees at home and have lost just one of the last 10.
5:26pm Tue 20 Nov 12
Redhouse Red says
Going to get wet
You're not wrong there. The pitch still looks excellent, however, despite its drenching and Marcus Cassidy has done a superb job. The Arkell's it a bit wet - right up to row L there's a bit of standing water.
@stfcadver tonight I'll be clapping 1st season Douglas and booing 2nd season Douglas. Mixed feelings like a lot of #STFC fans! #STFCAdver— @dphunt88 20 November 2012
How will you respond to Douglas' return tonight? Let us know by commenting below or using the hashtag #stfcadver on Twitter.
This evening sees the return of Jonathan Douglas to his former stomping ground.
Douglas captained Swindon for two years between 2009 and 2011, overseeing both a play-off final at Wembley and relegation to League Two.
He is remembered in contrasting ways by Robins fans, but he says he has nothing to prove as he arrives back in Wiltshire with Brentford this evening.
“I had a great time there but that's finished now. I don't feel I have anything to prove," he said.
“I loved my spell there, especially the first year when we got to the play-off final. We played really well but lost to Millwall 1-0.
OLD BOY: JONATHAN DOUGLAS IN ACTION FOR SWINDON
“The second season was disappointing. We got rid of Charlie Austin and Billy Payner, who had scored something like 40 or 50 goals between them, and never replaced them so it was always going to be a struggle. The team was ripped apart and we suffered.
“I wasn't offered a new deal – the club didn't take up the option on my contract. I never ruled out staying despite relegation but they never offered me anything so I didn't have a choice.”
6:21pm Tue 20 Nov 12
GOOD LUCK TONIGHT BOYS..
The weather should work in are fav as we will have to keep the ball on the ground...
IF we do that we will win 3.0
Alan Navarro is close to a return to full training, according to Paolo Di Canio.
The midfielder has spent more than a month on the sidelines with a medial ligament injury but could be back in contention soon.
“Navarro was the first with a long injury," said Di Canio. "If everything goes okay with this week then Monday he can join the team and the of his teammates and start our tectical session.
OUCH: NAVARRO WAS FORCED OFF IN THE 2-2 DRAW WITH COVENTRY
“He can challenge and maybe, maybe in a shorter period than what we thought he can join us again.”
@SamMorshead_SA Reports from Preston fans were that Brentford were nothing special, but had good energy to pinch a point on 89m #stfcadver— @JentSar 20 November 2012
Nothing official just yet - we expect confirmation of the teams at around 7pm - but here’s a quick rundown of the state of the Swindon squad at present.
Andy Williams is set to miss out. The stiker has been ruled out for at least two weeks due to a knee injury and we’re waiting to hear on the results of a scan for that one.
OUT: ANDY WILLIAMS
Alan Navarro remains sidelined with a knee problem of his own, Aden Flint is suspended, Tommy Miller has a leg injury, Federico Bessone is nursing a calf knock and Giles Coke is still back at Sheffield Wednesday receiving treatment on a foot problem.
Chris Martin could well start this evening, after Paolo Di Canio suggested the on-loan Norwich frontman would be asked to fill the void left by Williams.
There could be a return to the bench for Miles Storey.
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Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Advertiser's live coverage of Swindon Town's League One clash with Brentford at the County Ground.
After their first home league victory in eight weeks on Saturday, Town will be buzzing to sink the Bees and make it two in a row in SN1 and three in all.
But it won't be easy. Brentford are unbeaten in six and making a serious charge at the play-off places and in Clayton Donaldson bost an explosive and dangerous striker that Swindon will do well to keep quiet.
Expect goals and drama on a damp night in Wiltshire, which you can follow in detail from now until 10.30pm right here.
Sit back and enjoy.