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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Crawley Town
5:59pm Tuesday 21st August 2012 in News
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD, ANDY WARREN & LAURA KENYON
- Swindon Town beat Crawley Town 3-0 in League One. Ritchie, Miller and De Vita on target for the Robins
- Di Canio: "It was almost perfection"
- Barker: "It was a reality check"
- Town boss cuts County Ground grass after win
Right, it's time for the Adver's first Matchday Live to come to an end.
We hope that you've enjoyed our new matchday service and thanks to all those who have contributed.
A quick reminder that goals from Matt Ritchie, Tommy Miller and Raffa De Vita helped the Robins ease past Crawley in League One this evening.
Town now sit fourth in the table, albeit after only two games, with MK Dons up next at the County Ground on Saturday.
We'd appreciate any feedback you may have on Matchday Live, please get in touch via Twitter by using the #stfcadver hashtag, by commenting below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
See you all on Saturday!
More from Raffa De Vita now, and his answer when asked why he thought Paolo Di Canio viewed tonight's display as the best his Town side have produced during his time in charge...
“There’s been a few good games at the County Ground. I think he was very aware about Crawley were going to play here and I don’t think they played as well as the last two games and on top of that we were really good.
“We had a really good shape on the pitch, everyone knew what we had to do and we did our jobs properly so that’s probably why he thinks it’s the best game he’s seen."
De Vita's full reaction to the 3-0 win over Crawley can now be read online on the Advertiser website.
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: I don't think there can have been anyone of a Swindon Town persuasion who left the County Ground this evening feeling overcharged.
The Robins were back to their best in defence, midfield and up front - and Crawley certainly knew all about it by the final whistle.
Matt Ritchie was on sparkling form out wide, Andy Williams' unbridled energy will never cease to amaze and all over the park there were individual performances that made you stop and think 'wow, there's something pretty good brewing here'.
Crawley couldn't cope and could quite easily have been dragging themselves back to Sussex on the back of a bit of a hiding.
The league remains so embryonic that it's impossible to know what the result means in the grander scheme of things.
But one thing is for sure - the County Ground is back to being a fortress. Twelve months unbeaten in the league at home, no goal conceded in 11 matches at SN1.
Who on earth would want to pay Town a visit right now?
Tommy Miller gave his reaction post-match to playing alongside Simon Ferry in the middle of the park and dealing with squad rotation.
He said: “He’s a good player, plenty of energy, gets up and down the pitch. I remember playing against him last season and he’s a good player.
“We’ve got a lot of strength in the squad and if the manager sees it right to rotate players and give other players a chance then so be it.
“It’s worked tonight and we’ve got a great result."
ADVER REPORTER ANDY WARREN: Some final thoughts from tonight's game. It was great to see Matt Ritchie back to something like his best, because we all know he can make Swindon tick when he is at the top of his game.
His best performances have usually come alongside former skipper Paul Caddis, with the full-back's over-lapping runs either giving Ritchie another passing option or opening up space for him to cut inside and unleash a thunderous shot or a cross.
But to see Ritchie perform so well without Caddis tonight was proof that he doesn't need the Scot to produce his best, and credit must go to Joe Devera too who possibly had his best game for Town this evening at right back.
Andy Williams and James Collins look like they could form a real partnership up front, and their movement, and Williams' first touch in particular, create so many chances for the rest of the team. The pair have not found the net yet, but it is surely only a matter of time before they do.
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Sky's Johnny Phillips got a cracking shot of Paolo Di Canio cutting the grass alongside head groundsman Marcus Cassidy post-match.
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Away from the County Ground, Alan Smith was sent off for MK Dons in their 1-1 draw with Bournemouth tonight.
That's the Dons' third red card in as many games this season and it means they look set to be without Smith, Anthony Kay and Stephen Gleeson when they visit Wiltshire on Saturday.
Clean sheet 3 out of 3! I'm nicking a living! my defence spoil me they really do ❤ haha. Off to bed 👊— @wes_foderingham 21 August 2012
There's some more reaction from Town manager Paolo Di Canio up on the Advertiser website now.
Here's a little snippet from the Italian, who was asked about potential arrivals over the coming days...
“Let me think about the next game don’t let me think about new players because I want to work with my players,” he said.
“If some news comes you will know after tomorrow but now I want to watch this game tonight at home and go through to prepare for the next game which is another very, very tough and important game.”
11:20pm Tue 21 Aug 12
just heard their manager say that Crawley played the better football and could have got something from the game!!! What a load of rubbish. We were streets ahead of them, played incisive football and despite the fortune involved in 1st goal, were excellent value for our comprehensive 3 - 0 victory
To be fair to Richie Barker, he also said the defeat was a "reality check" for his side after their 3-0 win over Scunthorpe on Saturday.
A bit more now from Paolo Di Canio, who spoke to the local media after the game.
He was impressed by the non-stop effort put in by his players and how they worked as a unit front to back.
He said: "We have to always remember that our discipline and our shape is crucial.
"When our two strikers frustrate their opponents they cannot deliver the ball the way they want.
"Then it is more easy for my defenders to handle the situation.
"Six goals in three games, zero conceded - if there is someone who wants to keep on speaking they can do but we are a very, very good team.
"If we keep going in this manner we will have satisfaction."
great win tonight! well done to the boys!— @AFlint4 21 August 2012
Another glowing match report from a Town fan at tonight's game...
10:44pm Tue 21 Aug 12
VERY VERY happy with the win..
Total comitment from every player..
Great game De Vita and sealed of with a great goal...
Like a new sighing but better as he is allready settled...
Williams played very well full of running and never gave up...I LIKE WHAT I SEE.
Ritchie MOTM Brilliant...
All in all a very good night apart from a twatt in the Townend...Im so glad i had my kids with me..
LEAGUE ONE RESULTS: Bournemouth 1-1 MK Dons; Brentford 1-3 Yeovil; Carlisle 0-3 Tranmere; Colchester 2-2 Portsmouth; Coventry 1-1 Sheff Utd; Doncaster 2-1 Bury; Leyton Orient 0-1 Stevenage; Notts County 2-0 Hartlepool; Oldham 1-1 Walsall; Scunthorpe 1-2 Crewe; Shrewsbury 1-0 Preston; Swindon 3-0 Crawley.
Doug Habgood is full of optimism already
great result for the town, williams and collins were quality up top. full 11 decent. CG is gonna be a fortress again this season #stfcadver— @doughabgood 21 August 2012
Town go fourth in the table after tonight's victory, and are still to concede a goal. Is this the start of a promotion push or too early to get excited? Let us know using #stfcadver
There's a lot of love for Raffa De Vita after his performance this evening, which was one of his best for Swindon Town.
However, he's not getting carried away and said he doesn't even know if he'll be in the starting XI on Saturday.
He said: "I don't know what happens. If the manager wants to rotate the team I'll just get on with it whatever happens.
"Everyone has to be right for the game."
BBC Wilts on radio. STFC Twitter updates on phone. Kids all tucked up in bed. Cup of tea and time 2 relax. It's a good life! #stfcadver— @h_theduck 21 August 2012
Mark Starr highlighted Raffa De Vita's performance
#STFCadver De Vita was immense tonight. By far the best we've seen from him. Proves PDC was right to keep him here— @marktsstarr 21 August 2012
Great performance but Creepy were very poor. Let’s see how Saturday goes before getting too excited! #wearepaolosrednwhitearmy #stfcadver— @matbutcher69 21 August 2012
#stfcadver one of the best performances I have seen in recent seasons, on a par with the 4-1 win at Southend last season— @ollietanswell 21 August 2012
Tommy Miller grabbed his first goal for Swindon Town today but he was more delighted with the result.
He said: "It's always nice to get a goal but most importantly the result, the performance and it's a good three points for us.
"I think we played well. We got on the front foot, started the game well and limited them to very few chances if any.
"We got our game going, got our goals and it's a great three points."
9:42pm Tue 21 Aug 12
London Red says
So this is our scoreline against Crawley then
It does seem to be becoming a very common theme!
Paolo Di Canio was full of praise for Raffa De Vita, who scored for the first time in eight months this evening.
He said: "With Raffaele, I am once again very happy for him. It was eight months without scoring a goal when last year he scored many goals in three months.
"He knows he is important because he works so hard and he gives me the balance and the quality.
"He connected very well with Jay (McEveley). The work he does for me is crucial.
"Today he scored and when you score it gives you an extra lift. I hope it can give him more courage to attack the back post."
Crawley boss Richie Barker calls his side's defeat to Swindon "a bit of a reality check."
Raffa De Vita : "We did our job properly and that's probably why he (Di Canio) thought it was the best performance"
Paolo Di Canio describes this evening's win over Crawley as 'close to perfection' and perhaps the best he has seen during his time at the club.
What did you think?
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Full-time report now online here http://bit.ly/TSF3D4 as Town record yet another 3-0 win over Crawley. Tweet your thoughts using #stfcadver
FULL TIME : Swindon Town 3 Crawley Town 0. Goals from Matt Ritchie, Tommy Miller and Raffa De Vita do the damage, as Town get one over on their fellow promoted side.
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SUBSTITUTION: The impressive Andy Williams is withdrawn and replaced by Paul Benson
OFFSIDE: Aden Flint has the ball in the net with a superb header, but his effort is ruled out for offside.
SUBSTITUTION: Alan Navarro replaces Raffa De Vita
ATTENDANCE : 7,658 fans are at the County Ground tonight, with 154 making the trip from Crawley.
SUBSTITUTION (69 mins) : Nicky Ajose comes on for Crawley in place of Billy Clarke
GOAL 3-0 Town (De Vita) : Raffa De Vita waits at the back post and picks up Ritchie's ball, and fires back into the corner with the keeper unable to do anything about it.
@SamMorshead_SA brilliant ferry always makes a difference #COYR #stfc— @Charliejewell98 21 August 2012
Swindon Robins speedway boss Alun Rossiter is at the game tonight, his side have a big meeting with Poole on Thursday
@SamMorshead_SA Must say its nice to see the strikers taking the ball towards the goal rather than away from it— @simon_adkins 21 August 2012
You can read Andy Warren's half-time quick report right here...
Back underway at the start of the second half, no changes for Town
Some big movement for Town in the league table during that first half...
8:35pm Tue 21 Aug 12
Yaaay! We're in the play-off places :-)
So, half-time at the County Ground and Town are flying away with this one at the moment.
What do you lot think of the performance so far?
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HALF TIME: Swindon Town 2 Crawley Town 0 (Ritchie, 24, Miller, 44)
GOAL 2-0 TOWN (Miller): Ritchie whips the ball in from the right, and after De Vita heads back across goal, Tommy Miller is on hand to fire in from 12 yards.
YELLOW CARD: Kyle Mcfadzean goes into the referee's book for clobbering Andy Williams
YELLOW CARD: Aden Flint goes into the referee's book
GOAL 1-0 TOWN (Ritchie) : The Town winger is allowed too much time and space to dribble past two men on the right, and when he eventually sends in his right-footed cross it evades keeper Paul Jones and sails into the back of the net.
Underway here at the County Ground now, Town kicking towards the Town End in the first half
Teams make their way onto the pitch
Five minutes until kick-off
A reminder that you can follow up-to-the-minute updates during the match on Twitter by following Sam on @SamMorshead_SA.
You can still see goal flashes and major incident on here, while half-time and full-time reports will continue as normal.
Fifteen minutes to go at the County Ground until the teams emerge for kick-off.
Any last-minute predictions Town fans?
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Speaking to the Advertiser moments ago, Town chairman Jeremy Wray has stuck his neck out and gone for a 2-0 Swindon win with James Collins and Andy Williams scoring the goals.
Rain has cleared and the sun has come out with 25 minutes until kickoff
Tonight we'll see how our forward line works without Benson - the key player in holding our team IMO #stfcadver— @edd_ake 21 August 2012
Former Town striker Billy Bodin starts for Torquay at home to Cheltenham this evening
Johnny Rayner's been on the email to give his tuppence-worth on Paolo Di Canio's team selection.
"Rooney must be gutted stuck behind Roberts & Di Vita?"
The Town players are out on the pitch to begin their pre-match warm-up
Forty-five minutes until kick-off, so here's a bit of news from the club regarding tickets for the Stoke City clash in the Capital One Cup next Tuesday night.
"Stoke City away tickets on sale to Swindon Town season ticket holders from 9.30pm this evening. There is a maximum of two tickets per season ticket holder.
"Any remaining tickets for the Stoke game will be on general sale from 8.30am on Saturday, August 25."
Crawley are UNCHANGED from their 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe last weekend.
TEAM NEWS: Crawley v Town: Jones; Connolly, Davis, McFadzean, Sadler; Adams, Bulman, Akpan, Simpson, Clarke; Alexander
Paul Caddis is not a part of the Swindon squad once again this evening.
Steve Tyrrell is confident Town can record yet another 3-0 victory over Crawley
3 -0 to #stfc @m_storey32 @RaffaDeVita23 Andy Williams ##stfcadver— @stevetyrrelluk 21 August 2012
So, Paolo Di Canio makes three changes to his Town side tonight.
Simon Ferry comes into the team in place of Alan Navarro, Aden Flint replaces Troy Archibald-Henville - who we believe may have a slight knock - and James Collins makes his full Town debut with Paul Benson dropping to the bench.
What do you lot make of that?
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TEAM NEWS: Town v Crawley: Foderingham; Devera, Flint, McCormack, McEveley; Ritchie, Miller, Ferry, De Vita; Collins, Williams
Subs: Bedwell, Risser, Cibocchie, Navarro, Rooney, Benson, Storey
The Town team is on its way and should be with you any minute now...
It's started to rain mighty hard at the County Ground right now. The pitch looks fantastic and is a credit to head groundsman Marcus Cassidy.
Plenty of slick, attractive football on offer tonight methinks.
Gary Roberts looks like he won't play a part this evening. The winger has been spotted in his protective boot at the ground this evening.
soccer time tonight! gotta love match days— @wes_foderingham 21 August 2012
@SamMorshead_SA 3-1 tonight, would be more than happy with that!— @RealMarkHarden 21 August 2012
The last time these two clubs locked horns was Valentine's Day, and there wasn't an awful lot of love in the air that night.
Town won comfortably thanks to goals from Billy Bodin, Luke Rooney and Paul Benson- who's backing the Robins to do the same once more this evening? We're after your predictions.
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Good evening everyone and welcome to our very first Matchday Live as Crawley visit the County Ground.
Swindon come into tonight's game off the back of a goalless draw at Hartlepool, but it was last week's 3-0 victory over Brighton that will have filled fans with excited anticipation.
Crawley enjoyed a 3-0 success of their own at the weekend, with their win against Scunthorpe sending them top of the embryonic League One table.
Join us here for all the build-up to tonight's game, as well as half-time and full-time reports from SN1.
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