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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: We take a look ahead to the visit of Swindon

A closer look at this weekend's opponents

7 March 2019

The Robins will provide us with a much stiffer test than the one we faced at the County Ground in November as they continue to push on and improve under new manager Richie Wellens.

Richie WellensThis year has been particularly good to them with just two defeats from their nine games in 2019.  

They are currently unbeaten in four, and you have to go all the way back to the middle of December to find the last time they lost on their travels (that's five consecutive games).

Their upturn in fortunes under Wellens has made them serious play-off contenders, but they know as well as anybody that the momentum must be maintained in what is a tight and competitive division.

Club accounts revealed this week that owner Lee Power has put in close to £6m of his own money in a bid to breathe new life into the club, and plans are afoot for improved training facilities as the club looks to mount a climb through the divisions.

Michael Doughty is the main goal threat with 11 to his name this season, but a slick passing approach means that he won't be the only threat to watch come the weekend.

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Manager’s thoughts ...

Steven PressleySpeaking ahead of the weekend game, manager Steven Pressley said: "We’re under no illusions that this will be a tough game, but that’s the nature of this division.

"Our own recent run has shown us the fine margins we’re dealing with, with some good performances not being reflected in, or rewarded by, the results we all wanted to see.

"We still haven’t given up hope on automatic promotion, and we know how important these next two home games could be in terms of shaping the remainder of our season. If we can pick up maximum points we’ll be right back in the mix for those top places.

"The previous manager and the squad have put a lot of hard work into getting us in the position we’re in, and we must do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t get undone.

"As we come to the final part of the season, it’s so important that our experienced players show the way. It isn’t enough at this stage of the season to put in an ok performance, I need players that want to be the best player on the pitch and, if they can’t do that, they need to be the best team-mate they can be.

"It's by staying together in that way that we will achieve what our goal has always been, and that's to secure promotion come the end of the season."

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Did You Know?

+ Swindon won the 1970 Anglo-Italian Cup after defeating Napoli 3-0. They also went on to win the inaugural Anglo-Italian League Cup Winners’ Cup, beating Roma 5-3 over two legs.

+ The Robins have played at The County Ground for 121 years, having moved to the stadium in 1896.

County Ground

+ There have been five different Swindon Town crests since the clubs inception, with the current design coming into effect in 2007 after a public vote.

+ Shortly after moving to the County Ground the Robins changed their club colours to green and white but, following problems obtaining green dyes, they reverted to the traditional red in 1901.

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Head to Head

The sides have met on 45 occasions previously, with almost half of those games ending in stalemate. Swindon shade it ever so slightly in league competition with 12 victories compared to United's 10.

  Carlisle wins Draws Swindon wins
League 10 19 12
FA Cup 1 1 2
Total 11 20 14

Our first meeting with this weekend's visitors this season was for our November trip to the County Ground. New boss Richie Wellens had just taken over, and he saw first hand the job ahead as the Blues cruised to a 4-0 victory. Ashley Nadesan set the tone with the opener just before break, and that was followed by a second half brace from Regan Slater and a fine finish from Jamie Devitt.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Last season saw the Robins pop our bubble on day one when Luke Norris and Paul Mullin scored either side of the break here at Brunton Park. A late fightback, sparked by a well-taken Luke Joyce goal, saw United try to get something out of the game but the visitors held on to take their opening fixture points home.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

It was a much closer affair at the County Ground in April when the sides slugged their way to a 0-0 draw. There were half chances, and the game could have gone either way, but the Blues dug deep to earn their draw in the end.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

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Man in the middle

Ben TonerOur referee for this game is Mr Ben Toner. Ben has taken charge of 29 games so far this season, showing 82 yellow cards and five reds. 

He has been the referee for three United's games in this campaign to date, the first being the 2-1 victory over Port Vale at Brunton Park in August where a Danny Grainger penalty and a Tom Parkes header were enough to see the Blues earn the three points. 

The Checkatrade Trophy fixture at the Stadium of Light was the second United game he oversaw, wit the Black Cats running out as 3-1 winners. Ashley Nadesan got the United goal. 

And we last saw him on New Year's Day for our away game at Morecambe. Jamie Devitt and Jack Sowerby got the goals, and Kelvin Etuhu and Anthony Gerrard had their names taken on the day.

Referee – Ben Toner
Assistant Referee 1 – Richard Wild
Assistant Referee 2 – Graeme Fyvie
Fourth Official – Andrew Kitchen

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 2 - 1 Robins

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

9 March 2019

The Blues were looking to get back to winning ways at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon as they played host to a resurgent Swindon Town outfit who had lost just two of their last nine outings.

Midfielder Jamie Devitt was back from his three-game suspension, and into the starting line-up, with Kelvin Etuhu the unlucky player to miss out.

Driving rain and strong winds were the order of the day as United kicked off heading towards the blustery Waterworks End.

The teams took a while to get used to the conditions but a one-two from Kyle Bennett got him to the edge of the box. His low shot was blocked by Parkes and it sped behind for a corner. Strong defending saw the ball cleared from that delivery.

United responded with a Devitt free kick from deep which curled into the box. A touch from a defender brought Hope into play but his volley was blocked and deflected wide. Gerrard was up high to meet the corner but he couldn't keep his header down and it spun off into the distance.

The hosts put themselves in front when Devitt picked a superb through ball when he spotted Hope racing along the central channel. A touch from the forward wrong-footed his marker, and a spin was followed by a low drive which curled into the bottom corner via a slight Swindon deflection. The popular front man wheeled away in celebration as he marked the news that he will be staying with the club for another season in style.

The Robins got forward in numbers after their setback and Broadbent forced a save out of Collin as he went for the roof of the net with a set piece header. 

It almost got even better for Hope, and Carlisle, when he found the ball at his feet at the back stick following an excellent piece of build up play. He hesitated just a moment too long and the chance to shoot was gone.

A winding run from O'Hare appeared to have opened things up again but the slightest of prods on the ball from Broadbent left the United man off balance and he couldn't direct his effort at the target.

Broadbent survived what looked to be a strong appeal for handball when he leaned into a cross from Liddle, and the Robins almost capitalised within moments when a scuffed clearance from Parkes went straight to Bennett. He dropped a shoulder and struck it but Collin was well placed to gather. 

The Blues were dealt a blow when Cullen stretched to complete a pass just before the half hour. He fell to the floor clutching his groin area and was quickly replaced by Nathan Thomas.

Swindon were back on terms ahead of the break thanks to a superb free kick from Bennett, following a foul on the edge of the area on Anderson by Liddle. The ball was clipped over the wall, leaving keeper Adam Collin with no chance.

A long range effort from Robinson punctuated a scrappy start to the seocnd period, but it took a huge deflection and looped over the bar. A whipped corner delivery caused problems as Robinson flicked it on, and Collin had to show concentration as Woolery latched onto the half clearance. It skipped off the surface but the stopper gathered it into his midriff on the dive.

More danger came when Conroy used pace to get into the box. His cut back brought a slide from Bennett but he couldn’t find the touch to take it over the line.

Carlisle almost opened things up just past the hour when Thomas fed O'Hare with his back to goal. A deft touch found Hope on the overlap and he raced forward before sliding it back to O'Hare. The young Villa loanee opted not to shoot and he was quickly closed down.

Keeper Adam Collin had to be at this best when the nippy Anderson put his head down to go on a run. He feigned to shoot, which opened a gap, then rifled it low through bodies at the bottom corner. A late dive produced an excellent one-handed stop.

A run of United corners lifted the home side but they were left to look on in disbelief as a dipper from Devitt was met on the full by Gerrard. He'd had to stretch, so he couldn't keep his close range volley on target, and Hope was a whisker away from getting a vital touch as he threw himself at it. 

And Carlisle celebrations were cut short on 75 minutes when a superb inswinging free kick from Devitt was headed into the top corner by Liddle. It appeared to be a great finish until the offside flag went up.

But the improved spell was rewarded when Thomas was sent clean through and into the area. He beat his man and shot low, but a block sent the ball back into the mix. Youngster Callum O'Hare trapped it, moved away from his marker and slotted it home to bag his first goal for the club.

Thomas was denied a late notch when he burst through only to find Vigouroux there to parry his stinging effort, and the Robins were incensed at the other end when they had a penalty appeal turned down when the ball hit Gerrard's arm.

The Blues saw the game out well, as they reclaimed their place in the top seven, and the final whistle was met by rousing applause from the home fans.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Hope (13), O'Hare (79)

Swindon Town - Bennett (39)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Liddle (38)

Swindon Town - Carroll (60), Anderson (90)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger, Slater, Devitt (Simpson 85), O'Hare, Scougall (Etuhu 57), Cullen (Thomas 29), Hope. Subs - Gray, Miller, Jones, Grant.

Swindon Town - Vigouroux, Knoyle (Taylor 82), McCourt (Anderson 29), Dunne, Carroll, Woolery (House 81), Conroy, Woolfenden, Broadbent, Robinson, Bennett. Subs - McCormick, Richards, Iandolo, Rose.

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Referee - Mr Ben Toner

Attendance - 4,629 (345 away fans)

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