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MATCH REPORT: Swindon Town (2) v (0) Scunthorpe United
SWINDON TOWN recorded their third win in a row as they ran out 2-0 winners against Scunthorpe United courtesy of an Eoin Doyle brace. Total Sport Swindon's Rajan Hothi gives his match report from SN1.
One change was made from Town's win against Grimsby, as Tom Broadbent replaced the injured Rob Hunt while Jordan Lyden also missed out with a foot injury.
Swindon were handed a boost pre-match with Richie Wellens putting pen to paper on a new deal, but a frustrating opening 20 minutes failed to showcase the lift the news had on the players as the visitors set out to frustrate Town.
Diallang Jaiyesimi had the first half-chance of the game as he darted into the box, and got his shot off, although it was a comfortable save for Rory Watson in the Scunthorpe net.
A rotated Scunthorpe side were looking to take full advantage of their opportunity to stake a place in the first-team, and James Perch was looking lively as he caused panic among the Town back-line, but failed to challenge Steven Benda.
Alex Gilliead almost put Russ Wilcox's side ahead after 26 minutes with a thunderous strike, but Benda was equal to it as the Swansea-loanee pushed it behind for a corner.
Swindon were struggling to get going, but Paul Caddis almost supplied a brilliant piece of individual skill to put the hosts ahead. The Scotsman showed an unlikely bit of skill to get past two Scunthorpe defenders, though his effort did not trouble Watson.
Caddis went even closer after 37 minutes as his fantastic free-kick had the better of Watson, but not the beating of the bar which prevented the right-back from his first Town goal since his return.
Swindon were starting to knock on the door of the visitors, and Town went ahead after 40 minutes. Doughty found Jaiyesimi, who showed good strength, and had his cross headed home by Eoin Doyle as the Irishman bagged his first goal since signing on a permanent basis in January.
Wellens' side went into the half-time interval ahead, but they were nowhere near their best as Scunthorpe looked threatening on the break.
Swindon came out the blocks the quicker in the second-half, and almost doubled their lead ten minutes into the half. Good work from Lloyd Isgrove down the right saw the Welshman deliver a teasing cross that was almost turned into his own net by Rory McArdle.
Town went even closer just a couple minutes later as Doughty evaded a couple of challenges before delivering a low cross into the path of Doyle who should have bagged his brace, but the 31-year-old saw his close-range shot saved by Watson.
Though, Scunthorpe were starting to show signs of life and a couple of long-range strikes from Gilliead and George Miller that tested Benda gave the visitors hope of an equaliser.
However, all hopes of a leveller for the visitors disappeared as Swindon doubled their lead after 77 minutes. Doughty played the perfect through ball into Doyle who made no mistake as he dinked the Iron 'keeper to bag his second of the game.
Scunthorpe couldn't find a way back into the game, and Swindon secured their third win in a row.
The win keeps Swindon at the summit of League Two with Wellens' side entertaining Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.