Di Canio keeping Robins grounded

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Manager Paolo Di Canio will not allow Swindon to take their foot off the pedal after a first away win of the season.

The improving Robins recorded their third straight league victory and ended Crawley`s long unbeaten home record with a 3-0 triumph at the Broadfield Stadium. A first-half goal from Alan Connell and two late strikes from Mehdi Kerrouche gave Di Canio`s men all three points.

The Italian said: "I'm really proud of my players but we must keep our feet on the ground. We're not going to relax a single bit. We start work again on Wednesday and, after getting our first points away from home, we will be trying to build on it."

He added: "Everything has come from our commitment during training in the week. It is possible to change direction with every game, so we must stay focused. But this performance gives me a lot of confidence for the future.

"I am proud of being part of this team. Crawley have been very strong at home yet we restricted them to few clear-cut chances."

Crawley's defeat means they have conceded nine goals in their last two games without scoring themselves, and boss Steve Evans believes the situation is the biggest test of character the management team have faced in the last 15 months.

"Things are not going for us," said Evans. "We've been decimated by injuries and are missing some huge players. That has really hurt us, but we must move on and concentrate on a really big match for us at home to Bradford on Saturday."

Evans had no doubt that striker Connell was in an offside position when he put Swindon ahead in the 28th minute.

He added: "The lad was two yards offside. The first goal was always going to be crucial. Yet had we managed to equalise, we might have gone on and won the game.

"We may need to chop and change for the visit of Bradford, but we'll go at it in positive fashion and hope to get back to winning ways."

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