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07 April 2018 Venue The County Ground Attendance

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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Swindon Town

We take a closer look at Saturday's opponents

6 April 2018

The Blues will be looking to bounce back from an Easter Monday defeat as they travel to Swindon Town.

With both sides still in play-off contention as the season nears its end, the clash at the County Ground could have a big bearing on the Sky Bet League Two table come the end of the season.

Swindon themselves will be keen for a positive result following successive draws, which should lead to an intriguing contest.

Ahead of the big game, we take a look at some key talking points from the Robins’ camp and pick out some ones to watch on Saturday afternoon:

Play-Off Contenders

Swindon are still well and truly in contention for a finish in the top seven and sit just three points outside the play-off places in ninth place.

Having been tipped by many to be promotion contenders this season following their relegation from Sky Bet League One last year, Swindon have delivered on their pre-season billing and have been towards the top end of the table throughout the campaign.

While their recent form has been stuttering – with just one win in their last six games – Swindon have managed not to lose too much ground on the top seven.

The Robins will be desperate to rediscover their earlier form, however, and will look to address a leaky defence which has shipped 60 goals this campaign.

New Manager Seeking Consistency

After the highly-successful David Flitcroft was poached by promotion-chasing Mansfield Town, Swindon swooped to secure the services of experienced manager Phil Brown.

And while Brown’s reign got off to a good start with a 3-1 win over Cambridge United, the Robins have failed to win in the following three games and have dropped points against Exeter, Morecambe and Crawley.

Brown will therefore be desperate to see his side find a level of consistency in the final weeks of the season – if they can’t find that then the play-offs may well prove out of their reach.

What does history tell us?

United and Swindon have met 43 times in total, with the Robins victorious on 14 occasions compared to the Blues’ ten wins. 19 of the encounters have seen the spoils shared.

The Blues have won just one of their last five games against the Robins – a 1-0 triumph in 2014 thanks to a Gary Madine strike – and indeed pur meeting earlier this season ended in a 1-0 win for Swindon on the opening day of the campaign.

You have to go back to February 2011 to find the last time the Cumbrians won at the County Ground as James Berrett’s first half strike wrapped up a 1-0 win.

Ones to Watch

Donal McDermott - A former Manchester City youth product, McDermott burst onto the scene with a loan spell at Chesterfield in 2009 before joining Huddersfield Town on a permanent deal. He dropped off the radar following spells with Ramsbottom United and Salford City before returning to the Football League with Rochdale. He made 54 appearances in two years at Spotland before joining Swindon this summer. A tricky winger, McDermott will look to provide plenty of opportunities for the Robins and is a real attacking spark.

Luke Norris - A lively forward, Norris joined Swindon last season and scored 4 times in 39 appearances. He began his career with Brentford and, after several loan spells, joined Gillingham. He made 70 appearances at Priestfield before making the move to the County Ground. A real presence in the area, United’s defenders will have to watch Norris carefully this weekend – he has already netted against the Blues this season.

James Dunne - An experienced head at this level, Dunne moved to the County Ground this summer after a two-year spell at Cambridge. A product of Arsenal’s youth academy, Dunne first played in League Two with Exeter before later representing Stevenage and Portsmouth before joining the U’s in 2015. A tough-tackling midfielder, Dunne has now made over 275 career appearances and will bring some vital experience to a fairly youthful Robins’ side.

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MATCH REPORT: Swindon 0 - 0 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

7 April 2018

United were at the County Ground on Saturday afternoon to face fellow promotion hopefuls Swindon Town.

Swindon's game plan took an early dent when Gordon fell to the floor following a challenge in midfield with Grainger. He stayed down as he received treatment for what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder and was eventually replaced by McDermott having been stretchered from the field of play.

The action restarted with a 35-yard free kick from Taylor which whipped under the wall. Bonham saw it late but he dropped quickly to make the save. A quick clearance brought Nadesan into the game as he ghosted in from wide but his shot rose high and whisked over the bar. 

The Robins came again when Brown was caught out as he lost possession in an advanced area. Hussey sprinted forward to make a low cross, Richards shielded it, and he then played it back for Taylor to strike. Ellis stood his ground to make a very good block. 

Bonham's goal lived a charmed life moments later when a deep free kick was nodded back into the mix. Richards lunged forward to get a touch but was disappointed to see it bounce back off the post before being helped on its way to safety.

Patient build-up play from Nadesan and Lambe gave Grainger time to get forward and he used the space to line up a shot. It had power, but lacked direction, and it sailed high over the target.

Devitt was next to test Moore when he went past his man having controlled a throw from Grainger. He let fly with his right boot but the keeper stepped across to pull it into his chest.

More injury woes came just after the half hour, this time for Carlisle, when Hope pulled up as he was chasing the ball. Swindon pressed forward as Hope stayed down, and Bonham had to tip a stinging free kick from Taylor over the bar as he went for it from 23-yards. Kris Twardek came onto to the pitch to replace the unlucky forward.

The Blues had half an opening when a ball over the top from Grainger was nicked by Nadesan. He fed it to Twardek, but he was quickly closed down and the moment was gone.

United won a corner as they enjoyed a good spell ahead of the break, but it was too close to Moore. He was completely unchallenged and he pulled it down from beneath his bar.

A low shot from McDermott signalled the start to the second half as he cut in from the right to make space for himself. It was going in until Bonham stretched to palm it away. The same player put his boot trhough the ball from the half cleared corner but Bonham was equal to it with a strong pair of hands.

Carlisle got forward with purpose as they worked their way out from the goal kick and a cushioned header from Grainger set Parkes for the cross. Devitt headed it but it dropped wide of the mark.

It was a good spell of visiting pressure and Grainger was heavily involved as he worked a short routine with Devitt. His first shot had to be blocked, his second was hooked away, and a final cross from Hill was eventually curled wide by Devitt as he tried to find the top corner.

The same player put his shot right into the keeper's hands when he sent a low effort through legs as he again crept into space inside the area.

Swindon responded with a decent spell of their own and Taylor almost bagged an unlikely goal when his cross threatened to creep in at the near post. Bonham did well to punch it behind. Richards nodded the resulting set piece just wide, via a deflection from Parkes, and Purkiss also found the advertising boards as he got his head to the next delivery.

A stunning free Kick from Devitt had Moore worried as he acrobatically threw a punch through bodies to take the danger away. The Robins broke from the clearance but Woolery was wasteful with a shot that was low but comfortable for the alert Jack Bonham.

Swindon pushed men forward and Woolery had another snapshot blocked before Banks brought the crowd to its feet with a well executed volley. He caught it on the sweet spot but he couldn't keep it down.

There was a scramble in the area when a long throw from Grainger brought Moore off his line, but he recovered quickly to prevent Bennett from making anything of it. The Robins pushed back up the other end and deliveries into the danger area kept the back line on its toes, with Bonham grateful to eventually shepherd it away.

Corners came for both combatants through a frantic closing ten minutes, but clear-cut opportunities were few and far between as the play-off hopes of both sides were left in the balance and in the hands of those who occupy the places above them.

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Bookings

Swindon Town - Dunne (17)

Carlisle United - Twardek (50), Devitt (89), Nadesan (90)

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Teams

Swindon Town - Moore, Purkiss, Hussey, Lancashire (Anderson 67), Dunne, Richards (McGivern 79), Gordon (McDermott 7), Woolery, Knoyle, Banks, Taylor. Subs - Mullin, Henry, Elsnik, Twine.

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown, Ellis, Hill, Parkes, Grainger, Lambe (Bennett 75), Joyce (Campbell-Ryce 69), Devitt, Hope (Twardek 35), Nadesan. Subs - Gray, Nabi, O'Sullivan, Stockton.

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Referee - Brett Huxtable

Attendance - 5,807 (280 away fans)

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AWAY DAYS: Swindon Town

Information for the April away game

23 March 2018

United travel to the County Ground to face Swindon Town in a fortnight's time.

Tickets for this game go on sale as follows:

Date Time
Saturday 24 March 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Monday 26 March 10am to 5pm
Tuesday 27 March  10am to 5pm 
Wednesday 28 March  10am to 5pm
Thursday 29 March  10am to 5pm
Friday 30 March  Closed 
Saturday 31 March  Closed
Sunday 1 April  Closed 
Monday 2 April 10am to 2.30pm 
Monday 2 April 4.45pm to 5.15pm
Tuesday 3 April 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 4 April 10am to 5pm
Thursday 5 April 10am to 5pm

Prices:

Adult £23
Senior (over 65) £17
Student £17
Under 21 £10
Under 18 £6
Under 11 £2
Wheelchair £17
Carer FoC

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Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
 
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Tuesday 3 April 2018.
 
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Bus Travel
 
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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