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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD
- Town travel to Bury in League One
- FT: Bury 0 Town 1 (Collins, 1)
- Collins wins game for Swindon with first league goal for the club, scored after 25 seconds
- Robins up to fourth in League One
- Di Canio suggests he is working under an embargo of sorts
5:05pm Sat 6 Oct 12
That will do, 3 ugly points. No Macca and clean sheet, lets try keeping faith with the back 4 for a few games and see what happens.
"We're there but we are dealing game by game. It would be foolish looking further than that.
"We're looking at it game by game and that's all we can do."
"The last two away games have been tough games but two lots of three points is important.
"It's very important mentally to get an early goal. Any side wants to score.
"I thought we huffed and puffed and we had enough chances, we should have really got a second.
"We had to defend. We have to deal with these games, they're very hard. We're happy that we've come away with three points but there's still a lot of work to be done."
"It was surprising that it came so early but I'm delighted it went in.
"I was just looking to get in a good area and I got too much on it and it went in. But I needed that bit of luck.
"I knew I had to be patient, it hasn't gone for me in the last few games but I've got my first league goal and we've got our win.
"We didn't play our best today but we managed to get three points.
"I thought, chances-wise, we still edged it."
PAOLO DI CANIO:
"If they let me work like they did last year it's okay.
"We didn't show the quality up front. I didn't ask for another 10 players, maybe two.
"I am waiting for an answer. If I can work now and try to bring one player.
"There is nothing angry or nasty against the board, let me know what's going on.
"Embargo is since the day the tribunal said we had to pay now. I'm not angry for this I only want to know exactly what's going on.
"I have to know and I have to be honest with the fans. You will know the day that we get the answer. It's not the end of the world but we have to be honest and clear."
PAOLO DI CANIO:
"I think we have to tell the fans that the plan changed a little bit from the plan I heard 16 months.
"The embrago is not £5million or £20million, it's nothing for the club.
"If we restrict it it is difficult. You can have three or four injuries like we have in the last few weeks that can cost points.
"That is the message I can send.
PAOLO DI CANIO
"I'm sure I can improve my players 25 or 30 per cent but I'm not God. I'm one of the best managers, but I'm not God.
"I don't want to speak about money or numbers. The tribunal said we had to pay the money straight away and we have to operate under that embargo.
"We want to know clearly if the club and board think 'no, we've had enough'.
PAOLO DI CANIO:
"Andy Williams has got an injury. It is a calf problem. We didn't have enough bodies to give him a rest.
"Rooney you can see is not fit yet.
"If we want to keep going with only hope I will do my job with loyalty for Jeremy Wray, for my fans but it would be more difficult to dream what we can dream.
"It's early in the season. We're still there, but we need players."
PAOLO DI CANIO:
"I'm happy with the three points. It was important to get three points because we can travel back with a big smile.
"I didn't enjoy watching the game but I have to be a manager that realises we have played many games, and that's expensive it terms of energy.
PAOLO DI CANIO
"Tuesday was a bad defeat, a bad performance and it wasn't easy coming here.
"We had some injuries but to be honest I wasn't worried about the game. The problem is about the future, the problem is knowing if the desire is still there."
4:56pm Sat 6 Oct 12
5:00pm Sat 6 Oct 12
the wizard says
A bit sceptical before the start, would have liked a second goal for safety, but well done Town
4:57pm Sat 6 Oct 12
GET IN THERE A FANTASTIC WIN 2DAY....
3points and another clean sheat....
CAN WE PLAY AWAY EVERY WEEK ??
LEAGUE ONE RESULTS
Brentford 2 Crawley 1; Bury 0 Swindon 1; Coventry 1 Bournemouth 0; Crewe 2 Hartlepool 1; Doncaster 1 Shrewsbury 0; Leyton Orient 0 Sheffield Utd 1; MK Dons 2 Portsmouth 2; Notts County 0 Tranmere 1; Oldham 3 Preston 1; Stevenage 1 Scunthorpe 0; Walsall 1 Carlisle 2; Yeovil 3 Colchester 1.
Swindon will move up to fourth in the League One table after today's results.
Paolo Di Canio enjoying his customary on-pitch celebration.
FULL-TIME: Bury 0 Swindon Town 1 (Collins, 1)
In the end it was nervous and ugly but it's three more points away from home, and that's what matters the most.
81 mins: Elford-Alliyu tries to lob Foderingham from the edge of the box but he's off balance and his effort is well off target.
Joe Devera for Nathan Thompson, 76
Lateef Elford-Aliyu for Tom Hopper, 74
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: The overall quality of the game has not improved greatly, but Swindon are showing they can knock the ball about nicely when they want to.
Bury still look dangerous on the counter and there's still time for them to haul themselves back into the game.
The next goal will be crucial.
Wimborne 2 Cirencester 1
68 mins: Carson pulls off a brilliant save to turn Rooney's powerful volley from Ferry's head-down round a post.
Chippenham 3 (Egan) Badshot 1
Attendance here today is 2,683 of which 408 are from Swindon.
Craig Jones for Mark Carrington, 63
Paul Benson for James Collins, 62
Mark Cullen for David Healey, 60
57 mins: Nice link-up between Ferry, Ritchie and Rooney ends with Rooney's shot being blocked. Town turning on the style.
53 mins: Town should be 2-0 up. Ritchie's cross leaves a goal on a platter for Rooney but he completely misses his kick and Bury can clear.
52 mins: Collins takes the ball down neatly on his chest, turns in the area and volleys over. Decent bit of skill with no result.
47 mins: Tommy Miller crosses for Ritchie, whose header across goal narrowly avoids the lunge of Adam Rooney. Any touch and it's a goal.
We're under way in the second half. Updates on three-minute delay from now on.
Adam Rooney for Andy Williams, 46
Town and Bury re-emerge from the tunnel for the start of the second half.
Adam Rooney is stripped and ready to come on for the second half.
3:51pm Sat 6 Oct 12
been away with work for a week, not that i missed much by reviews of tuesday, the old man said it was abject but hoping we push on in 2nd half and get back on track today. Pleased Collins netted, COYR!
3:47pm Sat 6 Oct 12
It was Collins who scored :)
Fantastic start to the match, but been 2nd best for the majority of the rest of it.
HALF-TIME: Bury 0 Swindon Town 1 (Collins, 1)
Collins' ridiculously early strike separates the teams at the break.
Swindon haven't been at their fluent best but have defended well and created enough to suggest they could score the goals they need to secure all three points in the second half.
Wimborne 1 Cirencester 1 (Shepherd)
40 mins: After a dead period in the game, Bury have their next sight of goal when Peter Sweeney takes aim from 25 yards.
However, the midfielder's shot is well over Foderingham's crossbar.
30 mins: Simon Ferry's deft flick sees Ritchie's cross into Bessone's path at the back post. The wide man looks set to smash home but a Bury defender gets in to make an important block.
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: A funny old game, this. When Town do get the ball down they seem able to open their hosts up at will.
However, Bury are not lambs for the slaughter here - they look decent from set-pieces and Wes Foderingham has been very impressive to clear the danger from several corners.
A long time left in this one, and plenty of goals I expect.
Chippenham 2 Badshot 1 (Phillips)
Chippenham 2 (Phillips) Badshot 0
21 mins: Bessone is booked for a rash challenge on Matt Doherty. The crowd wanted a red.
19 mins: Town withstand another set of Bury corners, with Foderingham strong under the high ball.
16 mins: Matt Ritchie heads Federico Bessone's cross back across goal but it's easy for Carson to claim.
14 mins: Andy Williams tries a volley from the edge of the area but gets limited connection on his strike and the ball dribbles out for a goal-kick.
12 mins: A series of Bury corners ends with Tom Hopper firing pathetically wide.
11 mins: Jay McEveley comes to Town's rescue as he backtracks well to get in a sliding block to prevent David Healy from testing Wes Foderingham.
Nine mins: Collins fires wide of Carson's right-hand post from the edge of the area.
Chippenham 1 (Barnes) Badshot 0
GOAL: Bury 0 Swindon Town 1 (Collins, 1)
James Collins may not have scored in the league in a Swindon shirt prior to kick-off here at Gigg Lane, but it's taken him just 25 seconds to get off the mark this afternoon.
He receives Matt Ritchie's pass on the edge of the area and sends a delicate chipped cross-shot over Trevor Carson.
What a start for Town.
And we're under way at Gigg Lane, updates to follow on a three-minute delay.
Town will be defending the goal in front of a noisy bunch of Swindon fans in the first half.
The two teams are out at Gigg Lane. We're moments away from kick-off.
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Paolo Di Canio is desperate for his players to make sure they claim a point at Gigg Lane, if they are unable to win the game.
He said: “A good team, a strong team, should go out with a point - not a victory, a point. Now we should be one point from second place and we had the chance.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“With Colchester, we played one of the worst games in terms of keeping the ball and pressing the opponent and with the fire they put in they deserved to win, but Wes didn’t have to save one ball.
BAD TIMES: COLCHESTER CELEBRATE THE ONLY GOAL OF THE GAME ON TUESDAY
“Wes, with Colchester and with Leyton Orient, not one save. The only real chances we conceded in those two games was Lisbie in the first half against Leyton Orient. The goal was our gift, it was a comedy goal.
“It was an incredible mistake from a team that wants to stay at the top.
“In two games we played very badly. Colchester didn’t create anything, they arrived better than us at the edge of the box and a good team should go out for a point.
“If you can’t win, you have to get a point."
2:42pm Sat 6 Oct 12
Going to be tough game today, but if the Town can get in front, I feel that we should get the result. But Bury have a new manager and, as we saw against Colchester, could make things difficult for us.
The last time Swindon visited Bury was way back in April 2007, when Lukas Jutkiewicz scored the only goal in a 1-0 win.
Jutkiewicz would go on to move to Everton and spend time at Motherwell and Coventry before ending up at Middlesbrough.
FLASHBACK: LUKAS JUTKIEWICZ
Back in 2007, then-Adver chief sports writer Jon Ritson spoke to the youngster about his rapid rise to prominence.
You can read what he had to say right here.
Don't forget, you can keep up-to-date with all the local non-league football on Matchday Live, with regular goalflashes (we hope) throughout the afternoon.
Bessone starts on the left wing for #stfc. Looked good going forward v Oxford so could work. Surprised Flint starts but good to have back.— @adamdjohno 06 October 2012
Both teams are warming up on the Gigg Lane pitch, which is bathed in sunshine.
It remains to be seen how the heavy rain of the past few days will affect the playing surface as the game goes on.
More now from Bury boss Kevin Blackwell, who talks in his programme notes about the 2-2 draw at Stevenage in his first game in charge of the Shakers.
"If I am being honest, I was slightly disappointed after the Stevenage game because I thought we had the chances to win the game.
"We had good control of the game but then we had a 10 minute spell of the game where we handed the initiative back to Stevenage.
BURY BOSS: KEVIN BLACKWELL, LEFT
"They gladly took it and got their two goals, but I think that's the first time we have seen the lads show a really good bit of character.
"From what I have been told, in previous games when they go behind they have been buckling and going under.
"I saw no sign of that at Stevenage, the lads carried on and should have won the game."
Bizarrely, Bury have just tweeted that Andy Bishop - their striker recalled from his loan spell from Wrexham - is ineligible for today's game as international clearance has not been received.
I'm not that hot on those legislations, but that seems a peculiar one.
International Clearance fro Andy Bishop has not been received, therefore he does not feature in today's game v Swindon Town— @buryfcofficial 06 October 2012
BURY v Swindon Town: Carson, Skarz, Lockwood, Peter Sweeney, Schumacher , Marshall, Carrington, Hughes, Healy, Hopper, Doherty
Substitutes: Byrne, Jones, Elford-Alliyu, Sodje, Cullen, Jones, Belford
BREAKING CAPTAINCY NEWS
Tommy Miller will skipper the side this afternoon in the absence of Alan McCormack.
CAPTAIN: TOMMY MILLER
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Bury: Foderingham; Thompson, Flint, Ward, McEveley; Ritchie, Miller, Ferry, Bessone; Collins, Williams
Substitutes: Bedwell, Archivald-Henville, Navarro, Devera, Benson, Rooney, Bostock
Paolo Di Canio reckons his team are better off playing away from home at present as they try to establish a consistency at the County Ground.
NO HOME COMFORT: PAOLO DI CANIO
Town have lost two home matches in the last month after being unbeaten at SN1 for more than a year, leading Di Canio to say...
“They main difference between last year and now is this one that, at the moment, probably it is better to play away from home.
“We have proved it because we have won already at Portsmouth and Shrewsbury, domiating the game and playing better than the opponent.
BAD MOMENT: MICHAEL ROSE CELEBRATES THE ONLY GOAL IN COLCHESTER'S 1-0 WIN AT THE COUNTY GROUND ON TUESDAY
“At home, yes we played well against MK Dons or Bournemouth but the percentages are two very bad and three okay. That is not a very good percentage to stay at the top there.
“We have to find why, we have to find a way to achieve these limits and we have a chance to do this because it’s not an accident that you play good against MK Dons or even Bournemouth and then have two games like that when you concede a sloppy free-kick."
No Gary Roberts today for Town. A sensible decision not to risk him.
ADVERTISER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: Swindon will undoubtedly miss the talents of Gary Roberts and Alan McCormack today at Bury, but once again it is a chance for the squad to show their immense strength in depth.
Defensively, McCormack has not missed a kick this season and the new partnership at the heart of defence will have big shoes to fill.
But in Aden Flint, Darren Ward and Troy Archibald-Henville Town have three centre-backs more than capable of leading the line.
It'll be a tough test, but I expect Town to sneak a win in a game full of goals.
The Swindon players have arrived at Gigg Lane and are currently taking a stroll around the pitch.
Amongst them, Nathan Thompson, John Bostock, Joe Devera and Aden Flint.
1:40pm Sat 6 Oct 12
Just arrived at the ground, seems like street parking only but a lot of streets are permits only so if you are driving get here early! Sunny and dry here.
Lovely day in the north west.
Paolo Di Canio wants to see his players respond to Tuesday's "slap in the face".
Here's a few more nuggets of wisdom from the Town boss' Thursday press conference.
“What is done is done and it is important we learn the lesson. Every time my players have recived a slap in the face they have responded well.
SLAP IN THE FACE: PAOLO DI CANIO
“I hope on Saturday we are going to see a different attitude and behaviour because if we don’t focus and don’t play with desire, we will always be in trouble."
It's been revealed in the Bury programme that Shakers man Marcus Marshall became a father during the week.
We'll see later whether those long nights with a baby affect his game.
Kevin Blackwell faces his first home test as Bury boss this afternoon.
The former Leeds and Sheffield United manager succeeded Richie Barker at the Shakers' recently, and started with a 2-2 draw at high-flying Stevenage.
Blackwell was unable to make his Gigg Lane bow on Tuesday when Bury's clash with Hartlepool was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch so today marks his debut on home turf.
IN THE HOTSEAT: KEVIN BLACKWELL
Here are his thoughts on his appointment from his programme notes:
"It's great to be back in management, it's what I do and I enjoy it and hopefully I can bring some of the success that I had at Sheffield United and Leeds here to Gigg Lane.
"My immediate aim is to arrest this slide, short term it's to get out of the bottom four and we have to do that as quickly as possible, then we can build from where we are."
One man who will be hoping to be involved today is John Bostock.
The midfielder has barely featured for the Robins since arriving on loan at the end of August, and in today's Adver manager Paolo Di Canio explained that he feels Bostock needs to cut out the more instinctive, selfish elements of his game to be considered for regular selection.
FIGHTING FOR HIS PLACE: JOHN BOSTOCK
Here are more words from Di Canio's interview with the Advertiser, in which he gives further reasons for Bostock's continued admission.
“He’s not one who can attack the space nasty, even when he drops short and receives the ball in the pocket. It’s not a real position for him. I’ve always said he’s a sort of central midfield player and second striker, a number 10 between the two strikers.
“At the moment, for me he can have more of a chance to play in the middle of the field. He can orchestrate, he is a playmaker – he has good technique and can see the play straight away up front and can deliver the ball well.
“We don’t need flicks or fantasy, in the middle we need more effective football like simple passes like Tommy Miller, Alan Navarro and Simon Ferry.
IN CHARGE: PAOLO DI CANIO
“By speaking, by working I can convince him that if he can play simple passes, effective football okay. But to invent the position straight away is difficult for me. Everybody, also himself, thought he should be involved more.
“It’s difficult for me at the moment to think I can change the shape and the system to 4-4-1-1, 4-4-2 is similar but there is a big difference.
“In this moment John is one that wants the ball at his feet in a still position and it’s difficult to think of him as a second striker, but you never know. It’s not something forever.
“At the beginning of the season as a second striker are you ready to go up and down, press your opponent and drop?
“I’m sure he’s got a lot of desire, he can become a good player but he has to understand he has to really feel this because the problem once again is he’s alone, he’s in the last season with a contract with Tottenham, where is his brain, what’s going on, ‘I don’t play’, ‘it’s the last chance for me’."
It's a bit early for anything official, but we do know that a couple of key players are struggling with injuries ahead of today's game.
The Adver has learnt that Alan McCormack will miss out with a hamstring injury, while Gary Roberts' groin problem is likely to rule him out.
MISSING OUT: GARY ROBERTS AND ALAN MCCORMACK
McCormack will be a big miss for the Robins. The Town skipper had played every minute of every game this season prior to today's clash.
Meanwhile, Giles Coke has returned to Sheffield Wednesday for treatment on a foot injury.
Nathan Thompson is likely to be back in the matchday squad after recovering from a thigh complaint.
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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Adver's live coverage of Swindon Town's trip to Bury in League One.
After surrendering all three points to Colchester on Tuesday, Paolo Di Canio's Robins will be desperate to bounce back in style at Gigg Lane, where Bury have failed to win this season.
However, with a new manager at the helm in Kevin Blackwell the Shakers will be no pushover.
Keep up-to-date with all the build-up to today's game, followed by match updates and reaction from Gigg Lane, right here.
Buckle up and enjoy the ride!