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PREVIEW: NORTHAMPTON TOWN (A)

24 December 2018

Swindon face Northampton hoping to start a run of three games in seven days with a rare Boxing Day win.

Swindon’s last Boxing Day victory came back in 2014 with Michael Smith, Massimo Luongo, and an Andy Williams brace sealing a 4-1 win away at Walsall. Since then, Town have failed to muster a single point on this day losing against Gillingham, Millwall and Luton.

Town have been in good form of late in the league – they’ve won three of their last five, but were denied a third straight home win by Cheltenham last time out.  

The Oppo

Keith Curle had only just been appointed when the two sides faced up at the County Ground earlier in the season and, including that 1-1 draw, they went on to win six in eight, losing only once.

However, the Cobblers head into their festive fixture list in poor form – they have won only once in eight games with that victory coming away at Crawley Town. Kevin van Veen scored from the spot that day.

Head-To-Head

21 Oct 2008         Swindon Town v Northampton Town      W            2-1          League One

24 Mar 2009       Northampton Town v Swindon Town      W            3-4          League One

31 Dec 2011        Northampton Town v Swindon Town      W            1-2          League Two

09 Apr 2012        Swindon Town v Northampton Town      W            1-0          League Two

27 Sep 2016        Swindon Town v Northampton Town      L              1-3          League One

14 Feb 2017        Northampton Town v Swindon Town      L              2-1          League One

06 Oct 2018         Swindon Town v Northampton Town      D             1-1          League Two

The Gaffer

As a player, Curle made more than 700 appearances across all four divisions, representing Bristol Rovers, Torquay United, Bristol City, Reading, Wimbledon, Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield United, Barnsley and Mansfield Town as well as winning three England caps.

Curle started his managerial career with Mansfield Town in 2002, taking the club to the League Two Play-Off final in his first full season in charge.

After spells as assistant manager to Neil Warnock at both Crystal Palace and QPR, he was named the manager of Notts County in February 2012. County finished the 2011/12 season just outside the play offs and during the following season they went 22 away games unbeaten.

He joined Carlisle United in September 2014 when the Cumbrians were bottom of League Two. He steered them to safety, before leading United to a 10th placed finish the following season, a campaign that included runs to the 4th round of the FA Cup and the 3rd round of the League Cup.

In 2016/17, he took United to the League Two play offs, before achieving a third successive top ten finish in 2017/18.

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Match Reports

REPORT: NORTHAMPTON 1-1 SWINDON TOWN

26 December 2018

Keshi Anderson scored on his return to the Swindon starting XI to salvage a point against Northampton at Sixfields.

Andy Williams had put the Cobblers ahead inside five minutes, slamming in from close range in a half that the home side went on o edge.

Anderson’s low drive just past the hour mark was enough to grab a point for Swindon.

First Half

The only action before Williams’ goal was a less-than-Christmassy tackle from Dean Bowditch on Keshi Anderson leaving the returning attacker down and rather annoyed at the lack of festive treatment from his opposite number.

Two minutes later, he nor his team-mates were in a good place – Kevin van Veen crossed wickedly and the nuisance Williams crashed the ball home.

Town were trying to play but it was the Cobblers who fashioned the better chances – Lawrence Vigouroux had to be in tip-top form to prevent a second in the ninth minute – Williams spun on a sixpence and drilled low and hard but the stopper was there to parry and collect as the ball went loose.

Kaiyne Woolery created Town’s opening chance – sprinting down the right, he was away from Aaron Pierre. He cut back towards Jermaine McGlashan but Ash Taylor got in front of him to deny the Town man a clear sight of goal.

The next big chance fell to the hosts – Michael Doughty slid in, in front of his defence but inadvertently played to Williams. The striker struck low and hard but Vigouroux got a hand to it, but couldn’t stop the ball from trickling goalwards – Sid Nelson was there to deny a second.

Swindon’s next big chance came through the visitors’ pace on the right once again – Vigouroux caught a floated cross and sidewinded from his hands out to the striker. That set McGlashan free but his squared pass was behind Woolery and his view of goal wasn’t as clear cut as it could have been.

In an end-to-end tie – Nelson has to be on-hand again three minutes after. A crazy period of play ended with the centre-half in front of a goalbound shot once again and Matt Taylor booked for a foul earlier on in the attack.

Second Half

After the interval, both sides were cancelling each other out – and it didn’t feel like a goal was coming as the hour mark passed.

Two minutes later, and the best move of the game produced the equaliser.

Matty Taylor cut inside his man in the centre circle, drilled a pass into Doughty’s midfielder and as he spun he found Elijah Adebayo who flicked onto Keshi Anderson. The returning wideman made no mistake with the finish.

That seemed to rock the home side and Town created more in the remaining 25 minutes. With 18 to play, Woolery chased an up-and-over ball, and tapped to Adebayo who had his shot deflected behind.

In the 80th minute, confusion consumed the ground when the referee gave an inexplicable penalty against Kaiyne Woolery who had appeared to be kicked in the face diving to clear the ball.

Common sense eventually prevailed, however, when a free-kick was given the other way.

The substitution that brought Jak McCourt into the fray definitely had a positive effect for the visitors – he broke down the right and squared but with no-one on the same wavelength as him and Hakeem Odoffin hooked clear.

McCourt was involved again two minutes later, he slipped a pass through to Woolery who managed to get the ball past the goalkeeper but not past Pierre who slid in on the line to clear.

In a manic end to the game, Northampton almost snatched it – Williams found himself on the edge of the box and curled an effort to the right post – Vigouroux’s left – but, fortunately for Town, the ball ricocheted away.

In the end, a point seemed a fair result

 

5759 – 841 supporters away

 

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Ticket News

Boxing Day Away Tickets | Northampton

5 December 2018

Northampton Town v Swindon Town

Wednesday 26th December 2018 – KO 3pm

Swindon Town are pleased to announce ticket information for our upcoming fixture against

Northampton on Wednesday 26th December 2018

Swindon have been allocated the South Stand for this fixture.

 

Ticket Category

 

 

 

Seating

 

Adult

 

 

 

£22

 

Over 65 / Under 21

 

 

 

£18

 

Under 18

 

 

£10

 

Under 11

 

 

£9

 

Under 7

 

 

FREE

 

Wheelchair / Disabled

 

 

Age Related Price

 

 

Supporters have until the shop closes after the Cheltenham Town game on Saturday 22nd December to purchase tickets for this fixture. Tickets will also be available on the day to Swindon supporters with a £2 increase (cash only)


All tickets not collected from STFC will be taken up to Northampton by our official coach travel for supporters to collect on match day.

Priority Windows

General Sale – Thursday 6th December 9am

For wheelchair tickets please contact Swindon Town

How to Book

Online @ www.eticketing.co.uk/swindontown

In person @ STFC Club Shop

Telephone @ 0330 002 1993 option 2

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