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MATCHDAY LIVE: Coventry City v Swindon Town
Updated 6:00pm Saturday 2nd March 2013 in News
This live event has finished
- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- The Kevin MacDonald era gets underway in style at the Ricoh Arena
- Full-time: Coventry City 1 (Moussa 2) Swindon Town 2 (Williams 85, Ward 90)
- Darren Ward gives Town a dramatic victory after Andy Williams bundled in the equaliser
- Frank Moussa put the home side into an early lead
That's it from us at Matchday Live, where Kevin MacDonald has got off to the best possible start as manager of Swindon Town.
Safe journey home to all who travelled, and we will see you on Saturday.
Darren Ward scored the winner for Town this afternoon, and after coming up to see the media his first words were "what a week."
“It has been a real testing week because so much has happened, and to get the win was amazing," he said.
“I could have exploded when I scored and done 10 laps of the pitch, and I wanted to celebrate in front of our crowd because it has been really hard.
“The win was for everyone, and I thought I owed a few people one, but it was great to get one done.”
Amazing!!!!! What a come back!!! What a difference having a manager makes! Well done swindon town #youreds #stfcadver #stfc— @GeoffCatling 02 March 2013
Great come back and massive 3 points. Well done @Official_STFC. #STFC #STFCAdver— @Rabcnesbit1982 02 March 2013
Striker Andy Williams has spoken of the Town squad's relief at getting the result today.
“There is a big relief for everyone, because if it was on points we would have won easily," he said.
“It looked like it was going to be one of those days, but we stuck in there and got the winner.
“I did well to get in some good positions and maybe I should have scored earlier, but I came off best in a little game of pinball and got the ball in the back of the net.
“We have showed we have got character in recent week, and we showed that again today.”
Still waiting to speak to the players, but we are hoping to hear from Andy Williams and Darren Ward.
5:26pm Sat 2 Mar 13
wow a manager that gives credit to his players amazing
5:29pm Sat 2 Mar 13
Oi Den! says
Just listened to KM's post-match interview. Hugely impressed with his level-headedness and modesty. Refreshing change.
Kevin MacDonald has spoken to the media following today's victory.
“I thought the support was fantastic, and the way and speed that things have happened in the last week it was a great performance," he said.
“The way the players reacted was a testimony to the way Darren and Tommy have worked with them during their time in charge.
“It was fantastic for Darren to score the winner, and you saw his delight in scoring and it will release a lot of pressure in him. It’s hard to be a caretaker let alone a player-caretaker.
“I was delighted for young Nathan too, because he made a little mistake and bounced back really well. The most important thing was the way he reacted.
“Wes made a wonderful save, and you will not see many better in the whole weekend. Fraser Digby told me has a great chance and he proved it.
“It has been hectic preparing s game and it was a bit surreal, but it was a great start.
“The players are the ones who have got the club here, and they deserve a lot of credit for what they have achieved.
“These lads are capable of going on a five or six match winning run, and they played very very well.
“I will watch the DVD of the game tonight, and try and get my throat back for Monday morning.”
#stfc #stfcadver that result is massive other teams had straight forward games and could have got away from us today.— @OfficalBenEvans 02 March 2013
That is astonishing away support for a League One side #stfcadver http://t.co/nP47EaFO74— @SamMorshead_SA 02 March 2013
The Town squad are now going through their warm-down on the pitch.
Town sit third in League One tonight, two points behind Sheffield United in second, and three off leaders Doncaster.
LEAGUE ONE FULL TIMES
Brentford 1 Scunthorpe 0
Bury 0 Crawley 2
Coventry 1 Swindon 2
Crewe 1 Portsmouth 2
Doncaster 3 Hartlepool 0
Leyton Orient 3 Bournemouth 1
MK Dons 1 Preston 1
Notts County 1 Carlisle 0
Oldham 0 Sheff Utd 2
Stevenage 0 Colchester 2
Walsall 3 Shrewsbury 1
Yeovil 1 Tranmere 0
The Town players and staff celebrate wildly with the travelling fans. What an afternoon.
FULL-TIME: Coventry City 1 Swindon Town 2
It's all over!! What a win for Town, and completely deserved.
The home side continue to hoof the ball long, but nothing doing.
Adam Rooney looking to take the ball to the corner to see out the clock.
4:51pm Sat 2 Mar 13
4:51pm Sat 2 Mar 13
Di kanny oh says
SSSSSSSSSS GET IN THERE TOWN 2-1 WARD.
90 minutes: GOAL 2-1 TOWN (Ward) Luke Rooney floats in a corner which Ward rises to head home. The Town bench, and fans, go wild, and so they should. Five minutes added.
87 minutes: Town go in search of the winner, and win a free-kick when Thompson is brought down by Moussa wide on the edge of the box. The free-kick goes short to Raffa De Vita, who scuff his shot.
85 minutes: GOAL 1-1 (Williams) Adam Rooney gets one shot off which is blocked, then another which hits the post, and Andy Williams is just about there to bundle it home. No more than Town deserve as they have dominated this game.
YELLOW CARD: Very odd booking for Coventry keeper Joe Murphy, who is shown the yellow card for not taking a goal kick while a substitution is taking place.
SUBSTITUTION: David Bell replaces Gary McSheffrey for the home side.
79 minutes: Luke Rooney flights a corner into the six-yard box, but Flint rises and can only head over. Has to do better.
76 minutes: Town break and Rooney drill a cross along the floor, and Martin does well to get in ahead of Adam Rooney.
SUBSTITUTION: Adam Rooney replaces James Collins.
73 minutes: Dickinson gives away a free-kick for a foul on Williams, but when Roberts powers in the cross Flint can only head over from three yards out. He was also offside.
Attendance: 14,280 (3,000 Town fans)
Think they may have just taken a guess at the away following.....which is immense.
68 minutes: Nathan Cameron brings down Williams and is booked, with Town winning a free-kick on the edge of the area. Rooney and Roberts both have shots charged down, and when the ball is lifted back into the box, Miller has a shot which is deflected behind for a corner. It's cleared.
67 minutes: Wes Foderingham makes a great save to deny Clarke’s downward header.
4:29pm Sat 2 Mar 13
The Jockster says
Super save sir wes
SUBSTITUTION: Simon Ferry replaced by Luke Rooney as play stops after Town skipper McCormack appears to take a knock to the face. (66)
64 minutes: Coventry break and winner a corner after Nathan Thompson gets back superbly to tackle Jennings. The corner is cleared.
59 minutes: Clarke beats Ward to the ball to turn and run at goal, but he tries to play a pass which hits Flint in the face and goes out of play.
How good are they .. COYR http://t.co/oZ1Vsf3kUQ— @JedMcCoy 02 March 2013
55 minutes: Williams and McCormack play a great one-two to set the skipper free, but his shot is saved well by Murphy.
Town still well on top of this game.
50 minutes: Town string three good passes together before a through-ball for Roberts is hammered clear by Murphy.
Both sides struggling to get the ball down at the start of the second period.
The second half is underway
Here come the Sky Blues
Just waiting for the home side.
Town are back with us, and are unchanged for the start of the second half.
We have just had a parade of 44 Coventry City legends out onto the pitch, to celebrate the club's Legends Day. Former Town man Ernie Hunt was one of them.
LEAGUE ONE HALF-TIMES
Brentford 0 Scunthorpe 0
Bury 0 Crawley 1
Coventry 1 Swindon 0
Crewe 0 Portsmouth 0
Doncaster 1 Hartlepool 0
Leyton Orient 1 Bournemouth 0
MK Dons 1 Preston 0
Notts County 1 Carlisle 0
Oldham 0 Sheff Utd 0
Stevenage 0 Colchester 0
Walsall 1 Shrewsbury 0
Yeovil 0 Tranmere 0
HALF-TIME: Coventry City 1 (Moussa, 2) Swindon Town 0
42 minutes: Clarke gets up above Miller to meet Baker’s corner at the back post, but his header is wide. Two minutes added.
40 minutes: The ball drops for Dickinson, who drives wide. Never liked him.
40 minutes: Roberts strikes a free-kick straight at Murphy.
37 minutes: Williams shows good strength to out-muscle his man and get a shot off which hits the post, but it comes back to the striker who balloons over from a couple of yards. The shot is adjudged to have taken a deflection off Murphy, but the following corner is cleared. Another big chance comes and goes.
3:41pm Sat 2 Mar 13
I predicted a Williams hat-trick today. He should be two thirds there already!
36 minutes: Despite leading against a team above them in the table, the natives are getting restless as Baker lobs a free-kick straight out.
3:24pm Sat 2 Mar 13
Apart from the error, sound promising.
Very promising I would say, Town playing with a lot of confidence here.
29 minutes: Williams rolls his man superbly to storm towards goal, but his shot just goes wide. MacDonald thought it was in, much to the delight of the home crowd. In truth, he should have scored having done the hard work.
28 minutes: Williams wins another corner for Town, which Ward heads back across goal before it is cleared.
NON-LEAGUE UPDATE: Swindon Supermarine 2 Sholing 1
Town are more than a match for the home side so far, and have enjoyed a good five-minute spell of possesion without being able to find an end product. Williams and Collins are linking well up top, with the midfield keen to get involved. MacDonald continues to urge Roberts to stay on his wing, and wants Town to get the ball wide to him.
18 minutes: Williams is away again and pulls the ball back for Simon Ferry, but the midfielder’s shot is in the middle of the goal and Joe Murphy tips over. The corner is cleared.
16 minutes: Baker whips in a great ball which beats Nathan Thompson, but when it falls at the feet of McSheffrey he mis-controls eight yards out and the chance is gone.
15 minutes: Andy Williams wriggles free down the right and fizzes in a good cross but there’s no-one there.
YELLOW CARD: Thompson goes into the book for a block on McSheffrey, who made a big deal of it. Darren Ward clears Carl Baker’s free-kick. (11)
Nine minutes: Andy Williams almost catches Aaron Martin out, but can't rob him of possesion.
Town are lining up in a 4-4-2, with Simon Ferry on the right of midfield.
MacDonald is wearing a tracksuit, for those asking.
Thompson should take a fair amount of blame for losing the ball there, but the pitch, which is covered in sand, certainly didn't help.
Two minutes: Goal 1-0 Coventry (Moussa) The Kevin MacDonald era gets off to the worst possible start as Nathan Thompson is robbed by Gary McSheffrey who feeds Frank Moussa who slots home.
One minute: Town attack straight from kick-off, and win a corner which is cleared.
And we're off!
Town to kick towards their own fans in the first half, as Leon Clarke's name is roundly booed when it is read out.
Here come the teams!
Swindon being led out by Alan McCormack
LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Brentford v Scunthorpe
Bury v Crawley
Coventry v Swindon
Crewe v Portsmouth
Doncaster v Hartlepool
Leyton Orient v Bournemouth
MK Dons v Preston
Notts County v Carlisle
Oldham v Sheff Utd
Stevenage v Colchester
Walsall v Shrewsbury
Yeovil v Tranmere
The Coventry CIty ballboys make a dramatic entrance, but hopefully will not be as involved in the game as their friends at Swansea were.
Music getting loader as kick-off approaches, as a few more home fans trickle in.
2:48pm Sat 2 Mar 13
Score prediction... Coventry 2 Swindon 4 Brace yourselves for an Andy Williams hat-trick today just to silence the doubters.
Away end 10 mins before kick off #stfcadver http://t.co/OvOT7kRPIR— @SamMorshead_SA 02 March 2013
Home end 10 mins before kick off #stfcadver http://t.co/xAhFz2tnz7— @SamMorshead_SA 02 March 2013
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Decent view at the Ricoh hoping for a decent win #STFC http://t.co/h73uJMpoa4— @swindonred 02 March 2013
MACDONALD ON: His backroom staff
"I am quite a thoughtful person and I tend not to say too much, and when I do it’s because I have thought that through. Some people say that’s wrong and that you should speak off the top of your head, but that’s not the way I am.
"I am a bit of a neanderthal when it comes to modern communication and media websites, but it is nice to hear positive things (about his appointment). That can change very quickly, but it is nice that people are pleased with what Jed has done.
"I was getting fed up at home, the missus wasn’t too happy with me, and the golf wasn’t getting any better, so it was right for me to come back.
"I had a nice little holiday and played a lot of golf, but I wanted to get back in so otherwise I wouldn’t have come back this early.
"I have only just met them (Fraser Digby and Michael Peacock) today and we got on very well, but we will sit down and talk.
"Mark is Terry Cooper’s son, the ex-England international, and has played in teams like Birmingham and managed at the lower levels which will be a great, and I think he will be a great ally for me."
Town fans need no introduction to the striker, who was famously involved in an on pitch confrontation with former Town manager Paolo Di Canio during his short time at the County Ground. Bound to get a bad reception from the travelling red army, but is a striker to be feared having scored 20 League One goals this season.
The wide man is a Coventry stalwart, despite having spent a few largely unsuccessful years away at Birmingham. Not got the pace he is used to, but he is a tricky customer who can cut inside and drag the full back out of position. He is also capable of shooting from long range, and needs to be watched.
The Coventry skipper makes his side tick, whether from the centre of midfield or wide on the right. He is a good passer, strong tackler, and all-round leader of his side. Can contribute goals too, and will always be a threat.
MACDONALD ON: Why he joined Town
"Part of it is because of the way Jed sold the club to me, but part of it is also having been reasonably successful as a coach I need to see if I can be successful as a manager.
"The way it was portrayed to me is that this is going to be a coaching club because they want to try and bring through young players too, and because traditionally they have had younger players come through.
"For me that is good, and having worked with Elite Players in international football and in the Premier League I don’t have any worries about dealing with the senior players.
"Initially the important thing is to try and get the victories for the first team, and if we do that and keep pushing on it’s easier to get better quality of players to the club, which in turn helps the younger players when they join in with training sessions."
@SamMorshead_SA Town to win 2-1! #stfcadver— @STFC_Sean 02 March 2013
@SamMorshead_SA #stfcadver Leon Clarke will score at least once, 2:1 defeat, unfortunately. We don't have a natrual goal scorer.— @GreenPumice 02 March 2013
MACDONALD ON: Swindon's past
They are in a good position and traditionally had some good young players come through too, and I have worked a lot on that side, but it was the way Jed portrayed the club to me.
I have known it from afar and the club has been up and down in the last few years, but it is the perfect fit for myself.
The main aim is to win each game which comes along, and hopefully that will give us enough points to get into the Championship next season.
There would be no point in Jed coming to the club if it didn’t go that far forward, because it wouldn’t be viable for him either.
They have been very successful and done very well under Paolo Di Canio, but there are a lot of other good teams in this league and they need another push forward.
The club itself has done fantastically well over the last few years, although it has been up and down, and now we just need to make sure it keeps going forward.
No changes for the #skyblues against #swindontown #pusb http://t.co/mTdneuwv0R— @Coventry_City 02 March 2013
MACDONALD ON: How he arrived at Swindon
"It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
"Earlier this week Jed spoke to my agent, and I came down to speak to him and we got on like a house on fire.
"I spoke to Jed on Thursday, but he had spoken to my agent on Wednesday. It came out of the blue myself, but I have looked at one or two other jobs. Jed agreed to see me, we had a chat and he was happy to offer me the job which I was happy to accept.
"The big thing is the club is in a good position, they have just been taken over by new people, and when Jed spoke to me he was enthusiastic about football as I am about football.
"Maybe Jed more so as a fan, but that doesn’t mean my opinion is any better because I have worked in football a lot longer.
"I was impressed with his enthusiasm, and I am convinced we can push on and be successful."
@SamMorshead_SA #stfcadver hope you're correct as got it on my goals galore, but would take a 1 nil to Town even if it means losing money!— @DJSealey77 02 March 2013
@SamMorshead_SA #stfcadver 2 -0 town Williams double.— @ChrisWhiteley4 02 March 2013
Swindon fans outnumbering Coventry supporters by about 10 to one at the moment. Brilliant away support expected today - around 3k #stfcadver— @SamMorshead_SA 02 March 2013
@SamMorshead_SA 2-1 Town! Rooney and Collins to score! #stfcadver— @SWINDONPDC15 02 March 2013
Still the £53 in the charity pot, so let’s see if we can add to it from Kevin McDonald’s first game in charge.
SAM: Coventry 2 Swindon 2, Leon Clarke first scorer – 70/1
ANDY: Coventry 2 Swindon 1, Carl Baker first scorer – 40/1
Where's your money today?
Mark Cooper, Swindon's new number two, is leading the Robins' pre-match drills at the Ricoh Arena. Jamie Pitman, Michael Peacock and Fraser Digby are all here also.
Coventry now out for their warm-up.
Here come the Swindon players for their warm-up.
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
COVENTRY CITY v Swindon Town: Murphy; Christie, Cameron, Martin, Dickinson; Jennings, Bailer; Baker, Moussa, McSheffrey, Clarke
Subs: Dunn, Clarke, Thomas, Bell, McDonald, Fleck, Edjenguele
There's a massive away support here today, with around 3,000 Town fans expected to be in attendance.
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "Just 24 hours into Kevin MacDonald's reign as Swindon manager and we're already starting to see a difference.
"The Scot has introduced an intriguing line-up this afternoon, and we're trying to figure it out.
"Gary Roberts could be playing in a three with Andy Williams and James Collins up front, or he could be given a free role behind the front two with either Alan McCormack or Tommy Miller sitting in front of the backline.
"It's dynamic, it's modern and it'll be interesting to see how it works."
2:02pm Sat 2 Mar 13
Sat in Coventry casino having a beer....wow we need a new stadium!!
2:05pm Sat 2 Mar 13
London Red says
Not at £1.6m a season rent we don't!
Coventry away today. Smash and grab will do! #3pts #awayday #stfcadver— @Tommyryan88 02 March 2013
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Coventry City: Foderingham; Thompson N, Flint, Ward, McEveley; Ferry, McCormack, Miller, Roberts; Collins, Williams
Substitutes: Bedwell, Devera, Navarro, Thompson L, Rooney L, De Vita, Rooney A
Official confirmation of the Town squad shortly, but here's what we know in advance.
Simon Ferry and Joe Devera traveled with the rest of the Swindon squad to the Ricoh Arena yesterday and both are expected to be in the matchday 18.
BACK: JOE DEVERA
Troy Archibald-Henville and Miles Storey remain sidelined.
1:53pm Sat 2 Mar 13
My team would be:
We will find out at 2pm if Mr MacDonald agrees with you.
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