December 21, 2012
Town hit Rovers for five
League One leaders Tranmere were ruthlessly swept aside 5-0 by Paolo Di Canio's rampant Swindon, who scored four times in the opening 33 minutes.
The hosts never looked back from the moment midfielder Danny Hollands, on loan from Charlton, scored with a deflected shot in the fourth minute.
Raffa de Vita got the second just three minutes later after cutting in from the left and there was no way back for Ronnie Moore's shell-shocked Tranmere.
Andy Williams had time to turn on the edge of the area to score a third after 21 minutes and Matt Ritchie made it four shortly after the half-hour when he was left unmarked at the far post.
Moore made two half-time changes, sending on Donervorn Daniels and Michael Kay but it made little difference.
Six minutes after the break Matt Ritchie found Williams in space to score his second of the evening and only then did Swindon ease up, their job done, with Williams missing the chance of a hat-trick when his penalty was well saved by Owain Fon Williams.
Tranmere stay top, for 24 hours at least, despite the crushing setback but Swindon move up to fifth, a mere two points behind.
|Swindon Town||Tranmere Rovers|
|1 Wesley Foderingham||1 Owain fon Williams|
|22 Darren Ward||5 Ian Goodison|
|5 Joe Devera||14 Zoumana Bakayogo|
|15 Nathan Thompson||2 Danny Holmes|
|12 Alan McCormack||4 Ash Taylor|
|8 Simon Ferry||10 Andy Robinson|
|26 Danny Hollands||6 Liam Palmer|
|10 Matt Ritchie||17 Max Power|
|23 Raffaele De Vita||11 Adam McGurk|
|16 Andrew Williams||9 Jake Cassidy|
|24 Chris Martin||20 Michael O'Halloran|
|30 Leigh Bedwell||Jason Mooney 33|
|2 Troy Archibald-Henville||Michael Kay 19|
|18 Tommy Miller||Paul Black 3|
|11 Gary Roberts||Donervorn Daniels 23|
|33 John Bostock||Danny Harrison 12|
|9 James Collins||Joe Thompson 7|
|28 Adam Rooney||Cole Stockton 16|
|Tommy Miller for Simon Ferry (54)||Donervorn Daniels for Ian Goodison (46)|
|Gary Roberts for Raffaele De Vita (65)||Michael Kay for Danny Holmes (46)|
|James Collins for Andrew Williams (72)||Paul Black for Zoumana Bakayogo (90)|
|· Squads: Swindon Town | Tranmere Rovers|