League One
SwindonSwindon Town2BarnsleyBarnsley0
By Caroline ChapmanBBC Sport at the County Ground
Raphael Rossi Brano
Raphael Rossi Branco's goal was only his second of the season

Swindon moved back into League One's top two with victory over Barnsley.

The hosts went ahead in the first half when Chelsea loanee John Swift whipped the ball in from the left and defender Raphael Rossi Branco lashed home.

The former league leaders should have made it 2-0 but Andy Williams saw his penalty saved by Ross Turnbull, after Swift was felled by Paul Digby.

But Turnbull gifted Swindon their second after the break, failing to smother Ben Gladwin's shot.

Mark Cooper's side went back up into second after MK Dons and Bristol City played out a 0-0 draw, while Barnsley fell to 15th after their sixth consecutive away defeat in the league.

Swindon dominated the first half and midfielder Swift's weaving move into the box was converted well by Branco for their opener.

Swift then earned his side a spot-kick, when he went down under Digby's challenge, but goalkeeper Turnbull went the right way to stop Williams' weak attempt.

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson kept top scorer Conor Hourihane on the bench until the second half and his introduction boosted the Tykes.

Swindon's flailing defence had to scramble to stop Hourihane's side-footed shot, with Branco making a last-ditch block, and Foderingham saved well from Peter Ramage.

But Gladwin put the result beyond doubt when he struck from the edge of the area and the ball squirmed underneath Turnbull.

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"I thought we were very good. I thought we totally dominated the football.

"The game should have been over a lot sooner than it was but we understand you can miss chances, you can miss penalties.

"All in all I thought it was a really good performance."

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"If you give a goal away as we did in the first instance you're going to have your backs against the wall.

"It was a very sloppy goal, we just fell asleep. We didn't pick the man that went out for the short corner.

"We've made a couple of mistakes and they've scored. But as the game went along we started to make it difficult for them."

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 29Rossi Branco
  • 5Stephens
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3Byrne
  • 4Luongo
  • 8KasimBooked at 90mins
  • 19Thompson
  • 15Toffolo
  • 14SwiftSubstituted forGladwinat 76'minutes
  • 10WilliamsSubstituted forSmithat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Gladwin
  • 9Smith
  • 20Obika
  • 23Barthram
  • 24Hylton
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers

Barnsley

  • 1Turnbull
  • 6CranieSubstituted forHourihaneat 45'minutes
  • 16Ramage
  • 15Mvoto
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 7Scowen
  • 14DigbySubstituted forJenningsat 45'minutes
  • 36Pearson
  • 20Smith
  • 37LalkovicSubstituted forKiwomyaat 71'minutes
  • 41Waring

Substitutes

  • 8Hourihane
  • 9Winnall
  • 10Hemmings
  • 11Jennings
  • 12Davies
  • 32Bailey
  • 42Kiwomya
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
8,380

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swindon Town 2, Barnsley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swindon Town 2, Barnsley 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dale Jennings (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  4. Booking

    Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Yaser Kasim (Swindon Town).

  6. Post update

    Josh Scowen (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Scowen (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Swindon Town 2, Barnsley 0. Ben Gladwin (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town).

  13. Post update

    (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Peter Ramage.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Peter Ramage (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.