Swindon Town extended their lead at the top of League Two with a 2-0 win over Burton Albion at The County Ground. Ronan Murray and Paul Benson both scored in the second half to wrap up another routine three points for the home side, writes Tom Otrebski.
Alessandro Cibocchi and Jonathan Smith were both restored to the starting line-up, replacing Callum Kennedy and Lee Cox, who both dropped to the bench.
Swindon had the better of a largely uninspiring first half. Paul Benson found himself through on goal after ten minutes however, just as he was about to pull the trigger, Burton's Tony James made a crucial sliding tackle to deny the Town number nine.
Simon Ferry might have put the Town ahead just after the quarter hour mark. Matt Ritchie picked up the ball deep in the Swindon half and set off for the visitors' goal. On the halfway line, he released a pass into space that appeared to be too short for one of Town's front men. From the depths of midfield, Ferry burst into the gap and latched onto the ball, before taking it into the box and drilling his shot across goal and narrowly wide.
Ritchie and Joe Devera both had efforts that flew wide before Paul Caddis had a thunderous left-footed drive beaten away by goalkeeper Ross Atkins in stoppage time.
The second half began in similar fashion: Alan Connell couldn't quite adjust his feet to get a shot away and Benson headed wide from Caddis's cross when he should have hit the target. Ritchie hit a well struck volley straight at the goalkeeper before Town finally broke the deadlock ten minutes into the second period.
A cross from Town's left flank was flighted perfectly onto Benson's head. The Town's centre-forward helped the ball back across goal where substitute Ronan Murray was on hand to head home the opener from two yards.
The goal seemed to breathe new life into the home side who immediately began to look more menacing in attack and, just short of the hour mark, they had doubled their lead. Man of the Match Luke Rooney's trickery and turn of pace on the edge of the box allowed him to bring the ball into the area. With the outside of his right boot, the winger guided the ball across the face of the six yard box where Benson was on hand to bundle home Swindon's second of the evening and the 100th goal of his career.
With Town now firmly in control and Wes Foderingham a virtual spectator in front of the Smart of Swindon Stand, the home side never looked like surrendering their advantage. Rooney might have added to his personal tally but fired wide and Murray couldn't quite stab the ball beyond an advancing goalkeeper before Cibocchi's free-kick was well held by the Burton goalkeeper.
Another win and another milestone for the Town: ten straight wins that equals the club's all-time win record set in the 1913/14 season. So to Saturday, when Di Canio takes his troops the short distance up the A420 for the big derby date with Oxford United.