Swindon maintained their promotion bid with victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Paul Caddis gave them the lead with his fierce free-kick which went under the wall and was parried in off the post by visiting keeper Seb Brown.

Alan Connell sealed the points when he swept home Lander Gabilondo's cross from 12 yards.

Town could have won by more, with Matt Ritchie and Jonathan Smith hitting the Dons post and Connell twice striking the crossbar.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio told BBC Wiltshire:

"Trying to find a way to play our football with many, many players behind the ball was difficult.

"The result should have been greater.

"This period was crucial. I learnt a lot about this level and what's going on here."

AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown told BBC London:

"I'm really proud of the work rate and the commitment the boys showed today. I thought they gave everything.

"I thought we were doing ok until their first goal but once the first goal comes in I can't look under my bench and see a plan B at the minute.

"The biggest problem is we're on the slide and I need to address that. I think my players need a little bit of help now."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Swindon

  • 35 Foderingham
  • 03 Kennedy (Cibocchi - 79' )
  • 04 Flint Booked
  • 07 Caddis
  • 08 Ferry
  • 10 Ritchie
  • 12 McCormack
  • 24 Smith
  • 17 Connell
  • 23 De Vita (Gabilondo - 70' )
  • 34 Murray (Benson - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 27 Cibocchi
  • 21 Gabilondo
  • 37 Thompson
  • 09 Benson
  • 29 Magera

AFC Wimbledon

  • 01 Brown
  • 06 Johnson
  • 13 Bush
  • 16 Franks
  • 22 McNaughton Booked
  • 04 Porter (Kiernan - 13' )
  • 14 Minshull
  • 15 S Moore
  • 23 Yussuff
  • 26 Mulley
  • 09 Ademeno (Midson - 56' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Turner
  • 17 Mitchell-King
  • 10 Midson
  • 18 Kiernan
  • 21 Reece Jones
Ref: Phillips
Att: 8,374

Match Stats

Shots

16 5

On target

6 1

Corners

7 6

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:14 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:23

Foul by Lee Minshull on Lander Gabilondo, free kick awarded. Alessandro Cibocchi takes the free kick.

89:52

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matt Ritchie.

88:20

Paul Caddis produces a curled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

86:18

Drilled right-footed shot by Paul Benson. Save made by Seb Brown.

85:03

Inswinging corner taken by Matt Ritchie from the right by-line.

83:12

Alan Connell produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick,

82:10

Matt Ritchie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rashid Yussuff. Free kick taken by Chris Bush.

80:17

Rashid Yussuff has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post. Corner taken left-footed by Brendan Kiernan, Paul Caddis makes a clearance.

78:24 Substitution

Substitution Alessandro Cibocchi comes on in place of Callum Kennedy.

78:04

Matt Ritchie produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

76:32

Paul Benson takes a shot. Save by Seb Brown.

75:12

Assist on the goal came from Lander Gabilondo.

75:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Connell - Swindon 2 - 0 Wimbledon Alan Connell finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Swindon 2-0 AFC Wimbledon.

74:35

Alan McCormack concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Midson. Free kick taken by Sammy Moore.

72:26

Foul by Alan McCormack on Lee Minshull, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Rashid Yussuff from the free kick. Headed effort from inside the area by Brett Johnson misses to the left of the goal.

70:00 Substitution

Substitution Raffaele De Vita goes off and Lander Gabilondo comes on.

68:47

Corner taken left-footed by Raffaele De Vita.

68:19

Aden Flint takes a shot. Save by Seb Brown.

67:37

Direct free kick taken by Sammy Moore.

67:37 Booking

Booking Aden Flint goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

67:28

Jack Midson fouled by Aden Flint, the ref awards a free kick.

65:05

Simon Ferry has an effort at goal from the just inside the box hitting the post. Shot by Jonathan Smith from deep inside the penalty area bounces off the post.

63:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Midson by Aden Flint. Sammy Moore takes the direct free kick.

62:43

Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Save by Seb Brown.

61:40

Chris Bush concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Ritchie. Free kick taken by Aden Flint.

61:40 Booking

Booking The referee shows Callum McNaughton a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

60:45

Foul by Callum McNaughton on Alan Connell, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Paul Caddis from the free kick.

59:57

Jonathan Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Minshull. Indirect free kick taken by Callum McNaughton.

59:35

Jonathan Smith has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that bounces off the post.

57:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Caddis - Swindon 1 - 0 Wimbledon Free kick scored by Paul Caddis. Swindon 1-0 AFC Wimbledon.

56:49

Brett Johnson challenges Alan Connell unfairly and gives away a free kick.

54:40 Substitution

Substitution Paul Benson is brought on as a substitute for Ronan Murray.

54:40 Substitution

Substitution Jack Midson on for Charles Ademeno.

54:40

Header from close range by Raffaele De Vita misses to the right of the goal.

53:10

Brendan Kiernan takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Alan Connell.

49:51

Brendan Kiernan concedes a free kick for a foul on Callum Kennedy. Direct free kick taken by Aden Flint.

48:28

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matt Ritchie.

47:46

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matt Ritchie from the right by-line.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:13 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:45

James Mulley challenges Matt Ritchie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wesley Foderingham takes the free kick.

42:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Connell on Brett Johnson. Free kick taken by Seb Brown.

38:28

Inswinging corner taken by Sammy Moore from the left by-line.

36:13

Header on goal by Aden Flint from just inside the area goes over the goal.

35:27

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Raffaele De Vita.

34:17

Unfair challenge on Ronan Murray by Sammy Moore results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan McCormack.

33:55

Raffaele De Vita challenges Lee Minshull unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fraser Franks takes the direct free kick.

33:18

Alan Connell handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Seb Brown takes the direct free kick.

27:48

Effort from the edge of the area by Fraser Franks goes wide of the left-hand upright.

27:09

Inswinging corner taken by Rashid Yussuff from the right by-line, Alan Connell makes a clearance.

18:19

Charles Ademeno takes a shot. Comfortable save by Wesley Foderingham.

14:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by Chris Bush. Direct free kick taken by Paul Caddis.

13:00

The referee blows for offside against Alan Connell. Free kick taken by Seb Brown.

11:56 Substitution

Substitution Brendan Kiernan is brought on as a substitute for Max Porter.

11:56

Jonathan Smith is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Seb Brown takes the direct free kick.

8:19

Inswinging corner taken by Sammy Moore.

7:24

Shot from close range by Ronan Murray misses to the right of the goal.

4:00

Ronan Murray is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Seb Brown.

2:21

Rashid Yussuff takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Alan McCormack.

0:23

Inswinging corner taken by Matt Ritchie from the right by-line.

0:00

The game begins.

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