Di Canio hails second-half response

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Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio admitted his side were fortunate to survive an early onslaught against Crewe but poured praise on his players for the way they battled back to kickstart his life in management with a 3-0 victory.

The Alex flew out of the blocks at the County Ground and passed up numerous chances to establish an advantage before Callum Kennedy, Oliver Risser and Aden Flint goals secured the points.

Di Canio told Town`s official website: "We have to be honest, the first half-hour we were in trouble, they deserved to score but they didn`t and we won."

He added: "After half an hour we were in a little bit of trouble but the lads were amazing and they didn`t lose their confidence.

"We were too shy to start with, when it was important to squeeze together and stop their players. But in the second half they were fantastic and we deserved to win."

He added: "I said to them to have a drink but it's a sparkling water.

"A good team does not celebrate too long. We play on Tuesday and the real celebration only comes at the end of the season."

Crewe counterpart Dario Gradi agreed with the views of Di Canio and was left to rue his side's wastefulness at the start of the encounter.

"We started really well and could have been 3-0 up quite easily in the opening 25 minutes," Gradi told Crewe's official website. "We were the side asking all the questions and then we go in behind because of a penalty that I wouldn't have given.

"I said to them before the game that it is how we react to disappointments. We didn`t overcome that and rarely threatened in the second half. I don`t think we put a move together of any note. Overall I thought we looked a lot better first half than them and they ran rings around us in the second half."

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