Harsh lesson for Crawlet


Paolo Di Canio's Swindon dished out another harsh Football League lesson to new boys Crawley Town on a night when none of the teams starting in the top six in npower League Two managed to win.

Following their 6-0 humiliation at leaders Morecambe on Saturday, Crawley were undone by a late Mehdi Kerrouche double as Di Canio's men - leading through Alan Connell's 28th-minute effort - cruised to a 3-0 win.

Morecambe stay top of the table on goal difference after a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield, for whom Ben Tomlinson opened the scoring in the first minute. Danny Carlton's 16th-minute equaliser was enough for a point.

Second-placed Rotherham failed to capitalise as they also had to settle for a 1-1 draw away at Accrington Stanley. Richard Cresswell gave the Millers a 38th-minute lead before Sean Hessey's 83rd-minute free-kick grabbed Stanley a share.

Shrewsbury slipped to a 1-0 defeat from an early Chris Zebroski goal at Bristol Rovers but sit fourth in the table above Cheltenham and Torquay, who shared the spoils 2-2 at Plainmoor.

Port Vale were the biggest beneficiaries of the slip-ups above them, leaping to third in the table thanks to Tom Pope's dramatic injury-time header which edged a five-goal thriller against Bradford. Vale twice led through two first-half goals from Robert Taylor, only for Jamie Devitt and Ritchie Jones to level for the struggling Bantams before Pope's late intervention grabbed a 3-2 win.

At the bottom life does not get any easier for crisis club Plymouth, who remain with a solitary point from their eight games to date after Izale McLeod and Daniel Leach gave Barnet a 2-0 win at Underhill.

Second-bottom Hereford also continue to flounder after they were beaten 2-0 by improving Aldershot at Edgar Street. Michael Rankine opened the scoring on 19 minutes and Peter Vincenti made sure of the win eight minutes from time.

Mark Phillips headed home a Ryan Hall corner three minutes from time to earn 10-man Southend a hard-fought 1-0 win at home to Gillingham. The Shrimpers had Bilel Mohsni sent off on 66 and 10-man Northampton did an equally impressive job at AFC Wimbledon. Adebayo Akinfenwa put the Cobblers ahead and despite Nick McKoy's 45th-minute red card, Michael Jacobs' second-half double wrapped up a 3-0 win.

Burton Albion jumped into the play-off places with Justin Richards scoring the only goal of the game at home to Crewe, while Robert Hall scored in the first half for Oxford in a 1-0 win at Dagenham and Redbridge.

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