SWINDON TOWN 3 SCUNTHORPE UTD 1: Full-time report

Swindon Town beat Scunthorpe United 3-1 in their League One opener this afternoon

Swindon Town beat Scunthorpe United 3-1 in their League One opener this afternoon

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HEIGHTENED levels of expectation may surround Swindon Town after an entertaining, opening-day victory over Scunthorpe United.

Two goals from Michael Smith and one from Massimo Luongo, all in the first half, helped see off the visiting Iron, as Town created enough going forward to compensate for their defensive fragility and send 6,500 Robins fans home happy.

Paddy Madden reduced arrears for Scunny, who had Marcus Williams sent off with a little more than 10 minutes remaining, while Wes Foderingham was to thank for excellent stops from the Irish frontman and Jennison Myrie-Williams.

Scunthorpe contributed to their own demise by missing a glut of chances inside the Town area in the first half but they looked stumped for ideas after the break and Swindon, who passed the ball around with pizazz, manipulated possession with an arrogant swagger.

Thoroughly enjoyable. Extremely encouraging. Perhaps things aren’t all that bad at the County Ground.

Swindon got their season off to the perfect start, scoring from their first attack inside three minutes. Ben Gladwin broke with the ball from midfield and slipped in Nathan Byrne down the right and, when the wing-back delivered a teasing cross into the penalty area, Luongo was on hand to prod beyond Sam Slocombe.

It was the Australian’s first goal since November 30 last year but it gave Swindon the early Launchpad from which they got get at Scunthorpe. And get at the visitors they did. Town should have had a penalty in the eighth minute, when Byrne was clipped by Neal Bishop in the box only for referee Stuart Attwell to remain unmoved, but within 12 minutes they were two goals in front.

A sweeping move caught Scunthorpe off-guard, as Yaser Kasim fed Louis Thompson down the left channel and the midfielder crossed for Michael Smith to stab home.

At 2-0 up and cruising, only the self-destruct button was a threat to Town. Sadly they pressed it in the 20th minute. A long ball caught the home defence out and Madden was allowed the freedom of the County Ground to saunter into the penalty area and slot beyond Foderingham.

The Iron then missed two gilt-edged chances, with Madden firing against the unsuspecting Jordan Turnbull with the goal at his mercy and Gary McSheffrey producing a messy air-kick when unmarked six yards out, and they were made to pay when Smith notched his second and Town’s third on the stroke of half-time.

Gladwin’s cannonball strike bounced back off Slocombe’s right-hand post and the shins of Smith, into the back of the net. It was a whirlwind reintroduction to competitive football for the Swindon crowd.

The second half took a while to reach the same levels of intensity, with Foderingham making an excellent save from Madden’s back-post header and Andy Williams seeing his effort cleared off the line by Eddie Nolan.

And visiting midfielder Marcus Williams did his team no favours whatsoever when he reacted to a tussle on halfway by pushing Nathan Thompson in the face. Duly sent off by Attwell, Williams left his teammates with no chance of hauling themselves back into the game late on.

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5:03pm Sat 9 Aug 14

dannyboy stm says...

Well done Town...well done all...well done MC...well done Smiffy...!!!!
Well done Town...well done all...well done MC...well done Smiffy...!!!! dannyboy stm
  • Score: 21

5:10pm Sat 9 Aug 14

mancrobin says...

Great stuff. Really pleased for MC and the boys. Clear win and some good football by all accounts. I would imagine the nervousness at the back will improve once the new boys have had a chance to settle in.

COYR'ssssss
Great stuff. Really pleased for MC and the boys. Clear win and some good football by all accounts. I would imagine the nervousness at the back will improve once the new boys have had a chance to settle in. COYR'ssssss mancrobin
  • Score: 20

5:18pm Sat 9 Aug 14

STFC Boyo says...

Great game.That showed them lads well done.COME ON SWINDON TOWN.
Great game.That showed them lads well done.COME ON SWINDON TOWN. STFC Boyo
  • Score: 14

5:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

port de soller says...

well can ask for no more well done YOUNG SWINDON REDS
well can ask for no more well done YOUNG SWINDON REDS port de soller
  • Score: 13

5:45pm Sat 9 Aug 14

andy5364 says...

Great start and not a bad crowd either. Me thinks this young team can only get better . Coyr
Great start and not a bad crowd either. Me thinks this young team can only get better . Coyr andy5364
  • Score: 19

6:27pm Sat 9 Aug 14

port de soller says...

Can ask for no more great result
Can ask for no more great result port de soller
  • Score: 5

8:50pm Sat 9 Aug 14

MoonrakerinHampshire says...

Well done MC and the team. You make your own luck sometimes, as you did today and the second half was much better with you in control. Learn and build and you won't go wrong. Well done.
Well done MC and the team. You make your own luck sometimes, as you did today and the second half was much better with you in control. Learn and build and you won't go wrong. Well done. MoonrakerinHampshire
  • Score: 7

7:44am Sun 10 Aug 14

Baritone says...

The defence needs a leader. For most of the game, the defence looked both fragile and disorganised.

Michael Smith continues to look out of his depth skillwise but seems to have the very nice habit of being in the right place at the right time.

Town are very much work in progress and need some urgent quality in one or two positions.

- and when will they ever learn not to give the ball away so often?

Nonetheless, three points from our first home game is not to be sneezed at!
The defence needs a leader. For most of the game, the defence looked both fragile and disorganised. Michael Smith continues to look out of his depth skillwise but seems to have the very nice habit of being in the right place at the right time. Town are very much work in progress and need some urgent quality in one or two positions. - and when will they ever learn not to give the ball away so often? Nonetheless, three points from our first home game is not to be sneezed at! Baritone
  • Score: -5

9:07am Sun 10 Aug 14

ciclosporindorset says...

Baritone wrote:
The defence needs a leader. For most of the game, the defence looked both fragile and disorganised.

Michael Smith continues to look out of his depth skillwise but seems to have the very nice habit of being in the right place at the right time.

Town are very much work in progress and need some urgent quality in one or two positions.

- and when will they ever learn not to give the ball away so often?

Nonetheless, three points from our first home game is not to be sneezed at!
I felt Smith had an excellent game and his touch was decent. He was shoved every single time in the back when the ball came to him and I did not see him loose possession as a result. His first touch was better than Williams when he came on. The defence was fragile and disorganised in the first half. I have been trying to understand what changed at half time but in the second half, Nathan T took a lot more control of the bal and looked far more accomplished. Branco's style of play will suit many on here as more trad L1 but it means we give the ball away more often. Second half overall was a polished performance in anyone's book.
[quote][p][bold]Baritone[/bold] wrote: The defence needs a leader. For most of the game, the defence looked both fragile and disorganised. Michael Smith continues to look out of his depth skillwise but seems to have the very nice habit of being in the right place at the right time. Town are very much work in progress and need some urgent quality in one or two positions. - and when will they ever learn not to give the ball away so often? Nonetheless, three points from our first home game is not to be sneezed at![/p][/quote]I felt Smith had an excellent game and his touch was decent. He was shoved every single time in the back when the ball came to him and I did not see him loose possession as a result. His first touch was better than Williams when he came on. The defence was fragile and disorganised in the first half. I have been trying to understand what changed at half time but in the second half, Nathan T took a lot more control of the bal and looked far more accomplished. Branco's style of play will suit many on here as more trad L1 but it means we give the ball away more often. Second half overall was a polished performance in anyone's book. ciclosporindorset
  • Score: 2

9:54am Sun 10 Aug 14

castle9 says...

Baritone wrote:
The defence needs a leader. For most of the game, the defence looked both fragile and disorganised.

Michael Smith continues to look out of his depth skillwise but seems to have the very nice habit of being in the right place at the right time.

Town are very much work in progress and need some urgent quality in one or two positions.

- and when will they ever learn not to give the ball away so often?

Nonetheless, three points from our first home game is not to be sneezed at!
Jeez.you're hard to please! Talk about looking for the negative!

Yes we were fragile at the back - and it will be so for a number of games yet until the players get used to playing the formation and keeping a high line. For me its worth the risk and we need to get behind the players even when it goes wrong (because it will).

FANTASTIC YESTERDAY.
[quote][p][bold]Baritone[/bold] wrote: The defence needs a leader. For most of the game, the defence looked both fragile and disorganised. Michael Smith continues to look out of his depth skillwise but seems to have the very nice habit of being in the right place at the right time. Town are very much work in progress and need some urgent quality in one or two positions. - and when will they ever learn not to give the ball away so often? Nonetheless, three points from our first home game is not to be sneezed at![/p][/quote]Jeez.you're hard to please! Talk about looking for the negative! Yes we were fragile at the back - and it will be so for a number of games yet until the players get used to playing the formation and keeping a high line. For me its worth the risk and we need to get behind the players even when it goes wrong (because it will). FANTASTIC YESTERDAY. castle9
  • Score: 3

9:55am Sun 10 Aug 14

castle9 says...

Only the first game of the season and dont want to get too carried away, but that was superb entertainment yesterday.

Fantastic performances by all of the team, but Luongo, Byrne, Kasim and Wes in particular. Some of that movement and interchange of passes in midfield in the second half was outstanding and worthy of a much higher level of football.

Only gripe are those fans that always choose to leave early. Why do you do it??? Does it really matter that you get home a minute ahead of everyone else?? I have never left a football match before the final whistle (only tempted once at Birmingham when we were 4-1 down at half time). Why did you not stay and applaud your team of the pitch after that performance??
Only the first game of the season and dont want to get too carried away, but that was superb entertainment yesterday. Fantastic performances by all of the team, but Luongo, Byrne, Kasim and Wes in particular. Some of that movement and interchange of passes in midfield in the second half was outstanding and worthy of a much higher level of football. Only gripe are those fans that always choose to leave early. Why do you do it??? Does it really matter that you get home a minute ahead of everyone else?? I have never left a football match before the final whistle (only tempted once at Birmingham when we were 4-1 down at half time). Why did you not stay and applaud your team of the pitch after that performance?? castle9
  • Score: 6

10:46am Sun 10 Aug 14

Forevered says...

Baritone wrote:
The defence needs a leader. For most of the game, the defence looked both fragile and disorganised.

Michael Smith continues to look out of his depth skillwise but seems to have the very nice habit of being in the right place at the right time.

Town are very much work in progress and need some urgent quality in one or two positions.

- and when will they ever learn not to give the ball away so often?

Nonetheless, three points from our first home game is not to be sneezed at!
The defence has got a leader in Thompson who I thought had an excellent game and was very vocal in marshalling the defence and team! Agreed work in progress but that is only to be expected considering Turnbull did not join until Friday morning and both he and Lelan were making their professional debuts.
A good win and performance and most important 3 points on the board. Well done lads.
[quote][p][bold]Baritone[/bold] wrote: The defence needs a leader. For most of the game, the defence looked both fragile and disorganised. Michael Smith continues to look out of his depth skillwise but seems to have the very nice habit of being in the right place at the right time. Town are very much work in progress and need some urgent quality in one or two positions. - and when will they ever learn not to give the ball away so often? Nonetheless, three points from our first home game is not to be sneezed at![/p][/quote]The defence has got a leader in Thompson who I thought had an excellent game and was very vocal in marshalling the defence and team! Agreed work in progress but that is only to be expected considering Turnbull did not join until Friday morning and both he and Lelan were making their professional debuts. A good win and performance and most important 3 points on the board. Well done lads. Forevered
  • Score: 4

12:06pm Sun 10 Aug 14

tractorski-red says...

Great game yesterday and some absolutely stunning football played, pass and move, pass and move. Totally controlled midfield and pulled scunny all over the place. Those of you that are calling for big recognised names to be brought in with big wage demands, in my opinion not needed, these boys tore a team apart that we're full of those supposed big names and they just did not know how to cope with these youngsters running rings around them. Our defence, I am sure, will improve and get stronger over time and we have Jack Stevens to come in as well.
Proud of my team and proud to be a STFC supporter.
Have to laugh at the guy in the supporters lounge before the game all doom and gloom saying we were going to get hammered, well matey take that hammer and shove it where the sun don't shine and be positive about the team you support.
STFC forever, can't wait for Luton Tuesday night .
Great game yesterday and some absolutely stunning football played, pass and move, pass and move. Totally controlled midfield and pulled scunny all over the place. Those of you that are calling for big recognised names to be brought in with big wage demands, in my opinion not needed, these boys tore a team apart that we're full of those supposed big names and they just did not know how to cope with these youngsters running rings around them. Our defence, I am sure, will improve and get stronger over time and we have Jack Stevens to come in as well. Proud of my team and proud to be a STFC supporter. Have to laugh at the guy in the supporters lounge before the game all doom and gloom saying we were going to get hammered, well matey take that hammer and shove it where the sun don't shine and be positive about the team you support. STFC forever, can't wait for Luton Tuesday night . tractorski-red
  • Score: 3

2:56pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Wigmeister says...

Excellent performance and result from the boys. What they lack in experience is more thatn made up for in enthusiasm. The entire team contributed to a great start to the season which will keep the Cooper Out Brigade quiet for a while.
Excellent performance and result from the boys. What they lack in experience is more thatn made up for in enthusiasm. The entire team contributed to a great start to the season which will keep the Cooper Out Brigade quiet for a while. Wigmeister
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Sun 10 Aug 14

castle9 says...

Still waiting to hear from Hardly, Simple et al after yesterday's game. Be interesting to hear their take on yesterday's performance (if they actually went)....

Not that one excellent performance makes a season, but signs were very promising.
Still waiting to hear from Hardly, Simple et al after yesterday's game. Be interesting to hear their take on yesterday's performance (if they actually went).... Not that one excellent performance makes a season, but signs were very promising. castle9
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Swindonian63 says...

Baritone wrote:
The defence needs a leader. For most of the game, the defence looked both fragile and disorganised.

Michael Smith continues to look out of his depth skillwise but seems to have the very nice habit of being in the right place at the right time.

Town are very much work in progress and need some urgent quality in one or two positions.

- and when will they ever learn not to give the ball away so often?

Nonetheless, three points from our first home game is not to be sneezed at!
Re Michael Smith. Ultimately strikers are judged on their goals/games ratio. His strike rate since he has arrived is undeniably good. If he wasn't scoring you'd be moaning. What more do you want??

No answer required.
[quote][p][bold]Baritone[/bold] wrote: The defence needs a leader. For most of the game, the defence looked both fragile and disorganised. Michael Smith continues to look out of his depth skillwise but seems to have the very nice habit of being in the right place at the right time. Town are very much work in progress and need some urgent quality in one or two positions. - and when will they ever learn not to give the ball away so often? Nonetheless, three points from our first home game is not to be sneezed at![/p][/quote]Re Michael Smith. Ultimately strikers are judged on their goals/games ratio. His strike rate since he has arrived is undeniably good. If he wasn't scoring you'd be moaning. What more do you want?? No answer required. Swindonian63
  • Score: 0

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