FOOTBALL: Di Canio salutes in-form Robins

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ANDY Williams scored a goal in each half as Swindon consolidated their grip on fifth place with a 4-0 home win over Carlisle.

Williams opened the scoring after 16 minutes and James Collins made it 2-0 20 minutes later.

Williams got his second 10 minutes into the second half before Raffaele de Vita completed the scoring 10 minutes for the end as Carlisle dropped one place to 18th.

The Robins have now scored 14 goals and let in none in their last three home matches and manager Paolo Di Canio, a former Sheffield Wednesday player, has admitted: “To score 14 goals in three matches is fantastic and shows the way we are going. Even a top team in the world like Barcelona would expect to concede one,.

“I am happy because we got four goals against a team who could have been a bit of a banana skin for us. We did not slip up or look like letting in a goal.

“My players were pushing to score goals until the last minute from the first and Carlisle did not have one chance. Not one of my players upset me, every one of them did a fantastic job.

“All the goals came from the movement we attempt in our training sessions - three of our goals were beautiful.

“But I will know when our team has grown up and that is when we win five or six matches 1-0.”

Stevenage moved up from 12th to ninth with a 2-1 win away to Crewe.

Shrewsbury swapped places with Carlisle, moving up to 17th with a 0-0 draw at Scunthorpe which left the latter in the bottom four.

Scunthorpe had started the day in the bottom two but the point moved them up two spots and to within a point of Colchester.

Chris Whelpdale and Deon Burton, meanwhile, got the goals as Gillingham maintained their two point lead at the top of npower League Two.

Whelpdale opened the scoring after three minutes and Burton wrapped up the three points with the second a minute before half-time.

Second-placed Port Vale kept up the pressure on Gillingham with a 4-0 win over 10-man Plymouth.

In the week Plymouth sacked manager Carl Fletcher the visitors went down to a Tom Pope brace and goals from Jenson Myrie-Williams and Ben Williamson.

Myrie-Williams opened the scoring after 32 minutes and Plymouth forward Luke Chadwick was sent off for violent conduct two minutes later.

Pope netted his first after 55 before further strikes from Williamson (77) and Pope (83) sealed the empathic win.

Wimbledon moved off the bottom and out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win away to 10-man Rochdale.