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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Newport County

Good afternoon and welcome back to the County Ground as Swindon Town host Newport County in a League Two encounter between two playoff chasing sides. Join Total Sport Swindon's Ryan Walker from 2.30pm as he brings you all the pre-game build-up and live text commentary over 90 minutes.

4:59PM
Whistle

FULL-TIME: Swindon Town 0-1 Newport County

4:51PM

89' GOAL NEWPORT

Dion Conroy puts the ball into his own net as Azaz's cross is put poorly defended.

0-1

4:45PM
Sub

84' Swindon Substitution

Off - Tomlinson

On - Gladwin

0-0

4:44PM

83' I wish we had more to update you on as the game enters its final stages but there is a real lack of quality in this match. Swindon can't find quality in the final third whilst Newport seem unable to string more than 3 passes together. On the basis of this game, neither team deserves to make the playoffs.

0-0

4:41PM
Sub

80' Swindon Substitution

Off - Barry

On - Mitchell-Lawson

0-0

4:35PM
Sub

73' Swindon Substitution

Off - Payne

On - Aguiar

0-0

4:34PM

72' Telford tests Wollacott for what feels like the first time in ages as his effort from inside the box is parried away by Wollacott. Newport have a corner that is put deep into the box but Conroy defends well.

0-0

4:29PM

68' Newport Substitution

Off - Willmott

On - Cain

0-0

4:27PM
Sub

66' Newport Substitution

Off - Street

On - Baker-Richardson

0-0

4:25PM

63' Swindon build a good attack that ends with Payne's curling shot from the edge of the box narrowly avoiding Davison who was coming in at the back post. The referee has waved for a goal kick but the goalie definitely got a touch on that.

0-0

4:23PM

61' Dominic Telford has just been introduced from the bench and if you were wondering why that is so relevant it's because he is currently the league's top goalscorer with 24 goals.

0-0

4:22PM
Sub

60' Newport Substitution

Off - Collins

On - Telford

0-0


4:20PM

59' Jack Payne takes the free-kick but sends his shot over the bar and Newport breathe a sigh of relief.

0-0

4:19PM

57' Jack Payne wins a free-kick on the edge of the box after being brought down by Micky Demetriou.

0-0

4:14PM

58' Official attendance is announced as 11,408. 1202 away supporters.

0-0

4:13PM

52' A lively start to the second half with quality lacking at either end with neither side able to find the much-needed quality in the final third. Josh Davison is currently receiving treatment inside the Newport box after a coming together with Lewis.

0-0

4:07PM

45' Back underway inside the County Ground.

0-0

3:50PM
Whistle

HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 0-0 Newport County

3:48PM

45' Three minutes of added time.

0-0

3:45PM

42' Swindon again work the ball well with some nice interlinking passing around the edge of the box but can't find the finishing touch as Louie Barry latches onto a return ball but smashes his effort into the sidenetting.

0-0

3:42PM
Offside

39' Swindon have the ball in the back of the net and the County Ground erupts as Davison gets on the end of Iandolo's cross. He runs off to celebrate but up goes the offside flag.

0-0

3:36PM

33' WHAT A SAVE!

Swindon break through Barry down the right-wing who gets to the byline before pulling a cross back into the heart of the Newport box. Williams makes great contact as he shoots on the half volley but Joe Day does brilliantly to deny the Welshman with a diving save to his right. Swindon's subsequent corner comes to nothing.

0-0

3:29PM
Yellow Card

28' Aaron Lewis is shown a yellow card for timewasting as he stops Swindon taking a quick throw-in.

0-0

3:27PM

25' Reed finds Tomlinson in plenty of space as he travels over the halfway line, getting to the edge of the box before shooting right-footed. Unfortunately he seems to be missing his shooting boots, slicing his shot well wide of the upright.

0-0

3:25PM

23' Swindon are really increasing the pressure with plenty of build-up play around the edge of the box. Town continue to try their luck from range but Newport remain resolute in getting men behind the ball and bodies in the way.

0-0

3:22PM

19' Iandolo produces some beautiful footwork as he nutmegs two Newport players on the edge of the box and then cuts the ball back into the path of Barry inside the box. Barry goes down under pressure but no penalty is given as the ball comes to Reed who shoots powerfully over the bar from outside the box.

0-0

3:19PM

16' Swindon tests Joe Day between the sticks for the first time this afternoon as Williams turns on the halfway line, passing to Iandolo who then ships the ball onto Payne. Payne takes a touch on the edge of the County box before shooting powerfully. Day got a hand to it to palm the effort away.

0-0

3:12PM

9' This game is livening up nicely as Davison controls the ball on the halfway line and dribbling well before passing crossfield. Swindon lose the ball however and Williams then fouls Willmott.

0-0

3:09PM

7' Reed almost gifts Newport an early lead as his lazy pass inside his own half is intercepted by Lewis Collins. The attacker tries to slip Street through on goal but overpowers his pass. A big let off!

0-0

3:06PM

4' Newport win the first corner of the game as a long throw-in is put behind. Willmott puts the ball into the box with pace but he puts too much on it and Swindon have a throw-in.

0-0

3:05PM

1' We should be in store for a cracking game today with both teams fighting to break back into the playoff places. Both managers like their teams to get the ball down and play attacking football so we should hopefully see both defences tested today.

0-0

3:02PM
Whistle

KICK-OFF: Newport get us underway inside the County Ground.

0-0

2:53PM

With just under 10 minutes to go here it's time for your Total Sport Swindon predictions with Joe and Ryan. A draw isn't good enough for either side as both challenge to force their way into the playoff spots. But who will come out on top?

Joe's Prediction: 0-2

Ryan's Prediction: 1-2

2:52PM

Newport make 2 changes from the side that lost 1-0 at home to Exeter last Saturday with manager James Rowberry relegating League Two top scorer Dominic Telford to the bench.


NEWPORT COUNTY XI

GK; Day

RB: Norman

CB: Clarke

CB: Demetriou (C)

LB: Lewis

CM: Bennett

LW: Willmott

RW: Azaz

CAM: Waite

ST: Street

ST: Collins


SUBSTITUTIONS

Haines

Dolan

Baker-Richardson

Telford

Ellison

Cain

Townsend

2:48PM

Swindon Town Head Coach, Ben Garner, has made just the one change from the side that played out a goalless draw away to Rochdale last weekend with Louis Reed back in the starting side following his return from suspension as Ricky Aguiar is relegated to the bench. Ben Gladwin makes the bench after recovering from injury.


SWINDON TOWN XI:


4-3-3

GK: Wollacott

RB: Hunt

CB: Baudry

CB: Conroy (C)

LB: Tomlinson

CM: Reed

CM: Payne

CM: Iandolo

RW: WIlliams

LW: Barry

ST: Davison



SUBSTITUTIONS

Odimayo

Gladwin

Ward

O'Brien

Mitchell-Lawson

Egbo

Aguiar


2:45PM

So ahead of kick-off let's take a look at how the two team's line-up...

2:39PM

For a full in-depth preview ahead of kick-off, make sure to read our matchday preview courtesy of Total Sport Swindon's Joe Acklam below.


MATCHDAY PREVIEW

2:38PM

Swindon Town have already beaten Newport twice this season, once in a 2-1 away win at Rodney Park in the league before Swindon earned a close-fought victory over the Exiles in the EFL Trophy. However despite prebous successes, Swindon currently sit one position and one point below Newport in the League Two standings with both just outside the playoff zone.

2:35PM

Good afternoon and thank you for joining us inside the County Ground for today's League Two playoff chasing clash as 9th placed Swindon Town welcome 8th placed Newport County.

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