Paolo Di Canio warned Carling Cup second-round opponents Southampton that his Swindon side can beat any Championship outfit after a deserved success at Ashton Gate.

A 71st-minute header from substitute Raffaele De Vita put paid to a desperately poor Bristol City team after the League Two club had dominated for long periods. Di Canio kicked every ball with his team from the dugout and afterwards was full of praise for his players.

"If we play like that we can beat anyone in the Championship," he said. "We showed commitment, quality and determination and should have been two or three goals up at half-time."

He added: "When we didn't take our chances I feared the same thing was going to happen as in our last three games, all of which we lost when we should have won. But in the end we have scored a good goal and allowed Bristol City only one clear chance early in the second half.

"I have signed a lot of new players and I hope to bring in a new young defender from a Premier League club very soon, who will give us even more quality and play the sort of football I like my teams to play, even from the back."

That player is expected to be Arsenal reserve Daniel Boateng. But on this evidence he could face a difficult task getting into the Swindon side as their back four emerged from this game with huge credit.

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