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MATCHDAY LIVE: Yeovil Town v Swindon Town
Updated 10:41pm Tuesday 19th March 2013 in Sport
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- F-T: Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 2 (Rooney, pen 77; Collins 90)
- Adam Rooney gives the visitors the lead from the spot before Collins scores in the final minute
- Robins still in embargo
- Glovers have only beaten Swindon once at Huish Park in competitive action
That's it from us folks. A fantastic result at Huish Park. Next stop the County Ground on Saturday for the visit of Notts County.
See you there.
Defender Nathan Thompson picked up the man of the match award from Sky Sports this evening, and was pleased with his performance.
“We are all buzzing because the last couple of games have been a little disappointing, and when we went into the dressing room at the end everyone was a bit down.
“Tonight was a huge performance and we are all upbeat, and when you travel back after a big win there is a good atmosphere.
“I was pleased with my performance, even though I was a little sloppy with a few things in the first half, but in the second I was much better and I was pleased to get man of the match.”
Swindon manager Kevin MacDonald has spoken to the media after tonight's victory.
I’m delighted for the players, and also for the fans who travelled down here because they were tremendous, and you can see the passion there is between the players and the fans.
“I think we can play better, and we have played better and lost in the last four games, but sometimes to win ugly is important for the team.
“They probably had more possession of the ball but we had more chances, and the more clear-cut chances, and we got a little bit untidy and nervy in the second half.
“When we scored the first goal we started to keep possession better, and I always thought we would have a chance to score a second, and luckily for us it happens.
Simon Ferry has a tight hamstring following tonight's win. Will be looked at tomorrow.
Reaction to follow, although it remains to be seen if the internet connection will stretch as far as the other side of the pitch.
That win puts Town up to third in the table, three points behind leaders Doncaster.
What a finish, and a great win for Town who completely dominated that second half.
FULL-TIME: Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 2 (Rooney pen 77, Collins (90+6)
90+6 minutes: GOAL 2-0 TOWN Town break as Yeovil look for a winner, and McCormack lays the ball off for James Collins who fires under Stech to double the advantage. The referee blows as soon as the ball hits the net, but still books Collins for taking his shirt off while celebrating.
YELLOW CARD: Miller booked for time-wasting while taking a free-kick.
Three minutes left for Town to hold on, and the ball is spending most of its time down the Yeovil end of the pitch.
SUBSTITUTION: Luke Rooney on for Andy Williams, who is loudly booed off. Five minutes added.
Nathan Thompson has been superb so far this evening, as have the rest of the back four, but the job's not done yet.
SUBSTITUTION: Gary Roberts replaced by Raffa De Vita.
YELLOW CARD: McEveley goes into the box for a body check, and Foderingham punches the free-kick clear before Madden’s shot is blocked.
81 minutes: Madden sees penalty appeals turned away, before second later stabbing a shot at goal which is straight into the arms of Foderingham.
79 minutes: Rooney gets a snap-shot off which Stech gathers at the second attempt with Collins advancing.
77 minutes: GOAL 1-0 TOWN Great pen from Rooney who fires home to the keeper’s right.
76 minutes: Stech comes charging out and clatters Roberts for a blatant penalty. Rooney to take.
75 minutes: Ed Upson fires wide for the home side.
74 minutes: A lump forward brings about a chance for Collins as he wins the ball from Burn, and after cutting inside the striker curls an effort low which looks to be creeping in before Stech sticks out an arm.
SUBSTITUTION: Simon Ferry replaced by James Collins. Rooney goes wide right, with Collins alongside Williams. (70)
YELLOW CARD: McCormack looks to break for Town but he is brought down by Daniel Burn.
67 minutes: Another superb block from Thompson deflect a Madden effort behind, with the striker in the clear. The corner is cleared.
66 minutes: Stech comes and punches a Roberts free-kick clear, and as he tries to shoot McCormack can only lob over the bar.
62 minutes: Rooney does well to flick Roberts’ cross towards goal, but Stech makes a superb save.
The 3-2 and 2-2 charity bets are looking good at the moment....
SUBSITUTION: Jordan Cook replaces Gavin Williams (62)
61 minutes: Thompson does superbly well to tackle Madden as he goes through on goal.
58 minutes: Williams gets a shot off from under his feet, but it is very tame and straight at the keeper. Town looking a lot brighter in the opening stages of the half.
55 minutes: Roberts has the ball in the net, the referee has already blown his whistle following a push on Luke Ayling. Looked a very harsh decision from here.
52 minutes: Williams breaks at pace to a chorus of boos, but as he tries a cross-field ball to Roberts his pass is cut out.
51 minutes: McCormack lets fly from well outside the box and his shot thunders over the bar.
SUBSTITUTION: McAllister is replaced by Ben Gordon (50)
47 minutes: Jamie McAllister booked for pulling back Williams.
ATTENDANCE: 5,207 (546 Town fans)
Back underway again
The Yeovil players are back for the second half
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Bury 0 Stevenage 0
Crewe 1 MK Dons 1
Oldham 2 Hartlepool 0
Yeovil 0 Swindon 0
Well, not a lot to say about that in honesty. Town look susceptible to the counter attack, but haven't managed to create anything of note of their own.
HALF-TIME: Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 0
45+2 minutes: Town are hit on the counter but Flint does well to stick out a leg and stop Madden.
43 minutes: McCormack flights in a good free-kick, and with the ball bobbling around Darren Ward has a shot which is deflected wide for a corner. The set-piece is cleared. Three minutes added.
43 minutes: Kevin Dawson is booked for a foul on Roberts as the winger looks to break.
40 minutes: A rare flash of excitement as Ferry gets a shot off, but it is was never in danger of troubling Stech and it’s well wide.
YELLOW CARD: Nathan Thompson goes into the book for a foul on Williams (35)
31 minutes: Town win a corner on their right but it’s cleared.
All gone a little flat here
25 minutes: A good chance comes and goes for the home side as Hayter is caught offside as Williams charged into the area.
Pretty open game here so far, with Yeovil pinging some nice balls around when given the chance which are stretching Town.
Oldham take the lead against Hartlepool at the bottom of League One, Robbie Simpson with the goal.
YELLOW CARD: Alan McCormack goes into the book for a late tackle.
17 minutes: James Hayter has the game’s best chance after being fed by Edwards, but he volleys high over the bar.
14 minutes: Miller spreads the play nicely for Roberts and McEveley, and the full-back whips in a teasing cross which evades both Rooney and Williams.
11 minutes: Rooney pokes into the hands of Stech after making room for himself in the channel.
Seven minutes: Alan McCormack digs a ball out and through for Rooney, but the striker can’t get ahead of Daniel Burn and ends up sticking out a leg and simply pushing it back to Stech.
Four minutes: Williams gets a cross in and it’s flicked over by Joseph Edwards.
Town are indeed lined up in the 4-5-1 which they used at Brentford, but this time Adam Rooney is at the head with Williams wide on the right.
Two minutes: Darren Ward’s pass back to Foderingham goes out for a corner, but the set-piece is cleared.
Two minutes: Andy Williams has the first chance of the game against his former club, but shoots on the turn straight at Marek Stech.
YELLOW CARD: Nathan Thompson is pole-axed by Gavin Williams who is booked.
Both teams go into huddles, and we are ready to go.
Loads of free green and white fans have been given out this evening, which should look pretty good on the tele.
Here come the teams
Atmosphere getting louder and louder here, as kick-off approaches.
Almost forgot the charity bet, with the total still stuck on £53. Both of us have gone for a high scoring affair this evening.
SAM: Yeovil 2 Swindon 2, Paddy Madden first scorer 50/1
ANDY: Yeovil 2 Swindon 3, Aden Flint first scorer 350/1
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Shooting boots #STFC http://t.co/1oMctqLe49— @Official_STFC 19 March 2013
Good luck to boys tonite let's get a win ! #STFC— @m_storey32 19 March 2013
The pitch isn't looking so good now following the warm-up, with plenty of divots coming up.
For those who haven't seen much of youth teamers Ferguson and Waldon, they certainly have a decent chance of making a career for themselves. Both impressed in the club's run in the FA Youth Cup earlier in the season, particularly Ferguson who is incredibly comfortable on the ball. He can pick a pass, shoot from range, and get on the end of things in both boxes.
Waldon is a forward who has a good positional sense, and can score goals both with his feet and with his head.
Both are of course untried, but certainly have the raw talent.
THE NEW ALEX FERGUSON
Huish Park pitch in good nick #stfcadver http://t.co/qL0P3IVaqM— @SamMorshead_SA 19 March 2013
As well as a banner in amongst the home fans simply reading '£££ Judas'
A few boos as former Yeovil man Andy Williams has his name read out on his return to Huish Park.
ANDY WILLIAMS ON HIS YEOVIL DAYS
IN THE HOME DUGOUT
Gary Johnson is a man who has been there and done it, and has got the Glovers firing again after returning to the club after seven years away.
After a brief playing career which saw him play for Watford, Cambridge and also in the Swedish Second Division, Johnson went into management with non-league Newmarket Town before becoming Cambridge’s reserve boss in 1988. From there he became assistant in 1990, where he and John Beck masterminded the Us’ remarkable rise. He eventually took the top job in 1993, but moved to Kettering in 1995 after the Abbey Stadium side were forced to sell a number of players.
Despite leading Kettering to full-time football for the first time in their history, Johnson returned to Watford as youth director under Graham Taylor, and from there enjoyed an unlikely spell as manager of Latvia. Despite being instrumental in Marian Pahars’ move to Southampton, Johnson was fired after a humiliating 1-1 draw at home to Liechtenstein.
His international disappointment soon led to his first spell with Yeovil, and in his first season he led the Glovers to FA Trophy glory with victory over Stevenage at Villa Park. The very next season brought the even bigger prize of promotion to the Football League.
They were immediately contenders in Division Three, and after missing out on the play-offs on goal difference they improved to win the league at the second attempt.
After a solid time in Division Two, Johnson moved to Bristol City after turning down Derby, and he took the Robins from 22nd in the table to play-off contenders immediately.
They were promoted to the Championship in 2007, and became top six contenders the following season and lost out in the play-off final to Hull City.
Despite signing a contract through to 2013, Johnson moved to Peterborough in 2010, but things did not go well and he left the club the following year after failing to agree a long-term plan with Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony.
Johnson then found himself at Northampton and saved the club from relegation from the Football League, before moving back to Yeovil and doing the same for the Huish Park side.
The Glovers started this season superbly and found themselves at the top of the table, and although a poor run followed, they have begun firing again now and are in the fight for promotion.
Chairman Jed McCrory, who is not at Huish Park as he continues to work on lifting the embargo hanging over Swindon Town, has said on Twitter that it will "100 per cent" be lifted by the end of the transfer window.
The chance to sign players on emergency loan deals expires on Thursday, March 28.
Has been the star of the Glovers’ recent run to the play-off places, having scored in all-but three of his side’s games in 2013. The striker now has 20 for the season and is enjoying the most prolific spell of his career, meaning he will be the home side’s biggest threat.
The midfielder is improving every week as he gets more and more football in him, having burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old when he scored the winner for Ipswich in the FA Youth Cup final. Capable of scoring from distance as well as being deadly from free-kicks, and will need to be watched.
Madden’s experienced foil is former Bournemouth and Doncaster striker Hayter, who has scored close to 150 goals in his career.
The 33-year-old is the scorer of the fastest hat-trick in the history of the Football League, after scoring three goals in only 140 seconds against Wrexham in 2004.
Hayter moved to Yeovil in the summer, and has scored 12 times since his move.
COYR ... 3pts required sorry I can't be there tonight but stuck resolving issues stick with it all we are working our way through issues...— @JedMcCoy 19 March 2013
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
YEOVIL TOWN v Swindon Town: Stech; Ayling, Burn, Webster, McAllister; Dawson, Edwards, Upson, Williams; Madden, Hayter.
Subs: Stewart, Maksimenko, Blizzard, Young, Gordon, Cook, Fletcher.
For those who are, like me, interested in this sort of things, Ferguson will wear 33 while Waldon is number 34.
Sam Foley misses out for Yeovil with a hip injury.
So an unchanged Town side from the team which started last week's 2-1 defeat at Brentford, and we will more than likely see the same 4-5-1 formation with Adam Rooney wide on the right and Andy Williams through the middle.
Two new faces on the bench, with youth team players Alex Ferguson and Connor Waldon included in the 18 for the first time having travelled with the squad in recent weeks.
Ferguson is a ball-playing midfielder who is comfortable at either end of the field, while Waldon is a striker who can drop deep to receive the ball outside the box or poach inside the area.
6:48pm Tue 19 Mar 13
Deep in the heart of KAZAKHSTAN but managed to find a bar with sky sports so hoping for a good match and a town win!
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "Town need to avoid defeat to keep their automatic promotion push on track this evening, as the embargo hanging over the club continues.
"The Advertiser has requested comment from the club on numerous occasions over the course of the past week regarding the embargo situation and the appointment of Gregory Hall as a director, however that has yet to be forthcoming.
"The £1.2million sum the Football League requested to be ring-fenced is believed to be in place, and those clubs owed money are understood to have been paid, but without official confirmation from either the club or the Football League a question mark remains over the situation in general.
"Having gone back to the League this morning, the Advertiser recieved an email in reply which stated: 'We never confirm or deny the existence of an embargo. You’ll need to be guided by the club on this issue.'
"The reasons for why the embargo remains in place have yet to be fully explained, and until then a huge uncertainty will remain at the County Ground as Jed McCrory and his new board try to prove themselves to Robins fans.
"I'm led to believe the situation is a sensitive one, hence the relative silence from McCrory and his board, but now the fans need an answer. We live in hope."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Yeovil v SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham; Thompson, Ward, Flint, McEveley; Ferry, McCormack, Miller; A Rooney, Roberts; Williams.,
Subs: Bedwell, Devera, L Rooney, De Vita, Collins, Ferguson, Waldon.
Huish Park pitch in good nick #stfcadver http://t.co/qL0P3IVaqM— @SamMorshead_SA 19 March 2013
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Nothing official for another 15 minutes or so but here's a rundown of the injured and missing parties in the Swindon Town ranks this evening.
Alan Navarro misses the game with a tight hamstring, Troy Archibald-Henville has not yet recovered from knee surgery, Miles Storey is still recuperating from a hamstring problem and Louis Thompson is on duty with Wales Under 21s.
Town manager Kevin MacDonald could hand a recall to James Collins and revert to a 4-4-2 formation.
Good evening ladies and gents and welcome to Huish Park for tonight’s League One clash between Yeovil Town and Swindon Town.
It’s been another tough week for the Robins off the field and they’ll be hoping for a little respite in a televised meeting in Somerset.
Stick with us for all the best build-up to the game, followed by match updates and reaction.