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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- FULL-TIME: Colchester 0 Swindon Town 1 (Collins 53)
- James Collins wins it for Town after drilling home just eight minutes after coming on
- Robins take 15-man squad to Essex
That's it from us in north Essex, on a night where Town earned three impressive points which could prove so vital come the end of the season.
Thanks for following the game with us and for your comments this evening, and we'll see you all again for Saturday's clash with Hartlepool at the County Ground.
Great 3 points tonite well done lads #STFC— @m_storey32 05 February 2013
Midfielder Alan Navarro finally made his return after four months out with a knee injury this evening, and is glad to be back.
"It was nice," he said.
"We were short on numbers and it gave me a chance, and it was nice to get some time and start playing football again.
"I wanted to make a good impression and didn't want to let the manager down, and the manager recognised my legs were going and took me off at the right time.
"It is a massive result for us coming oiff the back of a few draws, and these are the games we needed to win."
Striker James Collins once again came on and had an immediate impact, and he was pleased to find his form again.
"It's a massive three points because it was our game in hand on Tranmere, and the lads were superb," he said.
"It went my way tonight and I got the winner, but in the last few games I have been a little poor and I deserved to be on the bench.
"Every striker wants to play games and score goals, so you have to come on and work hard and score, which is what I did.
"Gary Roberts had a great game tonight, and he cut inside and I made a run, he slipped me in and I hit it hard and low through the goalie's legs."
Manager Paolo Di Canio has spoken to the media, and only wanted to say a few words.
He praised his players' performance, and then left without answering any further questions.
9:47pm Tue 5 Feb 13
the don69 says
Fantastic 3 points!Proud of Paolo and the Players and everyone of our fans that went tonight!now sort this Fecking mess out and lets get on with Football !!!!!!
Everyone should be very proud of what they achieved this evening, could be a huge moment in the season.
9:48pm Tue 5 Feb 13
Cracking result in difficult conditions.
Spread some Paolo love
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@Official_STFC Awesome win and well done Super Sub Collo. we are paolos Red and White Army!!! #inpaolowetrust #stfc #stfcadver— @stevetyrrelluk 05 February 2013
@SamMorshead_SA great win for the town and i said 1-0 do i win a prize? #stfcadver— @MrNeale92 05 February 2013
Massive win! #stfcpromotionparty #wearegoingup #stfc #stfcadver— @Skinz2006 05 February 2013
9:46pm Tue 5 Feb 13
For once I agree with LR, lets fill the CG on saturday!!
Another great three points for Town, earned in awful conditions once again.
Swindon up to third in League One following the win, two points behind the top two.
FULL-TIME: Colchester 0 Swindon Town 1 (Collins 53)
90+2 minutes: Flint rises to meet Roberts’ corner, but Walker saves with his legs.
90 minutes: McCormack drifts a cross deep into the box, where Roberts rises superbly, only to see Walker palm his header over. Four minutes added.
Nothing in the way of chances in the last few minutes, but Town are keeping the ball better and better in these closing stages.
Andy Williams had completely run himself into the ground this evening, he deserves a lot of credit.
SUBSTITUTION: Billy Clifford replaced by Jack Compton. (86)
SUBSTITUTION: Alan McCormack replaces Adam Rooney. Another good display from the Irishman. (83)
80 minutes: Foderingham does superbly to hold onto Ibehre’s shot above his head.
77 minutes: Miller finds Ferry who in turn feeds Roberts, and the winger’s shot is deflected wide. His first corner is headed behind, and after Miller takes the second, Rooney heads it back across the box for Flint to head over.
SUBSTITUTION: Clinton Morrison replaces George Porter. (76)
The Town fans are in really good voice in this second half, clearly letting Di Canio know what they think of him.
70 minutes: Good save from Walker who denies Williams to his right. Good break from Town there
SUBSTITUTION: Gavin Massey is replaced by Drey Wright.
65 minutes: Town work the ball inside for Miller, who drills low into the arms of Walker.
The sleat is beginning to fall here, and the pitch is getting worse. Some areas are fine, but in others the ball neither rolls or bounces. And it is getting on my laptop.
SUBSTITUTION: Simon Ferry replaces Alan Navarro.
YELLOW CARD: Alan Navarro is shown the yellow card after chopping down Wright, and it looks as if he is going to be replaced by Simon Ferry.
57 minutes: Navarro’s shot is blocked by Thompson.
GOAL 1-0 SWINDON (Collins, 53): Roberts cuts in from the right wing and slots in Collins, who fires home having only come on at the break. The super sub is at it again!
52 minutes: Ward gets across well to thwart Ibehre, and Town clear the corner.
51 minutes: Superb defending from McEveley as he gets across to head behind with Massey lurking.
50 minutes: Sears shot is blocked by Ward.
48 minutes: George Porter trickles a shot straight at Foderingham.
47minutes: Miller shoots into the ground and his shot flies wide.
Back underway again.
Rooney on the left in place of De Vita.
SUBSTITUTION: Raffa De Vita replaced by James Collins.
ATTENDANCE: 3,214 (337 Town fans)
Expecting James Collins on at half-time, he just came out to get his shin pads wearing full kit.
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Scunthorpe 1 Portsmouth 0
Stevenage 1 Notts County 0
HALF-TIME: Colchester 0 Swindon Town 0
44 minutes: Josh Thompson heads wide from Clifford’s corner. Down the other end, Tommy Miller takes a whack, but is off and running again.
42 minutes: David Wright shoots wide for the home side.
One minute added.
40 minutes: Colchester win a corner off Jay McEveley, but after Ibehre’s knock-down hits Thompson, penalty appeals are waved away.
8:23pm Tue 5 Feb 13
BREAKING NEWS : Sam Morshead is about to come on. Who is going off ?
Sam suits the motionless screen role in front of the back four, so I suggest Alan Navarro.
37 minutes: Rooney finds Williams with a great flick, but the striker can only fire over after cutting inside.
Town starting to take control of this, but the home side pose a real threat on the break. Livening up a bit.
30 minutes: Billy Clifford curls in an effort which is tipped over by Sir Wes.
28 minutes: Flint and Foderingham get in a bit of a mix-up dealing with a back-pass, but the keeper takes charge and dribbles the ball clear before firing long.
25 minutes: Rooney’s shot is deflected over, and Col U clear the corner.
23 minutes: From the corner which follows, Ward flicks the ball on but a stretching Rooney can’t reach it at the back post.
23 minutes: Adam Rooney flies onto the ball in the box, but is unlucky to see the ball cleared off the line by Brian Wilson.
20 minutes: A long free kick is fired into the Town box, and after it is knocked down John White gets a shot off which is superbly saved by Wes Foderingham.
15 minutes: Nathan Thompson wins a corner, but Roberts’ kick is poked away for a throw. The ball is worked back into the box, but Williams can’t reach Aden Flint’s knock-down.
12 minutes: Roberts slips in Williams who is able to cross, but Darren Ward heads a free-header wide. He had to stretch for it, but he should have done better.
Nine minutes: Williams looks to break following a Colchester corner, but the heavy pitch makes it hard for him to get away from Wright, and he is tackled.
Eight minutes: Williams is fouled by David Wright, but Robert’s free-kick is easily headed clear.
The pitch is very boggy this evening, meaning the ball is spending a fair amount of time in the air. Not pretty.
Three minutes: Andy Williams wriggles free down the right, but there is no-one in the box and his cross is straight into the hands of Sam Walker.
One minute: Town earn a corner, but Colchester are able to clear. The home side break, but quickly lose the ball.
We are underway
Town to attack the Town fans in the second half. Here we go!
Fair play to all the Swindon fans here this evening.
Here come the teams!
Very very few people in the Weston Homes Community Stadium this evening, and they are playing Blur, Parklife through the speakers.
'Oh the people, so many people.'
PARKLIFE: Damon Albarn
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IN THE HOME DUGOUT – Joe Dunne
The Irishman took charge of the club he represented more than 200 times in September, and after winning at the County Ground thanks to a Michael Rose free-kick, went on a disastrous run which saw the Us lose nine straight league games.
That rot has been stopped now with two wins in a row, and Colchester are now on their way back up the League One table.
The 39-year-old started his career at Gillingham where he made more than 100 appearances, beforefirst moving to Layer Road in 1996. His time in Essex was cut short by a very brief spell at Dover, before returning north in 1999 before his career was cut short by injury in 2003.
He quickly became Colchester's under-17 and then youth team coach, and in 2007 he was appointed reserve team coach, later becoming first team coach under Paul Lambert.
Dunne was installed as caretaker manager after the Scot departed in 2009, and won one of four games, but after Aidy Boothroyd came and left he became assistant under John Ward.
After Ward’s dismissal he was once again appointed caretaker, but before he was able to play a game he was given the job full-time by chairman Robbie Cowling.
Another success on Saturday (for Sam again) has seen the prize pot for STFC Football in the Community Trust rise to a massive £53!
Here are tonight's offerings.
SAM: Colchester 0 Swindon 1, Andy Williams first scorer - 22/1
ANDY: Raffa De Vita and Andy Williams both to score - 9/1
@SamMorshead_SA fancy a 3-1 STFC win. #stfcadver #WeArePaolosRedAndWhiteArmy— @stfcjimbo 05 February 2013
Di Canio has been keen to avoid talking about his future in recent days, all in a bid to concentrate on tonight's game.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“I’m not talking about the rest of the season because we don’t know what’s going on in the next two days. We are living day to day, working day by day to get the best we can in terms of quality in training sessions, strategy to win the next game, the maximum professionalism as usual.
“If you ask me the future, I can’t tell you because we don’t have a normal situation. We don’t know what’s going on in the next four days. If it remains like today it will be a very dark future in terms of hoping for something important.
“We don’t know, but now what can we say? You know what has happened in the last few months, maybe you don’t know everything but in the last few days it is clear how I have worked in the last few months."
@SamMorshead_SA #stfcadver 2-0, Collins to come on second half and score both!!— @Martcastle 05 February 2013
7:13pm Tue 5 Feb 13
Like the look of the team from what we had available. Not the game for Ferry by the sounds of the pitch and Collins could be a good impact sub.
Any sort of win will do for me
@SamMorshead_SA #stfcadver 2-0, Collins to come on second half and score both!!— @Martcastle 05 February 2013
The huge Nigerian defender is the bedrock of the United defence, and is an imposing presence whoever he is playing against. Not the most technically gifted player, but is a giant in the air and will look to muscle the Town strikeforce out whenever possible.
The former West Ham youngster is full of pace, and is a great partner for fellow striker Jobo Ibehre who will provide the strength. Sears can run the channels well, and will look to spread the play whenever possible.
The striker returned to Essex during January following a spell on loan earlier in the season, and has been a handful for defences up and down the country throughout his career. His spells with the Dons and Orient have not always brought the goals perhaps expected of him, but he work rate and physical presence can often give his side a platform to build on.
The Town boss was expecting to play on a difficult pitch this evening, even before the late flurry of snow.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“Tomorrow it will be difficult because it will be another pitch where you can’t play football. This is another aspect with all the other problems, it gives you even less chance to get what you want, and we are playing against a side that in this moment are better than us.
“They have two wins in two against two draws in two. They have five goals scored and two goals conceded against one goal scored and one conceded. At this moment they are better than us.
“It’s not about fifth from the bottom and fourth from the top. At this moment we have to say that we are going to play against a side which is better than us, for a different reason and not for the individuals’ technical quality.
“I hope tomorrow we can get a draw there. They have better confidence now, they have changed the system a bit, they have changed some players and some players who have been out for a few weeks are back in the team and affecting it in a positive way.
“There is quality there. We saw in here when we lost to them. They have one or two players who have played in the Premiership and Championship.
“It will be very difficult, not because I am giving up, but if we draw it would be a fantastic job."
Despite bringing a small squad to north Essex, Di Canio insisted his squad of players have been superb since September.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“It’s not about the 14, which is a pathetic situation for a club that was claiming it wanted to go up and had ambition in the past. We are not pathetic - the players and the stafrf - that is for sure. We are amazing in this period and all periods since September.
“My players have always been fantastic in terms of professionalism, character and commitment but one day the energy will finish. You can’t make miracles, you can’t handle the situation every time, every day, every minute for six months because they are humans.
“They had hope at the beginning of the season, they came here with a plan and even if there is a manager you doesn’t let them go blurry it’s not easy. It’s not easy to keep it going. I hope they are going to give what we saw in the second half at Crawley.
“The character is not enough if you’re not fully concentrated."
So, Swindon name only 15 players this evening, which manager Paolo Di Canio feared when he spoke to the press yesterday.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“On Saturday we travelled with 17 players. One or two are not really completely ready for the game - Jay for example was the first game and he had difficulty with the game but this is natural," he said.
"We saw it with Tommy Miller when he came back from his injury.
“Tomorrow it will be even worse. We will travel with 14. A team five points from the top will be travelling with 14 tomorrow. We know when it happened to another club, at the County Ground - Portsmouth. You know how they were in big problems.
“Now a club who is close to the top on Saturday travelled with 17, with a kid not really fit and four players with a virus.
“Now we are going to travel with 14, with some problems with a player who will go on the bench. That is our situation and we know who we have to thank.
“I hope we have 14 because there is a possibility that there will be 13. We have some little problems but I can’t have many options so I have to hope my players are ready to play even with some problems.
6:58pm Tue 5 Feb 13
Should have started with Ferry.
Come on you REDS
Blue lines are being painted on the pitch at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. Will we see the famous orange ball?
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
COLCHESTER UTD v Swindon Town: Walker, David Wright, Okuonghae, Sears, Wilson, Massey, White, Porter, Thompson, Clifford, Ibehre.
Substitutes: Cousins, Morrison, Bond, Bean, Eastman, Drey Wright, Compton
Leigh Bedwell finally goes out to begin his warm-up, the look on his face says he doesn't really fancy it, though.
Colchester are out for their warm-up at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
Tommy Miller will captain the Swindon side tonight, with Alan McCormack on the bench.
Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham comes out to begin his warm-up, and it will need to be some warm-up in these conditions. The slight dusting of snow is beginning to vanish, so no hope of the orange ball I'm afraid.
OK it might be light on numbers but still a good team out tonight with strong subs in key positions #stfcadver @SamMorshead_SA— @andyhudsonshaw 05 February 2013
6:53pm Tue 5 Feb 13
smirg kcab says
Di kanny oh wrote:If he plays like he writes then no chance
Hi Adver is Sam in Colchester this evening as he may well find himself on the bench for Town.
Onwards and upwards
Andy and I brought our boots but ultimately our writing skills let us down.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Colchester: Foderingham; Thompson N, Flint, Ward, McEveley; Roberts, Navarro, Miller, De Vita; Rooney A, Williams.
Subs: Bedwell, McCormack, Ferry, Collins
Good luck to the boys tonight, looking forward to finally seeing a game again sat !— @SlimBiscuit5 05 February 2013
The referee and his collegaues have had a meeting on the pitch with the Colchester groundsman and they seem happy to continue.
Town assistant manager Fabrizio Piccareta was less happy when he saw the state of it.
Official word shortly, but we know Town are missing several players for various reasons.
Joe Devera, Troy Archibald-Henville, Miles Storey and Louis Thompson have injuries, Aaron Oakley is with Wales Under 21s and Chris Martin has gone back to Norwich.
Paolo Di Canio has told the Adver he would not consider using Luke Rooney, Lee Cox or any further members of the youth team squad.
Five Swindon players have come out to look at the pitch - Andy Williams, Wes Foderingham, Alan Navarro, Gary Roberts and Tommy Miller - which would be a half-decent five-a-side team.
However, we're under the impression 14 players have traveled to Essex this evening.
Remember ‘Matchday Live’ is not just about us spouting nonsense for five hours at a time. It’s a forum for Swindon Town fans’ views on everything going on at SN1 at present.
Whether it’s Paolo Di Canio’s team selection or lukewarm coffee in the Don Rogers, we want to hear from you.
And there are plenty of ways to get involved over the course of the evening – all of which are conveniently listed below.
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Following recent events that is good news, as we all look for the distraction of actual football in the wake of statements, administration near-misses, player sales and general confusion.
Stick with us for all the build-up, followed by match updates and reaction as Swindon look to close the gap on the top two.
There's been a momentary worry at the Weston Homes Community Stadium this evening following a brief blizzard in Essex, and the pitch has a light dusting of snow on top ahead of tonight's game.
However, despite the state of the playing surface - which is boggy underneath - it looks like it will be all systems go and this League One fixture will go ahead as scheduled.
Apologies for the late start, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Advertiser's live coverage of Swindon Town's trip to Colchester.