Swindon Town beat Colchester to sustain their promotion push, amid uncertainty over the future of boss Paolo Di Canio.

Di Canio had stated his position at the Robins was untenable this week, because of issues with the club's ownership.

But his side edged out the U's thanks to substitute James Collins's second-half goal from Gary Roberts's cut-back.

Colchester's John White and Billy Clifford missed chances but the hosts could not prevent Swindon from moving to within two points of the top two.

The U's, who were fresh off back-to-back victories, remain 19th, two points above the relegation zone, despite having bright spells in the game.

Di Canio, who has been linked with the managerial vacancy at Nottingham Forest, was only able to name a squad of 15 out of a possible 18 because of injury and illness.

The Italian was as agitated as ever on the touchline, if not somewhat frustrated by his side's lack of quality in the first half.

And it remains to be seen whether the victory, which would have been more comfortable had Roberts and Aden Flint beat Sam Walker with late headers, will be enough to convince the former West Ham striker that his future lies at the County Ground.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne told BBC Essex:

"I thought we were well in it. I think we matched them, we had as many chances to score. I think overall we're disappointed we didn't come away from the game with at least a draw.

"It was a goal against the run of play. We switched off for a moment on a throw-in and it cost us. We need everybody concentrating and unfortunately we didn't at that moment and they scored what was a good goal.

"Once they scored they made it very difficult for us. We just couldn't break it down and in the end we wanted something from it, so we started throwing all sorts of forwards on and went for it."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Colchester United

  • 44 Walker
  • 02 Wright
  • 04 Okuonghae
  • 20 Wilson
  • 25 White
  • 40 Thompson
  • 41 Clifford (Compton - 85' )
  • 39 Porter (Morrison - 76' )
  • 11 Sears
  • 17 Ibehre
  • 21 Massey (Wright - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cousins
  • 18 Eastman
  • 14 Bond
  • 15 Bean
  • 30 Wright
  • 09 Morrison
  • 33 Compton

Swindon Town

  • 01 Foderingham
  • 03 McEveley
  • 04 Flint
  • 15 Thompson
  • 22 Ward
  • 06 Navarro Booked (Ferry - 58' )
  • 11 Roberts
  • 18 Miller
  • 16 Williams
  • 23 De Vita (Collins - 46' )
  • 28 Rooney (McCormack - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Bedwell
  • 08 Ferry
  • 12 McCormack
  • 09 Collins
Ref: Robinson
Att: 3,214

Match Stats

Shots

10 16

On target

8 10

Corners

7 12

Fouls

4 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

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

90:00 +2:20

James Collins challenges Brian Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:01

Corner taken short by Tommy Miller.

90:00 +1:44

Tommy Miller decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +1:35

A cross is delivered by James Collins, Brian Wilson gets a block in.

90:00 +0:43

Inswinging corner taken by Gary Roberts, Aden Flint takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker.

89:46

Gary Roberts takes a corner.

89:19

Centre by Alan McCormack, Gary Roberts takes a shot. Save made by Sam Walker.

88:01

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alan McCormack. Sam Walker takes the free kick.

84:34

Direct free kick taken by Sam Walker.

84:34 Substitution

Substitution (Colchester) makes a substitution, with Jack Compton coming on for Billy Clifford.

84:34

Gary Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John White.

82:39 Substitution

Substitution Adam Rooney goes off and Alan McCormack comes on.

80:10

Freddie Sears delivers the ball, save by Wes Foderingham.

79:16

Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Save by Wes Foderingham.

77:26

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tommy Miller, Header from deep inside the area by Aden Flint goes over the bar.

77:15

Corner taken left-footed by Gary Roberts, clearance made by John White.

76:31

Gary Roberts takes a shot. Blocked by David Wright.

75:20 Substitution

Substitution Clinton Morrison comes on in place of George Porter.

70:08

Inswinging corner taken by Tommy Miller from the left by-line, Aden Flint gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Magnus Okuonghae. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.

69:49

Andy Williams takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.

67:36 Substitution

Substitution Drey Wright is brought on as a substitute for Gavin Massey.

67:10

Corner taken by Billy Clifford, clearance by Aden Flint.

66:59

The ball is crossed by George Porter, Nathan Thompson gets a block in.

64:04

Tommy Miller takes a shot. Brilliant save by Sam Walker.

62:36

Andy Williams is ruled offside. Sam Walker takes the indirect free kick.

59:45

James Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Wilson. Free kick taken by Brian Wilson.

59:10

The ball is crossed by Simon Ferry.

57:54 Substitution

Substitution Alan Navarro goes off and Simon Ferry comes on.

56:35

Free kick taken by Billy Clifford.

56:35 Booking

Booking The referee shows Alan Navarro a yellow card.

56:32

Alan Navarro concedes a free kick for a foul on Freddie Sears.

56:08

Alan Navarro takes a shot. Josh Thompson gets a block in.

52:13

The assist for the goal came from Gary Roberts.

52:13 Goal scored

Goal! - James Collins - Colchester 0 - 1 Swindon Goal scored by James Collins from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Colchester 0-1 Swindon.

51:43

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Billy Clifford from the left by-line to the near post, Tommy Miller makes a clearance.

51:19

Jabo Ibehre takes a shot. Aden Flint gets a block in.

50:37

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Billy Clifford.

50:26

Jabo Ibehre delivers the ball, clearance made by Jay McEveley.

49:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jabo Ibehre by Jay McEveley. Free kick crossed right-footed by Billy Clifford from right wing, clearance by Adam Rooney.

47:45

Billy Clifford fouled by Gary Roberts, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Walker restarts play with the free kick.

47:16

George Porter takes a shot. Save made by Wes Foderingham.

45:53

Tommy Miller has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution James Collins comes on in place of Raffaele De Vita.

45:00 +1:40 Half time

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

45:00 +1:08

Tommy Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Clifford. Free kick taken by Sam Walker.

44:54

Adam Rooney takes a shot. Save by Sam Walker.

43:29

Billy Clifford takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Josh Thompson misses to the right of the target.

43:19

The ball is crossed by Gavin Massey, Jay McEveley gets a block in.

42:18

Unfair challenge on Jabo Ibehre by Jay McEveley results in a free kick. Brian Wilson restarts play with the free kick.

41:01

David Wright has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

39:29

Corner taken right-footed by Billy Clifford, Josh Thompson takes a shot. Darren Ward gets a block in.

37:49

George Porter takes a shot. Nathan Thompson gets a block in.

35:54

Andy Williams has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

33:16

The ball is crossed by Alan Navarro.

30:12

Foul by Freddie Sears on Tommy Miller, free kick awarded. Wes Foderingham takes the free kick.

29:14

Corner taken right-footed by Billy Clifford, clearance made by Aden Flint.

28:55

Billy Clifford takes a shot. Save by Wes Foderingham.

28:07

Darren Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Jabo Ibehre. Billy Clifford takes the free kick.

27:41

Adam Rooney is caught offside. Sam Walker takes the free kick.

25:58

Jay McEveley concedes a free kick for a foul on George Porter. Free kick taken by Billy Clifford.

24:43

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary Roberts from the right by-line, Andy Williams takes a shot.

24:29

Adam Rooney takes a shot. Josh Thompson gets a block in.

23:40

A cross is delivered by Gary Roberts.

22:28

Inswinging corner taken by Tommy Miller, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Adam Rooney goes wide right of the target.

21:41

Gary Roberts takes the inswinging corner, Adam Rooney takes a shot. Sam Walker makes a save.

21:17

Josh Thompson takes a shot. Save by Wes Foderingham.

19:20

Nathan Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Massey. Billy Clifford takes the free kick. John White takes a shot. Save by Wes Foderingham.

17:31

George Porter is ruled offside. Wes Foderingham takes the free kick.

16:28

Josh Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Rooney. Free kick crossed by Jay McEveley, save made by Sam Walker.

14:14

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary Roberts, John White makes a clearance.

14:05

Nathan Thompson sends in a cross, John White gets a block in.

12:53

A cross is delivered by Adam Rooney.

11:23

A cross is delivered by Andy Williams, Header by Darren Ward from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

10:34

George Porter concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay McEveley. Jay McEveley takes the free kick.

9:13

A cross is delivered by Gary Roberts, John White makes a clearance.

8:15

Corner from the right by-line taken by Billy Clifford, Adam Rooney makes a clearance.

7:11

Unfair challenge on Alan Navarro by David Wright results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Gary Roberts, clearance made by Josh Thompson.

4:38

The official flags Jabo Ibehre offside. Indirect free kick taken by Wes Foderingham.

0:39

Corner taken by Tommy Miller from the left by-line to the near post, Brian Wilson makes a clearance.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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