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23 February 2019 Venue The County Ground Attendance

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🎞️ Freeview | Michael Jolley Pre-Swindon Town Press Conference

Michael Jolley expects "interesting" match between Swindon Town and Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two

21 February 2019

Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley expects an “interesting” match in Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Swindon Town at the County Ground (3pm).

The Mariners face Richie Wellens’ side, with the aim of making it five EFL wins on the bounce for the first time since 1990, this weekend.

And Town boss Jolley expects a good, attacking game of football against the 14th-placed Robins.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “They’re a good team. They’re probably one of the clubs in this division that would want to be looking up rather than down.

“They’re well-resourced, they’ve got some good players, and they’ve got a good manager who plays attractive football.

“When they came and played at Blundell Park I thought they were a good team, and perhaps they were a bit unfortunate not to take something from the game, so we know it’s going to be another tough game for us.

“They had a good January. They’ve got quite a settled way of playing – certainly a big threat on the counter-attack, and lots of place.

“The front three which played the last game was Kaiyne Woolery, Theo Robinson, and Keshi Anderson – a lot of mobility and pace.

“I know Woolery quite well, and he does pose a threat, so we’re very respectful of their players.

“They’ve got Michael Doughty, who’s a goalscoring midfield player, so they’ve got some really good players, but we think we’ve got some good players too.

“It’ll be an interesting game on Saturday – it’ll be two good teams who like to attack, and I think the supporters from both teams will enjoy the game.”

And Jolley said that this weekend’s starting XI is not a foregone conclusion, despite his men winning their last four league games.

He said: “We give a lot of thought to the team selection – we don’t just roll out a team because it’s done well and won games recently.

“We look at Swindon and their team, and the kind of threat they will pose to us.

“But it would be fair to say that the lads who have played the last couple of games have done well for us.

“It’s a balance – we want to retain the continuity and momentum that we’ve built up on this little run.

“But also be mindful that Forest Green played Swindon recently, and played in a similar way to how we’ve been playing recently, and Swindon beat them 2-0.

“So we look at all these kinds of things when we’re deciding what kind of team to pick.”

Club captain John Welsh will remain out for another week with a hamstring strain, while midfielder Elliott Whitehouse continues his ACL injury rehabilitation.

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📝Match Report: Swindon Town 1-1 Grimsby Town

Ten-man Town come from behind to earn a point

23 February 2019

Ten-man Grimsby Town came from behind to earn a draw with Swindon Town at the County Ground.

After losing Ludvig Ohman to a second yellow card on 65 minutes, the Mariners fell behind when Theo Robinson opened the scoring.

But their response was swift, as Luke Hendrie equalised within two minutes, and they were then able to hold out for a share of the spoils.

One change was made to the Town side after last week's win against Cheltenham, with Harry Davis replacing Reece Hall-Johnson, who dropped to the bench.

James McKeown made his 400th appearance for the club as he started in goal, with Hendrie, Davis, Ohman, Danny Collins and Sebastian Ring forming the defence.

Jake Hessenthaler, Martyn Woolford and Elliot Embleton were the midfielders, with Jordan Cook and Wes Thomas in attack as Sam Russell, Alex Whitmore, Harry Clifton, Charles Vernam, Harry Cardwell and Kristian Dennis joining Hall-Johnson as substitutes.

Swindon came into the game level with the Mariners and three other teams on 46 points in the League Two table, with Town holding the higher position on goal difference.

The hosts had the first chance inside the opening minute of the game as Keshi Anderson let fly with a shot that McKeown manage to push away for a corner.

A foul by Thomas gave Swindon another opportunity to put pressure on the Town goal and continue their promising start.  Jak McCourt's kick was headed away before a follow-up shot was deflected through to McKeown.

Town then began to settle into the game, with Embleton sending a cross into the home penalty area on 13 minutes, although it was caught by keeper Luke McCormick.

At the other end, a cross from Kyle Knoyle proved too far ahead of Anderson for him to connect on the six-yard line.

Embleton stayed down after a heavy challenge from Canice Carroll but was passed fit to play on after receiving treatment.

Ohman then received the first booking of the game on 20 minutes for a foul, before McCourt's free kick was punched clear by McKeown.

Town created their best chance so far on 23 minutes, as Thomas did well on the edge of the box before Embleton's strike was tipped away at the near post by McCormick for a corner, which the Mariners were unable to create any danger from.

A Hessenthaler free kick was cleared after the ball had been met by Ohman, before a shot by Embleton on 38 minutes was blocked for a throw-in.

A low ball into the box from Hendrie was claimed by McCormick on 42 minutes as the Mariners began to dominate the game after Swindon had made a good start.

Two added minutes were played at the end of the half and after Kaiyne Woolery was denied by McKeown in the final few seconds in what was the best opportunity so far, the scores remained level at the break.

No changes were made before the restart and McKeown was called into action within 30 seconds as he had to push a long-range strike from Kyle Bennett away for a corner.

Thomas was penalised for a shirt-pull near the edge of the Town box but Swindon were unable to make the most of the opportunity provided by the resulting free kick.

Another free kick from McCourt was headed away for a throw-in by Ohman, before the hosts won a coner when a shot by Robinson was blocked by Ohman.  This time, Robinson heaed over the bar.

Thomas won a corner at the other end on 58 minutes but it came to nothing as Ring's delivery was half-cleared and Embleton sent a cross out of play.

A shot from Cook went straight at McCormick after a purposeful run from Hessenthaler, before a Swindon corner was headed clear at the other end before being sliced out for a Town throw-in.

The Mariners, who had made the first change of the game by bringing Clifton on for Woolford, were reduced to 10 men when Ohman was shown a second yellow card after a coming together with Woolery near the edge of the penalty area.

Whitmore replaced Cook before the free kick as Town looked to keep the same shape to their defence, before the set-piece again did not lead to a goalscoring opportunity.

Clifton sent a shot over the bar after the ball broke to him when the hosts had been unable to clear their lines.

But the next chance of the game saw the deadlock broken by the hosts, when ROBINSON scored from close range on 74 minutes after his initial header had been save by McKeown.

Town's response saw Dennis replace Collins as they looked to an extra attacker and they were back on level terms within two minutes of going behind as a ball into the box from Embleton was met by HENDRIE, who headed past McCormick for 1-1.

A header from Woolery hit the post as Swindon looke to regain their advantage, with McKeown gratefully diving on the loose ball.

At the other end, Thomas missed the target with an effort from the edge of the box, before a left-footed strike by Dennis from 25 yards went just over the bar.

Woolery won a corner on 83 minutes but the kick went out for a goal kick and soon afterwards, a long ball forward from McKeown found Dennis but he culd only shoot over the bar.

Marc Richards and James Dunne were sent on for the home side in a double substitution with five minutes to go, as McCourt and Bennett made way.

A corner to Swindon on the right was dealt with by Clifton as the game moved into five added minutes, with McKeown saving from Ali Koiki soon afterwards as the hosts looked for a late winner.

A corner at the other end then gave Town a chance to put pressure on the Swindon goal but the ball was cleared after Whitmore's header from Hessenthaler' chipped delivery.

Town were forced to soak up some late pressure as the clock ticked down but they were able to see the remainder of the game out to secure a point.

The Mariners are next in action on Saturday, when Cambridge United are the visitors to Blundell Park.


Swindon Town

23 Luke McCormick 
2 Kyle Knoyle 
29 Ali Koiki 
26 Dion Conroy 
33 Tom Broadbent (C) 
4 Jak McCourt 
22 Kaiyne Woolery 
19 Canice Carroll 
37 Kyle Bennett 
10 Keshi Anderson 
35 Theo Robinson

Subs

12 Will Henry 
14 Ellis Iandolo 
32 Luke Woolfenden 
20 Toumani Diagouraga 
8 James Dunne 
9 Marc Richards

Town

1 James McKeown 
6 Danny Collins (C) 
5 Ludvig Öhman 
24 Harry Davis 
27 Luke Hendrie 
3 Sebastian Ring 
22 Elliot Embleton 
16 Martyn Woolford 
7 Jake Hessenthaler 
39 Wes Thomas
11 Jordan Cook

Subs

23 Sam Russell 
2 Reece Hall-Johnson 
25 Alex Whitmore 
15 Harry Clifton 
17 Harry Cardwell 
8 Kristian Dennis 
18 Charles Vernam


Attendance: 6434 (570)


Referee: Neil Hair


Next Up: Cambridge Utd (H)

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