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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- Swindon Town 1 (Pritchard 32) Peterborough Utd 1 (Assombalonga 75)
- Peterborough win 4-3 on penalties after tie finishes 3-3 on aggregate
- Luongo and Tijane miss vital penalties before Rowe scores the winner
- Posh top scorer Assombalonga levels with a neat header
- Winger Pritchard had given Town the lead after profiting from poor Posh defending
That's it for this evening but don't forget to pick up your copy of the Adver tomorrow for all the action and reaction from tonight's game.
Try and enjoy what's left of your evening.
Words now from Town keeper Wes Foderingham who is in a similarly downbeat mood.
“I felt loads of pressure going into that, especially having not made a save in the play-offs," he said.
“I had done some homework but it didn’t come off and you don’t get the rub if the green. They were brave to step up and take the penalties and I won’t say a bad word against them.
“I was really disappointed for Tijane because he’s fantastic around the place and I’m sure he’ll come good.”
Yaser Kasim has just spoken to the media and was in a sombre mood.
“It’s very flat so we have to see what happens. It’s a big game Saturday and we’re footballers so we have to fight back," he said.
“We were one step and one penalty shootout from Wembley so it’s tough to take.
“We started well and got the goal and felt throughout the game we could win it. All in all we played pretty well.”
Sat back too much second half, golden opportunity for Wembley tonight but failed to take it #stfcadver— @jbrmoon 17 February 2014
Cooper also revelaed Nile Ranger will be out for between eight and 12 weeks with a grade three hamstring tear. Cooper insisted no replacement is needed due to Michael Smith's presence at the club.
Mark Cooper is currently speaking to the media.
“I thought we played well and did enough to win the game, we made one mistake and it led to a goal," he said.
“They gave everything and were deservedly in front at half-time but it wasn’t to be. If you give Assombalonga one chance he’ll score.
“We played well and fought and you have to hope luck goes you way and it didn’t, Dany’s shot trickled off the post instead of going in.
“We’ve got a lot of disappointed young men in the changing room and it’s my job to get them up for a tough game at Leyton Orient on Saturday.”
Mark Cooper is here
Stick with MDL for reaction from tonight's heartbreaking loss.
So cruel on Town.
PETERBOROUGH WIN 4-3 ON PENALTIES
SCORED: Rowe wins it for Posh. 4-3 on pens.
MISSED: Tijane misses the target to the left and Posh have a chance to win it.
SCORED: McCann thunders one in off the bar. 3-3 four each.
SCORED: Great strike from TAH.
SAVED: Foderingham saves Swanson's effort. 2-2 after three each.
SCORED: Great pen from Pritchard as he sends the keeper the wrong way.
2-1 Posh after two kicks each.
SCORED: Bostwick fires down the middle and Foderingham goes left.
SCORED: Kasim beats Olejnik.
SCORED: Assombalonga goes down the middle. Wes got something on it but not enough.
MISSED: Luongo fires it over the bar.
Massimo Luongo up first
Penalties will be taken at the Stratton Bank end.
Toss is now taking place.
FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 1 (Pritchard 32) Peterborough 1 (Assombalonga 75)
94 minutes: Rowe fires wide and that's it. Penalties.
93 minutes: Thompson brings down Brisley and Posh have a free-kick on the edge of the box. McCann takes it and forces Wes to turn the ball around the post.
90 minutes: Archibald-Henville gives away a corner with a sliced clearance, Rowe went down while trying to control the kick but there is no chance of a penalty.
Four minutes added.
87 minutes: Tijane puts a superb, dinked ball into the box but neither Pritchard or Gladwin can take advantage.
SUBSTITUTION: Tijane on for Murphy 85
SUBSTITUTION: Tijane on for Murphy 85
YELLOW CARD: Danny Swanson goes into the book. 84
ATTENDANCE: 6,825 (383)
SUBSTITUTION: Gladwin replaces N’Guessan 81.
80 minutes: Branco chips the ball into the box for N’Guessan who heads over the bar with his final contribution before being replaced by Gladwin. I can’t tell you about that change for three minutes though due to DataCo rules.
Town were asking for that.
GOAL 1-1 (Assombalonga 75) Murphy gives the ball away, Bostwick crosses and Assombalonga heads past Foderingham.
73 minutes: Bostwick hammers a shot over the top.
This isn't great to watch. Town giving Posh time on the ball but they aren't doing a thing with it. Referee Stroud is still enjoying himself.
9:09pm Mon 17 Feb 14
Must be said Byrne is producing an immense performance down the left so far (touch wood)
I completely agree
Town are really sitting back now and looking to use N'Guessan on the break. Dangerous with more than 25 minutes remaining I would say.
Referee Stroud is enjoying the sound of his whistle at the moment which is closing this game right up. Probably good for Town but frustrating to watch.
SUBSTITUTION: Grant McCann comes on for Jack Payne. 60
59 minutes: Luongo wins a corner which Pritchard whips in. The winger gets the ball back from Murphy which his drills in low, but Olejnik is able to smother.
N'Guessan's back on.
53 minutes: N’Guessan takes a bang when going up for a header with Knight-Percival and needs treatment. Looks like he’s winded.
48 minutes: Archibald-Henville lobs a ball forward which Knight-Percival leaves for goalkeeper Olejnik, allowing N’Guessan to steal in between and turn it towards goal. The Posh keeper looked to have turned to wide but the referee gave a goal kick.
SUBSTITUTION: Kyle Vassell is replaced by new signing Josh McQuoid. 45
Here come Town who are as they were.
Posh are back with us. Can't see any changes.
Good solid half but need to keep our heads. No more silly yellow cards #stfcadver— @bullyboy1974 17 February 2014
It seems Posh owner Darragh McAnthony agreed it was a pen. Good.
Just seen Town's penalty claim again. How can the ref not give that? How?!
Half way there.
HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 1 Peterborough Utd 0
YELLOW CARD: Branco goes into the book for a foul on Knight-Percival. 45
44 minutes: Luongo rockets a shot into the bank after taking it first time from the edge of the box.
Two minutes added on.
43 minutes: Little steals in behind Pritchard on the right and crosses but Town scramble clear.
Five minutes left of this first half.
YELLOW CARD: Kasim appears to get the ball but is booked for a foul on Swanson. From the free kick, Rowe heads Swanson’s delivery over.
YELLOW CARD: Bostwick goes into the book for a foul on Louis Thompson. 35
GOAL 1-0 TOWN (Pritchard 32) Dreadful defending from Posh as Alcock thumps a clearance from inside his own six-yard box which canons off N’Guessan, who was only a yard in front of him, and into the path of Pritchard. The winger takes a touch and picks out the bottom corner.
31 minutes: Murphy, who has looked very bright so far this evening, turns really nicely and shapes to shoot but his effort balloons into the Stratton Bank.
26 minutes: Pritchard takes a touch, turns, and shoots but his effort is over the top. Decent effort, was dipping but not enough.
24 minutes: Rowe misses his kick when shaping to shoot on the edge of the Town area before Swanson scoops and effort well over the top.
22 minutes: Alcock bursts into the box from left back but his shot is blocked into the arms of Foderingham.
Decent enough from Town. They're keeping the ball better than their visitors although Posh always look dangerous.
18 minutes: Pritchard lines up a free kick from more than 30 yards but this time his effort is well over the top. We’ve been spoilt in the past it seems.
8:03pm Mon 17 Feb 14
Absolute stonewall pen!!!
15 minutes: Byrne cuts out a Posh ball forward and dribbled across the pitch before switching out to Pritchard. The winger beats his man and fires a driven shot across the face of goal which no Town player can touch home.
Those of you with TV replays to hand, was that a pen? Seemed it to me.
13 minutes: Big shouts for a penalty as Murphy slides a really nice ball through for N’Guessan who is dragged down by Alcock on the edge of the box before either can reach the ball. Looked inside and looked a foul. Referee Stroud is not popular.
11 minutes: Foderingham has to watch Assombalonga’s driven shot all the way as it moves in the air, but the Town keeper is able to turn it away. Louis Thompson clears the following corner.
For those Town fans asking 'who the w@**** with the drum' is, I am reliably informed his name is Adam Jackson.
Troy's fine, he's a warrior, remember.
Six minutes: After being felled wide on the right, Pritchard steps up and delivers a free-kick towards Archibald-Henville, but the defender is involved in a clash of heads and needs treatment.
Five minutes: First chance for the visitors comes and goes but Assombalonga heads over the top after Alcock swung a ball into the six-yard box.
Three minutes: The first chance of the game falls to Town but Luongo’s shot is blocked by Bostwick almost as soon as it left the Aussie’s boot. Seconds later Byrne lashes over.
Town attacking the vacant Stratton Bank.
Wembley is 90 minutes away for Swindon Town, here we go!
Nobody touched the trophy.
Here come the teams!
@SamMorshead_SA 2-1 kasim to score first in front of 6234 #stfcadver— @Simmsy09 17 February 2014
Just over five mins til kick-off here. I'm going 1-1, Assombalonga to score first in front of 6,666. Your turn... #stfcadver— @SamMorshead_SA 17 February 2014
The Peterborough fans have brought a drum. Thanks for that.
The Johnstone's Paint Trophy is here this evening and has been positioned by the tunnel. Will anyone touch it on the way out?
I've been told we have the original Rockin Robin back this evening for one night only, which is obviously excellent news.
Still rubbish though.
The above are the thoughts of Andy Warren and not the Swindon Advertiser
Last month, Town beat Posh 2-1 in a League One match at the County Ground, as Nile Ranger and Yaser Kasim scored the goals.
IN THE AWAY DUGOUT - DARREN FERGUSON
Darren Ferguson is in his second spell at Peterborough boss, and has continued his reputation for attacking football following his return to London Road from Preston.
Following his father’s retirement at the end of last season (his dad is former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson if you didn’t know) he will be keen to at least partially emerge from his shadow.
Posh were relegated from the Championship on the final day of last season, but the junior Fergie knows exactly how to escape League One having done so via the play-offs in 2011.
7:21pm Mon 17 Feb 14
Backing Murphy to grab the winner 5 mins from the end.
DANGER MEN - Britt Assombalonga
The big striker is without the Posh’s most potent weapon, having been signed for £1.5 million in the summer. The forward marked his Peterborough debut with an early goal as Posh beat Town here on the opening day and has carried on in the same vein ever since. The striker was forced off the pitch following Jay McEveley's red card in the first leg, but he's back tonight and will be looking to make his mark.
These have become few and far between but here we go.
SAM: Swindon Town 1 Peterborough 1 - Britt Assombalonga first scorer 60/1
ANDY: Swindon Town 1 Peterborough 2 - Tommy Rowe first scorer - 60/1
A quick reminder of what happened in the first leg of this tie on February 5...
Both squads are now out for their respective warm-ups.
7:09pm Mon 17 Feb 14
London Red says
So I was right about mind games!
Bar Branco exact team I said. Should have guessed that as it's same as league game - wants height for their set pieces
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Tonight's referee is Keith Stroud. Swindon seem to like the Hampshire official and the Robins haven't conceded a goal in any of the last four games they have played of which he's been in charge.
That run included a 3-0 home victory over Crawley Town and a 2-0 win at Yeovil Town last season.
This term, Stroud has been card happy. He averages just under five cards a game and better than one red every four outings. Beware.
supporting the town from the slopes in france @SamMorshead_SA come on Town #RedArmy #STFC http://t.co/0JD3U0h2G8— @Churchie99 17 February 2014
A quick sneak peek at the County Ground pitch for you, ladies and gents. Once against heead groundsman Marcus Cassidy and his team have worked miracles...
@SamMorshead_SA #stfcadver Looks like 3:5:2 or 3:7:0— @GreenPumice 17 February 2014
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "So, with no Ranger or Smith up front, it's yet another combination for Mark Cooper as he goes in search of a place at Wembley.
"With his team selection, it could be anything from a 3-5-2 to a 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1 or 4-3-3. I'd imagine Murphy and Pritchard will support N'Guessan in a 4-3-3, with both dropping back to offer cover out wide defensively.
"It's an impossible job second guessing Cooper, though. Maybe I should just shut up."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
Swindon Town v PETERBOROUGH UTD: Olejnik; Little, Brisley, Knight-Percival, Alcock; Rowe, Payne, Bostwick, Swanson; Assombalonga, Vassell
Substitutes: Day, McCann, Newell, Anderson, McQuoid
So, as expected, Nile Ranger is not fit enough to make the Town squad after picking up a hamstring injury against Colchester United on Friday night.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Peterborough Utd: Foderingham; Branco, Archibald-Henville, Ward, Byrne; L Thompson, Luongo, Kasim, Pritchard; Murphy, N'Guessan
Substitutes: Belford, Barthram, Harley, Reis, Gladwin
A quick reminder of the rule of the JPT. There is no extra time until the Wembley final and away goals DO NOT count double.
Therefore, if the game is level at 90 minutes this evening, whether it's 0-0 or 15-15, we'll have a penalty shoot-out.
3:55pm Mon 17 Feb 14
Since 1950 says
Just getting ready to leave. Hope it's on. Mistake keeping the game on on Friday and that could cost us all round I fear.
It's fine down here. No inspections planned of any kind.
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Official team news to come in around 10 minutes but let's quickly have a look at Mark Cooper's selection headache going into tonight's game.
Nile Ranger is struggling with a hamstring injury, Jamie Reckord and Michael Smith are cup-tied, Nathan Thompson and Jay McEveley are suspended and Grant Hall is a long-term absentee.
DOUBT: NILE RANGER
Yaser Kasim returns from a ban, however, and Jacob Murphy is eligible to play.
It won't be easy. Peterborough may have been going through a tough run of form recently but they have players who can hurt Swindon, and the Robins will have to be on top form to get the victory they crave.
After drawing 2-2 with Peterborough last week, Town know that if they beat their guests on home turf this evening they'll be heading to English football's HQ on March 30.
Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to a slightly soggy County Ground for Monday Night Football - as Swindon Town target a place at Wembley.