Seven-point itch for Di Canio

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Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio believes seven more points from their next three games will seal promotion from npower League Two following a 2-0 victory over Barnet.

The Robins got back to winning ways after their Johnstone's Paint Trophy final misery and the disappointing home draw with Bristol Rovers. Two first-half strikes decided the contest, Ronan Murray opening the scoring before Oliver Risser prodded in at the back post to atone for the own-goal that helped Chesterfield seal victory at Wembley.

And with a trip to Morecambe next up before home games with Northampton and struggling Plymouth, Di Canio can see the finishing line. The Robins boss said: "It's not mathematically definite but if we can get seven points in the next three games, I believe we can celebrate promotion at home with our fans."

He added: "I think maybe we need 86 or 87 points just to be sure. It is not a simple task but I think my players can do it. We have hard games to play but so does everybody else, we're all in this position and anything is possible.

"We have the same amount of games left as Crawley and Shrewsbury and we're eight points clear of them, perhaps it's like nine points with our superior goal difference.

"This game wasn't easy but the way we came out and took our chances was amazing. I'm glad of the way we won because we had players out. But I was sure that we would be full of adrenaline and be really disciplined, and that we would come through our bad period and win the game."

The result leaves struggling Barnet just three points above the relegation zone but goalkeeper Dean Brill believes his side are good enough to survive the drop.

Brill said: "We've showed enough this season to suggest that we're good enough to stay up. All the games will be difficult but there's enough quality and confidence in this side to pull us through.

"Izale (McLeod) missed a good chance but he's scored enough goals for us this season. I would never put any blame on him.

"The boss feels the same as us. We don't need the manager to tell us what we've done wrong. Everyone in the dressing room is disappointed. It's a cliche but we've got to put it behind us and move onto the next game.''

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