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Leeds manager Simon Grayson called on his players to "dig deep and not give up the ghost" after Swindon condemned them to a fourth successive defeat.

A brace from Billy Paynter and a third from Charlie Austin saw the Robins climb into the top two with a 3-0 victory at Elland Road.

Grayson said: "It is a hugely disappointed home dressing room. It is never easy for a manager to come and talk after four defeats on the trot but we have to be positive and believe we can turn our season round.

"We never looked like getting back into the game after their second goal, which is very disappointing, but we have to make sure the things we did wrong are put right at Yeovil on Monday.

"We are not out of the race for automatic promotion and we have players capable of winning seven games in a row to get us there. We have to get back to doing the things that got us to the top before this bad run."

Swindon assistant manager Peter Shirtliff was understandably delighted with his side's display.

"It was a terrific result," he said. "It wasn't as easy as 3-0 but it is the second time we have beaten Leeds by that score this season.

"We were a bit under siege in the first half and couldn't quite get to grips with their formation, but we had a few chances on the counter-attack and Billy nicked a goal for us just before half-time, which was an important time to score. It gave us a lift and put a dampener on them.

"Billy's second goal was a terrific strike. He turned and pulled the trigger into the top corner and Charlie scored the third, so our two strikers have come up trumps again."

Shirtliff added: "We know we are a good side but we`re not getting carried away."

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Topics:
Yeovil Town
Bristol City
Football
Charlie Austin
League One
Swindon Town
Billy Paynter
Leeds United
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