Swindon Town extended their lead at the top of the League Two table to five points with victory at Barnet.

The visitors scored twice inside the first half-hour as Barnet slipped to their 21st defeat of the season.

Luke Rooney set up Ronan Murray inside the penalty area for the opening goal for Swindon.

Oliver Risser then made amends for his Wembley own-goal in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final with a tap-in from James McEveley's free-kick.

Barnet had their chances and Andy Yiadom blazed over from seven yards, while Izale McLeod hesitated in front of goal to allow Wes Foderingham time to smoother the ball.

Swindon are now eight points clear of fourth-placed Shrewsbury, while Barnet remain three points clear of the relegation zone.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio told BBC Wiltshire:

"That was a massive win and a very important three points. It wasn't easy to come here as they are desperate for points.

"The lads have proved they are a fantastic group. I'm very happy because that's what it means to be a winning group.

"I'm happy for Ronan (Murray) and his goal proves he is a very important and talented young player.

"Once again I believed in him and I sent him on the field and he paid back with a good goal."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Barnet

  • 01 Brill
  • 12 Mustoe Booked
  • 17 Hector
  • 19 Saville
  • 30 Downing
  • 04 Hughes
  • 08 Byrne (Holmes - 36' )
  • 10 Deering
  • 15 Yiadom
  • 22 May
  • 23 McLeod (McGleish - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 18 O'Brien
  • 03 Parkes
  • 25 N'Diaye
  • 07 McGleish
  • 11 Holmes

Swindon

  • 35 Foderingham
  • 02 McEveley
  • 04 Flint
  • 05 Devera
  • 12 McCormack
  • 13 Risser
  • 19 Rooney (Thompson - 78' )
  • 24 Smith Booked (Ferry - 56' )
  • 09 Benson
  • 23 De Vita (Connell - 82' )
  • 34 Murray

Substitutes

  • 26 Smith
  • 15 Thompson
  • 08 Ferry
  • 14 Bostock
  • 17 Connell
Ref: Adcock
Att: 2,211

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

5 2

Corners

3 2

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:28 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +2:43

Alan McCormack fouled by Ben May, the ref awards a free kick. Wesley Foderingham takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:27

The referee penalises Alan Connell for handball. Michael Hector takes the free kick.

86:14

Effort from the edge of the box by Nathan Thompson goes wide of the left-hand upright.

82:44

Ronan Murray has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

81:08 Substitution

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

78:42

Ronan Murray is ruled offside. Dean Brill takes the free kick.

78:01

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ronan Murray. Dean Brill takes the free kick.

77:24 Substitution

Substitution Luke Rooney goes off and Nathan Thompson comes on.

76:53

Foul by Paul Benson on Mark Hughes, free kick awarded. Mark Hughes restarts play with the free kick. Ricky Holmes produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

74:14

Shot from just outside the box by Sam Deering misses to the right of the target.

72:32

Effort on goal by Ben May from 25 yards. Save made by Wesley Foderingham.

72:24

The ball is crossed by Ricky Holmes, Aden Flint manages to make a clearance.

70:37

Oliver Risser crosses the ball, Jack Saville manages to make a clearance.

68:25

Scott McGleish is caught offside. Free kick taken by Wesley Foderingham.

66:32

Effort from the edge of the box by Mark Hughes goes wide of the right-hand upright.

65:57

Jordan Mustoe takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Aden Flint.

64:37

Foul by Luke Rooney on Michael Hector, free kick awarded. Michael Hector takes the free kick.

62:44

Unfair challenge on Oliver Risser by Scott McGleish results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jay McEveley.

62:08 Substitution

Substitution Scott McGleish joins the action as a substitute, replacing Izale McLeod.

61:00

The assistant referee flags for offside against Izale McLeod. Wesley Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

59:28

Mark Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Rooney. Luke Rooney produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

57:55

Izale McLeod gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan McCormack. Jay McEveley takes the direct free kick.

56:20

Effort on goal by Simon Ferry from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

55:38 Substitution

Substitution Simon Ferry on for Jonathan Smith.

54:26

Unfair challenge on Andrew Yiadom by Alan McCormack results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael Hector.

53:46

The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Benson. Dean Brill takes the free kick.

53:02

Effort on goal by Jordan Mustoe from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

52:33

Luke Rooney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Yiadom. Sam Deering restarts play with the free kick.

51:04

Ricky Holmes has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save by Wesley Foderingham.

50:52

Mark Hughes takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Aden Flint gets a block in.

48:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Rooney by Paul Downing. Luke Rooney delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

48:00

Jay McEveley fouled by Andrew Yiadom, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jay McEveley.

45:29

Corner taken by Sam Deering from the left by-line, Aden Flint makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:31 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:57

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ben May. Free kick taken by Wesley Foderingham.

45:00 +2:36

Ricky Holmes produces a cross, clearance made by Alan McCormack.

45:00 +1:44

Izale McLeod has a drilled shot. Wesley Foderingham makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Deering from the right by-line, clearance made by Aden Flint.

45:00 +1:23

Ricky Holmes produces a cross, clearance made by Alan McCormack.

43:29

Ben May is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alan McCormack takes the free kick.

42:21

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jay McEveley, clearance by Jordan Mustoe.

42:21 Booking

Booking The referee books Jordan Mustoe for unsporting behaviour.

42:13

Ronan Murray fouled by Jordan Mustoe, the ref awards a free kick.

39:37

Unfair challenge on Sam Deering by Paul Benson results in a free kick. Jordan Mustoe takes the free kick.

37:58

Izale McLeod produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

35:52 Substitution

Substitution Ricky Holmes on for Mark Byrne.

32:38

Oliver Risser challenges Sam Deering unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mark Byrne.

30:59

Assist by Jay McEveley.

30:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Oliver Risser - Barnet 0 - 2 Swindon Goal scored by Oliver Risser from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barnet 0-2 Swindon.

30:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raffaele De Vita by Sam Deering. A cross is delivered by Jay McEveley,

27:00

Shot from deep inside the area by Ronan Murray goes over the bar.

26:39

Jay McEveley crosses the ball, clearance made by Jordan Mustoe.

26:16

Ben May is caught offside. Alan McCormack takes the free kick.

24:48

Luke Rooney produces a cross, Jordan Mustoe makes a clearance. Jay McEveley takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Mark Hughes.

21:59

Andrew Yiadom produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

19:13

Unfair challenge on Ben May by Joe Devera results in a free kick. Mark Byrne crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Aden Flint.

16:36

The ball is delivered by Izale McLeod, Aden Flint manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Mark Byrne, clearance made by Joe Devera.

12:41

Assist on the goal came from Luke Rooney.

12:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Ronan Murray - Barnet 0 - 1 Swindon Ronan Murray finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barnet 0-1 Swindon.

11:17

Paul Benson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

10:59

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jay McEveley.

8:35

The referee blows for offside against Ronan Murray. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Brill.

7:04

Jay McEveley takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jack Saville.

6:46

Ben May challenges Alan McCormack unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan McCormack takes the free kick.

5:41

A cross is delivered by Mark Hughes, clearance by Aden Flint.

0:21

Direct free kick taken by Michael Hector.

0:21 Booking

Booking Jonathan Smith is booked.

0:07

Foul by Jonathan Smith on Mark Byrne, free kick awarded.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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