Robins' resilience delights Di Canio

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Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio hailed his team's work ethic as Swindon took a step closer to promotion with an ugly 1-0 win at home to Aidy Boothroyd's Northampton.

Lee Holmes second-half strike was enough to separate the two teams in a game that struggled to ignite wet and windy conditions at the County Ground.

Di Canio, however, felt his team showed great resilience throughout the course of the 90 minutes to keep their 22nd clean sheet of the season.

He said: "From front to back we are working well as a unit. Sure Wes (Foderingham) and the defence has played well but the midfield and frontline have played their part too.

"They (Northampton) had a guy, Akinfenwa, who scored 18 goals this season. Paul (Benson) and Alan (Connell) have scored half that but I am happy with this because they work hard off the ball and play for the team."

It was far from Swindon's best performance of the season as both teams struggled to contend with the tricky conditions.

The game, somewhat, sparked into life after Holmes' strike as the home side went in search of a second.

Northampton, on the other hand, rarely threatened the hosts' goal with Brett Williams coming closest in the 80th minute.

Cobblers boss Boothroyd admitted he was disappointed his side came away with nothing to show for a brave performance.

"It wasn't a good game and I am a little disappointed with the performance. We huffed and puffed a bit and it's disappointing we've got nothing to show for our efforts," he said.

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