Swindon strengthened their promotion challenge following victory away at struggling Hereford.

The Robins dominated the opening stages and took the lead from Paul Caddis' spot-kick, after Paul Benson was brought down by Ryan Green in the box.

Hereford then doubled their lead after Bulls keeper Adam Bartlett failed to hold on to the ball.

Hereford reduced the deficit when Rob Purdie smashed in a long-range effort but could not find an equaliser.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio told BBC Wiltshire:

"That is the most difficult ground to come and play football.

"It was a fantastic result and my lads prove once again that they can play a different kind of football.

"This is the kind of game that you have to win if you want to win the title. I'm very happy because of the way we won.

"We defended very well, with desire, determination. For this I'm very proud."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Hereford United

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 02 Green
  • 12 Purkiss
  • 22 Anthony
  • 06 Purdie Booked
  • 08 Featherstone
  • 11 Lunt Booked
  • 17 Colbeck (Taylor - 57' )
  • 18 Clist Booked
  • 34 Evans Booked (Pell - 63' )
  • 25 Elder (Facey - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 28 Cornell
  • 04 Pell
  • 27 Clucas
  • 10 Facey
  • 19 Taylor

Swindon Town

  • 35 Foderingham
  • 06 Boateng
  • 07 Caddis Booked
  • 27 Cibocchi
  • 10 Ritchie
  • 12 McCormack
  • 16 Cox
  • 19 Rooney (De Vita - 70' )
  • 24 Smith (Risser - 66' )
  • 31 Bodin (Connell - 82' )
  • 09 Benson

Substitutes

  • 03 Kennedy
  • 13 Risser
  • 17 Connell
  • 23 De Vita
  • 34 Murray
Ref: Sutton
Att: 3,068

Match Stats

Shots

9 4

On target

4 3

Corners

7 5

Fouls

17 3

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:23 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:47

The referee blows for offside. Wesley Foderingham takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:52

A cross is delivered by Lyle Taylor, clearance by Lee Cox.

90:00 +0:10

Ben Purkiss delivers the ball, Daniel Boateng manages to make a clearance.

89:58

Lyle Taylor delivers the ball, Paul Caddis manages to make a clearance.

89:05

Raffaele De Vita sends in a cross, save made by Adam Bartlett.

87:57

Shot from deep inside the area by Lyle Taylor clears the crossbar.

87:34

Corner taken by Robert Purdie.

87:20

Centre by Nicky Featherstone, Lee Cox manages to make a clearance.

87:02

Ryan Green crosses the ball.

85:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Harry Pell on Oliver Risser. Indirect free kick taken by Wesley Foderingham.

83:43

Matt Ritchie produces a cross, Ben Purkiss makes a clearance.

83:14

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Raffaele De Vita, clearance by Delroy Facey.

82:51

Corner taken right-footed by Raffaele De Vita from the left by-line to the near post, Robert Purdie manages to make a clearance.

82:43

A cross is delivered by Alessandro Cibocchi, save by Adam Bartlett.

82:33 Substitution

Substitution Alan Connell replaces Billy Bodin.

81:46

The ball is sent over by Alessandro Cibocchi.

81:31

Alessandro Cibocchi produces a cross.

80:12

Matt Ritchie crosses the ball, Kenny Lunt manages to make a clearance.

79:35

Corner taken by Simon Clist from the right by-line, clearance by Alan McCormack.

78:40

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Simon Clist from the right by-line, Byron Anthony takes a shot.

78:03

The ball is swung over by Harry Pell, Alessandro Cibocchi gets a block in.

76:48

Harry Pell challenges Alessandro Cibocchi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alessandro Cibocchi takes the free kick.

74:37

Lyle Taylor challenges Alan McCormack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alessandro Cibocchi.

73:46

Byron Anthony gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Benson. Alessandro Cibocchi takes the indirect free kick.

73:03

Centre by Robert Purdie, Lyle Taylor has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

71:52

Raffaele De Vita delivers the ball, Robert Purdie makes a clearance.

71:16

Matt Ritchie crosses the ball, clearance made by Byron Anthony.

71:02

Robert Purdie concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Caddis. Paul Caddis restarts play with the free kick.

69:36 Substitution

Substitution Raffaele De Vita joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Rooney.

67:31 Substitution

Substitution Delroy Facey is brought on as a substitute for Nathan Elder.

66:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cox on Nicky Featherstone. Ryan Green takes the free kick.

64:55 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Risser is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Smith.

64:55

Matt Ritchie restarts play with the free kick.

64:55 Booking

Booking Simon Clist receives a yellow card.

64:38

Billy Bodin fouled by Simon Clist, the ref awards a free kick.

64:02

Assist by Adam Bartlett.

64:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Robert Purdie - Hereford 1 - 2 Swindon Robert Purdie gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Hereford 1-2 Swindon.

63:17

Foul by Jonathan Smith on Simon Clist, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

61:06 Substitution

Substitution Harry Pell on for Will Evans.

61:06

Assist on the goal came from Billy Bodin.

61:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Benson - Hereford 0 - 2 Swindon Paul Benson gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hereford 0-2 Swindon.

60:40

Matt Ritchie delivers the ball, blocked by Robert Purdie.

60:16

Ben Purkiss sends in a cross, Wesley Foderingham makes a save.

60:07

Lyle Taylor sends in a cross, Alessandro Cibocchi gets a block in.

57:14

Alan McCormack takes the free kick.

57:14 Booking

Booking Will Evans receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

57:07

Will Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alessandro Cibocchi.

55:53

Wesley Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

55:53 Substitution

Substitution Lyle Taylor on for Joe Colbeck.

55:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Will Evans on Alan McCormack.

54:16

Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.

52:55

Jonathan Smith has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

51:33

Centre by Ben Purkiss.

51:02

Will Evans takes a shot. Blocked by Daniel Boateng.

50:29

The ball is sent over by Matt Ritchie, save by Adam Bartlett.

48:30

Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Byron Anthony gets a block in.

47:45

The ball is delivered by Joe Colbeck, comfortable save by Wesley Foderingham.

46:31

Simon Clist takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

46:06

Robert Purdie takes a shot.

45:41

Matt Ritchie crosses the ball, Adam Bartlett makes a comfortable save.

45:11

Centre by Joe Colbeck, clearance by Jonathan Smith.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:38 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:53

Paul Caddis produces a cross, Joe Colbeck makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:23

Matt Ritchie produces a cross, Will Evans makes a clearance.

44:34

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Colbeck, Alessandro Cibocchi makes a clearance.

44:20

Robert Purdie crosses the ball, clearance made by Paul Caddis.

44:02

Luke Rooney sends in a cross, clearance by Byron Anthony.

43:54

A cross is delivered by Paul Caddis, Nicky Featherstone manages to make a clearance.

42:40

Joe Colbeck crosses the ball, Daniel Boateng manages to make a clearance.

41:44

Paul Caddis produces a cross.

41:17

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Simon Clist played to the near post, clearance made by Lee Cox.

41:06

The ball is sent over by Nicky Featherstone, Alessandro Cibocchi makes a clearance.

40:01

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Smith by Will Evans results in a free kick. Alan McCormack takes the free kick.

38:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Caddis - Hereford 0 - 1 Swindon Penalty taken right-footed by Paul Caddis and scored. Hereford 0-1 Swindon.

37:22

Penalty awarded for a foul by Ryan Green on Paul Benson.

35:38

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Simon Clist, Billy Bodin manages to make a clearance.

35:11

Joe Colbeck crosses the ball, blocked by Alessandro Cibocchi.

32:31

Corner taken by Matt Ritchie.

32:21

Paul Benson crosses the ball, clearance made by Simon Clist.

31:36

Free kick taken by Alan McCormack.

31:36 Booking

Booking Booking for Kenny Lunt for unsporting behaviour.

31:28

Luke Rooney fouled by Kenny Lunt, the ref awards a free kick.

29:51

Matt Ritchie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Adam Bartlett manages to make a clearance.

29:19

Paul Caddis crosses the ball, clearance made by Ryan Green.

28:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Elder on Alan McCormack. Free kick taken by Wesley Foderingham.

27:27

Indirect free kick taken by Simon Clist.

27:27 Booking

Booking The referee shows Paul Caddis a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

27:19

The referee gives a free kick against Paul Caddis for handball.

27:02

The ball is delivered by Alessandro Cibocchi, Ryan Green makes a clearance.

23:28

Alessandro Cibocchi sends in a cross, Adam Bartlett makes a comfortable save.

23:06

Paul Caddis sends in a cross, Ben Purkiss makes a clearance.

21:03

Matt Ritchie fouled by Joe Colbeck, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Caddis.

19:34

Indirect free kick taken by Matt Ritchie.

19:34 Booking

Booking Robert Purdie goes into the referee's book.

19:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Purdie on Matt Ritchie.

18:54

The ball is delivered by Matt Ritchie, Jonathan Smith makes a clearance.

18:27

Paul Caddis sends in a cross, clearance by Ben Purkiss.

17:08

Will Evans challenges Jonathan Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wesley Foderingham.

16:00

Robert Purdie produces a cross, save by Wesley Foderingham.

15:01

Byron Anthony takes a shot. Alan McCormack makes a clearance.

14:44

Will Evans takes a shot. Blocked by Wesley Foderingham.

14:12

Daniel Boateng challenges Nathan Elder unfairly and gives away a free kick. Simon Clist restarts play with the free kick.

13:36

Foul by Robert Purdie on Lee Cox, free kick awarded. Wesley Foderingham takes the indirect free kick.

12:22

Billy Bodin crosses the ball, clearance by Nicky Featherstone.

9:43

Joe Colbeck is caught offside. Wesley Foderingham takes the free kick.

9:28

Centre by Simon Clist.

8:50

Luke Rooney produces a cross, save by Adam Bartlett.

7:36

Unfair challenge on Paul Benson by Will Evans results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan McCormack.

5:13

The ball is crossed by Nathan Elder, Effort from deep inside the area by Joe Colbeck misses to the left of the target.

3:56

Corner taken right-footed by Matt Ritchie.

3:47

Luke Rooney sends in a cross, clearance by Nicky Featherstone.

3:22

Centre by Simon Clist, Wesley Foderingham makes a comfortable save.

2:05

Billy Bodin crosses the ball, Byron Anthony makes a clearance.

1:00

Paul Benson delivers the ball, Ben Purkiss makes a clearance.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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