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County Ground 9th August 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: F Graham

Swindon Swindon Town vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

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Robins see off Rovers

Strike duo inspire Robins

Last Updated: 09/08/08 9:06pm

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Paynter: On the mark

Paynter: On the mark

Swindon began the new League One season at home in emphatic style with a 3-1 win over Tranmere.

Swindon strikers Simon Cox and Billy Paynter combined to comfortably see off Tranmere 3-1 as the Robins began the new League One season at home in emphatic style.

Paynter and Cox were a constant thorn in the side of the Tranmere defence, who were fortunate to emerge from the game with conceding only three goals. Paynter headed the first on five minutes and from that moment on it was one-way traffic.

Jon-Paul McGovern delicately chipped a cross towards the far post and Paynter rose above his marker to direct a powerful header over the line.

Swindon dominated, passing their way around the flat-footed Tranmere midfield, and the second goal after 37 minutes had an air of inevitability about it. Goalkeeper Peter Brezovan's long punt upfield was headed on by Paynter and Cox was the beneficiary, finishing from 12 yards.

The hosts then marched into an unassailable lead five minutes into the second half when Cox turned provider, crossing low for McGovern to slam home.

Tranmere undeservedly nicked a consolation five minutes from the end through the determination of Edrissa Sonko, who crossed at the second attempt for debutant Bas Savage to stab home from close range.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 32 67
2 Milton Keynes Dons 32 62
3 Swindon Town 32 60
4 Preston North End 31 59
5 Sheffield United 31 52
6 Bradford City 31 45
7 Doncaster Rovers 32 45
8 Fleetwood Town 32 44
9 Oldham Athletic 31 43
10 Chesterfield 32 42
11 Gillingham 32 42
12 Port Vale 32 42
13 Rochdale 30 41
14 Walsall 32 41
15 Peterborough United 32 41
16 Barnsley 32 41
17 Scunthorpe United 31 40
18 Notts County 31 38
19 Crewe Alexandra 32 38
20 Colchester United 32 34
21 Coventry City 31 33
22 Crawley Town 32 33
23 Leyton Orient 31 32
24 Yeovil Town 32 29

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