As it happened: Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Swindon Town: McKirdy, Robinson fire Robins past Rovers
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20:267 days ago


FT The final whistle sounds as Swindon come away with a magnificent victory in a game they dominated. McKirdy was outstanding as the Robins come away with three fully deserved points.

Forest Green remain top, but will be disappointed by what is easily their worst showing of the campaign in front of the Sky cameras. 

Stay tuned for a full recap of this match by my colleague Sam Allen and also more coverage across the EFL. This is John Lupo saying so long and take care!

20:217 days ago

Ward denies Forest Green again!

90'+3 March steps up and places his kick to the left, but Ward gets down really well to turn it behind. 
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Forest Green penalty!

90'+3 Ward takes down March.
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Swindon Town substitution

90'+1 Lyden comes on for Gladwin.
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Added time

The fourth official signals for four extra minutes.
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Swindon Town substitution

90' East comes on for Payne.
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Swindon Town substitution

85' Baudry replaces McKirdy.
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Robins double their advantage!

GOAL! 82' McKirdy was found down the right via a chipped through ball, and he races in on goal before lifting the ball over McGee. Simpson tapped it in on the line, but it may have already been over the line. No matter. Swindon will take it either way.
19:467 days ago

Ward spares Swindon's blushes!

79' Cadden's cross from the left is headed down by substitute March, but Ward gets down to tip it away. What a performance by the backup goalkeeper.
19:417 days ago

Forest Green double substitution

77' The hosts make two changes as Cargill comes on for Stevens and March replaces Sweeney.
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Ward robs Forest Green!

73' Forest Green breaks down the right through substitute Jake Young. His shot takes a huge deflection off Crichlow, but Ward jumps up and flicks the ball out from under his own crossbar.
19:317 days ago

Robins nearly double their lead!

69' Reed picks out Hunt on the right and his first-time cross towards the middle finds McKirdy, but he could only poke over from close range.
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Forest Green substitution

69' Young comes on for Aitchison.
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Swindon Town yellow card

66' McKirdy is booked for delaying the restart as the ball came back onto the pitch from the stand. 
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Forest Green nearly level!

63' Payne and Crichlow took too long on the ball and the hosts nipped in to steal it.

The cross from the right is towards Stevens, but Ward scrambles the ball away from his own line.

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Swindon take the lead!

GOAL! 54' Gladwin gets the ball down the right and he sends in a lovely cross for McKirdy, who holds off his man and guides the ball past McGee and into the bottom left corner.

Nothing more than both he and the Robins deserve.

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What a chance!

52' Conroy and Odimayo accidentally clashed and let Aitchison through on goal down the left. He opened his body up to curl it around Ward, but got it horribly wrong and placed his shot into the stand.
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Forest Green yellow card

45' Moore-Taylor is booked for a foul on Simpson as the striker raced clear down the left.
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Forest Green chance!

34' Cadden springs into life as he bends a left-footed curler on target that Ward is equal to.
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Swindon go close again!

30' Reed's low corner kicked up to Iandolo who tried a spectacular acrobatic volley which was turned behind for another corner.

Reed goes low again on the second attempt and it finds Crichlow, but he can only volley over the stand.

18:467 days ago

McGee to the rescue!

29' Excellent save by the Forest Green goalkeeper as he turned McKirdy's shot around the post.
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Robins goal disallowed!

14' McKirdy drives forward and his shot is spilled by McGee with Simpson outmuscling his defender to bundle home, but for some reason, the goal is disallowed.
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First chance of the match to Swindon!

4' Nice hold-up play by McKirdy and he slips it in for Payne, whose cross is blocked straight to Hunt.

The defender then curls a left-footed shot that McGee easily stops. 

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The match has started.
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Swindon Town starting line-up

Ward; Odimayo, Iandolo, Conroy, Crichlow, Gladwin, Simpson, Payne, McKirdy, Hunt, Reed
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Forest Green Rovers starting line-up

One change for the hosts as Jack Aitchison comes in for Ebou Adams, who is away on international duty.

McGee; Sweeney, Moore-Taylor, Bernard; Wilson, Stevenson, Aitchison, Hendry, Cadden; Matt, Stevens

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How to watch

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports. Forest Green will provide coverage through their online streaming service and radio coverage is on BBC Gloucestershire from 14:13. Kickoff is set for 15:00.

 If you can't watch the match, stay here with me for all of the action!

18:117 days ago

Previous meeting

The last matchup between the two sides was in March of 2020, a 2-0 win for Forest Green as goals by Stevens and Adams were enough to give them all three points.
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Forest Green Rovers team news

Udoka Godwin-Malife remains out for Forest Green, so Dan Sweeney may once again start on the right side of defense. Elliott Whitehouse is also a long-term absentee for the hosts. Ebou Adams is away on International duty.
18:017 days ago

Swindon Town team news

Swindon will be missing Jojo Wollacott, Kaine Kesler-Hayden, Anthony Grant, Jonny Williams and Alex Gilbert as they are all away on international duty.

Lewis Ward will get the start in goal for Swindon, but the club have no available backup should something happen to him in the match. 

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Forest Green Rovers player to watch

Jamile Matt is the club's leading scorer with six goals and he forms a potent attacking duo with Mathew Stevens.
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Swindon Town player to watch

Jack Payne is the Robins' leading scorer with four goals, matching his total from the whole of last season. He scored against Bristol Rovers last week.
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Forest Green Rovers predicted line-up

McGee; Sweeney, Moore-Taylor, Bernard; Wilson, Stevenson, Adams, Hendry, Cadden; Stevens, Matt
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Swindon Town predicted line-up

Ward; Crichlow, Conroy, Odibamo; Iandolo, Gladwin, Reed, Kesler; Payne, Mitchell-Lawson; Simpson 
17:367 days ago

Swindon looking for a second straight win

The Robins defeated Bristol Rovers 3-1 in a big derby victory last week and currently sit fifth in the table.
17:317 days ago

Forest Green flying high

Rovers are atop the League Two table, as they have been for most of the year and they currently hold a five-point lead.
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Hello and welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of this EFL League Two showdown between Forest Green Rovers and Swindon Town. 


My name is John Lupo and I will take you through all of the action from The Fully Charged New Lawn.