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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 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40

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