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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Colchester United
2:32pm Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in Local
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Colchester United 1 (Rose, 70)
- Former Town defender Michael Rose curls in a free-kick to win it for the visitors
Why are we playing such an obviously left footed player at right back with an obvious replacement on the bench? #stfcadver— @stfcrule 02 October 2012
Midfielder Tommy Miller admitted Town never got going during this evening's defeat at the hands of Colchester.
“It was similar to Leyton Orient a couple of weeks ago because there was no passion and no fight, we created nothing, and we never got going.
“Colchester came here with a new manager and a bit of belief after they won on Saturday, and they played a different formation and made it difficult for us.
“We couldn’t get going and didn’t get going, and they deserved their win.
“With a lot of teams in this league consistency is massive, and you have to be at it week in week out otherwise you will fail. We weren’t at the races so we need to look in the mirror, and maybe we got carried away with the last few result and we need to get back to basics and get going again.
“The manager is as disappointed as we are, and things were said which were the truth, and we need to get back to basics starting on Saturday. We need to go on another run but we need to improve all over the pitch.
“Last season when I wasn’t here we were fantastic at home, and the home record was superb, but we need to dust ourselves down and work on things.
“We will go to Bury and everyone will expect us to win, but there are no easy games in this league and we need to be on it from the kick-off.”
@SamMorshead_SA one of the worst town performances I have seen seen at CG. Why are we trying to play long ball,keep it on deck #stfcadver— @doughabgood 02 October 2012
Town captain Alan McCormack has just spoken to the media, and summed up the mood in the Swindon dressing room.
DOWN: Alan McCormack
"It's not the greatest feeling and there are a lot of down heads in the dressing room, but we have to be honest and say we didn't deserve to get anything out of the game.
"Our passing wasn't good enough and the shape wasn't good enough, and we allowed them time on the ball and they got their rewards.
"We might have got away with it last season but not this year.
"They made us be poor and when we got on top we didn't stay there, and they eventually got the goal which we are not happy about.
"It is not nice to lose at home, especially knowing how well we can play, but when are in a different league now with a different standard of players and we have to step up."
FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Colchester 1
And that's it, a round chorus of boos as Town lose at home
90+3 minutes: Tom Eastman goes into the book as Town win a free-kick 35 yards from goal, but the winger drags his shot harmlessly wide.
90+2 minutes: Town take a corner short but it is cleared at the near post.
Four added minutes
Town starting to rush things here as time runs down, they have never really got going to be honest.
Attendance: 7,443 (121 away fans)
84 minutes: Ferry chips a nice ball through for Williams, but Wilson flicks it away as he shapes to shoot.
82 minutes: Bessone gives away a needless corner, but Archibald-Henville rises highest to clear.
78 minutes: McEveley’s cross is blocked but the ball finds its way to Collin who has a sight of goal, but he is offside.
75 minutes: Sears has a chance within seconds of coming on, but he slots his shot wide of Foderingham’s left post.
74 minutes: Town have a succession of corners, which comes to an end after keeper Cousins is foulded. Freddie Sears on for Sanchez Watt.
70 minutes GOAL 1-0 Colchester (Rose): Bessone handballs and gives away a free-kick five yards outside the box, and former Town left-back Michael Rose curls a low effort into the back of the net.
68 minutes: Sanchez Watt picks up the ball after Bessone misjudges a header, but the wide man mis-controls and runs it out of play.
67 minutes: Adam Rooney replaces De Vita, and Williams shifts to the left
65 minutes: Ritchie drags a shot wide from the edge of the box
63 minutes: Williams has time and space to cross, but instead drills a shot high and wide. Di Canio is not happy and punches the dugout again.
60 minutes: Collins takes a stab at the ball from De Vita’s knock-back, and does well to turn it goalwards but it is straight at Cousins.
57 minutes: Eastmond is booked for diving over Archibald-Henville’s outstretched leg. Very dramatic. Ferry on for Navarro.
55 minutes: Brian Wilson curls a free-kick over the bar, before James Collins replaces Benson.
The second half has picked up where the first left off, with both sides giving the ball away. Conditions may not be helping, but this really isn't great to watch.
49 minutes: Eastmond’s freekick flashes across the box and beats everyone. Dangerous ball though.
Underway again, and the long balls continue
Here come Town, no changes by the looks of things
Colchester are back out for the second half, just waiting for Town now
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Brentford 0 - 0 Shrewsbury
Bury P - P Carlisle Postponed - due to waterlogged pitch
Coventry 1 - 1 MK Dons
Crawley 2 - 0 Bournemouth
Crewe 0 - 0 Oldham
Doncaster 1 - 1 Preston
Hartlepool 0 - 1 Sheff Utd
Notts County 0 - 0 Stevenage
Scunthorpe 1 - 0 Tranmere
Swindon 0 - 0 Colchester
Walsall 0 - 2 Leyton Orient
Yeovil 0 - 1 Portsmouth
HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Colchester United 0
And thats it for the first half, a few boos there as the players trudge off.
46 minutes: McEveley gives the ball away, and Jabo Ibehre and Sanchez Watt have a succession of shots which the Town defence do well to block. Two minutes added time.
43 minutes: Town break quickly as Foderingham finds Ritchie, and after the home side hold onto the ball, Bessone crosses for De Vita but the winger hits his shot into the ground and it goes over the bar.
39 minutes: Brian Wilson goes into the book for the visitors after fouling De Vita.
38 minutes: Marcus Okuonghae heads wide from a Craig Eastmond corner.
All getting very scrappy here, Troy Archibald-Henville and Alan Navarro in particular have both given away a number of passes. Colchester not much better though, which has led to an unnattractive game.
30 minutes: Williams’ little ball inside finds De Vita who feeds Ritchie, but the midfielder’s shot is blocked behind by Tom Eastman. Town play the corner short, but McEveley’s drilled cross evades everyone...and forces Di Cano to punch the dugout.
27 minutes: De Vita robs Marcus Bean to set up another Town attack, but Navarro passes to a Colchester man as it quickly comes to an end.
Quickly becoming a lot like Saturday's game at Shrewsbury as Town toss the ball into the flanks, and they are struggling to create anything.
21 minutes: Town boss Paolo Di Canio makes his way onto the pitch after a foul on Andy Williams and then goes face to face with the fourth official. But the referee gives an offside.
Colchester are probably just about edging this so far, but when Town do get the ball down they look like making something happen.
15 minutes: Sanchez Watt gets into the Town area and looks to shoot, but goes with his left foot instead of his right, and his shot trickles embarrassingly wide.
11 minutes: Anthony Wordsworth and Brian Wilson both have long range efforts deflected over by Town defenders, but both corners come to nothing. Wordsworth’s effort was particularly threatening.
10 minutes: A great cross-field ball from Ritchie finds Raffa De Vita, and the Italian intelligently knocks the ball into the path of McEveley but the full-back can’t beat Cousins to the ball.
Eight minutes: Williams has the first real effort of the night as he latches onto Benson’s flick, but his shot is blocked by Us keeper Mark Cousins.
Five minutes: Williams and Ritchie combine to give Navarro a shooting opportunity, but the midfielder can't get a shot off and the ball is cleared.
Two minutes: Colchester have the first foray forwards, but Sanchez Watt eventually concedes a goal kick.
And we're underway here. Town kicking towards the Stratton Bank
Here come the teams, not long to go until kick-off here at the County Ground
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Tonight will see an interesting battle down the Town right between Matt Ritchie and former Swindon player Michael Rose.
BATTLE: Matt Ritchie and Michael Rose
The full-back enjoyed a mixed time at the County Ground between August 2010 and the following May, in a season which ultimately ended in relegation for the Robins.
He will have to be on his toes to keep Ritchie quiet, but he also can deliver a mean set piece which could cause Town trouble.
7:19pm Tue 2 Oct 12
I have often wondered when I will get my time too...
Paolo Di Canio was asked at his pre-match press conference on Thursday whether he could see many similarities between his side's recent good run of form and a purple patch at the start of last term which saw three consecutive victories.
Here is what he had to say...
“No, the start of the season was completely different to last season. It’s different if you start badly and then come back and do well then for a week something goes wrong, it’s not easy to understand that can happen.
PASSION: PAOLO DI CANIO
“You have to work hard, especially the players who joined us in the summer, and they have to forget what went on before and go with my regime.
“It was easy because they are more adult, more professional and it is a completely different situation.
“Obviously we have now won four games in a row, we cancelled straight away a bad week. Last year it’s true that we won three in a row but after that period I didn’t feel that we completely went out of our bad moment because we were up and down.
“It’s not completely similar. I’m hpoing that we will keep on winning and playing our football."
DANGER MEN - A look at the men who will be causing Town problems this evening.
The on-loan MK Dons striker marked his Colchester debut on Saturday with two goals against Hartlepool, 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.
Any loanee from Arsenal is going to add something to a side in League One, and Watt is no different. As a youngster the forward attracted interest from Barcelona, but instead began his career with the Gunners and has enjoyed successful spells on loan at Leeds, Crawley and Sheffield Wednesday. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once said of Watt: "I like his movement, his sharpness, his great work rate, his left-footed quality. I believe he is determined."
The Colchester captain can play anywhere across the midfield, and is equally adept at playing the holding role or pushing forward to support the attack. He has goals in him too, and is capable of finding the net from anywhere.
good luck to the boys tonight! 3 points.— @AFlint4 02 October 2012
ADVERTISER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "Both teams are out on the County Ground pitch doing their warm-ups.
"We're hearing that Nathan Thompson is still carrying a slight knock, hence his absence this evening.
"Looking at the Colchester squad you'd never think they'd be struggling.
"Plenty of class players at League One level - including the rock-solid Magnus Okuonghae and talented midfielder Anthony Wordsworth.
"It won't be a walkover tonight, that's for sure."
Now Paolo Di Canio has named his squad for today's game, here's a snippet of his pre-match interview during which he talks about when he generally names his matchday XIs.
He said: “I don’t have a specific moment.
"Obviously I have an idea, every manager has an idea, but with me with my side I discovered last year that sometimes I can decide two days early and be clear with myself because I’m sure about the players I want to send out.
MASTERMIND: PAOLO DI CANIO
“But I don’t know if in the future it will be the same but I have to be sure about everything.
"Maybe in the future I can be more clear but it’s not easy for me because two days is a long time, anything can happen - the attittude, the behaviour can make me change my idea and also news that I receive from the opponents."
6:59pm Tue 2 Oct 12
mustard red says
Bostock must be wondering what he has to do to get a game. Let's hope he gets some time on the field today.
That's four changes in all for Swindon Town tonight, and no place on the bench for Gary Roberts or Nathan Thompson.
Tommy Miller, Alan Navarro, Paul Benson and Troy Archibald-Henville return to the starting line-up.
BACK IN: TROY ARCHIBALD-HENVILLE
No word of why Roberts is missing just yet, but the Adver learnt that Thompson missed Saturday's game with a slight knock.
SWINDON TOWN v Colchester United: Foderingham; Bessone, McCormack, Archibald-Henville, McEveley; Ritchie, Miller, Navarro, De Vita; Benson, Williams
Substitutes: Bedwell, Devera, Ferry, Ward, Collins, Bostock, A Rooney
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
COLCHESTER UNITED v Swindon Town: Cousins; Wilson, Okuonghae, Eastman, Rose; Eastmond, Wordsworth, Bean; Massey, Watt, Ibehre
Substitutes: Pentney, White, Heath, Henderson, Duguid, Sears, Morrison
The last time these two teams met, Swindon celebrated a mini giant-killing.
Matt Ritchie scored the only goal of the game as Town beat the U's 1-0 away from home in the second round of the FA Cup last season.
GOAL HERO: MATT RITCHIE
The Robins would go on to play Wigan who, of course, they famously beat at the County Ground.
You can read the Adver's match report from that game right here.
@SamMorshead_SA let's hope Michael Rose doesn't have a moments rest from Ritchie on his return to the County Ground tonight. #stfcadver— @AlGazHughes 02 October 2012
For anyone who's interested, Darren Ward has his own online blog which makes for interesting reading.
In it the centre-back talks about his lifestyle and fitness/nutrition routines.
You can take a good look at it right here.
IN SHAPE: DARREN WARD
There's a nice little feature interview in the matchday programme with Darren Ward tonight.
In it he tells us all how his move to Swindon has gone so far, from a personal point of view.
He said: "I have really enjoyed my time here.
ENJOYING HIS TIME IN SWINDON: DARREN WARD
"It has been tough from a training point of view but I am getting used to the regime.
"It has been a good challenge and that's something I wanted."
Looking forward to tonight's game coyr #stfcadver— @BenWaine 02 October 2012
#WeArePaolosRedAndWhiteArmy #WeArePaolosRedAndWhiteArmy #WeArePaolosRedAndWhiteArmy #WeArePaolosRedAndWhiteArmy #stfcadver— @stfcjimbo 02 October 2012
Nothing official expected for around half-an-hour, but it's likely that there will be changes to the team which started the 1-0 win at Shrewsbury on Saturday.
Tommy Miller, Paul Benson, Gary Roberts and Alan Navarro will all be pushing for recalls after being left on the bench at the New Meadow, while Nathan Thompson could also return.
BACK IN?: TOMMY MILLER, GARY ROBERTS & PAUL BENSON
For Colchester, goalkeeper Mark Cousins is a minor doubt with a dislocated finger.
Federico Bessone came into the side in place of Nathan Thompson at Shrewsbury, in the unfamiliar position of right-back.
Paolo Di Canio was pleased with Bessone's performance, saying: “He was not in his natural position but he can use his right foot, he can cover the position, he’s a dynamic footballer with knowledge and intelligence, it was the first time under us in this position and we know we can use him also in there.
OUT OF POSITION: Fede Bessone
“It’s more natural to use him on the left side but he did well and we will see if he will play again there.
Paolo Di Canio made six changes to his starting line-up for the 1-0 win at Shrewsbury on Saturday, and he's expected to make several more tonight.
One man who missed out at the New Meadow was Nathan Thompson, despite the youngster impressing in recent weeks.
Di Canio told the press on Thursday how he felt about the full-back's contribution so far.
"He’s a young player, he did well for three games but this is what I decided.
IN OR OUT?: NATHAN THOMPSON
“Nobody asked about Nathan until one week ago, he did very well but he has to improve a lot. Then when I call him back he has to do his job properly."
If you're coming to the game tonight and you've yet to set off, I'd advise adding a little extra time to your journey.
The weight of traffic around the County Ground has been worsened by diversions caused by roadworks in the town - it's not fun to negotiate, let me tell you.
It's been tipping down at the County Ground, but the pitch once again looks in spectacular condition and is a real testament to the work put in by head groundsman Marcus Cassidy and his team.
5:02pm Tue 2 Oct 12
The pre match excitement starts to set in about now :)
Not even the horrendous weather tonight can dampen Town fans' excitement as the League One campaign gathers pace.
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Good evening ladies and gents and welcome to the Advertiser's live coverage of the League One clash between Swindon Town and Colchester United at the County Ground.
Town go into tonight's match off the back of four successive victories in all competitions, including three in the league, and are strong favourites to make it five against the struggling U's this evening.
However, Colchester's new boss Joe Dunne - appointed last week following the dismissal of John Ward - made a brilliant start to life in management, overseeing the Essex club's first win of the season against Hartlepool on Saturday.
Dunne will be hoping for more of the same from his players, in particular loan striker Jabo Ibehre who netted twice on his debut against Pools.
So settle in, put the kettle on and slide on your slippers as we bring you all the build-up, action and reaction live.