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MATCHDAY LIVE: Swindon Town v Rochdale

Football is BACK as Swindon Town welcome Rochdale to the County Ground in the opening weekend of the EFL League One. Follow along live as Total Sport Swindon's Ryan Walker brings you all the pre-match build-up and live ball-by-ball commentary from 2.30pm.

4:55PM
Whistle

FULL TIME: Swindon Town 3-1 Rochdale

4:52PM


4:52PM
Goal

90' GOAL ROCHDALE


Keohane pulls one back for Rochdale.

4:50PM

90' 5 minutes of added time.


3-0

4:49PM

89' Pittman is shown a yellow card for a rash challenge on Rathbone.


3-0

4:48PM
Yellow Card

88' Lund receives a yellow card for hacking down Matt Smith in the middle of the park.


3-0

4:45PM

85' Swindon Substitution


Off - Jaiyesimi

On - Hope


3-0

4:42PM
Sub

83' Swindon Substitution


Off - T Smith

On - Pittman


3-0

4:41PM

80" Chance Swindon


The ball falls to an open Jonny Smith inside the Rochdale area as he strikes it hard and low but Bazunu saves well to his right with a strong hand.


3-0

4:33PM
Sub

73' Rochdale Substitution:


Off - Dooley

On - Baah


3-0

4:32PM

71' Not much to write home about in the second half so far. Swindon killed the game off with a dominant opening 45 minutes and look set to take all three points.


3-0

4:31PM

66' CHANCE ROCHDALE


Tavares finds himself in acres of space on the edge of the Swindon box, he gets the ball out from under his feet and looks to bend a shot into the top corner but it's over the bar.


3-0

4:21PM
Sub

61' ROCHDALE SUBSTITUTION


Off - Morley

On - Tavares


3-0

4:15PM

53' Jonny Smith has received the ball a few times on the right-wing since the restart and nearly creates a good chance for himself as he takes on Keohane and fires a shot on goal. The shot is weak though and Rochdale clear.


3-0

4:12PM

52' Rochdale have started the second half a lot better than they finished the first but nothing to show for their efforts. Their long balls forward are nearly finding their target but Swindon are organised and controlling the game.


3-0

4:06PM
Yellow Card

46' Diallang Jaiyesimi is the first name in the book as he receives a yellow card for wasting time by kicking the ball away.


3-0

4:04PM
Whistle

45' And we're back underway. Another half like that and we'll be happy.


3-0

3:53PM

HALF-TIME: Swindon Town 3-0 Rochdale


3:45PM

44' It might've looked an easy finish but that was a goal of his own making from Smith. He made a sprint from the halfway line as soon as he saw the keeper pass the ball and intercepted well to leave himself with an easy finish. Great reading of the game. 


3-0 #stfc #efl 

3:41PM

40' GOAL SWINDON


Matt Smith picks up a loose pass from the Rochdale keeper and passes the ball calmly into the bottom left corner.


3-0


3:34PM

34' The goal came after Swindon won a corner. It was taken short, Jaiyesimi took his time before looping a cross to the back-post where Grant rose highest to head home. 2-0

3:33PM
Goal

32' GOAL SWINDON


It's GRANT who heads in from a Jaiyesimi cross. Who would've backed him to pop up with a goal. Get in!

3:31PM

30' Rob Hunt rises highest in the box to deflect a good cross in from Dooley behind for a corner. The eventual corner is headed wide by McShane.


1-0

3:29PM

29' Rochdale win the ball back in midfield and have a good sight on goal as Matty Lund strikes hard from 25 yards out, but it's straight at Kovar who saves comfortably.


1-0

3:28PM

26' Jaiyesimi wins a corner for Swindon after his curling effort from the left is deflected behind. Swindon take it short but the eventual cross is cleared by Rochdale.


1-0

3:26PM

25' Rochdale get their first corner of the game, it's taken short, and Swindon win back position with Tyler Smith. Paul Caddis is on his own as he starts his run but realises he doesn't have the required pace.


1-0

3:20PM

20' Jaiyesimi picks out Payne with a great cut-back to the edge of the box. Payne has time but he scuffs his effort and pulls the shot wide. Good play from Swindon.


1-0

3:18PM

18' Jonny Smith creates space down the right-hand side but his cross into the box is poor and goes behind for a goal-kick.


1-0


3:14PM

13' Over ten minutes gone in this match. Swindon lead thanks to a Tyler Smith goal and haven't looked back since. Fluid attacking play has seen the Robins threaten when going forward but they must be careful at the back.


1-0

3:11PM

10' Matt Smith puts Swindon under unnecessary pressure after his touch on the edge of the Swindon box brings unwelcome pressure. He almost loses it to Newby but a tangle of legs sees a foul given in Swindon's favour.


1-0

3:07PM

7' Jack Payne shoots wide from the edge of the box as Swindon look to build on their opening goal.


1-0

3:06PM

6' Fans will have been wondering where the goals would come from this season but Tyler Smith has calmed any of those worries after scoring with a powerful strike inside the opening ten minutes to give Town the lead.


1-0

3:05PM

4' A corner in from the right hand side from Payne fell to an unmarked Tyler Smith in the box with the striker given time to settle himself and smash home from close-range.


1-0

3:03PM


3:03PM
Goal

4' GOAL SWINDON


3:01PM

1' Swindon attempt a low cross in from the right but the keeper collects easily. 0-0


2:59PM
Whistle

KICK-OFF: Rochdale get us underway. 0-0


2:57PM

The players are out on pitch and kick-off is just moments away. Swindon will be attacking the Stratton Bank in the first half.

2:54PM

We're just ten minutes away from kick-off. Can Swindon get off to a winning start in League One?


Comment below to give us your prediction.


Our prediction: 2-1

2:49PM

So Swindon come into the new season as League Two Champions following a brilliant 19/20 season that was unfortunately cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Swindon have lost their main strike force with Anderson, Doyle, and Yates all leaving the club over the window. But Richie Wellens has reinforced heavily with a mixture of loan and permanent deals.

2:38PM

And now the Rochdale line-up for today's season-opening game.


  1. G Bazuno, 2. R Mclaughlin, 5. P Mcshane, 6. E O'Connell, 7. S Dooley, 8. A Morley, 10. A Newby, 13. J Keohane, 14. O Rathbone, 16. M Done, 21. M Lund.
2:30PM

So first let's bring you today's Swindon Town line-up.


Swindon make five changes from Tuesday's EFL Trophy defeat, with only two of Swindon's starting XI having featured in the first game of the season last year (Hunt and Fryers).


SWINDON XI:


GK: M Kovar, RB: P Caddis, CB: A Odimayo, CB: Zeki Fryers, LB: R Hunt, CM: M Smith, CM: A Grant, LW: J Smith, CAM: J Payne, RW: D Jaiyesimi, ST: T Smith.

2:27PM

Welcome back for our first Matchday Live of the season as Swindon Town welcome Rochdale to the County Ground.


A new season with different conditions that none of us could expect. And whilst football isn't the same without fans, we will be here to bring you all the action this season. We hope to see you all back in the crowd soon but for now let's get ready for the first game of the season.

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