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County Ground (ATT 7,704) 20th February 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Sheldrake

Swindon Swindon Town vs Carlisle United Carlisle

Swindon 2

C Austin (31)
B Paynter (54)

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Austin: Set Swindon on their way

Austin: Set Swindon on their way

Swindon enhanced their play-off chances with a solid 2-0 win over Carlisle at the County Ground.

Swindon enhanced their play-off chances with a solid 2-0 win over Carlisle at the County Ground.

Only a Charlie Austin goal separated the teams at half-time in a match which saw both sides play a good passing game.

Swindon had the better of the early exchanges but it was not until the 31st minute that they took the lead through Austin, who latched onto a through ball, picked his spot and fired past Adam Collin for his 14th goal in 15 starts.

The hosts had several chances. Jonathan Douglas had a good opening in the 13th minute but his shot was parried by Collin from point-blank range.

Jon-Paul McGovern then saw his effort tipped over and Danny Ward sent a shot just wide.

Carlisle also had their moments, notably in the 17th minute when Ian Harte's free-kick forced a brilliant save from home keeper David Lucas.

On the stroke of half-time, Joe Anyinsah was denied after Lucas stretched to block his goal-bound effort with his legs.

Swindon increased their lead in the 52nd minute when Billy Paynter flicked on Alan Sheehan's driven free-kick to beat Collin.

The Robins peppered the visitors' goal for most of the second half but failed to add to their two goals.

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Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 33 70
2 Milton Keynes Dons 33 62
3 Preston North End 32 62
4 Swindon Town 33 61
5 Sheffield United 32 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 33 48
7 Chesterfield 33 45
8 Bradford City 32 45
9 Port Vale 33 45
10 Peterborough United 33 44
11 Fleetwood Town 33 44
12 Barnsley 33 44
13 Oldham Athletic 32 43
14 Gillingham 33 42
15 Rochdale 31 41
16 Walsall 33 41
17 Scunthorpe United 32 41
18 Crewe Alexandra 33 39
19 Notts County 32 38
20 Coventry City 32 36
21 Leyton Orient 32 35
22 Colchester United 33 34
23 Crawley Town 33 34
24 Yeovil Town 33 30

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