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MATCHDAY LIVE: Port Vale v Swindon Town
Updated 5:34pm Saturday 8th February 2014 in Sport
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD
- FT: Port Vale 2 (Loft 20, Pope 41) Town 3 (Ranger 51, Pritchard 65, Byrne 68)
- Town turn around two-goal deficit to win
- Robins record first victory on their travels since November 12
- Ranger, Pritchard and Byrne on scoresheet
- Murphy makes debut
Well, what a win that was for Swindon Town. Two goals down at half-time and they end up claiming their first away victory since November.
It was a senational display of attacking football and bodes well for the visit of Colchester United to the County Ground on Valentine' Day.
We'll be there for that one, I hope you can join us.
Until then, goodnight.
Mark Cooper has been out to speak to the media. Here's what he has had to say:
"We said at half-time keep going because we were playing well. We were outstanding again in the second half and totally dominated and deserved to win the game.
"When you've got a lot of young players you can't be up and down and rant and rave because you'll frighten them. We tried to encourage them to keep playing football.
"We knew we had a solid base behind half although we conceded two goal and, once we got the first one, we went from strength to strength."
4:53pm Sat 8 Feb 14
Get in there, brilliant win.
Nice quiet message board again tonight now!
Dad's reaction when he sees Swindon are winning 3-2 after being 2 down at half time #stfcadver #stfc https://t.co/cvRsvlcJDF— @calbrowntown 08 February 2014
Great result for town today, and came back from 2 down to get a result away for the second time in 3 days #stfcadver— @jordanbarnes2 08 February 2014
5:01pm Sat 8 Feb 14
Oi Den! says
Good win and great comeback. Looks like the penny has finally dropped that we need physical presence to get results in this division. Still need to sort out the shambolic defence though.
4:58pm Sat 8 Feb 14
california andy says
What a result. Well done the lads. If only the defence didn't leak like a sieve, imagine how good we'd be. Full marks to Cooper for fielding an attacking line up, and amazing to come back from 2-0 down. How was Murphy?
He was very good. Strong on the ball, tricky with a bit of pace about him.
You can read the full-time report from this afternoon's thrilling contest right here while we wait for the manager and players to emerge.
Port Vale 2 (Loft 20, Pope 41) Swindon Town 3 (Ranger 51, Pritchard 65, Byrne 68)
Quite extraordinary stuff from Town. Grit, determination, desire, quality, passion, enthusiasm, creativity. What an afternoon.
Tijane Reis replaces Alex Pritchard, 90
90 mins: Pritchard's shot is deflected for a corner.
Four minutes of added time to come.
90 mins: Cracking effort from Murphy, who forces Neal into a save from 25 yards.
These last 10 minutes are feeling like an eternity.
PORT VALE SUBSTITUTION
Ben Williamson replaces Tom Pope, 84
83 mins: Louis Thompson runs through two challenges and shoots narrowly wide.
Griffith booked for bringing down Louis Thompson, 82
79 mins: Lines's free-kick comes back off the Town wall.
Conditions really are dreadful here now. Driving rain, howling winds, lights aren't great either. Fifteen minutes left.
74 mins: Pope clear's Luongo's effort off the line.
71 mins: Town get away with one here, as Pope rises above Foderingham to head wide.
PORT VALE SUBSTITUTION
Jordan Hugill replaces Billy Knott, 70
Port Vale 2 Swindon Town 3 (Byrne 68)
Astonishing stuff from Swindon Town. It's another wonderful counter attack from the visitors, with Pritchard finding Smith who crosses for Byrne to just about squeeze home.
Archibald-Henville is booked, 67
Port Vale 2 Swindon Town 2 (Pritchard 65)
It's another out of this world free-kick from Alex Pritchard. Fully 25 yards out, left of centre, whipping and fizzing into the top corner. Neal had no chance.
Jacob Murphy replaces Dany N'Guessan, 63
60 mins: Ranger hits the crossbar after going through one on one with Neal following Griffith's slip.
57 mins: Smith strikes the Vale woodwork with a fizzing effort from the edge of the area.
PORT VALE SUBSTITUTION
Anthony Griffith replaces Gavin Tomlin, 56
Port Vale 2 Swindon Town 1 (Ranger 51)
This is a smooth counter attack from Town. Smith pulls back for Pritchard whose delicate cross is headed in by Ranger at ther back post. Game on.
Attendance here today is 5,306 (284 from Swindon).
47 mins: Pritchard's free-kick lands on the roof of the net.
And we're off again at Vale Park.
The two teams are back out for the second half.
Port Vale 2 (Loft 20, Pope 41) Swindon Town 0
Two efforts on target, two goals for Port Vale, who should count themselves very lucky to be in this position at the break. Town gifted them their second and hardly put up a fight to prevent the first.
Going forward the Robins have looked bright and creative without finding a finish. Yet they still find themselves staring at an away defeat.
Two minutes added to the first half.
42 mins: Pritchard curls at Neal from the edge of the area.
Port Vale 2 (Pope 41) Swindon Town 0
This really is shambolic from Town. One defender clears the ball into the back of another, the ball falls to Pope and, despite the best efforts of Foderingham, the striker squeezes his effort home.
39 mins: Michael Smith's header from Pritchard's corner is tame and easily claimed by Neal.
36 mins: Pritchard shoots high and wide from the top corner of the box.
Lines is booked for a trip on Pritchard, 34
32 mins: Pritchard tries a speculative volley from 25 yards. It's off target. By quite a way.
Swindon certainly haven't fallen apart since the goal but it came just as the home crowd were starting to bget on their own team's backs. Couldn't have been worse timing.
Port Vale 1 (Loft 20) Swindon Town 0
Town were in complete control of this game. Jennison Myrie-Williams turns Darren Ward inside out on the left and crosses low, where Loft gets in front of his marker to stab home.
18 mins: Alex Pritchard volleys narrowly wide at the back post from Nathan Thompson's cross. Best chance of the match so far and a terrific little run from Pritchard to create the space.
Luongo trips Chris Lines in midfield and is booked, 17
13 mins: Massimo Longo's left-footed effort from the edge of the area sails into the Swindon fans behind the Port Vale goal.
Seven mins: Doug Loft's wild volley from the edge of the box hits the top of the GMB Union Stand.
Five mins: Nile Ranger's header loops up into the six-yard box and is punched off the forehead of Dany N'Guessan by Chris Neal.
Four mins: Louis Thompson's shot is deflected out for a corner.
Lots of players unable to keep their footing in the early exchanges here. Looks like a 4-4-2 for Town, with Byrne at left-back and N'Guessan and Pritchard wide midfield.
And we're off. Town attacking the end housing the travelling fans in the first half.
The two teams are out at Vale Park, kick-off is just moments away.
LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Bradford v Crewe; Brentford P Crawley P; Carlisle v Gillingham; Colchester P Rotherham P; Leyton Orient v Peterborough; Notts County v Coventry; Oldham v Bristol City; Port Vale v Swindon; Sheff Utd v Shrewsbury; Stevenage P Wolves P; Tranmere v Preston; Walsall v MK Dons
My laptop's about to take off in the high wind here. Keep the ball on the floor will be the main focus of the two teams' pre-match discussions, I'd imagine.
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.
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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.
Just under 15 minutes to go until kick-off at Vale Park, where the temperature is dropping by the second.
Apologies for the lack of updates, ladies and gents, the Adver's liveblogging system is being a bit sluggish. Perhaps, like me, it had one too many helpings of Chinese last night.
2:36pm Sat 8 Feb 14
Surprised to see Reis on the bench! Thought he was still a little way off? Fair play to the lad
He was on the bench for the games against Oldham and Peterborough as well.
Dany N'Guessan has pledged to prove his worth his place in the Swindon Town side after being dropped recently.
“The manager and me had a chat and we said some things so hopefully we can start again," he told the Advertiser.
“I’m happy at Swindon so hopefully I can carry on and play my football.
“The manager said he knows what I can do and I think maybe he thinks I can bring more. Maybe he is right.
Port Vale's players have only just emerged for their warm-up. Is it me or is 2.28pm a little late?
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Time to get on down Memory Lane and revisit a game played at Vale Park way back in 1999...
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
PORT VALE v Swindon Town: Neal; Grimmer, Dickinson, Robertson; Myrie-Williams, Loft, Lines, Davis; Tomlin, Pope, Knott
Substitutes: Johnson, Yates, Jones, Williamson, Griffith, Birchall, Hugill
2:12pm Sat 8 Feb 14
London Red says
Cox in for Barker or Storey is a strange on - especially as we have Gladwin on the bench and no strikers
Though there are three strikes in the starting line-up.
Earlier in the season, Swindon Town beat Port Vale 5-2 at the County Ground. Some happy memories can be found right here...
Here's the state of Vale Park prior to kick-off...
2:04pm Sat 8 Feb 14
Got all the big guns out ,going for a 2-0 win today
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "Blimey, that's an attacking line-up for Town. Could it really be a 3-4-3? I imagine it's going to be more like a 3-5-2 with N'Guessan filling a wing-back role.
"Regardless, it's exciting to see. Pritchard, Ranger, Smith, N'Guessan, Luongo, Byrne all in the same team - can't fault Cooper for trying to entertain."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Port Vale v SWINDON TOWN: Foderingham; N Thompson, Archibald-Henville, Ward; Byrne, Luongo, L Thompson, Pritchard; N'Guessan, Ranger, Smith
Substitutes: Belford, Reckord, Branco, Cox, Gladwin, Reis, Murphy
We're expecting some team news in the next couple of minutes.
1:52pm Sat 8 Feb 14
Fernham Red says
Lots of slipping and sliding on today's pitch. Predicting a 2-1 win to the town with all three goals coming from the penalty spot and both sides reduced to ten men.
Miles Storey isn't going to become a forgotten man at Swindon Town, according to manager Mark Cooper.
Cooper said: “He’s young, he’s learning and Miles will come. I’ve had a chat with Miles to decide what the best way is for him to go forward.”
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Today's referee is Seb Stockbridge and it's the Tyne official's first season in the Football League.
1:46pm Sat 8 Feb 14
4 matches for mac whats going on did they lose the appeal
No appeal as far as we're aware. It's McEveley's second suspension of the season so an extra game is added.
The rain is starting to fall at Vale Park. Won't be enough to threaten the game.
#stfc #stfcadver Todays our day . We need to get 3 points today v Vale. After that great result at Posh . We must not stumble .— @itslove1956 08 February 2014
The Swindon Town players have arrived at Vale Park and they're having a look at the pitch as we speak.
Pretty chilly and really rather windy at Vale Park this afternoon, though the pitch looks in okay nick - certainly better than what was presented at London Road on Wednesday night.
1:36pm Sat 8 Feb 14
Going for a thumping 0-4 Town victory. DNG to get three and our other triple initialed monster, TAH, to get a late fourth with a net bursting diving header
Now that's how to think positively!
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Nothing official is expected until around 2pm but here's a quick rundown of the state of Town's squad going into the game.
Jay McEveley and Yaser Kasim start supensions of four and two matches respectively but Alex Pritchard and Troy Archibald-Henville are back from bans.
BANNED: YASER KASIM
Ryan Mason is still struggling with a side strain but Michael Smith and Jamie Reckord are available after being cup-tied in midweek. Jacob Murphy has joined on a month's loan from Norwich City and is expected to be involved.
You can keep up to date with all the latest developments from the Potteries, as they happen, with Matchday Live. I'm with you all afternoon.
Buckle up and enjoy!
Port Vale are within striking distance of the League One play-offs themselves, however, and will be no pushover this afternoon.
The Robins go into the clash looking for their first away victory since November 12 and will have been buoyed by their resolute display in the 2-2 draw at Peterborough United on Wednesday night.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Vale Park where Swindon Town face Port Vale in League One.