Matt Ritchie opened the scoring with a thunderous strike from 25 yards. Ritchie’s second goal in as many games alongside an Andy Williams first half header sent Swindon into the break with a commanding lead.
Following a fluid display of brilliant football, passing excellence and dominance, Swindon Town never looked back. A free kick from the right hand side in the 67th minute from Matt Ritchie went through everybody and into the back of the net. On 85 minutes, a low cross by Jay McEveley was turned home by Adam Rooney. A much deserved win from Swindon Town today in what was a thoroughly professional performance.
A stunning performance from the 23-year-old right winger today was capped off by two stunning goals. The first being a goal of the season contender, in which all aspiring players would dream about. Ritchie’s distribution was excellent, spreading the ball with ease from wing to wing. Since Paul Caddis left for Birmingham City, Ritchie has begun to once again reach peak form which saw him win the accolade of League 2 player of the season last year.
A special mention goes to Nathan Thompson who at right-back played very well. Man of the match Thompson looked assured in only his 11th appearance in the senior side. The 20-year-old Chester born has slotted into the first team, displaying maturity beyond his years.
Paolo Di Canio…
‘The lads were very good. I told the players to change their mentality; it is better to start well, take chances and build confidence. Williams has scored twice in two games and thanks to him because he did his job properly. Now he has to keep going.‘
@budsgotwood ‘We were straight out the blocks, Ritchie looked menacing from the off, we kept pressing and was impressive throughout. A well deserved victory.‘
@MrGASB69 ‘Absolutely fantastic display, looked a threat throughout especially down the right. It would have flatted us if we had ended up with 6 or 7. I do think the home dugout needs extra insurance due to Paolo’s aggressive nature when winning 4-0.‘
@markwix ‘Unbelievable stuff, couldn’t fault the lads.‘
Swindon Town’s next game is there encounter with Championship Burnley in the 3rd Round of the Capital One Cup. A much loved former Swindon Town player returns in the form of Charlie Austin. His talent and goal scoring ability made him a fan favourite at the County Ground. The previous encounter between these sides in the league cup dates back to the 18th December 1968. This replayed tie ended 3-2 to Swindon after extra time with goals from Smith, Bellamy (OG) and Noble. The Robins that year then went on to win the League Cup, their only domestic trophy to date.
A recap of last week.
Tuesday, 18th September 2012.
Portsmouth 1 Swindon Town 2.
Goals: Ritchie 45′, Williams 55′, Michalik 90′ (Portsmouth).
Attendance: 12,121 (1400 Away Fans).
Starting-Line up: Foderingham, McEveley, Thompson, Ward, Navarro, Ritchie, Roberts, McCormack, Miller, Collins, Williams.
Subs: Archibald-Henville, Devera, Bessone, Coke, Bostock, Benson, Rooney.
Reason why I Remember The Game: I had been looking forward to going to Fratton Park ever since we were promoted and Portsmouth relegated. I had booked the hotel in July as I wasn’t prepared to drive the 580 miles round trip in one day. I expected the ground to more enclosed. The streets around the ground felt quite intimidating especially around the outskirts of the ground. Inside the ground was what I typically expected, nothing special. Our away support was once again brilliant, singing for most parts of the game. The game itself was enthralling. A first half display ending with a well deserved goal. The second goal came soon after the break with a well worked move finished off by Andy Williams. After 80 minutes Swindon’s defence hit the panic button with Portsmouth hitting the cross bar, the post and several defensive mistake being added to the stoppage time goal. Overall a great trip down to the south coast with three vital points required after three defeats and a draw in all competitions.
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