A goal from Lukas Magera on his return to the side set Town on their way to a 2-0 win at Vale Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Czech striker struck the opener on 25 minutes with a fine right foot finish with a penalty early in the second half from substitute Mehdi Kerrouche doubling the advantage. Town boss Paolo Di Canio made two changes for the game with Lander Gabilondo and Magera both included in the line-up in place of Raffaele De Vita and Kerrouche. It was Gabilondo's first involvement since the away win at Exeter City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
The game started brightly with both sides having chances early on. First Marc Richards blazed over on five minutes from a cross before a fine run down the right from Gabilondo was cut out for a corner with Magera in close attention inside the box at the other end. The home side then saw a shot from Anthony Griffith dragged wide on ten minutes. Gabilondo made a strong start to the game and went close again on 14 minutes and after cutting in from the left, he saw his right footed effort beaten away by Tomlinson. Town took the lead in style with 25 minutes on the clock. An incisive run from Gabilondo saw the Spaniard cut inside from the left and lay the ball across to Magera who lashed home a right-footed effort from the edge of the box. It was a fine finish with the Czech striker opening his Town account, which was followed by extensive celebrations involving the Town bench.
The Robins then continued to press the home side with Paul Caddis heavily involved down the right hand side, once again linking well with Matt Ritchie. After the half-hour mark bookings followed for Jake Jervis and Aden Flint with the home side doing their best to get back into the game by using the open expanses of Vale Park. Another chance came Town's way a minute before the break with a fine run and cross from Caddis cut back to Magera, but the goalscorer was unable to get a real hold of his strike and test Tomlinson. The home side made a double switch for the start of the second period with Sean Rigg and Clayton McDonald replaced by Gary Roberts and Rob Kozluk.
Town also made a change at the break with Jervis replaced by Kerrouche and the substitute was on the scoresheet just two minutes into the second half. A foul on Magera inside the box saw a penalty awarded with the Algerian stepping up to fire home his seventh of the campaign. The home side had to sustain further pressure from the Robins with Kerrouche continuing to make his presence felt alongside Magera in the frontline. Foderingham made a series of saves after the hour with a free-kick from substitute Roberts gathered at the second attempt before he saw a low drive from Loft drift narrowly wide on 67 minutes. The second Swindon change came 19 minutes from time with Namibian midfielder Oliver Risser replacing Smith in the heart of the Town midfield.
Di Canio made his final switch on 79 minutes with Alan Connell coming off the bench to replace Gabilondo who had done himself no harm at all on his return to the side. The move saw Kerrouche drop into a midfield on the left with Connell partnering Magera up front.
Full-time: Port Vale 0 Swindon Town 2