Alan Connell wasted Swindon's best chance as the League Two leaders played out an uneventful goalless draw with Bristol Rovers.

Connell sliced onto the underside of the crossbar from four yards out in the first half, and was then denied by keeper Scott Bevan after the break.

Both teams pushed for a winner, but neither could forge an opening.

Matt Harrold's weak shot for Rovers was comfortably saved by Wesley Foderingham late on, and that was that.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon manager Paolo di Canio told BBC Wiltshire:

"The first half was our best of the season. We absolutely dominated and we created a minimum of four clear chances and seven or eight potential chances.

"If we play like this then we should score but today it didn't happen.

"The intensity we put in the first half, you cant keep going for 95 minutes but if we maintain this level then I will be happy."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Swindon

  • 35 Foderingham
  • 02 McEveley
  • 04 Flint
  • 05 Devera
  • 08 Ferry
  • 10 Ritchie (Rooney - 58' )
  • 12 McCormack
  • 22 Holmes
  • 24 Smith
  • 17 Connell (Benson - 60' )
  • 34 Murray (De Vita - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Risser
  • 14 Bostock
  • 19 Rooney
  • 09 Benson
  • 23 De Vita

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Bevan
  • 03 Sawyer (Brown - 68' )
  • 04 Woodards
  • 05 Bolger Booked
  • 37 Parks
  • 08 Gill
  • 17 Paterson Booked
  • 23 Lund
  • 09 Harrold
  • 11 Carayol (Smith - 46' )
  • 26 Zebroski (Dorman - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 33 Downes
  • 06 Stanley
  • 34 Dorman
Ref: Friend
Att: 9,645

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

7 4

Corners

9 3

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:45

Andy Dorman produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +0:05

Effort from the edge of the box by Andy Dorman goes wide of the right-hand upright.

88:00

Matt Harrold takes a shot. Wesley Foderingham makes a save.

81:44

Headed effort from inside the area by Paul Benson misses to the right of the goal.

79:58

Short corner taken by Luke Rooney from the left by-line.

78:17

Andy Dorman fouled by Simon Ferry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Bevan.

76:57

Dan Woodards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Rooney. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luke Rooney from left channel, clearance made by Mathew Gill.

76:03

Simon Ferry has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Comfortable save by Scott Bevan.

74:54 Substitution

Substitution Chris Zebroski leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Dorman.

72:45

Chris Zebroski takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

71:40 Substitution

Substitution (Swindon) makes a substitution, with Raffaele De Vita coming on for Ronan Murray.

70:58

Corner taken right-footed by Mathew Gill, Michael Smith takes a shot. Save by Wesley Foderingham.

69:21

Paul Benson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Scott Bevan.

67:18

Wesley Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

67:18 Substitution

Substitution Lee Brown replaces Gary Sawyer.

67:18

Matt Harrold gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Devera.

65:32

The assistant referee signals for offside against Matt Harrold. Wesley Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

63:58

Chris Zebroski is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wesley Foderingham takes the free kick.

62:01

Effort on goal by Chris Zebroski from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

59:23

Mathew Gill takes the free kick.

59:23 Substitution

Substitution Paul Benson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alan Connell.

59:23

Matt Harrold fouled by Alan McCormack, the ref awards a free kick.

57:35 Substitution

Substitution Matt Ritchie goes off and Luke Rooney comes on.

56:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Devera on Gary Sawyer. The free kick is delivered left-footed by James Paterson from left channel.

55:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan McCormack on Chris Zebroski. Free kick crossed by Mathew Gill, Alan McCormack manages to make a clearance.

51:01

Alan Connell takes a shot. Scott Bevan makes a save. Lee Holmes decides to take the corner short.

48:43

Ronan Murray takes a shot. Comfortable save by Scott Bevan.

47:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lund by Simon Ferry. Tom Parkes takes the free kick.

45:52

Foul by Chris Zebroski on Alan McCormack, free kick awarded. Wesley Foderingham takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Michael Smith comes on in place of Mustapha Carayol.

45:00 +2:15 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:02

Effort on goal by Aden Flint from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

44:48

Lee Holmes decides to take the corner short.

44:13

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Holmes from the right by-line.

42:44

Shot by Matt Ritchie. Save made by Scott Bevan.

40:06

Alan Connell takes a shot.

38:26

The official flags Chris Zebroski offside. Wesley Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

36:45

Shot by Ronan Murray from outside the box goes over the net.

35:33

Chris Zebroski fouled by Simon Ferry, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mathew Gill, clearance by Aden Flint.

33:17

Alan Connell fouled by James Paterson, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Ritchie crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mathew Gill makes a clearance.

32:28

The referee penalises Tom Parkes for handball. Lee Holmes delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by Scott Bevan.

30:52

Outswinging corner taken by Mathew Gill from the right by-line, Chris Zebroski takes a shot. Comfortable save by Wesley Foderingham.

28:37

Foul by Matt Harrold on Aden Flint, free kick awarded. Alan McCormack takes the indirect free kick.

27:54

Effort on goal by Matt Ritchie from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

27:01

Short corner worked by Lee Holmes.

26:04

Corner taken left-footed by Lee Holmes, clearance by Cian Bolger.

25:36

Lee Holmes decides to take the corner short.

23:58

Inswinging corner taken by Simon Ferry, clearance made by Dan Woodards.

22:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lund by Jonathan Smith. Cian Bolger takes the direct free kick.

21:29

Corner taken short by Matt Ritchie.

19:55

Corner taken right-footed by Mathew Gill from the right by-line, Mustapha Carayol has a header from just outside the area which clears the crossbar.

17:51

Alan Connell takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

16:50

Foul by Matt Harrold on Alan McCormack, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Wesley Foderingham.

15:09

Shot by Alan Connell from 18 yards. Save by Scott Bevan.

10:10

Joe Devera takes the direct free kick.

10:10 Booking

Booking The referee cautions James Paterson for unsporting behaviour.

10:00

James Paterson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie.

8:21

Jonathan Smith challenges James Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mathew Gill restarts play with the free kick.

7:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lee Holmes. Cian Bolger restarts play with the free kick.

3:58

Jay McEveley takes the free kick.

3:58 Booking

Booking Cian Bolger is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

3:27

Unfair challenge on Lee Holmes by Cian Bolger results in a free kick.

3:03

Jonathan Smith takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

1:21

Matt Harrold gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan McCormack. Alan McCormack restarts play with the free kick.

0:17

Mustapha Carayol gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Ferry. Indirect free kick taken by Alan McCormack.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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