Di Canio hails high-flying Robins

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Paolo Di Canio was thrilled as Swindon bounced back from Saturday's derby defeat at Oxford with a 4-0 rout of 10-man Dagenham.

Goals from Billy Bodin, Joe Devera, substitute Luke Rooney and former Dagger Paul Benson helped the rampant Robins open up a six-point lead at the top of npower League Two.

Di Canio, who saw his team's 10-game winning run bought to an end with a 2-0 reverse at the hands of their bitter rivals, was overjoyed with the character his side showed against the Daggers. He said: "My players responded very well to losing the derby to Oxford so I am very happy."

He added: "We started a little bit shy and the fact we scored four without playing fantastic football and creating lots of chances means a lot. It shows a maturity and to win without playing well impressed me.

"We are further clear in the table than we were before and to have 70 points with 12 games to go means a lot. Another four wins and I am sure we are going to go up. Are we capable of winning four games? Of course we are. We are capable of winning 10.

"We cannot relax because we want to win every game because we want to go up as champions but six points is a big advantage. It means even if you go mad for two games in a row you will still be top. The fact we had four different scorers shows there is no selfish attitude for this team and they all want to work for each other."

Swindon came close to taking the lead on 21 minutes when Bodin hit a post after rounding two Dagenham defenders. Bodin made amends seconds later by racing in to slot home Benson's pin-point low cross from eight yards.

Dagenham were given a mountain to climb when striker Josh Scott was sent off for a reckless tackle on midfielder Oliver Risser. Devera headed in Rooney's 59th minute corner to make it 2-0 before Rooney himself put the game out of Dagenham's reach four minutes later when his powerful shot was palmed into the net by Jon Bond.

Benson had the last word against the club where he launched his career, tapping in Rooney's low cross from a yard out 15 minutes from time.

Daggers boss John Still, whose side are battling to avoid a second successive relegation, said: "I was pleased with my player's effort against a good Swindon side who are going up. Coming here with 11 men was hard enough but the sending off made it even harder. I have not seen a replay but Josh said it was a harsh decision."

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