February 19, 2013
Roberts has Robins flying
Gary Roberts netted a sensational double as Swindon shrugged off the departure of manager Paolo Di Canio to defeat Tranmere 3-1 and move top of League One.
Di Canio resigned on Monday citing off-field troubles at the club but it failed to halt the Robins on the pitch with James Collins putting them ahead soon after the break.
Roberts volleyed in a fine first from 25 yards before Donervon Daniels pulled one back.
But Roberts then netted from inside his own half to condemn Tranmere to a fourth consecutive defeat.
Swindon began the brightest and Miles Storey poked wide before Collins failed to find the target after goalkeeper Owain fon Williams fumbled in his area.
The Robins went ahead after 48 minutes, top scorer Collins beating fon Williams to a Simon Ferry through ball before finishing calmly into an empty net from the edge of the box.
Roberts then hammered in a stunning volley from 25 yards after 71 minutes before Daniels netted seven minutes later from Max Power's free-kick.
But Roberts settled it in style after fon Williams came up for a late Tranmere corner only for it to be cleared, allowing the Swindon man to shoot home from inside his own half.
|Tranmere Rovers||Swindon Town|
|1 Owain fon Williams||1 Wesley Foderingham|
|14 Zoumana Bakayogo||22 Darren Ward|
|19 Michael Kay||3 James McEveley|
|4 Ash Taylor||4 Aden Flint|
|23 Donervorn Daniels||18 Tommy Miller|
|10 Andy Robinson||12 Alan McCormack|
|24 Paul Corry||11 Gary Roberts|
|17 Max Power||8 Simon Ferry|
|18 David Amoo||9 James Collins|
|20 Michael O'Halloran||23 Raffaele De Vita|
|16 Cole Stockton||20 Miles Storey|
|33 Jason Mooney||Leigh Bedwell 30|
|5 Ian Goodison||Nathan Thompson 15|
|3 Paul Black||Chris Smith 32|
|12 Danny Harrison||Alan Navarro 6|
|7 Joe Thompson||Adam Rooney 28|
|15 Jake Kirby||Andrew Williams 16|
|22 Abdulai Bell-Baggie|
|Abdulai Bell-Baggie for David Amoo (64)||Andrew Williams for Miles Storey (25)|
|Paul Black for Cole Stockton (64)||Alan Navarro for Simon Ferry (75)|
|Nathan Thompson for Raffaele De Vita (81)|
|James McEveley (79)|
|· Squads: Tranmere Rovers | Swindon Town|