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MATCHDAY LIVE: Stevenage v Swindon Town
Updated 10:31pm Tuesday 14th January 2014 in Sport
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- FT: Stevenage 2 (Akins 38, Morais pen 56) Swindon Town 0
- Morais doubles the home lead after Hall dragged down Zoko
- Akins drives Stevenage ahead
- Mark Cooper sticks with team which beat Peterborough on Saturday
- Robins have 100 per cent record at Lamex Stadium
- Town issue statement regarding Adver ban
That's it from us this evening, join us on Saturday for the trip to Gillingham.
Luongo has told BBC Wiltshire what he thought went wrong this evening.
“We didn’t show on the pitch and our decision making was poor for both the goals,” he said.
“It seems to be a theme when we go away but we need to work it out because when we’re on the ball it’s good to watch.
“We have to work on our structure and I think that’s the biggest thing.”
Massimo Luongo is on his way up to talk to BBC Wiltshire.
The Town boss also insisted his side will carry on playing attacking football.
“It’s a conundrum,” he told BBC Wiltshire.
“A few weeks back we got everyone behind the ball and it was not nice to watch but we got results.
“The fans made it clear so we won’t do that because they’re important, so we will stick to our attacking instincts.”
Town boss Mark Cooper is now speaking to BBC Wiltshire.
“We come away, make bad decisions and at times concede sloppy goals,” he said. “It’s still work in progress but the young players are still learning.
“Young Alex has made a bad decision for the first and then Grant Hall for the second.
“We played some good football in the first half but then didn’t produce the finish and that really cost us.
“I think if we had been there all night it would have cost us and it’s a disappointing result.”
Still no sign of Town boss Mark Cooper. I imagine he is still having a friendly chat with his players.
Normally at this point we would bring you reaction from tonight's game. We will do our best to do so, but let's see what happens.
FULL-TIME: Stevenage 2 Swindon Town 0
90+5 minutes: Kasim wins a free-kick just outside the box after he's barged over, but Day palms Mason's kick wide with the final kick of the game.
92 minutes: Storey sees a shot blocked
Four minutes added on.
STEVENAGE SUB: Luke Freeman replaced by Roarie Deacon. 90
Town not coming up with an awful lot. This one is slipping away as we go into stoppage time.
83 minutes: Barker moves inside and shoots but sees his shot blocked.
Attendance: 2,167 (328)
STEVENAGE SUBSTITUTIONS: Morais and Zoko replaced by Darius Charles and Jamie Burrow. 81
9:27pm Tue 14 Jan 14
Time to introduce Storey, maybe his pace will unlock the door.
As if by magic!
TOWN SUBSTITUTION: Pritchard comes off and is replaced by Miles Storey. 79
79 minutes: Mason shapes to shoot after the ball comes out the box following a Town corner, but his effort ends up going out of play five yards behind him.
YELLOW CARD: Zoko goes into the book for falling on the ball and handling it.
A bit of a scuffle between Pritchard and Hartley results in a telling off, but no action, from referee Collins
73 minutes: A good Town move ends with Mason firing wide.
Some 'oles' coming from the home fans as they string a few passes together. That's never a good sign.
TOWN SUBSTITUTION: Nathan Thompson off, Nathan Byrne on. 72
68 minutes: Town break at pace and the ball lands at the feet of Ranger who quickly feeds Pritchard, but the winger can’t get his shot off and it skews behind, seemingly of a defender, for a corner. The assistant somehow gives a goal kick and the referee agrees.
65 minutes: Town win a corner after Mason’s effort is deflected wide. Town again make nothing of it.
TOWN SUBSTITUTION: George Barker comes on for his Town debut in place of N’Guessan. 62
57 minutes: Zoko drives forward as Stevenage sense Town are there for the taking and shoots just wide.
GOAL 2-0 STEVENAGE (Morais 56) Foderingham gets a hand to Morais’ spot kick but he can’t keep it out.
Penalty to Stevenage after Zoko is dragged down by Hall. The Town defender is booked when he really should have gone given he was the last man. 55
52 minutes: Ward has to stretch to head Freeman’s cross clear, from which Morais’ shot it deflected wide for a corner. Ranger heads Smith’s kick behind for another which Town also clear.
Very scrappy. Not an awful lot to report I'm afraid.
Very scrappy. Not an awful lot to report I'm afraid.
Stevenage get us back under way
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Town back out for the second half. No changes by the looks of things.
Not a terrible half from Town, with some nice stuff when they've had the ball, but Akins and Zoko have been a real threat.
HALF-TIME: Stevenage 1 (Akins 38) Swindon Town 0
8:29pm Tue 14 Jan 14
1-0 down away form again? hope not come on swindon we need to do better away from home lets start getting points tonight
45 minutes: Freeman breaks at pace following a Town attack but fires into the Swindon fans despite having Zoko and Akins in the middle. Three minutes added on.
43 minutes: Mason lines up a free kick from 20 yards out which Day tips over the top.
8:26pm Tue 14 Jan 14
GOAL 1-0 STEVENAGE (Akins 38) Foderingham claims a Freeman cross and hurls the ball out quickly to an under pressure Pritchard. The winger’s touch is heavy and eventually finds its way to the feet of Akins who drives low into the corner of the net.
34 minutes: Pritchard drives into the box and shoots but sees his effort blocked behind by Jimmy Smith. Town can’t make anything of the corner.
32 minutes: Ranger touches the ball off to Pritchard who immediately sees his shot deflected high into the air, beating Day in the Boro goal and bouncing away off the bar.
DISALLOWED GOAL: After Ranger superbly clears a Boro corner, Freeman wins another when his shot is deflected wide. The second corner is taken short and then crossed for Zoko who beats Foderingham to the ball, but he’s flagged offside. 29
25 minutes: Mason takes aim from wide on the right and just fires wide of the Stevenage goal.
Morais is giving Hall the runaround at left back a little though.
Bit scrappy for the last few minutes but Town seem to be keeping the ball better than Boro.
19 minutes: Jon Ashton heads a corner towards goal but his effort is blocked by teammate Zoko, allowing Town to clear.
17 minutes: After Zoko and Darren Ward enjoy a spot of head tennis, Akins profits from the bouncing ball and thumps a shot wide.
14 minutes: Luongo chips a beautiful ball wide for Pritchard on the right and the winger pulls the ball back into the feet of Ranger. The striker sees his effort blocked and after it loops up into the air his headed effort is straight into the arms of Chris Day.
Eight minutes: Despite the Stevenage pressure at the start of the game, it’s Town who have the first shot as Kasim fires just over the bar.
The Town fans have just sung happy birthday to Wes Foderingham, who turns 23 today. Nice touch.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
Seven minutes: A beautiful touch from Morais sees him glide round Hall but his teasing cross is well caught by Foderingham scrambling backwards.
Three minutes: Morais plays a really nice ball for Akins, in behind Hall, but the forward can only power his shot/cross into the Town fans behind the goal.
The hosts have done all the attacking in the opening two minutes but have not tested Foderingham in the Town goal.
Town defending the end housing their fans tonight. Here we go!
Here come the teams!
It is very, very cold.
Mark Cooper and his coaching staff have emerged. Still waiting for the teams.
Swindon Town warm up for their game against Stevenage #stfc #stfcadver http://t.co/lKsvmUcITL— @SamMorshead_SA 14 January 2014
As usual, another #stfc game spent reading twitter updates. Make it worth it lads #stfcadver— @BenWheatland 14 January 2014
With just over 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.
If you want full text commentary of the game, log onto Twitter and follow Adver chief sports writer Sam Morshead (@SamMorshead_SA).
Updates will appear on Matchday Live but will be on a three-minute delay.
IN THE DUGOUT
Graham Westley is well know across the Football League as one of the bigger characters of the game.
From 2am texts letting his players know they'd been dropped to confrontations with fans, Westley doesn't do things by halves.
As a manager he's been widely succesful, winning the Conference title and the FA Trophy in his first spell with Stevenage, as well as guiding Boro to the League One play-offs in 2010/11.
He may be unconventional, he may rustle a few feathers, but by and large his style has rubbed off on his players wherever he's been.
Swindon Town have this evening released a statement regarding the ban imposed on the Advertiser.
The statement reads: "The Club's actions to place an embargo on the Swindon Advertiser was as a result of a series of issues with the newspaper of which the Nile Ranger incident was the most recent.
"The restriction on the Swindon Advertiser covering fixtures is in effect for home matches only, the first of which is at the end of this month.
"The Club feels it has acted in the best interests of Swindon Town and its supporters.
"However, the Club acknowledges that supporters do need a conduit and, as such, confirm that they will be meeting with Gary Lawrence, the Group Editor of the Swindon Advertiser on Monday to resolve our differences and to rebuild trust between both parties.
"The Club would like to reiterate that this decision has been made with supporters in mind and would like to thank all supporters for their continued backing."
The club have issued a statement regarding the state of play between Swindon Town and the Swindon Advertiser. We'll bring it to you shortly.
A bit odd not seeing Jay McEveley in the squad this afternoon after Mark Cooper's remarks to BBC Wiltshire yesterday.
He said: “Jay will be involved, he’s in the squad but it’s whether we change the back four or put him straight back in. That’s the conundrum we have got."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
STEVENAGE v Swindon Town: Day; Doughty, Jones, Ashton, Hartley; Smith, Heslop, Morais, Freeman; Akins, Zoko
Substitutes: Smith, Wedgbury, Charles, Burrow, Tounkara, Andrade, Deacon.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Lee Collins is the referee this evening. The Surrey official last took charge of a Town game in October 2012 when Coventry drew 2-2 in Wiltshire. That game was the last of Jeremy Wray's reign as chairman. I'm sure Collins won't bring the same fate to Lee Power tonight.
Collins is fond of a red card. He issued eight in 26 matches last season and has added another two this time around. Let's hope he keeps his cards in his pocked tonight.
6:58pm Tue 14 Jan 14
california andy says
COYR Three points please - that away record looks ugly, and time we started to put that right. At least Sam doesn't have ban problems away from home, just incompetence from the Stevenage folks to cope with.
The Stevenage players are out for their warm-up at the Lamex Stadium. No, scrap that, we're going to call it Broadhall Way for a bit.
Wes Foderingham and Tyrell Belford are doing their thing with Fraser Digby in front of the travelling fans as well.
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "Well, the good news is Nile Ranger has kept an immaculate attendance record in training since apologising to his teammates and continues to be involved for Town tonight.
STARTING: NILE RANGER
"That will be a massive boost to the Robins, who can prove they are up for the fight with victory here at the Lamex Stadium tonight.
"It's nice to be back focusing on the football this evening and hopefully everyone's attention can shift to celebrating a Swindon win come 10pm."
6:46pm Tue 14 Jan 14
Does Sam still have a job? It is 18:46 and the service hasn't started yet.
Somehow yes I do. Stevenage didn't let any press in til around 6.40pm. Bit of an odd one.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Stevenage v SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham; N Thompson, Branco, Ward, Hall; Luongo, Kasim, Mason; N'Guessan, Ranger, Pritchard
Substitutes: Belford, Barthram, Byrne, Harley, Thompson L, Barker, Storey
We're expecting to hear official team news very, very shortly. The Swindon team coach pulled up outside the Lamex Stadium at around 6.30pm and the players have been illing around on the pitch.
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Team news is just around the corner and stick with us for build-up to the game followed by reaction, in some form or another, at the end of the match.
Town visit rock-bottom Stevenage looking for a victory which could potentially lift them into the play-off places, depending on results elsewhere with talismanic, enigmatic frontman Nile Ranger in tow.
It's been an eventful start to the week, with the various problems the Advertiser has had with the club, but tonight it's back to what really matters...football.
Apologies for the delayed start ladies and gents but, believe it or not, ourselves and the BBC were not allowed into Stevenage's Lamex Stadium until just before 6.40pm.
Anyway, we're here now. So let's begin.
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