MATCHDAY LIVE: Brentford v Swindon Town
Updated 10:33pm Tuesday 12th March 2013 in Latest Sport News
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- REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD & ANDY WARREN
- Brentford 2 (Saunders 72, Donaldson 76) Swindon 1 (Ferry 32)
- Clayton Donaldson makes it 2-1 to the home side.
- Simon Ferry fires Town into the lead, but Sam Saunders levels from the spot
- Adam Rooney replaces Collins in one change for Swindon
- Robins unbeaten away since November 24
That's it from us at Griffin Park, on a disappointing night for Swindon Town as they missed the chance to return to the automatic promotion places.
No game on Saturday of course, but join us for the trip to Yeovil a week today.
Swindon manager Kevin MacDonald has spoken to the media after tonight's lost, and insisted his side were the dominant side for much of the game.
“I thought we were the better side in the first half, and we’re disappointed because we thought we probably should have won the game, but they got a couple of breakaways and scored," he said.
“Even when we were 2-1 down we were the team that were in the ascendancy.
“We got untidy and sloppy, and that’s disappointing because we spoke about not getting hit on the break.
“We stopped passing for a period of 10 or 15 minutes and we gave them a chance to get balls up into the box and to their strikers, but that’s the nature of the way they play.
“It got scrappy and we never took responsibility to get the ball under control and pass it, but you expect the home team to have the momentum away from home.
“The talk in the dressing room is that he (Foderingham) got his hand on the ball and left his feet in there to go down, but it would have been a harsh sending off for a keeper anyway, because what is he meant to do, just stand there and let the boy score?”
LEAGUE ONE FULL TIMES
Brentford 2 Swindon 1
Coventry 2 Colchester 2
Leyton Orient 1 Portsmouth 0
MK Dons 2 Shrewsbury 3
Notts County 0 Preston 1
Stevenage 0 Bournemouth 1
Walsall 2 Tranmere 0
Yeovil 2 Crawley 2
A real tough night for Town here, which was going so well until the penalty was given away. Foderingham definitely made contact for me, but had already played the ball a long way out of his control. From there the home side grew in confidence, and there was only ever going to be one winner.
Town down to fourth after this evening's results, which will be on the way in a moment.
FULL-TIME: Brentford 2 Swindon Town 1
That's it, all over.
Brentford working the ball in the corner.
YELLOW CARD Wright-Phillips booked for time wasting.
93 minutes: Town fire a free-kick into the box and after it bobbles around in the box James Collins heads tamely at goal.
90 minutes: A real let-off for Flint. The defender tries to head it back to his keeper but it was never on, and Donaldson intercepts his backpass, only for Foderingham to bail out his defender with a good save. Five minutes added.
SUBSTITUTION: Andy Williams replaced by Raffa De Vita.
YELLOW CARD: Nathan Thompson booked for upending Diagouraga.
Town struggling to regain their composure here after being hit by those two quick goals, and can't really create anything in attack. Brentford have been far superior in the last half an hour.
James Collins replaces Tommy Miller for Town
Toumani Diagouraga replaces Tom Adeyemi for Brentford
82 minutes: Donaldson breaks for Town and crosses for Wright-Phillips, but Foderingham makes a superb save with his legs to keep Town in it.
SUBSTITUTION: Luke Rooney replaces Gary Roberts.
76 minutes: GOAL 2-1 BRENTFORD (Donaldson) Brentford enjoy a prolonged spell of pressure, and it eventually pays off as Donaldson latches onto a knockdown and fires past Foderingham.
74 minutes: Adeyemi is brought down by Miller, and Saunders rattles the bar with the free-kick with the flying Foderingham beaten.
73 minutes: Town look to respond straight away, and Rooney outmuscles his man down the right and fires in a cross which Logan deflects back to his keeper.
72 minutes: GOAL 1-1 (Saunders) Saunders fires the ball home straight down the middle.
71 minutes: PENALTY BRENTFORD Donaldson clatters into Foderingham after knocking the ball past him, and the keeper is booked.
67 minutes: Saunders sends in a corner but it’s cleared by the head of McEveley.
As it stands, Town sit second in League One.
LEAGUE ONE LATEST
Brentford 0 Swindon1
Coventry 0 Colchester 1
Leyton Orient 1 Portsmouth 0
MK Dons 2 Shrewsbury 2
Notts County 0 Preston 1
Stevenage 0 Bournemouth 1
Walsall 2 Tranmere 0
Yeovil 2 Crawley 2
ATTENDANCE: 5,867 (1,553 Town fans)
SUBSTITUTION: Bradley Wright-Phillips replaces Trotta.
61 minutes: Town have the ball in the back of the net thanks to a header from McCormack, but he’s offside.
60 minutes: Ferry robs Brentford of possession and puts Williams clear, but a defender gets back to clear for a corner. Rooney forces another corner after shooting from a tight angle, but it’s cleared.
SUBSTITUTION: Sam Saunders replaces Stuart Dallas.
55 minutes: McCormack’s free-kick is headed goalwards by Darren Ward but Moore claims with ease.
YELLOW CARD: A nice ball from Williams free Roberts, who is brought down by Logan who is booked. (54)
YELLOW CARD: Flint upends Marcello Trotta and is booked, thanks to in part to an army of Brentford players surrounding the referee. (53)
49 minutes: McEveley wins a corner off Shaleum Logan, and when the ball comes out to Ferry he loops the ball over the bar.
48 minutes: Town break and win a throw right in the corner, but the ball is easily cleared.
Brentford starting this second-period on the front-foot
Back underway for the second half
HALF-TIME: Brentford 0 Swindon Town 1
45+1 minutes: Williams scampers round the keeper but is forced very wide, and his shot is on target but cleared off the line. No time for the corner as the referee blows for half-time.
One minute added on
YELLOW CARD: Liam Moore goes through the back of Williams. (42)
40 minutes: Forshaw's shot deflects off Miller and rolls into Foderingham's hands
39 minutes: Flint wins the ball well from a long free-kick fired into the box, but it trickles wide.
Town looking good so far with their 4-5-1 allowing them to consistently win the ball in midfield and look to work the ball wide. Lots of joy down the left.
33 minutes: Roberts should make it 2-0 to Town as he is given possession via a great pass from Williams, but the winger fires viciously against the post.
32 minutes: GOAL 1-0 TOWN (Ferry) Roberts drops deep and holds off his man well to feed Ferry, and the midfielder cuts back and fires in a shot into the bottom corner. Great finish from the Scot.
31 minutes: Adam Rooney wins the ball off Tony Craig and chips in a nice ball for Andy Williams, but the striker can’t quite control.
30 minutes: Ferry wins Town a corner, and a deflection quickly wins another, but Roberts’ delivery is poor.
27 minutes: Donaldson wins a corner off Flint, and then Stuart Dallas wins another off McEveley. The second corner is poor and is cleared.
25 minutes: Town break at pace and work the ball wide for Roberts, who zips in a teasing cross which Moore has to gather well.
25 minutes: Foderingham gets away with one as his low clearance is charged down by Donaldson, but fortunately for Town the ball fires out for a throw.
23 minutes: Rooney wins a corner off Jonathan Douglas, but Brentford are able to hoof clear. McEveley lobs it back in but it goes straight out of play.
20 minutes: Brentford have the first real chance of the game as Clayton Donaldson beats Darren Ward to a bouncing ball, but as he charges through on goal he can only poke wide with Foderingham rushing out to meet him on the penalty spot. Should have scored.
Williams perhaps a little isolated in his lone striker role, with McCormack offering him the most support.
Town looking lively so far this evening, and when they don't have the ball, are eager to close down their opponents.
11 minutes: Williams wins a corner, which Flint meets with his head and forces a clearance off the line.
10 minutes: Town are working the ball around really well, particularly down the left, where McEveley and Roberts get in a series of crosses which have to be cleared.
Six minutes: Jay McEveley shoots from distance but it’s straight at Moore.
Town beginning this one in a 4-5-1, with Rooney wide right, Williams through the middle and Ferry tucked in inside Miller and McCormack.
One minute: Adam Rooney earns an early corner, but Gary Roberts’s delivery as poor and earns another. The second is better, and after Andy Williams and Tommy Miller have efforts blocked, Aden Flint’s cross is straight at Simon Moore in the Brentford goal.
Swindon get us underway
Town will have their own fans at their back in the first half. Here we go!!
Good atmosphere inside Griffin Park this evening, with the Town fans making most of the noise.
Stuart Attwell is our referee this evening - he of ghost goal fame.
Here come the teams!
All the best to the boys tonight, need a positive result!— @aaronoakley1994 12 March 2013
Somebody buy Brentford a cd from this centuary, Rick Astley on next?— @JoePrinzi 12 March 2013
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IN THE HOME DUGOUT
Like former Town boss Paolo Di Canio, Uwe Rosler has chosen to start his managerial career in the UK in the lower leagues.
The German is best known in English football for his time with Manchester City, where he managed a goal every three games for the Maine Road side in the days before their Middle Eastern money took hold.
From there he returned to his homeland before stints at Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, but opted to end his career on Norway with Lillestrom, with his time as a player coming to a premature end after he battled lung cancer.
But after beating the illness, It was in Lillestrom he began his managerial career, and he led the side to two successive fourth place finishes in the league, as well as losing in the finals of both the Norwegian Cup and the Royal League.
All that was not enough for him to save his job, and a brief stint at Viking followed before a move to Molde, but despite not losing a game, he was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
After moving to Brentford he guided the club to ninth in his first season, their best finish in six years, and they currently occupy sixth position this time around.
General manager Steve Murrall can't be in attendance as he works on lifting the embargo but he's sent his best wishes to all involved with Swindon Town at Brentford tonight.
He said: "Haven't made game as working on all behind-the-scenes mundane stuff. Wish I could be in the crowd. Looking forward to 3 points."
Half-hour til kick-off ladies and gents. Prediction time. I've strangely gone for Flint to get first goal in a 1-1 draw. #stfcadver— @SamMorshead_SA 12 March 2013
The striker has scored goals wherever he has been since his move from Hull to York in 2005, and the same is true of his time with the Bees. The striker is quick and strong and can force his way past defenders with ease if given the time and space, and will need to be watched.
The Irish midfielder needs no introduction to Town fans following his two years in Wiltshire between 2009 and 2011, where he was part of the Swindon side which made the League One play-off final before suffering relegation the following season. If given time and space he can control the midfield, and his former teammate Simon Ferry will be doing his best not to allow him to do that.
The French-born Malian has been impressive since moving to Griffin Park from Peterborough, and has become a mainstay of the midfield alongside Douglas. He likes to control possession and create chances for his teammates, and if he does that, he can be a real threat. Named on the bench tonight, but can change a game if brought on.
The striker came close to a move to Town at the end of the January transfer window, but his move fell through with Swindon unable to register any new players. Since moving to Griffin Park he has made a few decent performances, and although he is on the bench tonight, his power and pace will be a handful for the Town defence if he gets on.
Trotta is currently on loan from Fulham, and has quite some pedigree having spent time with Napoli and Manchester City as a kid. He can play as a striker or can sit back and support Donaldson, and is also capable of finding the net from long-range.
LEAGUE ONE FIXTURES
Brentford v Swindon
Bury P - P Scunthorpe
Coventry v Colchester
Crewe P - P Sheff Utd
Doncaster P - P Carlisle
Leyton Orient v Portsmouth
MK Dons v Shrewsbury
Notts County v Preston
Oldham P - P Hartlepool
Stevenage v Bournemouth
Walsall v Tranmere
Yeovil v Crawley
An even bigger game for Town now with Sheffield United and Doncaster both having their games called off, and three points could send them second in the table.
Cold night ahead, all worth it for 3points. #STFC #stfcadver— @Tommyryan88 12 March 2013
Remember Griffin Park is under the flight path for Heathrow, so plenty of rumbles over-head this evening. Thankfully it isn't a thunderstorm!
Former BBC Director General Greg Dyke is a massive Brentford fan and, after playing a major role in saving the club from liquidation six years ago, now serves as chairman.
In the late 1990s, chairman Ron Noades made himself manager of the Bees, and he didn’t do too badly either. Noades led the west London outfit to promotion as champions of Division Three in 1999.
Brentford became the first team to win the fourt-tier title under all its guises (Fourth Division, Division Three and League Two) when they were crowned champions in May, 2009.
Brentford’s home ground, Griffin Park, is a particular favourite amongst drinkers as there is a pub on each of the four corners of the stadium. They are the Royal Oak, the New Inn, The Griffin and The Princess Royal, which is owned by the club.
The Griffin was used as the set for a scene in British football-yob thriller Green Street.
Around 1,500 Swindon fans are expected to be in attendance tonight. Another fine travelling effort from the Town supporters.
Not far from griffin park #buzzzz #STFCONTOUR #STFC #stfcadver— @Skinz2006 12 March 2013
#stfcadver COYR tonight I'm listening in Germany! A big shout out to my little sister and Rob on the imminent new member + B's in Bovy.— @NeilSTFCBuckley 12 March 2013
Tonight's charity bets below. We are STILL stuck on £53!
SAM: Brentford 1 Swindon 1, Aden Flint first scorer – 95/1.
ANDY: Brentford 1 Swindon 2, Marcello Trotta first scorer – 85/1
Swindon's players are out for their warm-up at Griffin Park. It's Boca blue for Town tonight.
ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "There's no Harry Forrester for Brentford this evening, which is a massive boost for Town.
"The skillful midfield offers a massive threat wide on the left and through the middle and his absence will be a major blow for the Bees.
MISSING: HARRY FORRESTER
"Bradley Wright-Phillips only makes the bench against the team for whom he almost signed six weeks ago while Jonathan Douglas lines up in a tasty-looking midfield battle against his old team.
"Up front for Brentford, Marcello Trotta and Clayton Donaldson offer a substantial attacking threat. Town will have to be on their guard. This could be a cracker."
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
BRENTFORD v Swindon Town: S Moore; L Moore, Craig, Dean, Logan; Forshaw, Douglas, Adeyemi, Dallas; Trotta; Donaldson
Substitutes: Gounet, Saunders, Wright-Phillips, Diagouraga, Reeves, Bidwell, Oyeleke
Swindon manager Kevin MacDonald has made just the one change for this evening, then, with Adam Rooney coming into the side in place of James Collins - who drops to the bench.
Rooney has scored four goalsd during his loan spell with the Robins, the last of which came in the 1-1 draw with Preston last month.
Youngster Connor Waldon has travelled with the Town squad to Griffin Park this evening but is not park of the matc
BREAKING TEAM NEWS
SWINDON TOWN v Brentford: Foderingham; N Thompson, Flint, Ward, McEveley; Ferry, Miller, McCormack, Roberts; Williams, A Rooney
Substitutes: Bedwell, Devera, Navarro, L Thompson, L Rooney, De Vita, Collins
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Nothing official just yet, we're expecting team news imminently, but Nathan Thompson (knee) and Tommy Miller did not train with the squad yesterday.
Apologies for the late start ladies and gents, but we've made our way through the London traffic to Griffin Park.
Swindon face Brentford with three crucial League One points at stake, and you can follow it all right here.