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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town 4 Carlisle United 0
10:32am Saturday 5th January 2013 in Local
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 4 (Williams 16 & 55, Collins 37, De Vita 80) Carlisle United 0
- De Vita taps in Town's fourth
- Two Andy Williams goals either side of one from James Collins put Swindon in control
Di Canio also revealed Paul Caddis is no closer to sealing a permanent move to Birmingham, while offers have been received for Aden Flint.
STALLED: Paul Caddis
“We agreed a deal in some way, but we receive they can not buy him now. At the moment they say no, and 99% not for the rest of the month. We are happy to keep Rooney here to the end of the year.
“Aden Flint is an important player because Troy is out, but we received a request from clubs ready to spend money and it is one option, probably the main one, because there is this opportunity.
“If possible I want to bring in another player.
“If we have to send out all the loan players it would be the worst madness in the world.
“It is something I do not understand because I do not want to burn my brain, I don’t want to spend energy thinking about why.”
Paolo Di Canio has also said he would be willing to put his own money into the club to ensure Town can keep the likes of Chris Martin, John Bostock and Danny Holllands.
“I will do everything.
“I will do everything, even put in my money and I am not joking.
“I will put in something which is mad to keep those players.
“Now I am here I am not a passive manager, because it is a shame to lose these players in this moment.
“In this atmosphere it is a shame, and it is not a provocation.
“I will put my money to keep them as long as we can, because I care and I want to win.
“With them we have more chance and I will do my best.
“I have to try and do something and I can not do anything in this moment.”
“I have to go step by step by priority, and it is obvious Danny Hollands and Chris Martin want to stay desperate, and in the last few game do more and more.”
“I am not going to sell my houses, but if it is enough £30,000 I will put, £300,000 is stupid.
“In terms of £20,000 or £30,000 I will for sure because I have ambition. When I did I want to have less money and more success.
“I spent big money on solicitors, so I will for players.
“Tonight and tomorrow I hope to receive some phone call, and the last three win should change someone else’s opinion.
“I have to find another way to keep this group.”
The Town boss was pleased with the way his side scored their goals this afternoon.
“All of the goals came from the movement, and it came from the training session so thanks to them.
“The first one from a simple throw in made me happy because it was a fantastic goal, but because Andy, after a few months, didn’t sleep in the ground and asked the ball and not wait for the ball. That made me happy because sometimes he waits for the ball to arrive to him.
“Everybody is starting to understand what we do and how we can arrive.
“The other goals were beautiful, and there were many situations where I thought it was not easy to make 15 or 16 clear chances and another 20 potential where we didn’t pass the ball well.
“I want to see us suffer more and win five or six games 1-0, and that would give me a final answer and show the maturity is complete.”
Di Canio has previously stated how he believes it will be tough for Town to stay at the top end of League One, but he has now changed his opinion.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“We brought in two lads that are very good in integrating themselves because they are not arrogant, and they brought a quality, professionalism, desire and competition.
“My players turned my opinion, and it’s obvious the big surprise is to win and score 14 goals, because even the top team in the world should expect to give something away, Barcelona.
“The players want to make sure they take the information on the field, and that shows 10 steps forwards and they feel their responsibily.
“But they are not tense and are cool in what they are doing, and they are a real group and a team.
“In the way we reached the level made me very happy and positive, if we can maintain this group.”
Town boss Paolo Di Canio is speaking to the media, and joked today's 4-0 is a step back from their two recent 5-0 home wins.
“This is one step back, no it was the best performance of the season because it came after two 5-0 at home.
“It was against a side who was a banana skin, and we didn’t fall in the trap which is why I am very happy.
“My players pushed to score a goal, but not one chance for our opponents.
“I am happy with the way we played because there is not one player who upsets me and every single one did a fantastic job and I am very happy.
“We have to also think in the future we want the same support when we are 1-0 down.
“Every game is a big game, and it is thanks to the job the players did.
“We play Bournemouth next week which is a very key game, and thanks to them I gave them a longer rest, one day.”
LEAGUE ONE FULL-TIMES
Crewe 1 Stevenage 2
Doncaster 1 Colchester 0
Scunthorpe 0 Shrewsbury 0
Swindon 4 Carlisle 0
FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 4 Carlisle United 0
It may not have been five, but it was still pretty good. Better all-round performance than against Portsmouth I would say, as Town dominated for all 90 minutes.
90+1 minutes: A bit of head tennis in the penalty area as Town go for their fifth, and Roberts heads only inches wide.
89 minutes: Collins wins a free-kick on the edge of the box, and Roberts free-kick is deflected behind for a corner. Devera heads De Vita’s set-piece wide.
Three minutes added on
4:40pm Sat 5 Jan 13
WE WANT 55555555
87 minutes: Liam Noble is booked
83 minutes: Gillespie picks up a pass from his own man, and referee Trevor Kettle gives the indirect free-kick. The ball is pulled back from Thompson who sees his shot blocked, before Tommy Miller hits the bar with the follow-up.
81 minutes: Martin drags a shot wide
80 minutes: GOAL 4-0 TOWN (De Vita) Roberts cuts inside and shoots left-footed, and after Gillespie makes a save the ball bounces back to De Vita, who has the easiest of tasks.
78 minutes: Alan McCormack gets forward hit a cross into the box, and although Roberts manages to reach it at the back post he can only turn it wide.
SUBSTITUTION: Tommy Miller replaces Simon Ferry (77)
74 minutes: Chris Martin weaves his way into the box, and gets off a shot which hits the post holding up the net.
73 minutes: Nathan Thompson goes on a charging run forward which only ends when his shot is deflected into the air and into the arms of Gillespie. The full-back challenges for the ball, and breaths on the keeper to force the free-kick.
72 minutes: Gillespie makes a great save after Danny Hollands fires in a header from a corner.
70 minutes: David Symington has a shot but again the visitors can’t hit the target.
SUBSTITUTION: Raffa De Vita replaces Matt Ritchie, with the Italian going to the left wing and Gary Roberts switching to the right. (68)
68 minutes: James Berrett fires in a long-range effort but it is over the bar.
67 minutes: Ritchie gives away possession, Miller has a pop from 35 yards and Foderingham turns it round for a corner.
SUBSTITUTION: Andy Williams is replaced by Chris Martin (64)
64 minutes: Ritchie cuts inside and shoots wide.
BOOKING: Matt Ritchie booked for dissent. (63)
Things have gone a little flat since Town scored their third goal
LEAGUE ONE SCOREFLASH
Crewe 1 Stevenage 1
Luton are one up on Wolves in the FA Cup
4:02pm Sat 5 Jan 13
Hope Andrew Black has a change of heart watching this.
55 minutes: GOAL 3-0 TOWN (Williams) Ritchie is given the ball wide on the right and slides a cross all the way across the box which Williams rams home at the back stick. Great finish.
54 minutes: A vicious cross into the near-post from Collins is cleared, and from the corner which follows Devera can only bundle the ball behind at the back post.
JAMES COLLINS' SECOND GOAL HITS THE NET
Picture by Dave Evans
50 minutes: Collins dribbles all the way across the field before firing over when maybe he should have passed, and Di Canio immediately tells Chris Martin to warm-up.
48 minutes: A good ball from Collins sets Williams away, and after Ritchie finds Ferry, the Scot tries to spread play but can’t find his man.
ANDY WILLIAMS CELEBRATES TOWN'S FIRST
Picture by Dave Evans
We are underway again
Both teams back with us now, more of the same please.
FA CUP HALF-TIMES
A few shocks on the cards in the third round this afternoon, selected scores below.
Aston Villa 0 Ipswich 1
Bolton 1 Sunderland 0
Luton 0 Wolves 0
Middlesbrough 1 Hastings United 0
Wigan 0 Bournemouth 1
Swindon Supermarine 0 Wimborne 1
Wootton Bassett 3 Carterton 0
Binfield 0 Shrivenham 0
ADVER SPORTS WRITER ANDY WARREN: Andy Williams and James Collins are working together superbly this afternoon, just like they did at the start of the season. The pace of Williams and power of Collins is causing the Carlisle defence problems, and forcing them out of shape with wave after wave of attack. But for a litttle more composure the lead could be even more, but Town are looking very comfortable.
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Crewe 1 Stevenage 0
Doncaster 0 Colchester 0
Scunthorpe 0 Shrewsbury 0
Swindon 2 Carlisle 0
HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 2 Carlisle United 0
Goals from Andy Williams and James Collins give Town a comfortable lead at the break.
42 minutes: Town work the ball into the area and have at least five opportunities to shoot, but choose not to and the chance is gone. Three minutes added.
40 minutes: Robson has the visitors’ first shot, and it is very wide.
39 minutes: Collins zips a cross through the six-yard area, but there is no-one there.
37 minutes: GOAL 2-0 TOWN (Collins) Great ball into the six-yard box from Ritchie allows Collins to thump a header home. No more than Town have deserved.
Town looking pretty comfortable so far, but should be more than 1-0 up.
30 minutes: Collins superbly holds off his man on half-way to free Roberts, but after the pair charge into the Carlisle box the winger’s pull-back is perhaps a little late. The striker does get a shot off, but it is cleared off the line by Matty Robson.
That goal was disgraceful ! #STFC #Gazza— @m_storey32 05 January 2013
3:24pm Sat 5 Jan 13
red white says
24 minutes: Collins superbly chests the ball into the path of Williams, and the striker volleys at goal but sees his effort blocked by the arms of Danny Livesey. No free-kick.
22 minutes: Town continue to press, and this time it is Roberts who sees a shot blocked after Collins’ pull back.
21 minutes: Town are free again through Williams who pulls it back for Collins, the striker slips before getting a shot off which is blocked.
19 minutes: Collins miscues a shot which falls to Williams, and the striker’s effort hits Murphy but Town’s appeals for handball are waved away.
16 minutes GOAL 1-0 TOWN (Williams): Great finish from the striker who lifts McCormack’s throw over the head of his marker before finding the back of the net.
14 minutes: Collins so full of confidence after last week, and thunders another effort on goal which is blocked.
12 minutes: Williams sends himself inside with a good touch, but curls wide.
10 minutes: Williams robs Liam Noble of possession, and James Collins picks up play and crosses for Gary Roberts whose effort back across goal just drifts wide. A great effort from a narrow angle.
Wootton Bassett take the lead at home to Carterton.
SUBSTITUTION: Mike Edwards hobbles off and is replaced by Peter Murphy. (8)
Five minutes: A heavy touch takes Collins into the area but Gillespie beats him to the ball. The striker takes a tumble and appeals for a penalty, but the keeper looked to get there first.
Wimborne Town take the lead at Swindon Supermarine
Three minutes: Collins drives over after being flagged offside.
Two minutes: Town create the first opening as Andy Williams charges down the left, and pulls the ball back. James Collins tries to shoot but sees his effort blocked, and the ball falls kindly for Simon Ferry who thunders straight at Mark Gillespie. Good save though.
We are underway
Town will attack the Stratton Bank in the first half.
Here come the teams!
2:49pm Sat 5 Jan 13
Should start with De Vita not Roberts...anyway come on you REDS.
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BREAKING NEWS: Rockin Robin has sustained an injury over the festive period and will not be in action today.......shame.
The Scot plays a vital role in everything the Cumbrians try to do, and is the spearhead of their 4-3-3 formation. Although not blessed with pace, the big striker likes the ball into feet and looks to free his teammates when possible. The former Aberdeen man returned from injury recently, and has instantly shown why he has been sorely missed.
The left-sided player is a seasoned performer in the bottom two divisions, having played well over 100 games for both Carlisle and former club Hartlepool. Although more regularly a left-midfielder this season, Robson has switched to left-back for today and will look to get forward to support Miller.
The midfielder scored a thumping goal on his last visit to the County Ground, and is certainly a player that doesn’t need to be afforded any space by Town this afternoon. The former Huddersfield junior can control play if he is allowed to, and looks to get the ball into the feet of Miller to begin Carlisle’s attacking moves.
Adam Rooney to score today, you heard it here first #stfc #stfcadver— @Skinz2006 05 January 2013
At the beginning of 2013 Sam and Andy are making a new start and are looking to use their (questionable) football knowledge to raise money for Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust.
Today's bets are:
Sam: Swindon Town 1-0 Carlisle, Andy Williams first scorer. 20/1
Andy: Swindon Town 2-0 Carlisle, Matt Ritchie first scorer. 25/1
Last week we successfully managed to win nothing for charity, so let’s hope for a different outcome today.
All money will be donated to the trust at the end of the season.
Carlisle boss Greg Abbott believes his side deserved to get something from their 1-0 defeat at Crewe, and has challenged his players to raise their game for today’s visit to Swindon.
"The positive at Crewe was that we played well enough to get something out of the game. We've got to dust ourselves down, not feel sorry for ourselves, pick up and take on one of the form sides in the division. With respect to Crewe, Swindon are probably a better side.
“They've got more resources to go with, but we have to go in with the belief that on our day, and with our game improving, we can cause them problems.
"We should have had nine points out of the last nine, not six, but we dust ourselves down. Certainly the performances are improving and the belief is improving and we are looking a better side at the moment."
LAST TIME OUT
Town will be hoping for a much better afternoon than the one the endured last time they hosted Carlisle, with a 1-0 defeat seeing them sink further towards relegation from League One.
JORDON OBIKA GOES IN SEARCH OF AN EQUALISER
Read Sam Morshead's match coverage from that game by clicking on the picture.
2:34pm Sat 5 Jan 13
That's a strong starting 11 for Swindon Town today. Carlisle must be quaking in their boots....
ON THIS DAY
Two FA Cup days out to forget in this edition of ‘On This Day’. Here you go:
Saturday, January 5, 1997
Ian Culverhouse made history for Swindon Town in their FA Cup tie at Everton after he was sent off for handball after just 52 seconds – the fastest ever dismissal in the competition.
Gary Elkins later saw red for the Robins and nine-man Town lost 3-0. Not a good day.
Saturday, January 5, 2002
Eyal Berkovic was Manchester City’s tormenter-in-chief as the then-Maine Road oufit beat Town 2-0 in the FA Cup.
Paulo Wanchope scored the opener before former Swindon hero netted the second after the break.
2:22pm Sat 5 Jan 13
I hope Bostock stays
He's here today, currently signing shirts and having his photo taken with Town fans beside the tunnel.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
CARLISLE UNITED v Swindon Town: Gillespie; Simek, Livesey, Edwards, Robson; Noble, Potts, Berrett; McGovern, Roy, Miller
Substitutes: Collin, Murphy, Welsh, Beck, Todd, Symington, McGinty
It's being reported that Martin Thomas, the man in charge of England's young goalkeepers, is on the County Ground guestlist today.
Town stopper Wes Foderingham has been watched by the Young Lions on several occasions.
IN THE AWAY DUGOUT – Greg Abbott
CARLISLE BOSS GREG ABBOTT
Since taking over the managerial position at Carlisle at the end of 2008, Abbott has ensured the club has gone from strength to strength.
He originally took over as caretaker after Neil McDonald was sacked in August 2007, and went on to win five of his 10 games in charge to lead the Cumbrians to fourth place in the league, but current Bristol Rovers boss John Ward was eventually given the permanent job, and Abbott returned to being assistant manager. Together, the pair led the club to the play-offs before losing to Leeds United in the semi-finals.
Things didn’t start well the following season, and a run of nine defeats in 10 games saw Ward leave the club, and after another spell as caretaker Abbott eventually landed the job full-time.
In his first season he kept the club in League One by a single point, and after that close shave he has led the club to a succession of safe mid-table finishes, as well as eighth position last season.
As a player, the right-back spent the majority of his time with Bradford, where he made close to 300 appearances in total before moving to Halifax and Guiseley.
He was given another shot at league football with Hull in 1992, and spent four seasons at Boothferry Park before retiring in 1996.
2:08pm Sat 5 Jan 13
Where is Bostock today?
Is he injured?
Bostock is not injured, just not included.
Chris Martin could play his final game for Swindon Town against Carlisle this afternoon.
He's dropped to the bench for today's game in the wake of James Collins' four goals aganst Portsmouth.
Martin spoke in midweek of his amazement as his fellow striker went on a 22-minute rampage against Pompey.
He said: “I was happy for Collo because he’s been a little unlucky not to get more minutes on the pitch I feel, since I’ve been here. We’ve been winning games and you have to take your chance when it comes.
“He’s done that. He’s come in and scored four goals. It was surreal sitting there and watching it. We were laughing on the sideline after two and three, and he got an assist as well, it’s probably the best 25 minutes or half an hour of football I’ve seen someone have. He was absolutely on fire.”
Subs game time. I'll go for Martin for Collins, De Vita for Roberts and Miller for Ferry. In that order. #stfcadver— @SamMorshead_SA 05 January 2013
TODAY’S LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
A reduced programme today due to the FA Cup Third Round.
Crewe v Stevenage
Doncaster v Colchester
Scunthorpe v Shrewsbury
Swindon v Carlisle
Despite the number of teams not in action today, Town can't move up the League One table
What do you make of the Swindon Town starting line-up then, Town fans?
Give us your opinion by commenting below or using the hashtag #stfcadver on Twitter.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Carlisle United: Foderingham; Thompson N, Devera, Ward, McCormack; Ritchie, Hollands, Ferry, Roberts; Williams, Collins
Substitutes: Bedwell, Flint, Navarro, Miller, De Vita, Martin, Rooney A
That's three changes, as hinted earlier.
1:01pm Sat 5 Jan 13
Having got up early so I dont miss the match today, I have just returned from taking someone to Norwich. 430 mile round trip. I am sure it will be worth it...COYR
Impressive dedication! Let's hope the result matches the commitment!
1:51pm Sat 5 Jan 13
Just leaving for the match now. Would be amazed if Collins doesn't start but if it is the 3 loanees last game for us I hope we get a chance to see them all and give them a good send off as all have contributed this year.
Paolo Di Canio wants Carlisle to be worried by Swindon Town when the two teams meet later today.
After back to back 5-0 victories, the mood is excellent in the Swindon camp and their Italian manager hopes that to continue this afternoon.
He said: “They lost their last game and we are coming from a very good run.
“I don’t want to say worried because worried is a very hard word but they will think they have to go here and do well because they can lose and lose very badly because we are a good team.
“I don’t know them. Sometimes when I go play in a place when there is a team who are on a good run I am not worried and I tell my players ‘listen, be careful because this is a team that can damage us if we are not focused’.
“I imagine that Carlisle, against us, away from home, after they’ve seen the last few results we’ve had, can be worried in my opinion.
“We have to confirm their worry by playing our football."
Next up on the County Ground jukebox is the theme tune to Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals.
NON-LEAGUE TEAM NEWS
Wootton Bassett face a big Hellenic League game against Carterton today, and include leading scorer Mark Barnes in their line-up after a period out of action.
#wbtfc team vs Carterton: Domm, Corcoran, Bowden, Turner, Edmondson, Carter, Terry, Saunders, Barnes, Yeardley, Bown— @WBTFC 05 January 2013
1:36pm Sat 5 Jan 13
If Martin starts i think we will be keeping him , if he doesn't he will be gone, why give him a chance to score and boost is confidence if he is not going to be here after today and could end up at one of our rivals ?? Just a thought.
As of Thursday there had been no approaches made to Norwich for Martin's service.
TEAM NEWS - Carlisle
Striker Lee Miller has recently returned from injury and is set to start today, but the visitors are without two players with Premier League experience.
Former Everton teenage sensation Danny Cadamarteri is out with a calf problem, while former midfielder Paul Thirlwell has a similar problem.
CADAMARTERI IN HIS EVERTON DAYS
Nothing official until around 2pm, but here’s a look at Swindon Town’s casualty list as it stands.
Jay McEveley is closing in on a return following his knee operation but is not fit enough to make his comeback just yet, while Miles Storey is in a similar situation.
OUT: JAY MCEVELEY
Troy Archibald-Henville is believed to be set to undergo a knee operation, but otherwise Town are injury-free.
James Collins is expected to start after his four goals against Portsmouth last time out, while Gary Roberts and Simon Ferry could also be set for recalls.
Chris Martin, Danny Hollands and John Bostock are all set to play the final game of their respective loan spells at the County Ground.
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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Advertiser's live coverage of Swindon Town's League One clash with Carlisle United.
Coming into the game off the back of two successive 5-0 victories at the County Ground, the Swindon crowd could be forgiven for expecting another rout this afternoon.
However, Carlisle are not an easy nut to crack, as they showed when they held Swindon to a 2-2 draw at Brunton Park earlier this term.
It's set to be a tight and tough encounter, as Paolo Di Canio's Robins look to claim the win that could take them within two points of second-placed Sheffield United.
Stick with us right here for all the build-up to the game, followed by match updates and reaction.