#40: Swindon 3-0 Brighton 14/08/2012

#40 SWINDON 3-0 BRIGHTON Capital One Cup Round One
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SWI Titles

PRESENTER Ben Shephard GUEST Dennis Wise
COMMENTATORS Bill Leslie & Don Goodman REPORTER Jonathan Oakes
7.45pm Kick Off; County Ground, Swindon     7.30-10pm Capital One Cup Live on Sky Sports 1

SWI Intro

Context of the Match: Brighton enjoyed a tremendously successful first season in the new stadium at Falmer last campaign. They knocked out Sunderland and narrowly lost to Liverpool in the League Cup, reached the Fifth Round of the FA Cup for the second successive season, defeating Premier League Newcastle en route before again coming unstuck against Liverpool. And the bread and butter of the League almost resulted in a Play Off spot, instead finishing tenth just nine points shy of the top six. The aim this season would be to go one better, as signalled in pre-season when FA Cup and European Champions Chelsea were beaten in a friendly at The Amex. Not bad at all for a club that almost dropped into the basement Division just three years ago. Since Gus Poyet arrived in November 2009 he had transformed the team from relegation fodder to Champions and further promotion seekers, as well as installing a passing philosophy which on its day was an absolute joy to watch. The stadium was the next piece of the puzzle, with the superb training ground facilities to follow. The whole country was still on a high after the incredible London 2012 Olympic Games which finished two days before this match. The new football season was upon us and, unusually, it would be the League Cup tie – now rebranded from Carling to the Capital One Cup – to kick off the new year as the first League matches weren’t taking place until the following Saturday. Brighton conducted some strong summer transfer business, improving on a decent, settled squad all playing in the Poyet way. Their first opponents would come in the shape of Swindon Town, newly promoted as Champions of League Two. They too had a big former Premiership star as their manager, with the fiery Paolo di Canio in the hot seat. As well as the title in his first season, he took the team to Wembley for the Final of the Football League Trophy where they lost out to Chesterfield. The Robins and the Seagulls had recent history of course, with two nerve-shredding Division Two Play-Off Semi Final encounters back in 2004. Brighton edged it on penalties then on the way to promotion. Who would emerge victorious in the August sunshine tonight?

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The Teams: Gus Poyet handed competitive debuts to three new signings. Bruno Saltor joined after being released by La Liga side Valencia. The Spanish right-back brought a wealth of top flight experience with him. On the other flank, former England defender Wayne Bridge was recruited on a season-long loan deal from Premier League Champions Manchester City. Bridge had thirty-six international caps and began his career at Southampton when former Albion boss Micky Adams spotted and recommended him to the club. Behind them was a new goalkeeper, also with experience at the highest level. Tomasz Kuszczak was released by Manchester United in the summer after six years at Old Trafford, winning the Premier League, League Cup and Champions League amongst other things. These three signings were major statements from Brighton that they meant business this year and weren’t just going to settle for mid-table consolidation. The Premier League dream was real, with Kuszczak citing that as a reason for joining the club. Midfielder Andrew Crofts re-joined after two years at Norwich but didn’t make tonight’s squad as he was with Wales on international duty. Attacker Vicente felt like a new signing, having only appeared nineteen times last season through injury. The biggest challenge with him was remaining injury-free. Vicente started this one. The substitutes bench included the name Charlie Oatway. No, our former midfielder hadn’t joined assistant Mauricio Taricco in stepping out of retirement, this was actually the son of our beloved First Team Coach. Skipper Gordon Greer would play against the side he left to join Brighton in 2010. Paolo di Canio’s side included the League Two Player of the Year Matt Ritchie in midfield. The manager named Alan McCormack as the new club captain, having moved him last season from the middle to the back where he formed a decent understanding with highly-rated Aden Flint. Hoping he could get one over the team that released him in the close season was Alan Navarro making his Swindon debut. Taking charge of this evening’s clash was Andy D’Urso.

SWI Shephard SWI Wise SWI Studio

Presentation Team: Ben Shephard was at the helm for Sky’s coverage of the Capital One Cup. This was his second year hosting the competition and also did our last game; at home to Liverpool in Round Three. Shephard came from a light-entertainment background hosting the likes of The Bigger BreakfastGMTV, The Krypton Factor and Tipping Point. On Sky he worked alongside Chris Kamara on Goals on Sunday for two seasons and counting, as well as Live UEFA Champions League secondary matches. His guest tonight was Dennis Wise. During his playing career he was a big part of the ‘Crazy Gang’ that upset the odds to beat ‘Culture Club’ Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final before spending more than a decade at Chelsea. This coincided with Poyet’s time with the Blues where they both lifted the FA Cup in 2000. Later that year Wise played for England at the disastrous Euro 2000 tournament. Following retirement he moved into management at today’s hosts Swindon in 2006, with Gus Poyet his assistant. The pair started brilliantly, with Wise named August’s Manager of the Month. Shortly afterwards, Leeds United came calling and the pair left for Elland Road at the end of October after just fifteen matches. In the commentary box were Sky’s number one Football League pairing, as they had been for the past six years, of Bill Leslie and Don Goodman. Reporting on the touchline was a new name to Brighton’s Live television coverage; Jonathan Oakes. He joined the roster of reporters from this season, with former Football League interviewer Patrick Davison moving up to the Premier League to join Geoff Shreeves and Greg Whelan. Previously Oakes had reported for Sky Sports News.

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The Coverage: Sky Sports opened its Live coverage of the domestic season the previous night, with Oldham versus Sheffield Wednesday from the newly-rebranded Capital One Cup. With the end of the London Olympics still fresh in the air, the football season delayed its start to the following week so all eyes were on that, meaning these midweek Cup games kick-started everybody’s 2012/13 campaign. Despite the rebrand of the competition, not a lot else changed from a broadcasting perspective. Sky’s graphics were as they were last season, with the red and black colours for the Football League and the blue and black for the Premier League. The title sequence was similar to before culminating at Wembley stadium and included a clip of Mackail-Smith’s header that beat Sunderland last season. And for the ninth year in a row, Texas classic “Inner Smile” was the League Cup theme tune. Pre-match build up began fifteen minutes before the 7.45pm kick off, with Ben Shephard hosting from pitchside throughout the entire broadcast. He was joined by Dennis Wise and the trophy itself as they made the most of the August weather. Much of the discussion focussed on the two former Premier League greats facing off in the dugouts. Reporter Jonathan Oakes spoke to the pair in the tunnel. Poyet wanted to stress the seriousness of his side’s attitude to the competition; “We don’t want anyone to think Brighton’s coming here and still in pre-season. Today’s the first official game and we need to play, compete.” This was backed up by naming his first-choice line-up.

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It was forty-three years since one of Swindon Town’s finest moments; defeating Arsenal in the Final of this competition after Extra Time. Scorer that day Don Rogers talked us through the black-and-white footage before the ad break, after which Shephard ran through tonight’s fixtures and handed over to commentator Bill Leslie for the line-ups; missing their pictures as they’re only done for Championship clubs and above. Throughout the match, goal flashes appeared in the bottom left of the screen updating us on the night’s other Capital One Cup games. The half-time analysis highlighted Brighton’s superior attack but praised the home side for still being very much in the contest yet were lacking that attacking threat. Having watched the match from the stands in front of the Swindon chairman, Shephard and Wise made their way back to the touchline for the ten or so minutes of the post-match show. Reporter Jonathan Oakes spoke with Man of the Match Alan Navarro, who described getting revenge over his old side tonight as “a dream come true”. Winning boss di Canio joined the team pitchside, following in the style of ESPN’s FA Cup coverage. The trio became a foursome when Gus Poyet went over too for an extremely rare sight of opposing managers speaking on camera together. He said the positive to take away from tonight’s result would be “there are no more Cup games”, comparing it to when his side won League One in 2010 they exited both Cups in the First Round. It certainly was a good spin on things. The two managers remained with the presentation team until the programme came off-air just before 10pm having ran through some of the other results.

SWI Di Canio SWI Bridge SWI Goal SWI Interviews

Story of the Match: Standing in the sunshine behind the goal must have brought back fond memories for the Seagulls supporters who made the trip to Wiltshire for this Cup clash. It was Richard Carpenter’s deflected effort which won the Play Off Semi Final 1st Leg here eight years earlier on the way to the Millennium Stadium. The Albion came close to a goal when Ashley Barnes had one disallowed in the eighth minute for a shove on the defender. He hit the post minutes later after a long swinging corner from Vicente found the striker at the back post, the ball just a bit too long as it was almost out of play before the contact was made. Debutant Bruno was channelling his inner Terry Butcher, obtaining a cut on his head causing blood to pour out and a makeshift patch-up by the medics pitchside. Ten minutes before the break it was almost a debut goal from the Spaniard, finding himself forward on the far side of the box he unleashed a fierce first-time drive which the ‘keeper needed strong hands to palm away. Brighton looked quite comfortable and on the front foot. In stoppage time Vicente embarked on a terrific run, the ball seemingly stuck to his feet, as he weaved through the defence. Every time he had the ball he showed that little bit of class to separate him from the rest. His cut back gave Barnes another shooting opportunity but the ‘keeper was equal to it to maintain parity at the break. The breakthrough came eight minutes into the second period, however it was the home side who got it with their first meaningful chance. Alan Navarro started off a clever free-kick routine which involved three short passes to cut open the defence before Paul Benson finished from six yards. The quick first-time touches to move the ball on saw Brighton bodies standing still as the routine breezed around them. The goal was the catalyst for the classic ‘game of two halves’ as Brighton rarely posed a threat after this, other than Vicente. Swindon grew in confidence and belief. They doubled their lead with twenty-five left to play. A long ball forward from Foderingham in-goal was flicked on to Williams, he spun round Gordon Greer into the box before Navarro took over to finish the move with an instant finish from twelve yards. He wrapped the match up, if it hadn’t been already, when his deflected long-ranger made it three-nil ten minutes later. Navarro netted just once in eighty-five games for the Albion, but now had two in ten minutes for his new club. Before the League had even begun Brighton were dumped out of a Cup. There would be much bigger fish to fry this season however.

SWI Results

SWINDON 3 BRIGHTON 0
Benson, Navarro (2)

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