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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town 0 Leyton Orient 1 FT
1:10pm Saturday 8th September 2012 in Sport
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- Full-time: Swindon Town 0 Leyton Orient 1
- Cook nets the winner for Orient
- Di Canio: "This is the worst performance, especially at home."
That's it for today's 'Matchday Live'. One to forget for all those of a red persuasion.
Join us again next Saturday when we make the long trek to Brunton Park to take on Carlisle.
Until then, heads up!
Federico Bessone kept his place for today's game following a good display at Oxford, but was not happy to be involved in another defeat.
"I am very disappointed because it is now two games and two defeats.
"We didn't start well and we were sloppy with the ball, and they had two chances to score and we kept our life.
"Then we made a mistake and they scored, and we should have scored through Rooney."
Adam Rooney has just spoken to the media
"It was a disappointing result to end a bad week.
"I think I could have scored but I didn't, and I know I can start scoring soon.
"They are a hard working side who were fighting for points, but we will see a lot of that in this division.
"It's disappointing for me to come into and start in a bad week, but we can win 11 games on the bounce like the boys here did last season."
5:05pm Sat 8 Sep 12
What a shame to let our long unbeaten run at home go with such a lack of desire and commitment....couldn
t even pass to each other....just an aimless hoof up the field from defence....needed a big performance today after the dreadful last week....and we did not get it. Very disappointed. As a side note the referee was one of the worst I've ever seen..shouldn't be allowed to officiate again!
5:21pm Sat 8 Sep 12
shocking result and game. Orient are relegation candidates.
clearly missing caddis-ritchie down the right, devera isnt good enough for RB.
I think thompson or Mccormack at RB would be better or a new RB needed.
Ferry needs to start
How long is Gary Roberts and Troy Archibald-henville going to be out for?
We expect Troy Archibald-Henville to be back very soon, Di Canio said he was training with squad late in the week. Gary Roberts will be a little longer.
A very calm and collected press conference from Paolo Di Canio, who insisted he is not worried about his side despite watching them lose their unbeaten home record this afternoon.
PDC : "I am sad for the way we lost today, but I am not worried about the future if they say to me they want to work 24 hours a day to get better.
“They have to follow me otherwise we will see what is going on.”
PAOLO DI CANIO
“Some of my players who performed badly in the last few games did not analyse themselves well enough.
“Why has this situation come after Stoke City?
“Why did we perform badly had Hartlepool?
“After the way we started everyone thought we were the best, but to be honest this was wrong for me even though we have great players.
“After two or three games I discovered my players do not have the quality to extend their attention, and players with seven or eight years before me is hard to change.
“It doesn’t mean my players are weak but I have to work and work and work with them and not rest a lot.
“They have to work a lot like last year, and not have the mentality about wanting days off.
“Paolo Di Canio and the staff have to improve a lot, but in terms of work and commitment we did not change.
“They have to understand that the best way after we didn’t play well like today is to work.
“This is the worst performance, especially at home.
“We have some difficulty going away and playing the same way at home.
“We didn’t underestimate them and I showed videos of their quality.
“It was an empty performance in terms of heart and desire, and it was the same players who ten days ago played against Stoke City.”
Paolo Di Canio is speaking to the media now
“It is very bad but one day we have to lose at home.
“It is not about the record but the way we lost doesn’t make me enjoy.
“There was not desire and 100 per cent commitment, and it is not to say my players did it deliberately, but it happens.
“After this week it makes me think I have overestimated some of my players.”
Raffa De Vita has just spoken to the media.
RAFFA DE VITA
"There is a very strange atmosphere and I haven't experienced this before, maybe last year against Oxford but we have been good at home for a long time.
"Maybe we relaxed a little after the Stoke game, but we have to work now and carry on.
"Maybe in League One there are some more experienced players, and from the first minute we looked under pressure and we conceded a goal and lost the game.
"Last year was a shock for me, but we are all very down and we just want the next game as quick as possible because that is the best way to bounce back.
"At the County Ground you normally see a lot of chances anf goals, and it is hard to accept a performance like this.
"We will be back on Monday to work on things that need to be worked on."
FINAL THOUGHTS: Among the worst I've seen from a Paolo Di Canio side at the County Ground. Fragile out wide and lacking creativity...— @SamMorshead_SA 08 September 2012
FINAL THOUGHTS: Big disappointment all round, everything seemed a little bit undercooked. A little bit slow. A little bit confused.— @SamMorshead_SA 08 September 2012
FINAL THOUGHTS: Three defeats in a row will test the confidence amongt the squad, as will home loss for the first time in more than a year— @SamMorshead_SA 08 September 2012
Town drop to 11th in the League One table after today's defeat
LEAGUE ONE FULL TIMES
Brentford 1 - 0 Colchester; Bury 1 - 2 Preston; Crewe 0 - 0 Tranmere; Hartlepool 1 - 2 Carlisle; Notts County 3 - 2 Shrewsbury; Scunthorpe 1 - 1 Sheff Utd; Swindon 0 - 1 Leyton Orient; Walsall 1 - 0 MK Dons; Yeovil 0 - 1 Bournemouth.
Stay tuned to Matchday Live for reaction from Town boss Paolo Di Canio on today's defeat.
But that's it, all over here at the County Ground where Town's long unbeaten home record has come to an end.
Aden Flint has gone up front as Town start to toss the ball forward
A lot of urgency here from Town in added time, but not much quality.
Six minutes of added time
ORIENT SUB: Goalscorer Cook is replaced by Moses Odubajo, with the fourth official now using old school cards instead of his fancy board. Di Canio not happy at how long Cook takes to leave the pitch, and is asked to stay off the playing area by referee Mohareb.
84 minutes: Devera charges into the area and is given the ball by Ritchie, but he shoots instead of crossing and another chance goes begging.
Oxford are 4-2 down at home to Exeter, with James Constable earning himself a red card.
81 minutes: The ball is moved inside well for Ritchie, and as play opens up he has De Vita in acres of space outside him, but instead fires a shot in from 25 yards which is blocked, and the chance is gone.
80 minutes: Symes is replaced by Ryan Brunt, but takes an age to leave the pitch because the fourth official's board is not working. Home fans and players not happy.
76 minutes: Paul Benson replaces Andy Williams, who was starting to look a bit leggy during this second half.
Town are huffing and puffing but nothing seems to be going for them at the moment. Paul Benson has been called back to the bench, and will be coming on to try and add some composure up front.
67 minutes: Cox fires in a free kick but his effort hits the netting on the top of the goal.
66 minutes: Seconds after coming on, Rooney is through on goal but scuffs his shot wide as he looks to be held back by Nathan Clarke.
65 minutes: Adam Rooney replaces James Collins.
GOAL 1-0 ORIENT (Cook 59)
McSweeney advances down the right and whips in a cross which Cox can only scuff further across the area. Both Flint and Devera let it run and Cook is on hand to fire in at the back post.
56 minutes: Ritchie cuts inside hits a shot straight at Allsop again.
8,072 in attendance this afternoon, of which 276 are Orient fans.
52 minutes: Town break through Collins down the right who feeds Ritchie, but his cross hits Williams. The ball comes back to the Town playmaker, who shoots straight at Allsop from a tight angle.
He did....Ferry on for Navarro.
I will tell you in three minutes (Football League rules) whether or not Ferry did come on for Alan Navarro.
Simon Ferry about to come on for Town, Paolo Di Canio is not hanging around here.
46 minutes: Town try their free-kick routine which fooled Brighton in the Capital One Cup earlier in the season, but Matt Ritchie’s flick is too high and the chance is gone.
We are off again at the start of the second period, no changes for either side at the break.
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3:56pm Sat 8 Sep 12
couldn't agree more, very poor first half, can only get better
Tenerife Red is trying to look at the positives
3:54pm Sat 8 Sep 12
Having watched the first half might have been better not to have watched it ,team today not patch on the side that played last season ,absolute rubbish at times
Fatman is not happy with the first half display
LEAGUE ONE HALF TIME SCORES
Brentford 0 Colchester 0; Bury 0 Preston 1; Crewe 0 Tranmere 0; Hartlepool 1 Carlisle 0; Notts County 0 Shrewsbury 0; Scunthorpe 0 Sheffield Utd 0; Swindon 0 Leyton Orient 0; Walsall 1 MK Dons 0; Yeovil 0 Bournemouth 1.
HALF TIME THOUGHTS: Swindon are unlikely to look as impotent up front again this season and physically Orient are on top. Midfield bossed— @SamMorshead_SA 08 September 2012
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Would you make any changes?
HALF TIME SCORE
Swindon Town 0 Leyton Orient 0
The visitors have had the better of the chances here at the County Ground in the first half. With Lisbie and Symes wasting golden opportunities to give their side the lead.
LEAGUE ONE UPDATE
Hartlepool are 1-0 up at home to Carlisle.
ADVER SPORTS WRITER ANDY WARREN
Not much in the way of chances so far for Town this afternoon, but on the rare occasions they have been able to get their passing game going they have caused Orient problems.
The visitors are being patient in midfield, but are being given space in the final third allowing them to get into the Town area. But for poor finishing from both Symes and Lisbie, Town could be at leaset 2-0 already.
38 minutes: Another golden chance for the visitors as Sawyer sends in an inviting ball for Lisbie, but the striker barely makes contact with his header from six yards out which drifts wide of the post.
LEAGUE ONE UPDATE
Bournemouth 1-0 up at Yeovil through a Richard Hughes free-kick.
LEAGUE ONE UPDATE
Preston are 1-0 up at Bury through Akpo Sodje
32 minutes: The visitors have the best chance of the afternoon as Michael Symes fails to really connect with Cook’s cross with just Foderingham to beat. Town go straight down the other end but Ritchie’s shot is blocked.
30 MINS: It's been poor game of football at the County Ground. Town shown they can play around Orient but been pretty stagnant so far— @SamMorshead_SA 08 September 2012
FA CUP LATEST
Swindon Supermarine are 3-0 down in their tie with AFC Totton this afternoon.
28 minutes: Foderingham gets away with one as he charges out to meet a through-ball. Cox looks to be getting there first but pulls out of the challenge and Wes clears.
26 minutes: Orient are getting closer! This time Lee Cook’s tame effort is only five yards wide. He had time and space to shot on the edge of the area.
25 minutes: Dean Cox drags a shot wide, which eventually goes out for a throw in.
LEAGUE ONE UPDATE
The only goal elsewhere in League One this afternoon has come at the Bescot, where Walsall are one up on MK Dons through Dean Holden.
In League Two, Oxford are one down at Exeter.
ADVER SPORTS WRITER ANDY WARREN: Town have struggled to really get their passing game going so far against a strong Orient side, but Andy Williams' running has forced the opposition back during the opening 20 minutes.
The move leading to De Vita's blocked shot showed exactly what Town are capable of.
18 minutes: Town produce their best move of the match as Miller and Navarro work the ball in for Williams in the box. The striker chips in a cross which De Vita meets, but Leon McSweeney throws himself in the way of the striker’s shot to makes a superb block.
16 minutes: Foderingham comes to collect a Rowlands free-kick and loses the ball after challenging with Lisbie, but McCormack is on hand to clear.
15 MINS: Very attritional, very much a stalemate thus far. Orient physical up front, Town yet to get ball down and pass around them.— @SamMorshead_SA 08 September 2012
Nine minutes: Alan McCormack is treated for a blow to the head after tangling with Lisbie, but he is okay to carry on.
Seven minutes: Kevin Lisbie gets between Flint and McCormack to head at goal, but Foderingham makes a good save despite the referee blowing for a foul.
Five minutes: Orient force a succession of corners, but Town are equal to both and clear well.
Two minutes: Federico Bessone gets back well to clear off his own six line as Orient press forward early on.
One minute: Town have the game’s first chance as De Vita swings in a free-kick from wide on the right, but Joe Devera flicks the ball behind for a goal kick.
And we're off
Right, the teams are out on the pitch and we are almost ready to go!!
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Rockin' Robin is the big-name draw in the mascots' race taking place on the pitch at the moment.
ROCKIN' ROBIN WON THE MASCOTS' RACE
In all, there's the Robin, the Adver crocodile, the Wyvern dragon, the Orient dragon and a 10-pin bowling pin with legs.
Anyway, the Robin won.
The bowling pin has yet to finish.
Raffa De Vita and Federico Bessone line up on the Town left this afternoon, and the Italian winger is enjoying learning from both the Argentine new signing and Jay McEveley.
“Between foreigners it’s probably easier to get a quick understanding but they’re both really good players and I’ve got a lot to learn from them," he said.
“Whenever I play next with one of them I’ll just try to listen to them again.
“I just enjoy playing and there’s so many players in this team that you’re just grateful to be on the pitch.
RAFFA DE VITA IS HAPPY TO BE IN THE SIDE
“Every time I try to do more and more and sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn’t.
“It’s brilliant just to see so many goods players coming in - Adam Rooney, Bostock is back, Bessone’s got Premiership experience - you realise the club are going forward.
“For me it’s a great pleasure to play with players who have played at a decent level. A year and a half ago I was playing with semi-professionals and now I’m coming across good players and players I get to learn a lot from."
There are some experienced heads in the Orient side today, including former QPR duo Martin Rowlands and Lee Cook. Kevin Lisbie and Michael Symes lead the line for the visitors this afternoon, with the duo scoring goals from the Premier League down to League Two betwen them.
The experienced Irishman has made more than 400 appearances during his career, the majority of which came during his spells with Brentford and QPR. The midfielder can pick a pass, and despite now being 33 is still capable of threatening runs into the opposition box.
Cook started his career at Aylesbury before making a move to Watford where he made a breakthrough which eventually enabled him to move to QPR, the team he supports.
During his time at Loftus Road he earned rave reviews for the quality of his delivery from wide on the left, and eventually moved to Fulham in the Premier League for £2.5million.
Injuries hampered his time at Craven Cottage, and after two loan spells at both former club QPR and Charlton he finds himself in League One with Orient.
The striker burst onto the scene at Charlton scoring a host of spectacular goals, but he never nailed down a place in Alan Curbishley's side and after a host of loan spells found a new home at Colchester.
Lisbie scored 17 times in the league in his first season at Layer Road, earning a move to Ipswich, but things didn't work out at Portman Roaf and he soon found himself back at Colchester on loan. He was eventually released by Ipswich, and moved to Orient on a free transfer after a spell without a club. He scored 12 times last season.
A new signing at Orient, Symes has scored once so far this season since arriving from Bournemoth.
Symes started as a youth player at Everton, but didn't make the grade and eventually moved to Bradford. During two years at Valley Parade he was loaned out three times, latterly to Shrewsbury who he eventually joined permanently.
He impressed in his first two seasons in Shropshire but fell out of favour and was loaned out to Accrington, who he eventually joined full time. 13 goals saw him seal a move to Bournemouth, another of his former loan clubs, but was released after two years when he joined Orient.
ADVERTISER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: The return of Matt Ritchie is likely to be a huge catalyst to a big performance at the County Ground this afternoon.
Ritchie has proved to be an integral cog in the Town macine over the past 14 months and his comeback will add know-how, skill and confidence down the right.
Elsewhere, another five changes have brought back in experience in the middle of the park in Alan Navarro and Tommy Miller and the scoring habits of James Collins up front.
Orient are in a state of early-season flux and they need to be put to the sword here at SN1 today. We don't want to deal in complacency and over-confidence, but on paper Swindon should have too much for their guests.
Half-an-hour to go until kick-off at the County Ground so that can only mean one thing - it's prediction time!
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Swindon are now doing their running drills with fitness coach Claudio Donatelli in the County Ground sunshine.
Red shirts, white shorts for the Town today.
Orient have taken to the pitch at the County Ground for their pre-match warm-up. Both teams are going to have to deal with some late-summer heat during the game.
We'll see whose fitness levels are higher!
The last time Leyton Orient visited the County Ground, in October 2010, the game ended 2-2 thanks to a Michael Rose free-kick equaliser from the hosts.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: MICHAEL ROSE CELEBRATES SCORING FOR TOWN
You can relive that game by taking a look at the Adver's report right here
LEYTON ORIENT: Ryan Allsop; Leon McSweeney, Nathan Clarke (c), Ben Chorley, Gary Sawyer; Martin Rowlands, Anthony Griffith, Dean Cox, Lee Cook; Kevin Lisbie, Michael Symes.
SUBS : Charlie Grainger, Mathieu Baudry, Jimmy Smith, Marc Laird, Moses Odubajo, Affy Obafemi, Ryan Brunt.
Giles Coke will miss today’s game having picked up an injury at the Kassam Stadium, but Paolo Di Canio has no issues over his squad’s fitness levels.
GILES COKE (right)
“Giles didn’t sprint everywhere but he went off with an injury with a few minutes to go from a normal kick so that proved that if you miss a lot of games you travel on a different train in terms of intensity levels.
“We can say something about our players but not that they don’t have fitness. You can see with Andy Williams, even at the end he is still running, sprinting. He only has to clean his brain and we will work on it.
“I know what’s going on, I told him ‘calm, you’re going to score like grapes once you score one’.
“But this is the limit of the individual players and I have to work and help them, but fitness levels you can say we are okay.
“In general, Bessone was okay, Ward we know can do better - he made individual mistakes but he did his job, Giles can do much better but he came in here three days ago and maybe he’s used to dropping with Sheffield Wednesday.
So the big news at the County Ground this afternoon is that Matt Ritchie has shrugged off his hamstring problem to return to the starting line-up.
Alan Navarro and Tommy Miller come in the middle of midfield, Federico Bessone retains his place on the left of defence, Aden Flint is back in the team instead of Darren Ward and James Collins replaces Paul Benson up front.
BACK IN: MATT RITCHIE, ALAN NAVARRO, TOMMY MILLER, ADEN FLINT & JAMES COLLINS
That's five changes in all for Swindon Town.
What does everyone make of that?
London Red is a little surprised to see Simon Ferry on the bench today
2:08pm Sat 8 Sep 12
London Red says
Bit surprised Ferry is not starting - especially as he got praise off PdC on Wed
Flint starts - so all IS well in the camp - surprise surprise
AGAIN it does look like PdC knows how to motivate HIS players
Bet Flint has a blinder today!
Glad Ritchie and Collins are back
SIMON FERRY IS ON THE BENCH TODAY
Great to see Ritchie sign a new deal and back in starting 11 today #stfcadver #ollafromspain— @doughabgood 08 September 2012
SWINDON TOWN v Leyton Orient: Wes Foderingham; Joe Devera, Alan McCormack, Aden Flint, Federico Bessone; Matt Ritchie, Tommy Miller, Alan Navarro, Raffa De Vita; James Collins, Andy Williams.
Substitutes: Leigh Bedwell, Jay McEveley, Darren Ward, Simon Ferry, John Bostock, Adam Rooney, Paul Benson
Andy Williams has still yet to get off the mark in a Swindon Town shirt, but Paolo Di Canio still rates him as one of the best players in his Robins team.
What do you lot think? Is Williams worth his place on his workrate and assists alone.
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Winger Raffa Di Vita is still feeling the pain of defeat at rivals Oxford on Wednesday, but is hopeful of putting things right today.
RAFFA DE VITA
“It’s devastating losing against a team that is nowhere near as good as you but in the last three games has beaten you in strange circumstances.
“The two games last year I thought we totally dominated them and yesterday I didn’t think they had much to offer, they just hoofed the ball forward and in the end they manager to win 1-0.
“We just don’t know what to say, all we can do is pick ourselves up and start winning in the league.
“Even if it had gone to penalties we’d have been disappointed because we thought we did our bit to win the game. Having said that, we were on top but we didn’t really dominate the game.
“At that point I thought it was going to go to penalties but one stupid long ball and we conceded a goal and it’s very disappointing.”
In his programme notes, captain Alan McCormack has been talking about recent defeats.
"Preston didn't offer us great quality but their desire and pressure off the ball was what won them the three points.
"When they come down here we have to make sure we annihilate them.
WE MUST ANNIHILATE PRESTON: ALAN MCCORMACK
"I would like to thank every fan that made the trip to Oxford in midweek to support us.
"Those of you that travelled made a tremendous noise and I'm sorry that we couldn't get the result we all wanted."
Paolo Di Canio handed out four debuts on Wednesday night, and was particularly impressed with left back Federico Bessone who is given his league bow this afternoon.
“Bessone did everything good in the way he moved the ball, in the way he passed the ball, in the way he covered in defensive moments," Di Canio said.
“Everyone looked at him only when he pushed forward with the ball but in defensive moments off the ball he always took the right position, always was aware and had good reactions in reading the situations - it was crucial.
“It’s obvious that in the first half they had one chance when Alan McCormack missed the ball but Bessone made a fantastic covering, diagonal run in time and made the tackle. It was perfect.
“Second half it was exactly the same, he dropped in a different manner inside and covered Alan’s position.
“The level is the level, even if he hasn’t played many games in the last few months, maybe one year - but he was under Paolo Sousa’s school, under other good managers’ schools so he can read the game.
“Also, he felt tired at the end but I couldn’t imagine that he would have this fitness level even if he is not at the same level as us."
YOUR SAY - BALLOT TIME
1:35pm Sat 8 Sep 12
COYR - win today would set everything back on track
It would certainly be the perfect tonic to a difficult week.
The Leyton Orient players are out having a quick look at the County Ground pitch, which I have to say is immaculate.
Huge credit must go to head groundsman Marcus Cassidy and his team for their non-stop work into making the surface at SN1 amongst the very best in the league.
Nothing official as yet but in Thursday's press conference Paolo Di Canio dropped a few hints about the status of those missing through injury recently.
James Collins is expected to be back in the matchday squad. He was withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland Under 21 squad with a slight knock, which forced him to miss the Oxford game in midweek.
BACK INVOLVED: JAMES COLLINS
However, Collins could return to the starting line-up this afternoon.
Troy Archibald-Henville has returned to training and there is a chance he could be involved today, although it is unlikely, while Gary Roberts continues his rehabilitation from a foot joint problem.
ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY: GARY ROBERTS, TROY ARCHIBALD-HENVILLE AND MATT RITCHIE
Matt Ritchie could be back in the Town team today as he closes in on full fitness following a hamstring problem.
However, Giles Coke will be out for between eight and 10 days after picking up a groin strain at Oxford.
OUT: GILES COKE
Full team news coming up on 'Matchday Live' at around 2pm.
Town boss Paolo Di Canio looked back at Wednesday's JPT defeat to rivals Oxford in his pre-match press conference, and believes he will see improvement from his players this afternoon.
PAOLO DI CANIO
“We went through like if it was a league game as usual, we analysed some specific situations.
“Once again it was clear that the only team that should win this game and that’s Swindon.
“Even if we played better than them, not in a fantastic way but better than them, we missed the fire and this time we have to be honest there was a clear mistake in the way we conceded the goal but in the minutes before we had many opportunities to do something better and maybe damage the opponents.
“We should do much better.
“We also analysed the fact that football is not a simple material. There were four news players and we couldn’t have the same mechanism, the same understanding than usual.
“But if the game finished 0-0 it would be different for everybody - but for me you can’t change this aspect.
“They have to understand more individually what I want during the game.
“In general the game was in our hands and we went through some situations where they put in the fire but not good football. At the end we deserved to win this game, not draw this game or lose this game.
“We have analysed the body language, the desire, the commitment that wasn’t the same a few weeks ago or a few days ago. From Preston we improved a lot but we have to change the mentality,
especially some of my players."
Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray has also been talking in his programme notes about the JPT exit at the hands of Oxford on Wednesday night.
Alfie Potter's goal two minutes from the end sent the old enemy into round two, and Wray was as disappointed as anyone that any hopes of a repeat trip to Wembley were panished within 90 painful minutes at the Kassam Stadium.
"The Johnstone's Paint Trophy is a competition that really matters to Swindon Town Football Club and it is disappointing to be out of it at the first round stage.
JEREMY WRAY AND THE JOHNSTONE'S PAINT TROPHY
"It was probably our best chance of winning a cup competition this season and getting to the final against Chesterfield last season for the first time in the club's history was a great achievement.
"I am sure if you were to ask the top clubs they are all happy to go back to such a great stadium every year."
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In his programme notes ahead of this afternoon's match, chairman Jeremy Wray wrote...
"I am pleased to announce the extension of Matt Ritchie's contract by a further year, taking him to the end of the 2013/14 season.
SWINDON TOWN CHAIRMAN JEREMY WRAY
"He made 52 appearances last season and I am sure he wil play another important part this season."
Let's start with the news of the day so far - Matt Ritchie has signed a one-year extension to his contract with the Robins.
MATT RITCHIE AND PAOLO DI CANIO
Ritchie has scored 21 goals in 101 appearances, both on loan and as a full-time Swindon player, since originally joining on a temporary deal from Portsmouth in February 2010.
Good afternoon ladies and gents and welcome to a sun-soaked County Ground for this afternoon's League One clash between Swindon Town and Leyton Orient.
It hasn't been the happiest of weeks from a Robins point of view, with defeat to Preston last Sunday, the Wes Foderingham incident and a JPT exit at the hands of Oxford dampening the mood a little in SN1.
However, at home Swindon have been simply brilliant under Paolo Di Canio and they go into this afternoon's meeting with point-less Orient unbeaten at the County Ground in more than a year and looking to extend a remarkable streak of 12 consecutive clean sheets on home turf.
Already buoyed by the news Matt Ritchie has signed a contract extension, which will keep him in Wiltshire until the summer of 2014, Town will be hoping to get back to winning ways in front of a decent late-summer crowd this afternoon.
Stay with us for all the best build-up to the game, followed by match updates and reaction.
Buckle up, here we go...
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