Swindon go top without Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio was not missed in Swindon's first game since his departure
Paolo Di Canio was not missed in Swindon's first game since his departure Photo: PA

Swindon are the new leaders of npower League One after they won 3-1 at Tranmere, 24 hours after Paolo Di Canio quit the Wiltshire club.

Tranmere were at one point some way ahead at the top of the table but they have faltered of late with no team really picking up the baton and asserting themselves.

Instead, just two points separate the top six after tonight.

The Robins are searching for a new manager after Di Canio's exit last night but his absence had little impact on the team's performance.

All the goals came in the second half.

James Collins hit a fierce long-range opener for the Robins (48) with Gary Roberts (71) firing into the top left-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards to double the lead.

Tranmere pulled one back seven minutes later when Donervon Daniels slotted home from close range but any hopes of a comeback were dashed by Roberts' stunning long-range strike at the death.

In the other League One match, Oldham climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Stevenage.

James Dunne gave Stevenage a ninth-minute lead but the Latics hit back through Dean Furman (46) and a James Tarkowski header (60).