Paolo di Canio's Swindon moved a step closer to the League Two title with a hard-fought victory at Morecambe.

After an uneventful first half with few chances, Swindon opened the scoring 53 seconds after the interval.

Paul Benson turned in a pass from Lee Holmes, his 10th goal since joining the Robins from Charlton in January.

Holmes almost doubled the lead but was denied by home goalkeeper Barry Roche, while Nick Fenton headed against a post in stoppage time for the Shrimps.

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Morecambe manager Jim Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"There is a fine line and, in this division, consistency plays a massive part.

"You can't afford to give people half a yard in the box, which we've done, they've gone ahead and then it's always going to be tough.

"I think a point would have been a fairer result, but we find ourselves just below that fine line again.

"I'm massively, massively frustrated."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 02 Fenton
  • 06 Haining
  • 15 McCready
  • 22 Parrish
  • 11 Ellison (Burrow - 70' )
  • 16 Drummond
  • 18 McDonald
  • 09 Alessandra (Redshaw - 66' )
  • 12 Curran
  • 30 Carlton (Reid - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Kettings
  • 07 Reid
  • 08 Hunter
  • 14 Burrow
  • 27 Redshaw

Swindon

  • 35 Foderingham
  • 02 McEveley
  • 04 Flint
  • 05 Devera
  • 08 Ferry
  • 12 McCormack
  • 13 Risser
  • 19 Rooney (Holmes - 40' )
  • 09 Benson Booked
  • 17 Connell (Murray - 51' )
  • 23 De Vita

Substitutes

  • 15 Thompson
  • 14 Bostock
  • 22 Holmes (Thompson - 87' )
  • 24 Smith
  • 34 Murray
Ref: Graham
Att: 3,011

Match Stats

Shots

9 7

On target

4 4

Corners

3 2

Fouls

8 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:08 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:53

Simon Ferry crosses the ball, Close range shot by Paul Benson goes wide of the right-hand upright.

90:00 +3:30

Stewart Drummond takes a shot. Blocked by Oliver Risser.

90:00 +2:08

Corner taken right-footed by Izak Reid, Will Haining takes a shot. Save by Wesley Foderingham.

90:00 +1:33

The ball is delivered by Jack Redshaw, Nick Fenton has a headed effort at goal from close in that hits the post.

89:08

Effort on goal by Jordan Burrow from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

88:09

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Will Haining.

86:05 Substitution

Substitution Izak Reid on for Danny Carlton.

86:05 Substitution

Substitution (Swindon) makes a substitution, with Nathan Thompson coming on for Lee Holmes.

84:33

The ball is sent over by Gary McDonald, save by Wesley Foderingham.

83:22

A cross is delivered by Will Haining, clearance by Aden Flint.

80:57

The official flags Raffaele De Vita offside. Free kick taken by Barry Roche.

77:02

Ronan Murray fouled by Chris McCready, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Holmes delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

76:34

Simon Ferry produces a cross.

74:18

The ball is delivered by Stewart Drummond, clearance made by Aden Flint.

73:36

Oliver Risser takes a shot. Barry Roche makes a save.

71:43

Oliver Risser crosses the ball, save by Barry Roche.

70:45

Danny Carlton takes a shot. Blocked by Alan McCormack.

69:28 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Burrow replaces Kevin Ellison.

69:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Ferry on Andy Parrish. Nick Fenton takes the direct free kick.

68:05

The ball is sent over by Danny Carlton, Alan McCormack makes a clearance.

65:49 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Alessandra goes off and Jack Redshaw comes on.

65:26

Lee Holmes crosses the ball.

64:47

Joe Devera delivers the ball. The official flags Paul Benson offside. Barry Roche takes the indirect free kick.

64:41

Centre by Ronan Murray, clearance made by Chris McCready.

64:16

The ball is sent over by Joe Devera, clearance by Andy Parrish.

62:16

The offside flag is raised against Ronan Murray. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

58:05

Foul by Chris McCready on Ronan Murray, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Jay McEveley, clearance made by Kevin Ellison.

55:19

Craig Curran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aden Flint. Alan McCormack takes the free kick. Lee Holmes takes a shot. Barry Roche makes a comfortable save.

52:51

The ball is crossed by Lee Holmes, Andy Parrish manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jay McEveley, clearance by Kevin Ellison. Ronan Murray produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

51:52

The ball is crossed by Danny Carlton, Header by Craig Curran from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

50:14 Substitution

Substitution (Swindon) makes a substitution, with Ronan Murray coming on for Alan Connell.

50:14

Gary McDonald fouled by Joe Devera, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nick Fenton.

48:43

Stewart Drummond challenges Simon Ferry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Alan McCormack, Oliver Risser gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Ellison. Barry Roche takes the free kick.

47:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Connell on Gary McDonald. Direct free kick taken by Stewart Drummond.

46:05 Booking

Booking Paul Benson goes into the book.

45:53

Lee Holmes provided the assist for the goal.

45:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Benson - Morecambe 0 - 1 Swindon Goal scored by Paul Benson from close in low into the middle of the goal. Morecambe 0-1 Swindon.

45:49

Joe Devera delivers the ball.

45:08

Unfair challenge on Joe Devera by Kevin Ellison results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Wesley Foderingham.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:58 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:25

The ball is crossed by Lewis Alessandra, Craig Curran takes a shot. Blocked by Aden Flint. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lewis Alessandra, clearance by Aden Flint.

39:06

The ball is delivered by Lee Holmes, clearance by Chris McCready. Simon Ferry has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

39:06 Substitution

Substitution Lee Holmes on for Luke Rooney.

39:06

Danny Carlton takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

37:16

Centre by Andy Parrish, clearance made by Raffaele De Vita.

35:34

Andy Parrish challenges Raffaele De Vita unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jay McEveley, Barry Roche makes a save.

34:27

Craig Curran gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay McEveley. Alan McCormack takes the free kick.

28:08

Simon Ferry delivers the ball, clearance made by Will Haining.

27:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan McCormack by Craig Curran. Direct free kick taken by Wesley Foderingham.

23:12

Effort on goal by Craig Curran from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

22:42

Unfair challenge on Nick Fenton by Paul Benson results in a free kick. Will Haining restarts play with the free kick.

21:22

Centre by Luke Rooney.

20:40

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luke Rooney. Jay McEveley takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Ellison.

17:53

Luke Rooney handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Barry Roche takes the free kick.

11:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stewart Drummond by Simon Ferry. Will Haining takes the direct free kick.

9:52

Paul Benson is caught offside. Barry Roche restarts play with the free kick.

8:59

A cross is delivered by Raffaele De Vita. The ball is sent over by Luke Rooney.

4:53

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Carlton, Alan McCormack makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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