Di Canio salutes best achievement

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Paolo Di Canio
Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio hailed Swindon's League Two title win as the best moment of his career after seeing his side thrash Port Vale 5-0 to clinch the trophy.

Paul Benson scored twice and Matt Ritchie, Aden Flint and substitute Alan Connell were also on target as Swindon sealed the championship in style.

Proud Di Canio said: "As a player I won Serie A and the UEFA Cup but this the best because it is my first trophy as a manager. It is not about the medal. It is about taking charge of a team and my players deserve a lot of credit.

"We have been the best team in the division all season and deserve to go up as champions."

Di Canio wore a T-shirt with pictures of his parents on the front as he led his players up to collect their winners' medal after both tragically passed away in the space of four months.

The Italian, who only took charge at the County Ground last summer, said: "I hope they are looking down on me and smiling. They were my inspiration.

"The last few weeks have been very difficult for me but I had to focus on my job and making sure we won the league. I don't know what will happen next season, I just want to enjoy this moment."

Vale manager Micky Adams felt the one-sided scoreline was a little harsh on his team, who had the better of it until falling behind.

Adams said: "It was always going to be a big ask to come here and get a result against a team fighting for the title. We started well and probably had the better chances in the first half but once they scored the floodgates opened."

He went on to add: "Congratulations to Swindon and Paolo because it is not easy to win any league."

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