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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Crawley Town

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    REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
  • Swindon Town 1 (Walsh og 48) Crawley Town 1 (Tubbs 80)
  • Tubbs equalises for the visitors
  • Crawley defender Walsh had turned Barthram's cross into his own net to give Town the lead
  • Both Thompsons & McEveley return, Barthram starts
  • Foderingham out for three weeks, Luongo not in squad
  • Reckord and Archibald-Henville rested

Comments


the wizard 4:25pm Tue 25 Feb 14

I see this as a very defining game. No matter who is out of our preferred starting line up, this is the type of game we should be winning, so suitable tactics and team selection please Mark Cooper.

Score: 10
smirg kcab 4:33pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Can't score won't score

Score: -10
swwindon61uk 4:36pm Tue 25 Feb 14

the wizard wrote…


I see this as a very defining game. No matter who is out of our preferred starting line up, this is the type of game we should be winning, so suitable tactics and team selection please Mark Cooper.

Walsall were no doubt saying the same last week when they played them!
I think we will win tonight.
I am missing my first home game as i have been under the weather for the last couple of days.

Score: 0
smirg kcab 4:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

swwindon61uk wrote…


the wizard wrote…


I see this as a very defining game. No matter who is out of our preferred starting line up, this is the type of game we should be winning, so suitable tactics and team selection please Mark Cooper.
Walsall were no doubt saying the same last week when they played them!
I think we will win tonight.
I am missing my first home game as i have been under the weather for the last couple of days.

Missing my first home game also.
For a different reason, can't be assed to watch rubbish.
Get well soon tho

Score: 0
Graham8181 4:46pm Tue 25 Feb 14

win this and we will have a vague chance of playoffs, lose this and kiss goodbye to the playoffs I feel. umming and ahhing about whether to go as skint and not a fan of cooper but hey ho the fact it is a must win is motivating me to make the trip. COYR

Score: 8
STFC Boyo 5:03pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Lets all pray & hope.COME ON SWINDON TOWN.

Score: 3
stfc2012 6:22pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Cooper out of his depth. Power living in a dream world with his 'way of playing'. Too many League 2 / conference quality players in the squad. 'Medical' team (aka physio) must have had some cutbacks as our rehab and injury rate is poor. Still, the thought of paying 27 pounds to watching sideways passing is good value.

Anyway, 7th or 17th it doesn't matter - i just hope Power realizes he needs a proven manager to be given freedom to run the squad and pick players or an ex pro that actually understands the game.

COYR. Beat Crawley and we are closer to safety and still in with a tiny chance of a playoff position to at least give the loyal fans something to get excited about.

Score: 2
Robinonfire 6:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Keep up the good work.... the great Tactics Cooperman.

Score: -6
swwindon61uk 6:54pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Troy and Massimo not in squad, in the nicest way i hope they are injured.

Score: -1
swwindon61uk 7:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Robinonfire wrote…


Keep up the good work.... the great Tactics Cooperman.

Well come on then tell us what your tactics and team would be?

Score: 2
ciclosporindorset 7:02pm Tue 25 Feb 14

The great thing about football fora is that everybody thinks their diks are twice the size they really are. Some typical brave talk about Cooperman, Power and how much better we are to them! Good luck tonight to staff and all stfc one team winners. yea haaaaa.

Score: 6
akershaker 7:06pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Happy with mid table this season. The squad needs adding to and time to develop before Championship football.

Score: 6
swwindon61uk 7:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

And for those thinking this should be an easy win should know they have lost one of their last 7 and 2 out of 10 and they also have a 50% record just like us.
We are 13 6 13 Crawley 8 10 8

Score: 1
swwindon61uk 7:10pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Troy and Massimo both being rested then, can understand it with Massimo a little bit as he has been out of form of late but Troy should be ok to go IMO.

Score: 2
swwindon61uk 7:13pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Sam, said at start of season i thought mid-table and still think we will.
Win tonight and we will back in the playoff mix whether people like it or not.
8th after 32 games i would say has nearly surpassed everybody's expectation at the start of the season.

Score: 1
smirg kcab 7:22pm Tue 25 Feb 14

swwindon61uk wrote…


Troy and Massimo both being rested then, can understand it with Massimo a little bit as he has been out of form of late but Troy should be ok to go IMO.

20 k to Exeter might have something to do with it.

Score: 0
mowey33 7:24pm Tue 25 Feb 14

loyal fans will always back their team no matter what we do, come on swindon lets get back to winning ways tonight and push the teams above us, can only make away games as i live up in north wales but i will be there on saturday supporting the team at crewe, 3 points tonight is a must if we are to keep pushing, then as i said after saturdays game it will be up to Cooper to sort the team out and get the result away from home this saturday at crewe.
Come on You Reds lets get 3 more points on the board tonight

Score: 5
London Red 7:41pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Defence OK - but still not happy about playing people out of position - 2 RBs 1 LB and 1 CB make it up and the LB is not even at LB!
.
Why not Branco in for Troy and Jay at LB?
.
Front 3 are fine - but feel we are lacking creativity in midfield as Harley has not been an attacking threat at all - which ironically is how he made his name!
.
Could today be his day and been instructed to really push on as he has Louis and Kasim behind him - work for Luongo when he got pushed forward!

Score: 1
London Red 7:46pm Tue 25 Feb 14

swwindon61uk wrote…


Sam, said at start of season i thought mid-table and still think we will.
Win tonight and we will back in the playoff mix whether people like it or not.
8th after 32 games i would say has nearly surpassed everybody's expectation at the start of the season.

I thought top 10 with outside chance of POs
.
We are bang on with that and with Cup runs on top been a pretty good season
.
Think we will end up just short in 7th - but as Byrne said have to keep believing until it's over or what's the point!
.
As discussed earlier core squad for next year in better shape than it was going into this year - so positive about our chances to challenge to go up next year

Score: 2
swwindon61uk 8:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Sounds like the fans need to get behind the team a bit more,having a go every mistake does not help.

Score: 0
The Jockster 8:17pm Tue 25 Feb 14

This is awful - Belford playing Cooper suicide tippy tappy to instructions - result? Almost 2-0 down inside 15 mins. Very poor crowd and if there's 6k in here I'll be surprised. The DR natives are already well p!ssed off with the showing so far! There could be trouble ahead! Sorry to say there is booing and ironic cheers when we complete a pass to a red shirt. Seems like the fans patience has finally run out. Nathan scythed down only a booking ! NT back on!

Score: -4
swwindon61uk 8:20pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Well if that is true Jock what i would do if i was Cooper next game,or this,is just hoof it every opportunity they get.
Sometimes the Yon fans get what they deserve.

Score: 0
swwindon61uk 8:38pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Here's to a better 2nd half!

Score: 0
jayden 8:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Sounds like you are enjoying this game Andy and Sam LOL.

Score: 1
swwindon61uk 8:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Whatever the score in this game i would like to see Troy and Branco given a go together at Crewe..

Score: 0
The Jockster 8:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

swwindon61uk wrote…


Well if that is true Jock what i would do if i was Cooper next game,or this,is just hoof it every opportunity they get. Sometimes the Yon fans get what they deserve.

Why wouldn't it be true I can assure you I'm not making it up- only one decent shot on target from Dany N'G all 1st half.

Score: 0
jayden 8:50pm Tue 25 Feb 14

jayden wrote…


Sounds like you are enjoying this game Andy and Sam LOL.

Bet you are glad they lifted the ban (again LOL) still there's the second half to look forward to.

Score: 0
The Jockster 8:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

A brief spark - is there light at the end of the tunnel perhaps!

Score: -1
dazzastfc 8:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

GET IN THERE....
COME ON SWINDON

Score: 3
swwindon61uk 8:59pm Tue 25 Feb 14

The Jockster wrote…


swwindon61uk wrote…


Well if that is true Jock what i would do if i was Cooper next game,or this,is just hoof it every opportunity they get. Sometimes the Yon fans get what they deserve.
Why wouldn't it be true I can assure you I'm not making it up- only one decent shot on target from Dany N'G all 1st half.

Don't doubt you for one minute Jock,The DR is where my season ticket is.
The little section where i sit are generally a good bunch and get behind the team though.

Score: 0
swwindon61uk 9:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Are the fans cheering now :-)

Score: 0
swwindon61uk 9:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Got to stay strong here.

Score: 0
dazzastfc 9:32pm Tue 25 Feb 14

COME ON SWINDON FOR FKCUSAKE.....1.1 against another shower of a team.....
COME ON COOPER DO YA MAGIC AND GET THE TEAM GOING

Score: -1
joey butler 9:41pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Well ZZ New York would turn in his grave.

We cannot even beat Crawley, how sad is that?

What a load of absolute rubbish!!

Score: -7
Robinonfire 9:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Cooper OUT

Score: -2
swwindon61uk 9:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

7062 the attendance,very good considering it is our 3rd home game in 11 days.
Wanted 3 points but will have to settle for one against in form Crawley.

Score: 0
swwindon61uk 9:46pm Tue 25 Feb 14

joey butler wrote…


Well ZZ New York would turn in his grave.

We cannot even beat Crawley, how sad is that?

What a load of absolute rubbish!!

Crawley have lost just 1 in 8 now and beat Walsall last week.
Crawley could easily catch us as they have 6 games in hand!

Score: 3
swwindon61uk 9:46pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Robinonfire wrote…


Cooper OUT

Who in then?

Score: 1
swwindon61uk 9:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

For those that are saying "its only Crawley" in their last 8 games they have beaten Orient and Walsall away and drawn with Preston,Coventry,Rot
herham and us in the top 8.
I can see them making the playoffs,lot of home games to come.

Score: 3
Chish and Fips 9:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

The Jockster wrote…


swwindon61uk wrote…


Well if that is true Jock what i would do if i was Cooper next game,or this,is just hoof it every opportunity they get. Sometimes the Yon fans get what they deserve.
Why wouldn't it be true I can assure you I'm not making it up- only one decent shot on target from Dany N'G all 1st half.

Jock I nearly went out there tonight for my first time this season, but time I got back home just lost the will.
I honestly thought it was an away game anyway, wasn't till I walked past the CG did I realise it was a home game.
Small mercies eh.. and saved myself £20 odd quid, sorry you all out there had to suffer what appears to be a bad display.

Score: -6
mowey33 9:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

just had cofirmation we sat back on a 1-0 lead again what is going on? 2 points dropped tonight for definite, 3 points in the bag if we kept attacking but we sat back yet again and we have conceded yet again, is it management or is it the team, they need to attack and not just sit back, sorry to say it but play offs are gone unless we went on a winning 10 game streak which is not going to happen under our away form.
Cooper when we go in the lead do not i repeat do not sit back and try defend it, keep playing attcking football and lets go for a second goal

Score: 6
swwindon61uk 9:59pm Tue 25 Feb 14

For those that are saying "its only Crawley" in their last 8 games they have beaten Orient and Walsall away and drawn with Preston,Coventry,Rot
herham and us in the top 8.
I can see them making the playoffs,lot of home games to come.
Obviously disappointed not to get the win tonight though..

Score: -1
swwindon61uk 10:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14

mowey33 wrote…


just had cofirmation we sat back on a 1-0 lead again what is going on? 2 points dropped tonight for definite, 3 points in the bag if we kept attacking but we sat back yet again and we have conceded yet again, is it management or is it the team, they need to attack and not just sit back, sorry to say it but play offs are gone unless we went on a winning 10 game streak which is not going to happen under our away form.
Cooper when we go in the lead do not i repeat do not sit back and try defend it, keep playing attcking football and lets go for a second goal

Now that i will agree with.

Score: 0
Chish and Fips 10:01pm Tue 25 Feb 14

swwindon61uk wrote…


Robinonfire wrote…


Cooper OUT
Who in then?

aahhh there's ends the Rfire words of wisdom ... only posts in one liners .. and no substance in them.

Score: 3
Scouse Red 10:02pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Well well that wasn't very good was it? They were denied what looked like a stonewall penalty and we looked laboured. Belford obviously under instruction to play it out but there is a time and a place, and with a new back 3 and their forwards pressing it wasn't the ideal time to play your way out.

Thought Louis had a good game and Byrne did ok but that was about it really. Smith needs to learn how to hold the ball up a la Ranger and the midfield to sometime have a shot or play it a bit wider.

With Wes, Troy, Hall, Luongo, Mason, Pritchard, Ranger all out and Harley struggling for form we could have lost it, but 2 points definitely dropped in my view.

Score: 2
red white 10:03pm Tue 25 Feb 14

swwindon61uk wrote…


Robinonfire wrote…


Cooper OUT
Who in then?

David Moyes,ahh hang on.

Score: 0
Since 1950 10:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

We are staying up. We are staying up.

Score: 0
wiki27 10:17pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Just back from the game. We were very poor in the first half, checking at every opportunity, passing backwards or sidewards at best. Very little forward movement or indeed, penetration of any sort into the opposing half. Very one-dimensional and predictable, A little better in the second half - but still in the realms of poor. Some better balls into the box and Harley seemed to wake up a bit which helped. Dany and Smith's first first touch was simply appalling. Certainly missed Ranger here. Also Dany had a 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper 10 seconds before Crawley equalised. He should have rolled it across the box for Murphy who was free. Wrong choice as the goalkeeper closed Dany quickly. Disappointed, but will continue supporting my team! Oh and BTW...the refereeing was dreadful though it made little difference to our performance.

Score: 7
The Jockster 10:18pm Tue 25 Feb 14

In the words of Kenneth Wolstenholme " they think it's all over - it is now!" Anyone still harbouring playoff aspirations is surely suffering delusions of grandeur. Awful 1st half and although marginal improvement 2nd half we never looked really threatening. Good performance from NB and probably deserved mom - Kasim did ok as well I thought along with the Thompsons. Other than that no shout outs and we looked like what we are a mid-table outfit going nowhere.

Score: 2
swwindon61uk 10:18pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Just listened to Cooper on the video and he he is saying what a lot are sating on here, about the forwards not holding the ball up for us to create attack,which is a fair comment IMO.
Question is what can he do about that as we have now very limited options?
Apart from the referee references again i thought it was a good interview.
Cue the shooting down,,,,,,LOL

Score: 2
smirg kcab 10:21pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Tripe smith worse than wilma

Score: -5
Scouse Red 10:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

swwindon61uk wrote…


Just listened to Cooper on the video and he he is saying what a lot are sating on here, about the forwards not holding the ball up for us to create attack,which is a fair comment IMO.
Question is what can he do about that as we have now very limited options?
Apart from the referee references again i thought it was a good interview.
Cue the shooting down,,,,,,LOL

Met him before the game with my lad for 10 mins and he said struggling with injuries but hoping to push them back and get it to the front men a bit quicker.. could see they were trying but the ball just kept bouncing back from Smith.

When is Storey's loan up as may have been an option to put a ball over the top or in the channels for him to run onto as when Murphy ran at them late in the game their defence looked a bit wobbly.

Cooper needs to step up now and get them playing again, maybe away to Crewe will help

Score: 2
zakstfc 10:27pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Loving the new live video, but the guy asking the questions is the most awkward, uncomfortable sounding interviewer I've ever heard.

Score: 0
The Nomis 10:30pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Taxi for Cooper please!....Oh, and with the wage bill being cut AGAIN for next season, it aint gonna get better its gonna get even worse!. MORE league 2/Non league standard players and young kids coming in I bet. Oh well, as everyone says every season, We are rebuilding...Been rebuilding for years now!!!

Score: -12
Haydonender 10:54pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Not the most exciting game but the effort was there. Biggest concern for me is the strikers, neither held the ball up at all really, we are badly missing Ranger. Smith has not come anywhere near to a goal in several appearances now and Dany missed two very good opportunities. The second one just before their goal should have been squared to Murphy or at least hit anywhere other than straight at the keeper.

Shame on the 'fans' who felt the need to sarcastically jeer a young keeper who has only made a few professional appearances for trying to play out from the back early on (i.e. simply doing what his manager tells him to do and what Wes does). Pathetic and only going to have a negative impact on the kid & the team

Score: 10
joey butler 10:59pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Paul Benson scored yet again for Luton tonight, I think that is 15 goals now.

Very good job he no longer plays for us, although we pay a good bit of his wages. God forbid, he might score some goals for Swindon!!

Did anyone ever work out what Benson did wrong for Swindon Town, apart from being a major influence on getting us promoted in PDC's first year??

I think he fell out with the lunatic PDC, nothing more than that.

No problem, the way we are playing, we could be meeting Luton next season!!

Score: -11
the wizard 11:03pm Tue 25 Feb 14

The Jockster wrote…


A brief spark - is there light at the end of the tunnel perhaps!

Yes, its a train coming towards us. We should be winning games like this just to maintain a decent league position given our away form. Some much harder games to come and the underlying trend doesn't look good. Tonight should have been three points and very lucky not to have conceded yet another penalty.
Ward, please , retire at the end of this season and at least go out with some dignity.

We have suffered all season at the back and now its at the front as well, can't hold the ball up and far too many shots very poorly aimed. A very mediocre game which will suit Crawley well, but I'm now fearful of what is to come. Shame Evans isn't still in charge I've still got some slug pellets left over., lol.

Score: 2
swwindon61uk 11:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

joey butler wrote…


Paul Benson scored yet again for Luton tonight, I think that is 15 goals now.

Very good job he no longer plays for us, although we pay a good bit of his wages. God forbid, he might score some goals for Swindon!!

Did anyone ever work out what Benson did wrong for Swindon Town, apart from being a major influence on getting us promoted in PDC's first year??

I think he fell out with the lunatic PDC, nothing more than that.

No problem, the way we are playing, we could be meeting Luton next season!!

Yep and Adam Rooney and Benyoen (sp) also scored tonight and Lukas J did Saturday...........

Score: -2
Haydonender 11:08pm Tue 25 Feb 14

joey butler wrote…


Paul Benson scored yet again for Luton tonight, I think that is 15 goals now.

Very good job he no longer plays for us, although we pay a good bit of his wages. God forbid, he might score some goals for Swindon!!

Did anyone ever work out what Benson did wrong for Swindon Town, apart from being a major influence on getting us promoted in PDC's first year??

I think he fell out with the lunatic PDC, nothing more than that.

No problem, the way we are playing, we could be meeting Luton next season!!

While I appreciate what benson did for us in getting promoted, he is 34 now and has never done well consistently at league 1 level. Numerous managers have worked closely with him (from PDC, McDonald, Cooper, the managers at charlton and portsmouth) and come to the same conclusion. Yes he can score goals in the lower leagues but he's not the answer at this level.

Score: 9
The Nomis 11:14pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mid table this season...More cuts in the summer which will result in=Relegation battle next season. Maybe you deluded's don't like this, but it is what is gonna happen. No experienced or half decent players are gonna come here with the wage bill being slashed again. Thing is with Swindon we are never gonna go anywhere. All our local rivals have new stadiums or are having them built/re-developed..
all we get year after year is false promises. Hate to say it but we are gonna be yo yo-ing from league 1 and league 2 for many years to come.

Score: -2
Wilesy 11:15pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Cooper quite right that the front men didn't hold it up, so he takes off Smith who held it up 2 times out of 10 and replaces with Murphy who is a winger who held it up 0 times out of 10.

N'Guessan looked dead on his feet after 70 minutes surely should have been subbed, probably not 100% fit either. Missed a sitter first half then should have played in Murphy in the second.

Byrne had one of his best games and gave some drive going forward and caused problems. Apart from Byrne no-one stood out for me.

Couple of good runs forward from Harley and Barthram, but very little to get excited about. Kasim has unbelievably good feet and embarrasses opponents with his skill but he just seems unable to make a forward pass, he is so frustrating.

If McEveley has had a worse first half then I'd be surprised, and Belford had a bit of a mare as well his ground kicking was awful and seemed intent on rollling out hospital balls. That was frustrating too as when he kicks the ball from his hands it was virtually landing in their penalty area could we not have got people forward to pick up on that?

Crawley well they may have had a good run but were just as bad and their set pieces were rubbish.

As for the ref well just when you think you've seen the worst along comes this one. Stonewall pen conceded by Ward not given, shocking tackle on Nathan only got a yellow, it was at the point where virtually every decision for both teams was wrong - clear fouls not given, soft fouls awarded and bad tackles not carded. It was actually good sport trying to guess what the outcome would be each time.

Where do we go from here now the mid-table finish looks 99%.

For me several of the players look tired, so would try and rotate as much as possible. Next game for me assuming Troy and Luongo are back would be

Belford
Nathan Branco Troy McEveley
Byrne Luongo Louis Murphy
Smith N'Guessan

Score: 6
Wilesy 11:35pm Tue 25 Feb 14

joey butler wrote…


Paul Benson scored yet again for Luton tonight, I think that is 15 goals now.

Very good job he no longer plays for us, although we pay a good bit of his wages. God forbid, he might score some goals for Swindon!!

Did anyone ever work out what Benson did wrong for Swindon Town, apart from being a major influence on getting us promoted in PDC's first year??

I think he fell out with the lunatic PDC, nothing more than that.

No problem, the way we are playing, we could be meeting Luton next season!!

I'm not surprised one bit Benson is scoring at Luton as it's a league below his level and the team are banging in goals galore whilst top of the league.

For me Michael Smith is like a younger Paul Benson. A trier, not great at holding the ball up but puts in a bit of effort and runs into channels. Looks to have an eye for goal when he gets some service but very little service in recent games hence no goals. He even runs a bit like Benson.

Presumably Benson is not playing here as it is deemed it would be playing one level too high plus he has no resale value due to age.

Score: 4
Oxon-Red 11:39pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Not good first half too many sloppy errors. Could easily have been two penalties, first for them from Ward's challenge and then a blatant push on Ward from a corner. Lacked proper wide men and ironic that the onlt decent ball into the box resulted in our goal ! Would like to see Tijane given a start.

For their goal did Jay have a chance to clear the cross and leave it ? Bit disappointed that it came so soon after the great chance for Dany, superb through ball but where was the midfield following up ? Dany and Murphy broke but not one other Swindon player in their half to pick up the pieces and keep the attack going if it did break down.

Disappointed in Murphy when he came on as he shied away from heading the ball.

There were some good moves and vision at times but more often than not the ball was not played with the right weight.

Ref made some strange decisions tonight, the leg breaking tackle on Nathan was five minutes late and high. That tackle could have put Nathan out for the season or worse, ended his career.

Disappointing result when all is said and done but I do feel we as a crowd need to help. Many talk about Mark's negativity but perhaps we are as bad and should do more. Easy to lay blame at one persons door but if we got behind the team more from the start we may see a different team. In the bigger matches like against City and Coventry the noise has been good and they have responded. I am starting to get the feeling that they are scared to make a mistake and not playing to their potential because they fear a reaction from the crowd. Big giggle cheering Belford after a couple of better clearances but did it help ?

COYMR

Score: 1
Oxon-Red 11:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

smirg kcab wrote…


Tripe smith worse than wilma

You decided to go in the end then Grim :-)

His touch needs to improve admittedly but sadly not one cross into the box tonight for him and his height to attack. Missed Pritchard tonight and would like to see Tijane given a start to see if they can provide the width and quality he could thrive on.

COYMR

Score: 3
Scouse Red 11:48pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Haydonender wrote…


Not the most exciting game but the effort was there. Biggest concern for me is the strikers, neither held the ball up at all really, we are badly missing Ranger. Smith has not come anywhere near to a goal in several appearances now and Dany missed two very good opportunities. The second one just before their goal should have been squared to Murphy or at least hit anywhere other than straight at the keeper.

Shame on the 'fans' who felt the need to sarcastically jeer a young keeper who has only made a few professional appearances for trying to play out from the back early on (i.e. simply doing what his manager tells him to do and what Wes does). Pathetic and only going to have a negative impact on the kid & the team

couldn't agree more on both fronts, at least Miles was something different (when is he back?). Met Belford the other week at Next Gen and seems a top bloke, he was telling my 9 year old the direction is to always pass out to the centre backs who peel away to the side. What was it, his 2nd/3rd start? Once he took a bit of power out of his kicks he looked ok but i'm always nervous when goalies try to dribble and 'take on' the striker.

At least Reckord 'wasn't in the 18'!

Score: 2
Oxon-Red 11:55pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Wilesy wrote…


joey butler wrote…


Paul Benson scored yet again for Luton tonight, I think that is 15 goals now.

Very good job he no longer plays for us, although we pay a good bit of his wages. God forbid, he might score some goals for Swindon!!

Did anyone ever work out what Benson did wrong for Swindon Town, apart from being a major influence on getting us promoted in PDC's first year??

I think he fell out with the lunatic PDC, nothing more than that.

No problem, the way we are playing, we could be meeting Luton next season!!
I'm not surprised one bit Benson is scoring at Luton as it's a league below his level and the team are banging in goals galore whilst top of the league.

For me Michael Smith is like a younger Paul Benson. A trier, not great at holding the ball up but puts in a bit of effort and runs into channels. Looks to have an eye for goal when he gets some service but very little service in recent games hence no goals. He even runs a bit like Benson.

Presumably Benson is not playing here as it is deemed it would be playing one level too high plus he has no resale value due to age.

Benson had a good league two season for us but then struggled when we moved up. One goal in 15 odd league matches and his touch was as poor as Smith's tonight. I don't think he fell out with Paolo he was deemed not good enough. He was brought in late to do a job and help get us up but was then found wanting at a higher level.

Not sure about Smith yet, his first touch needs to improve and he needs to shield the ball better but he was rated by Charlton fans and being young this will hopefully come. Like you not sure he has really been given the service he needs and three goals in 6-7 games is a decent return.

COYMR

Score: 0
Oxon-Red 12:05am Wed 26 Feb 14

stfc2012 wrote…


Cooper out of his depth. Power living in a dream world with his 'way of playing'. Too many League 2 / conference quality players in the squad. 'Medical' team (aka physio) must have had some cutbacks as our rehab and injury rate is poor. Still, the thought of paying 27 pounds to watching sideways passing is good value.

Anyway, 7th or 17th it doesn't matter - i just hope Power realizes he needs a proven manager to be given freedom to run the squad and pick players or an ex pro that actually understands the game.

COYR. Beat Crawley and we are closer to safety and still in with a tiny chance of a playoff position to at least give the loyal fans something to get excited about.

I do think this notion of £27 is being overplayed. I think £25 is a lot by the way but that is influenced more by other factors I have identified. My opinion of course but...

The £27 is for Gold games, £25 for silver (as all games are now) and £23 for bronze. If there are 4 gold games, 14 Silver games and 5 bronze matches next season it will be cheaper to watch next season than this season if you don't buy a season ticket but attend every game.

Is it a good scheme, ignoring the fact that £25 is perhaps too much ? Could it improve the gates for the bronze matches whilst the others remain where they would have been any way if they were £25 (as per this season).

I agree £25 is a lot but the change could actually save fans money but make more for the club.

COYMR

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old town robin 12:06am Wed 26 Feb 14

mowey33 wrote…


just had cofirmation we sat back on a 1-0 lead again what is going on? 2 points dropped tonight for definite, 3 points in the bag if we kept attacking but we sat back yet again and we have conceded yet again, is it management or is it the team, they need to attack and not just sit back, sorry to say it but play offs are gone unless we went on a winning 10 game streak which is not going to happen under our away form.
Cooper when we go in the lead do not i repeat do not sit back and try defend it, keep playing attcking football and lets go for a second goal

we didn't sit back defending a one goal lead, we got hit with a counter attack from a very bad miss by Dany. In fact if he had put away his golden chance just before the break it would have been 3-0 and game over. That's not to say he had a bad game he played well apart from his glaring miss's.

Don't know how you got a +4 making comments like you have on a game you weren't even at.

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Oxon-Red 12:16am Wed 26 Feb 14

May interesting a few statisticians but checked out the Luton match on BBC and there were no corners for either side !!!

If correct has this ever happened before ? It must be very rare.

COYMR

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old town robin 12:33am Wed 26 Feb 14

Scouse Red wrote…


Well well that wasn't very good was it? They were denied what looked like a stonewall penalty and we looked laboured. Belford obviously under instruction to play it out but there is a time and a place, and with a new back 3 and their forwards pressing it wasn't the ideal time to play your way out.

Thought Louis had a good game and Byrne did ok but that was about it really. Smith needs to learn how to hold the ball up a la Ranger and the midfield to sometime have a shot or play it a bit wider.

With Wes, Troy, Hall, Luongo, Mason, Pritchard, Ranger all out and Harley struggling for form we could have lost it, but 2 points definitely dropped in my view.

Scouse, I usually agree with most of your post, but not with everything you've posted tonight mate, I didn't think most of the team looked laboured, thought most of them put a lot of effort into their game. maybe Kasim didn't, he looked like he was scared of getting another yellow. There's an achievement, no cards for us tonight! lol. (despite another useless referee that just about got 60% of his decisions wrong). Also thought Hartley had his best game for a while. Smith will never learn to hold the ball up, because the natural ability to do that is not there. other than that. Not at all impressed with Murphy who looked very lazy, reminded me of that Spurs player Obika that wasn't prepared to chase after a ball after losing it.

This was another game that feels like a loss, Home form is severely dented with no win in 5 games and very few goals scored and with the 7 games we have left, it's hard to say where we are going to pick points up from the remaining home games

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Mchalethegreat 8:18am Wed 26 Feb 14

Sorry but that was dire. It is all very well having a "plan" but we are going backwards. Cooper kept talking on the radio about our side to side style...does he realise its meant to be end to end. At a time when they are looking to encourage season ticket renewals recent home displays have been abysmal ...two or three shots on target in a whole game at most. Perhaps Mark has forgotten there is meant to be an element of entertainment involved. There is no leadership on the pitch either...Ward must be the least animated motivational captain ever...you never see him react to anything. From my perspective Kasim has also regressed but is that due to how he is being told to play by the manager. The recent loan signings also look hopeless...Reckord not even in an injury ravaged squad and Murphy to me doesnt look very interested. Cooper slated the forwards but in terms of that position strikers thrive on service or making early runs...with our sideways passing midfield they are constantly having to stop/start/re-adjust and it must be almost impossible to know when to make the run. Cooper was laying blame on all sorts last night...referee , strikers etc. how about he looks at his team selection and tactics and takes a look in the mirror. A mid-field of two defenders and two holding midfielders was never going to create much. Have to say when Tijane came on he looked incapable of crossing which is a worry for a winger...three crosses never got past the first man. Sorry Mark you need to have a re-think and sort it out...really cant see us getting a win in any of our remaining home games with the current tactics and thinking by our manager.

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The Jockster 8:42am Wed 26 Feb 14

Very good post McHale

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sadgit 9:47am Wed 26 Feb 14

Spot on McHale.
It was probably worse than dire.

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hertz 11:51am Wed 26 Feb 14

Champagne moment of evening for me was Kasim on one of his reverse runs from their half into ours 7k fans all shouting "The other way" he corrects himself does a 180 attempts to get back ito their half , you have to smile sometimes . Young Barthram did some running but he was hurting after thattackle then took forever for Cooperto finally decide to take him off when clearly the lad could'nt run , hope he isn't another to join the ever growing sick queue

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buckobassettboy 12:35pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Poor old swwindon61uk-here is one deluded old T**t who I would suggest is the minus mark man for any comment or remark that does not follow his line of thinking.So mealy-mouthed and pro Cooper I am beginning to wonder he must be Cooper or one of his family.Ooh-I thought Mark gave a really good interview-yeah-lovel
y.Meanwhile the crowds are getting smaller and the smell of the coffee is getting stronger.For total football read total c**p.

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swwindon61uk 2:25pm Wed 26 Feb 14

I am fine thanks Bucko,how are you? :-)
Apologies for having a different opinion yours,can't have that now can we.....

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