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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Notts County
Updated 6:05pm Saturday 23rd March 2013 in Sport
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- FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Notts County 0
- The Robins huff and puff but can't find a way past Bialkowski.
- Town go second in League One with a point
- REPORTING BY ANDY WARREN
That's it from the County Ground this afternoon, on what has been another frustrating day for Swindon Town.
Thnks all for your time, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Town keeper Wes Foderingham was impressed with Bartosz Bialkowski's display this afternoon, but was ultimately left frustrated by his opposite number's performance.
"Their keeper played really well today and made some great saves which earned his team a point.
"A few of the shots went to him like a magnet and he got big legs in the way, and some great instinctive saves.
"I've not had much to do throughout the game, but I knew I had to concentrate to save the shot from Judge."
Captain Alan McCormack has had his say.
"Result-wise it's very frustrating, but performance-wise we can be very proud of how we played today.
"We passed it well and dominated at times, and we kept the ball moving and did everything we asked of ourselves before the game, it's just frustrating their keep turned up and had the game of the season.
"We have to take the positives, and move into Friday with the same performance, attitude and commitment."
Swindon manager Kevin MacDonald has spoken to the media after today's game, with a sense of disappointment and frustration.
"It's frustration and disappointment, we are frustrated because their goalkeeper has stopped us and disappointed for the fans," he said.
"James will be disappointed to have missed a couple of chances, but he is a good striker who usually hits the target.
"In the first half we maybe didn't have enough shots, and we need to work on that.
"It's frustrating for the players, and they are unhappy about it, but we have spoken and said if the performances are good enough we will win more games than we lose."
Up to 2nd place in league 1, but feels like a huge 2 points dropped #stfcadver #stfc— @GeoffCatling 23 March 2013
This going to be one hell of a finish to the end of the season @AndyWarren_ #stfcadver— @Hughsey1982 23 March 2013
Given Town's home form, 3/1 on the draw was excellent value. #stfcadver— @AdverSportCraig 23 March 2013
Another very frustrating afternoon for Town as chances came and went in a game they dominated. The point takes them second in League One, but it really should have been three.
Stay with Matchday Live for reaction from manager Kevin MacDonald.
FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Notts County 0
90+3 minutes: Collins cuts inside and gives the ball to Navarro whose shot is blocked. 90 seconds left in this one.
SUBSTITUTION: Manny Smith replaces Julian Kelly, who is conveniently located all the way over the other side of the pitch.
90 minutes: De Vita fires wide. Five minutes added on.
88 minutes: Bialkowski makes a superb save with his legs to deny Collins’ shot, and then from the following corner the Pole stops a Ward header on the line.
SUBSTITUTION: Raffa De Vita on for Rooney.
81 minutes: McCormack has a shot saved by Bialkowski’s legs, before Ferry’s follow-up is blocked.
YELLOW CARD: Bencherif booked for dissent. (80)
76 minutes: A deep cross comes in and Rooney heads against the post from a tight angle, and from the follow up Collins takes his time which allows Sheehan to get back and superbly block behind.
ATTENDANCE: 8,415 (217 away supporters)
SUBSTITUTION: Showunmi is replaced by Hamza Bencherif
72 minutes Showunmi heads wide.
70 minutes: From the corner, Showunmi heads towards goal and Williams superbly head it onto is own cross-bar on the line, before Showunmi shoots wide.
69 minutes: Foderingham is called into action as he makes a great one-handed save to deny Judge.
SUBSTITUTION: James Collins on for Gary Roberts.
65 minutes: Bishop cautioned for a foul on L Thompson. McCormack floats in the free-kick but Flint can only head down into the floor.
64 minuters: Sheehan booked for a foul on Roberts.
64 minutes: Darren Ward makes a superb block to deny Bishop, after Showunmi caused problems.
60 minutes: McCormack whips in a great cross but Rooney can't take advantage under pressure and misses his kick.
SUBSTITUTION: Yoann Arquin on for Greg Tempest.
58 minutes: Louis Thompson has a shot deflected over for a corner, but Roberts' kick is over everyone.
56 minutes: Louis Thompson wins a free-kick, and McCormack plays it short to Alan Navarro who fires over the bar. Good effort.
52 minutes: Jeff Hughes booked for a foul on McCormack
SUBSTITUTION: Louis Thompson on for Tommy Miller.
50 minutes: Williams crosses for Ferry, but the Scot can only head straight at Bialkowski who smothers the ball on the line.
49 minutes: Williams goes down under pressure from Liddle and wants a penalty, but the referee waves away the appeals.
Back underway for the second half
Notts County back out for the second half, and they are now joined by the Town side.
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Sheff Utd P-P Brentford -postponed, Bournemouth 1 Bury 1, Carlisle 1 Yeovil 1, Colchester P-P MK Dons, Crawley P-P Crewe, Hartlepool 0 Walsall 0, Portsmouth 1 Coventry 0, Preston 0 Leyton Orient 0, Scunthorpe 1 Doncaster 2, Shrewsbury P-P Oldham, Swindon 0 Notts County 0.
HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 0 Notts County 0
45+2 minutes: Miller down and receiving treatment for a clash of heads, and the referee blows for half-time.
45 minutes: Darren Ward rises well to clear Sheehan's corner. Two minutes added on.
42 minutes: Flint is a little slow in clearing a through-ball, but centre-half partner Ward is there to help him out and covers well.
The home side are playing some really nice stuff so far this afternoon.
36 minutes: Roberts is bundled over by Campbell-Ryce, and from the following free-kick Miller drives in low along the floor stretching Bialkowski to his right. The keeper palms it away, and Dean Leacock reacts quickest to clear.
34 minutes: Roberts comes inside and slips Thompson in with a delightful pass, and the full-back stings the palms of Bialkowski.
31 minutes: Sheehan sends in a dangerous deep cross which Foderingham comes to meet, but the keeper can’t gather it cleanly and after dropping the ball does well to get a hand to the ball and deflect Bishop’s bundled effort away.
3:31pm Sat 23 Mar 13
Message for Andy Warren
Have dropped you a quick email as we've had 4 missing prediction league threads in the last 2 weeks:
....please could you put a results thread up for me tomorrow morning.
i.e. not today but 8am Sunday if possible?
30 minutes: McCormack brings down Bishop, and from the free-kick which follows Sheehan drills very wide, much to the delight of the Town End.
30 minutes: McCormack brings down Bishop, and from the free-kick which follows Sheehan drills very wide, much to the delight of the Town End.
26 minutes: A rare County attack ends as Judge slips while trying to turn Flint.
25 minutes: Williams wins a free-kick wide on the right, but Roberts’ kick is headed clear.
23 minutes: Williams heads back across goal, but despite the presence of the on-rushing Miller and Rooney neither Town player can make contact and it’s cleared.
20 minutes: Thompson sends in across, and although Ferry meets it, he is unable to make a meaninful contact and the chance is gone.
Both teams knocking it about nicely this afternoon, a good game to watch.
14 minutes: Rooney neatly pops the ball around Sheehan, but is adjudged to have fouled Liddle after getting on the end of his own pass.
12 minutes: Williams has a shot blocked by Liddle, then Ferry fires wide.
10 minutes: McCormack flights a free-kick into the box, and after Flint heads back in Roberts fires over the bar.
Seven minutes: Miller, Rooney and Williams do well to pen County in, and almost force a mistake but the visitors are able to clear.
Roberts looking pretty sharp so far.
Two minutes: A nice move involving Ferry and Roberts ends when Rooney clatters Gary Liddle challenging for a header. Bright start from Town.
Rooney through the middle and Williams wide to start with
We are underway
Notts County in a beautiful shade of electric pink this afternoon.
Here come the teams!
The groundstaff here at the County Ground have done a great job to get today's game on, although the pitch does look a little heavy. No surprise given the weather, but it's bound to playa part.
Lovely to see nick Watkins in the bar before the game at @Official_STFC. A true gentleman and proper stfc legend #stfcadver— @simon_adkins 23 March 2013
2:40pm Sat 23 Mar 13
Massive game today. Win and the momentum builds and the confidence flows.
The L1 title is there for the taking.
Embargo, whatever. These players can take us there. Time to man up and get the job done at home.
Back to back championships. COYMR.
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Here comes the Rockin Robin Haka, the best bit a matchday at the County Ground....
Swindon 2 Notts County 0 #stfcadver— @tparis0022 23 March 2013
#stfcadver 3-0 Ferry scoring first!— @markwatson1000 23 March 2013
3-1 to Town. Ferry 1, Collins 2 off the bench #stfcadver— @thecoachman1 23 March 2013
IN THE AWAY DUGOUT – Chris Kiwomya
The former Ipswich striker was handed the role of at Meadow Lane until the end of the season in February, following a successful stint as caretaker after the departure of Keith Curle.
In his playing days the Huddersfield-born man represented the Tractor Boys on more than 200 occasions, guiding them into the Premiership before staying in Suffolk until they were relegated in 1995.
From there he went to Arsenal for £1.25 million, but failed to make an impression under George Graham, and after a couple of loan spells he was shipped off permanently to QPR. Kiwomya impressed for the Rs, but had a spell in Denmark with AaB Aalborg before a brief stint at Grimsby.
He began coaching in 2008 with Ipswich Town’s development centre, and after leaving in 2011 he took the same role with today’s visitors.
Kiwomya has overseen 10 games as County boss, only losing twice.
Notts County may be tucked away in no danger of going up or down, but Swindon boss Kevin MacDonald is not taking them lightly.
“Chris has not long taken over there and he was a very good player. He’s now cutting his teeth in the management side and if they get three or four wins they’ll be trying to push up into the play-offs,” he said.
“We’ve just got to concentrate mainly on ourselves and if we can get all our players fit then we’ve got a really good chance because we’re as good as if not the best team in the league.
“This league is very deep in quality. Eleventh can still get in the play-offs, the bottom six or seven are trying to get out of that.
“If you look at this level the players will be desperate to perform as well as possible. They might be out of contract, they might be looking to progress to higher divisions - when people say there’s nothing to play for sometimes I feel it’s more difficult to play against teams like that.
“They can be more relaxed because they’re either safe or way off at the bottom so they can play with a bit of freedom.
“I don’t see that point as playing with nothing to play for. If we concentrate on what we’re trying to do, try to nullify Notts County’s strong points and hopefully we’ll get the right result.”
The Polish keeper was in sensational form when the Robins made the trip to Meadow Lane, and a string of fine saves ensured Paolo Di Canio’s side left with nothing. The Reds will have to beat him today if they are to maintain hope of promotion, but that may prove easier said than done.
The winger has been shortlisted for the League One player of the year award alongside former Town players Matt Ritchie and Leon Clarke, following an impressive season which has seen him score six goals. The Irishman can go inside or out and will be a potent threat throughout, and the Town defence will have to be on their toes.
The giant striker has always scored a few goals wherever he has played, but only has two for County so far this term. Despite that, he is an imposing physical figure who can create space and chances for others, and regardless of his lack of potency he will be a threat.
Sick of saying the really, but we are still stuck on £53. Here's hoping.
ANDY: Swindon Town 2-1, Simon Ferry first scorer 45/1.
2:11pm Sat 23 Mar 13
Very Tough game.
Need to watch Judge, Hughes and Showunmi!.
Surprised they are not top five by now.
Town keepers Wes Foderingham and Leigh Bedwell out now beginning their warm-ups. Might need to be a long one given the weather.
Right off to brave the cold @Official_STFC A win would do nicely please KMac #stfcadver— @simon_adkins 23 March 2013
2:08pm Sat 23 Mar 13
London Red says
Macca at LB could be good - our mean defence period came with him there
Would like to see Ferry and Miller central Williams and Roberts wide supply balls to Collins and Rooney
Options from the bench then from RDV and Luke Rooney
Plus Navarro or Thompson depending on how game is going
Looking like a 4-5-1/4-3-3 again for Town this afternoon, with Rooney wide and Williams through the middle.
What are your thoughts on that?
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BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Notts County: Foderingham; N Thompson, Flint, Ward, McCormack; A Rooney, Ferry, Navarro, Miller, Roberts; Williams.
Subs: Bedwell, Devera, L Rooney, L Thompson, De Vita, Collins Waldon.
Jay McEveley misses out today with a knee injury, so Alan McCormack starts at left-back.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Swindon Town v NOTTS COUNTY: Notts: Bialkowski, Kelly, Sheehan, Leacock, Liddle, Bishop, Hughes, Tempest, Boucaud, Judge, Showunmi.
Subs: Pilkington, Hollis, Thompson, Smith, Zoko, Arquin, Bencherif.
12:25pm Sat 23 Mar 13
Delighted this game is on. Flown over from Norway for this and taking 5 family members with me today. A big three points would send me back a very happy bunny tomorrow. COYR...
That really is a great effort
A poll has been running all morning on who should start up front today, with a split decision.
We will see how Kevin MacDonald sees it in the next few minutes.
Some nice stacks of snow around the County Ground pitch once again today. #stfcadver http://t.co/B2v6eARNEh— @AndyWarren_ 23 March 2013
Official team news is expected at 2pm, but it looks as though Town have no new injury worries.
Simon Ferry and Tommy Miller are carrying minor hamstring and calf knocks going into the game but both should be available, while Alan Navarro is fit again.
Miles Storey (hamstring), Troy Archibald-Henville (knee) and Aaron Oakley (fractured foot) remain sidelined. Louis Thompson should be available again following international duty with Wales Under 21s.
BACK: Simon Ferry, Tommy Miller and Alan Navarro
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Good afternoon one and all, and welcome to the County Ground for this afternoon's game between Swindon Town and Notts County.
Once again there are some piles of snow scattered around the pitch after it was moved this morning, but nothing on the scale of what we saw in January. However, a number of fans were at the ground early this morning to help, which was a great effort.
Three points could take the Robins top of League One if Doncaster lose at Scunthorpe, and with the game between Brentford and Sheffield United postponed due to the weather Town will be looking to take full advantage.
But until then, who would you start up front for Town this afternoon?
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