Nouble ready for Monday

Frank Nouble is planning to put on a show in front of a national TV audience as Swindon Town prepare to tackle Charlton Athletic in the League One play-offs.

West Ham United's England Under-19 forward has played his part in helping the Robins to secure a fifth-place finish in League One, setting up a mouth-watering semi-final with the Addicks.

Swindon won the first leg with a 2-1 win at the County Ground on Friday night before Danny Wilson's side make the trip to south London for the return on Monday evening. Nouble was an unused substitute in the first encounter but is ready for action next time around, should he be required.

"It's been a good experience for me so far and we have two big games coming up against Charlton," confirmed Nouble, who has made eight appearances for Swindon since moving to the club in mid-March.

Nouble has found his opportunities limited by the form of strikers Charlie Austin and Billy Paynter, who have scored 45 league goals between them. The 18-year-old is eager to make his mark when his chance arrives.

"I hope to be involved, and if I am, I hope to be involved in the moment that wins the game for us.

"Charlie and Billy have both done well all season, so I have no complaints about not starting more games. Instead, it has been good for me to be able to learn, day-in day-out, from two strikers who are in great form.

"I have come to Swindon for the experience and it has been a good one so far. We play some good football. The gaffer encourages us to get the ball down and play and it's worked well."

Nouble also spent a month on loan at West Bromwich Albion earlier this year, starting three times to help the Baggies along the road to promotion from the Championship.

"It would not look bad on my CV to have been involved in two clubs who have been promoted, that's for sure. However, we all know there is a lot of work to do here before we can celebrate going up."

Should Swindon overcome Charlton - who have fellow West Ham loanee Matt Fry and former Hammers Christian Dailly and Kyel Reid in their ranks - the teenager could appear at Wembley in the play-off final on 29 May.

Nouble has also been named in England's squad for the UEFA European U19 Championship Elite Round qualifiers against Republic of Ireland, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Ukraine in Kiev between 26-31 May.

"It's a big month for me. We are in the play-offs and I'm also in the England squad, so I'm looking forward to doing as well as I can."