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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD
- FT: Town 2 (Ranger 28, Kasim 70) Posh 1 (Knight-Percival, 78)
- Tomlin sent off for Peterborough
- Ranger makes surprise return and starts for Town
- McEveley out, Barker on bench, Branco gets full league debut
That's your lot from us this evening, thanks for joining us for Matchday Live this afternoon.
I look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday night when Swindon Town make the trip to Stevenage where a win could see them end up in the play-off places.
See you then.
Swindon Town now sit eighth in League One, two points off the play-offs.
LEAGUE ONE RESULTS
Bradford 1 Bristol City 1; Brentford 2 Port Vale 0; Colchester 3 Gillingham 0; Leyton Orient 4 Carlisle 0; MK Dons 3 Shrewsbury 2; Notts County 2 Sheffield Utd 1; Oldham 1 Stevenage 0; Rotherham 4 Crewe 2; Swindon 2 Peterborough 1; Tranmere 1 Walsall 1; Wolves 2 Preston 0
Ranger paying back the chances. Looking good going forward but a bit nervy at the back #stfcadver— @bullyboy1974 11 January 2014
Mark Cooper has confirmed the Advertiser's story from earlier today that Nile Ranger apologised to his teammates this week.
He said: "He scored a goal. I was sat in the director’s box and there were a few behind me who were screaming ‘get it in the box’ and when we scored I had a nice look around.
“Nile came to me and wanted to apologise to the players. It was put to the players, did they want to give him another chance and I think in football terms they want him in the team. With the rest of the stuff off the pitch they feel very let down by him and they let him know that.
“Words are cheap. I’ve heard it before from Nile, let’s see. That’s two days he’s been on time, three would be a miracle."
The 20-man scrum in front of the dug-outs was down to Massimo Luongo "getting kneed" by one of the Peterborough players, according to Yaser Kasim.
Mark Cooper was quick to play down the issue, however, saying: “The goalkeeper coaches keep getting sent off – Fraser’s done the walk and now Jimmy Walker gets it today. It’s just passion and emotion running high. It’s handbags and nothing in it at all."
Here's Kasim on the return of Nile Ranger: “It’s nice to have Nile in the team because I bounce off him quite easily. That’s what Nile can give you and I think I can get more goals if he keeps his screws on."
Yaser Kasim is up now and he's got a full-on Cheshire Cat smile on him.
"After the first goal we sat back and they attacked and we didn't seem to get the balance right and we couldn't win the ball back and keep it. It was a weird one but just another challenge and we got through it," he said.
"It's a big statement because we obviously lost away to them and it sets up our mentality well for playing against the other big teams - Wolves and Preston and teams like that."
Mark Cooper has been out to speak to the press and this is his assessment of the game...
“It was not one of our best against a very good Peterborough side. When we did get the ball we gave it straight back to them but what I was pleased with was we ground the result out. We got the result when perhaps we shouldn’t have done.
“I thought the back four and the goalkeeper was immense. Young Branco was outstanding, as was Darren Ward and the whole of the back four.
“We had to dig deep. Peterborough I thought played very well second half. When you’re trying to get somewhere you have to fight for things and that’s what we did today.
“I think with our team you can always see a goal coming. When they scored with 10 minutes to go you think panic stations but the back four has stood up."
Reaction to come right here on Matchday Live as and when we get it.
Swindon Town 2 (Ranger 28, Kasim 70) Peterborough Utd 1 (Knight-Percival 78)
Let me just get my breath back.
Thanks. What a game, what a terrifice performance from Town, what a result.
90 mins: How has he missed that? It's a free header for Jermaine Anderson, bang in front, six yards out. Over it goes. What a let-off.
Five minutes will be added to the game.
An impromptu ruck in front of the dug-outs ends with the Peterborough goalkeeping coach, Stu Walker, being sent to the stands.
Tomlin has only himself to blame here as he pushes Kasim to the ground on the touchline. Second yellow means red, 85
84 mins: Tomlin fires left-footed from 25 yards but it's easily saved by Foderingham.
Grant Hall goes in the book for a pretty awful tackle, 80
Swindon Town 2 Peterborough Utd 1 (Knight-Percival, 78)
This is going to make it interesting. Knight-Percival has time to take down the ball on his chest on the edge of the box and he then flashes a stunning volley past Foderingham and in off the crossbar.
The attendance here today is 7,794 (329 from Posh).
74 mins: Ajose tries his luck from a long way out. He's not very lucky there. Goal-kick.
73 mins: That's an excellent save by Olejnik, low to his left, to deny Byrne's volley. What an introduction that could have been for Byrne.
Nathan Byrne replaces Dany N'Guessan, 71
Swindon Town 2 (Kasim 70) Peterborough Utd 0
If ever there was a goal that came against the run of play, this is it. Posh have completely dominated the second half but Town have had a chance and taken it.
Kasim runs a diagonal right across the Peterborough defence into the vacant left-back spot and then strokes the ball past Olejnik.
67 mins: Michael Bostwick shoots from range. He needn't have bothered. Goal-kick.
Louis Thompson replaces Ryan Mason, 63
62 mins: N'Guessan lashes over from close range following a Town corner from the right.
61 mins: Assombalonga has the ball in the net when he slides in to convert Ajose's volley but it's ruled out for offside.
60 mins: Another terrific backtracking block by Branco to deny Tommy Rowe when the Posh man was clean through on goal.
56 mins: Dany N'Guessan bursts onto a loose ball after Payne's header falls in the Posh half, runs into the Peterborough box and fires at Olejnik.
55 mins: Tomlin hits the angle of post and crossbar with a sensational first-time effort from the edge of the box after he was teed up by Ajose. Foderingham was rooted to the spot.
53 mins: Tomlin plays through a lovely ball for Ajose, who produces a good save from Foderingham but the striker was offside.
Posh have had the better of the first five minutes without being able to put together a meaningful attack.
And we're off again at the County Ground. Town defending the Town End in the second period.
The two teams are out for the start of the second half.
Ranger paying back the chances. Looking good going forward but a bit nervy at the back #stfcadver— @bullyboy1974 11 January 2014
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Bradford 1 Bristol City 1; Brentford 1 Port Vale 1; Colchester 0 Gillingham 0; Leyton Orient 1 Carlisle 0; MK Dons 2 Shrewsbury 1; Notts County 1 Sheffield Utd 1; Oldham 1 Stevenage 0; Rotherham 1 Crewe 1; Swindon 1 Peterborough 0; Tranmere 0 Walsall 1; Wolves 1 Preston 0
3:45pm Sat 11 Jan 14
Fernham Red says
Man City - Balotelli; Liverpool - Suarez; Swindon - Ranger : love them or hate them: they do their talking on the pitch!
Swindon Town 1 (Ranger 28) Peterborough Utd 0
A decent first-half performance by Town, who have been able to get the ball down and pass it around nicely at times. Posh have looked dangerous on occasion through Tomlin, Assombalonga and Ajose but Swindon have dealt well with their guests for most of the half.
Ranger's header was sublime and the perfect retort to doubters following his inclusion.
45 mins: Tomlin sends a 25-yard free-kick horribly over the bar.
45 mins: Ranger tees up Kasim on the edge of the box but the midfielder can only fire left-footed into the sidenetting.
Town are affording Tomlin an awful lot of time and space in the middle of the park, that could come back to bite them.
37 mins: Pritchard wriggles free of three challenges before firing straight at Olejnik.
Swindon Town 1 (Ranger 28) Peterborough Utd 0
Why always him? Ranger seems to hang in the air for an absolute age as Kasim's delicate cross swings into the box and his header is inch-perfect. Olejnik is rooted.
25 mins: Town cause themselves problems by trying too much in their defensive third again and after Lee Tomlin picks out Tommy Rowe at the back post only a superb block by Nathan Thompson prevents Posh from taking the lead.
21 mins: Yaser Kasim cuts in from the right and has a pop at goal but it doesn't reach Olejnik as Michael Bostwick makes the block and Posh clear.
Swindon are starting to get their fluency back with ball at feet now but the pitch is stickier than usual and that's making fast-flowing football that little bit more difficult.
17 mins: That's a cracking block from Raphael Rossi Branco to deny Britt Assombalonga after Town give away possession all too easily in midfield.
13 mins: A loose ball balls to Massimo Luongo on the edge of the penalty area but the Aussie sees his rasping effort blocked en route to goal.
Nine mins: Alex Pritchard toys with Nathaniel Knight-Percival on the right wing before sending a fizzing cross-shot over Bobby Olejnik’s crossbar.
Eight mins: Nicky Ajose sees his header saved by Wes Foderingham.
It's a slow start at the County Ground, with not a lot of quality on show from either sides as yet.
And we're off. Town are defending the Stratton Bank in the first half.
The teams are out at the County Ground. Kick-off is just moments away.
Less than five minutes til kick-off here at the County Ground and it's a glorious day for football. The pitch is soft but the sun is shining and, with the calibre of players on show, we could be in for a thoroughly entertaining afternoon.
TOP 10 OF 2013 – NUMBER ONE
Here it is then, the last entry on Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead’s countdown of his most memorable moments of 2013.
“It’s the fourth minute of injury time at Griffin Park. Town, down to 10 men, have a corner. Expectation mounts but I didn’t really believe. In the space of five seconds nerves turned to jubilation.
"The scenes and emotion sparked by Aden Flint’s equaliser in the play-off semi-final second leg against Brentford will live long in the memory, not least because my colleague Andy Warren will never forgive me for landing a fat, slobbery smacker on the top of his head as the net bulged. Brilliant.”
With just under 10 minutes remaining until kick-off, here's a quick reminder of how we are allowed to cover Swindon Town games on the Advertiser website.
Due to restrictions imposed on journalists by Dataco, we are unable to give up-to-the-second commentary of events at the County Ground.
Updates are subject to a three-minute delay under the terms of these restrictions.
Updates will appear on Matchday Live but will be on a three-minute delay.
TOP 10 OF 2013 – NUMBER TWO
When Paolo Di Canio quit Swindon Town, as revealed by the Swindon Advertiser, the football world took notice. It’s number two on Sam Morshead’s list of the most memorable Robins moments of 2013.
“When I received a phone call from Di Canio’s agent Phil Spencer a little before 7pm on February 18 I knew what was coming. A little under three weeks earlier I’d been handed a statement from the Italian’s camp making known his frustration at the way he felt he was treated at Swindon so I was fully expecting his resignation statement.
PAOLO DI CANIO
"However, the reaction from not only Town fans but the football world in general struck me with its enormity. It was several hours of intense opinion. It was mesmerising.”
TOP 10 OF 2013 – NUMBER THREE
Who’s in charge at the County Ground? The question on everyone’s lips at the end of November as a power struggle emerged behind the scenes at SN1. That debacle is Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead’s third most memorable moment of last year.
“It was a sluggish Friday morning before a statement from Swindon Town landed in my inbox.
"It was building to a head during weeks of behind the scenes squabbles at the County Ground but what followed was simply bizarre. Claim and counter-claim from Jed McCrory and Lee Power, which took four days to finally resolve. Only at Swindon Town.”
The stewards have been told to expect 8,000-8,500 fans at the County Ground today, with around 600 from Peterborough.
George Barker will make his Swindon debut today and here’s what his new manager had to say about him in his pre-match press conference in midweek…
TOP 10 OF 2013 – NUMBER FOUR
“Remember the morning of January 17? I won’t forget it in a hurry. The BBC broke the news Andrew Black was willing to put the club into administration if a buyer couldn’t be found by the end of the month and what followed was misinformation, misrepresentation, misery and mayhem.
"There was a daft transfer deadline day where Town signed, but didn’t actually sign, three players, while Jed McCrory and his Seebeck 87 Ltd consortium took charge at the County Ground. Manic, panic, absolutely unforgettable.”
Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper is not expecting a glut of signings in the January transfer window, as you can see below…
TOP 10 OF 2013 – NUMBER FIVE
Alex Pritchard has been a sensational signing for Town this year and the young winger’s first major contribution to Swindon’s season is a part of Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead’s fifth most memorable moment of last year.
“No one really expected Swindon Town to get a result when they visited QPR in the second round of the Capital One Cup in August but goals from Nile Ranger and Pritchard helped the Robins to a memorable victory at Loftus Road. And that set up a special occasion with the visit of Chelsea. I’m including that all in one, because I’m lazy.”
TOP 10 OF 2013 – NUMBER SIX
Kevin MacDonald’s brief reign at Swindon Town began with a bang in March with a 2-1 victory at Coventry City, which Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead ranks at sixth in his top 10 most memorable moments of 2013.
“After Franck Moussa had put Coventry in front early on it looked as though it was going to be a bleak start to life at Town for MacDonald, but a huge away crowd were treated to late goals from Andy Williams and Darren Ward as Swindon battled back for a memorable win.”
George Barker became Swindon Town’s latest recruit on Tuesday following his move from Brighton.
Barker has found life in the Football League difficult thus far, with unhappy loan spells at Barnet and Newport County preceding his switch to Wiltshire, and he opened up to the Advertiser this week to explain exactly what had gone wrong.
“Going to Barnet was a bit of a strange one because the manager that signed me - Mark Robson - was only there for a week or so and then he got sacked or left. With Edgar Davids it was a bit of a nightmare,” he said.
“I went to Newport and was told I was going to play and later on I heard that it was more the backroom at the club that signed me than the gaffer.”
LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Bradford v Bristol City; Brentford v Port Vale; Colchester v Gillingham; Leyton Orient v Carlisle; MK Dons v Shrewsbury; Notts County v Sheffield Utd; Oldham v Stevenage; Rotherham v Crewe; Swindon v Peterborough; Tranmere v Walsall; Wolves v Preston.
TOP 10 OF 2013 – NUMBER SEVEN
In February, Swindon Town went top of League One with victory at Tranmere despite the resignation of Paolo Di Canio. Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead relives the occasion.
“Following a week of trauma at the County Ground, Swindon’s players responded in the perfect fashion at Prenton Park. It was all capped by Gary Roberts’ goal from inside his own half. Extraordinary stuff.”
Big match for #stfc today. A draw would be a wonderful result. However, I am going for a #pufc win #stfcadver— @Hughsey1982 11 January 2014
2:30pm Sat 11 Jan 14
Want to see Ranger and Storey up front
TOP 10 OF 2013 – NUMBER EIGHT
Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead picks out James Collins’ stunning substitute performance against Portsmouth as a personal highlight.
“After a miserable first-half performance against Pompey, Collins provided the perfect tonic to Town fans’ hangovers with a remarkable display off the bench, scoring four goals and setting up another in a 5-0 victory.”
Mohamed El Gabas has left the County Ground after a difficult five-month spell but Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper thinks the Egyptian striker can still cut it at League One level.
He told the Advertiser: “He’s an unbelievable professional, his attitude was spot on but it was one of them where sometimes it doesn’t happen for you.”
GONE: MOHAMED EL GABAS
TOP 10 OF 2013
Next up in Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead’s countdown is an off-the-pitch moment – the signing of Massimo Luongo.
“Luongo was always likely to be a big signing on loan for Town this season but in August came the news that the Aussie was to sign permanently at the County Ground. It was a huge coup, with a headline figure of £400,000 banded around as the price paid for the midfielder. He hasn’t looked back since.”
TOP 10 OF 2013 - NUMBER 10 (because we didn't get to run it on New Year's Day)
Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead begins the countdown of his most memorable moments of last year with a special goal which gave Town victory over Bristol City in September.
“It was a tough, physical encounter at the County Ground, during which Swindon twice had to come from behind to win. And Nile Ranger’s goal three minutes from time in front of the Town End was a special moment – perhaps the biggest contribution the striker has made during his time in Wiltshire.”
Here’s what Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson had to say ahead of the trip to the County Ground this afternoon…
Legends lounge big screens have been broken for a month, needs sorting #stfcadver— @jbrmoon 11 January 2014
Both sets of goalkeepers are out for their respective warm-ups.
@SamMorshead_SA dont no if classes as weeks events but got pboro and walsall away tickets for my birthday. Money for vale too #stfcadver— @FYFIE07 11 January 2014
Here’s an interesting little video – a flashback to March 1996 during the season Swindon Town won the old Division Two, now League One, at a canter.
Peterborugh were beaten 2-0 in a fairly routine Town victory but there’s a name on the Posh teamsheet now very much involved at the County Ground.
Can you spot it?
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Swindon Town v PETERBOROUGH UTD: Olejnik, Little, Brisley, Bostwick, Knight-Percival; Payne; Anderson, Rowe; Tomlin; Assombalonga, Ajose
Substitutes: Day, McCann, Swanson, Kearns, Vassell, Newell, Jeffers
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: “It’ll be interesting to see how George Barker and Alex Pritchard link up with the big man up front.
"Barker offers plenty of talent but has yet to prove himself in the Football League. Regardless, today should be an entertaining afternoon of football.”
So, George Barker is involved in the Town squad as expected. Here’s what you can expect from Swindon’s latest signing…
So then, as revealed by the Advertiser, Nile Ranger plays a major part for Swindon Town today.
You'd expect a performance of pretty monumental proportions from the frontman as he takes what surely must be his final chance at the County Ground.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Peterborough Utd: Foderingham; N Thompson, Hall, Ward, Branco; Mason, Kasim, Luongo; N'Guessan, Ranger, Pritchard
Substitutes: Belford, Byrne, Barthram, L Thompdon, Gladwin, Storey, Barker
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Today’s referee is Mark Haywood and the official is quite fond of a red card. Haywood has sent off four players in his 19 games this season, averaging more than one dismissal every five games.
It’s been three matches since he last gave someone his marching orders – Liam Cooper of Chesterfield in the Spireites 3-2 defeat at Newport County – so perhaps he is due another.
Overall Haywood has a record of 12 home wins and seven away wins from the games he has presided over this term. Remarkably he has not been involved in a draw. Will that change today?
LAST TIME OUT
Peterborough’s last visit to the County Ground came in December 2010, in the middle of Town’s relegation campaign in League One.
Lee Tomlin handed Posh the lead with an early goal but Swindon earned a point thanks to Charlie Austin’s penalty with 18 minutes left.
@SamMorshead_SA Fair play to the club and Ranger. Looks like there are humans involved in Football again. Wow #otherscouldlearn #stfcadver— @Swinedog 11 January 2014
1:48pm Sat 11 Jan 14
bradley red 1 says
waster ranger,poor decision from power to keep him.
Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper knows the threat posed by Peterborough this afternoon, despite Posh having lost their last three games.
“They’ve got a lot of good players - Lee Tomlin is one of the best players in the league, they paid a lot of money for Britt Assombalonga, Tommy Rowe - if you start talking about one then gaps will appear elsewhere,” said Cooper.
“We’re going to try to play our game and make the players fully aware of Peterborough’s strength and hopefully, if we do that, we’ll have a chance of winning the game.”
PETERBOROUGH TEAM NEWS
Tommy Rowe has been out for six weeks after a knee operation but is available to manager Darren Ferguson. Midfielder Danny Kearns is also back after a six-week absence with hip injury.
Posh’s only absentees are defender Craig Alcock (calf injury) and on-loan midfielder Hogan Ephraim (suspended).
Nile Ranger has gone on Instagram to send this picture to his followers...
Highlights of Swindon’s 1-1 draw at Bradford, including Alex Pritchard’s wonder goal…
Nothing official is expected until around 2pm but here’s a quick rundown of Swindon’s runners and riders ahead of the visit of Peterborough.
As revealed by the Advertiser above, Nile Ranger could feature today after the club changed their minds about terminating his stay at the County Ground.
Jay McEveley, Troy Archibald-Henville, Tijane Reis and Alex Smith have all been ruled out but Miles Storey trained yesterday following a hamstring problem and is set for a place on the bench and Dany N’Guessan is fully fit.
OUT: JAY MCEVELEY
George Barker is expected to make his Town debut following his move from Brighton, while Ryan Harley is in line for a recall to the starting line-up.
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: “Big news coming out of the Town camp today is the possible return of Nile Ranger. Talk about second chances, the striker has now had more lives than the cast of a particular Lloyd Webber musical.
SET FOR A RETURN: NILE RANGER
“Ranger may make Lazarus look like an amateur when it comes from coming back from the dead but if he does play today, and it’s likely he will after apologising to the squad during the week, he will undoubtedly make a big difference to the Swindon side."
The Advertiser understands Swindon Town have reconsidered their decision to cancel Nile Ranger’s contract.
The striker is expected to be a part of Town’s matchday squad this afternoon and could even start the game.
Matchday Live is more than just a report on today’s game, it’s an opportunity for you to tell us exactly how you feel about current events at Swindon Town.
So, whether it’s complaints about lukewarm pies in the Arkell’s Stand, concerns over the abundance of youth in the Robins’ set-up or frustration at your latest delayed train, we want to hear from you.
Getting in touch is easy, just follow one of the below options:
Twitter – Use the hashtag #stfcadver to express your opinion and follow up-to-the-second live updates on proceedings by following chief sports writer @SamMorshead_SA.
Comment – Use the box below the live blog to contribute, but please make sure to keep your thoughts clean.
It could be a barnstorming start to the new year for Town and you can keep up to date with events as they happen at the County Ground on the only live text feed available for commentary of the Robins, right here on Matchday Live.
Buckle up, hold tight and try to enjoy!
To be honest, there could barely be a better time for Town to face Peterborough, who haven’t won in four matches in all competitions and have lost their last three league matches.
However, the talent Posh manager Darren Ferguson has at his disposal is undeniable and Swindon will have to be on their guard against the likes of million-pound man Britt Assombalonga as well as Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and others.
It seems like and absolute age since Town were last in action. Thirteen days have passed following the 1-1 draw at Bradford City on December 29, where Alex Pritchard’s wonder goal earned Swindon a share of the spoils.
The Robins find themselves five points off the League One play-offs after they missed out on a game on New Year’s Day due to a waterlogged pitch at the County Ground and they’ll be looking to push back towards the top six with victory today.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the Advertiser’s live coverage of Swindon Town’s first match of 2014, as Peterborough United visit the County Ground.