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Di Canio enjoys winning start

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Paolo Di Canio made the perfect start to life as a manager as Swindon saw off Crewe 3-0 at the County Ground in their bid to win automatic promotion from npower League Two.

Oliver Risser scored a stunning volley in the 63rd minute after Callum Kennedy's penalty on the stroke of half-time gave them the lead. Defender Aden Flint wrapped up the win with a header from a corner with 13 minutes left.

Adam Virgo's 85th-minute penalty denied AFC Wimbledon a happy Football League debut as Bristol Rovers won 3-2 at Kingsmeadow.

Scott McGleish and Matt Harrold put the Pirates in charge but the Dons, promoted to the fourth tier via the Conference play-offs, looked on course for a point thanks to goals from skipper Jamie Stuart and substitute Charles Ademeno. However, Stuart handled in the box to give Virgo the chance to win it.

The League's other debutants, Crawley, conceded an injury-time equaliser to draw 2-2 at Port Vale, having been reduced to 10 men following John Dempster's dismissal with 13 minutes to go. Steve Evans side forged ahead in the 39th minute through Tyrone Barnett but Marc Richards' free-kick three minutes later drew Vale level.

Kyle McFadzean restored Crawley's lead in the 51st minute but the pressure told on the 10 men as Louis Dodds' close-range strike drew the Staffordshire men back on terms again.

Relegated Dagenham & Redbridge made a winning start as Medy Elito's strike on the hour was enough to see off Macclesfield at the Moss Rose, while Plymouth put aside their off-field problems to rescue a point at Shrewsbury thanks to Carl Fletcher's last-minute strike. James Collins had turned in Mark Wright's 69th-minute cross to put the Shrews in front.

Gillingham were 1-0 winners at home to Cheltenham despite the sending-off of Luke Rooney seven minutes from time. Lewis Montrose's 26th-minute effort proved to be enough for the Kent side. Aldershot won 2-1 at Bradford, with a 38th-minute Robbie Threlfall own goal decisive for Dean Holdsworth's men.

Barnet claimed a 1-0 victory at Morecambe thanks to Mark Byrne's 76th-minute strike, while Burton were held 2-2 at Torquay after Justin Richards' brace early in the second period appeared to have set them on the way to a win.

Lewis Grabban's 48th-minute effort earned Rotherham a 1-0 win at home to Oxford, Bilel Mohsni gave Southend a winning start at home to Hereford and Northampton and Accrington finished goalless.

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