23 August 2014
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Barnet v Swindon Town Area Final 1st Leg

Swindon Town book place at Wembley

Swindon Town have booked their place at Wembley after defeating Barnet 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) at The County Ground.

February 2012

The Robins will now go on to play League One’s Chesterfield in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final on Sunday 25th March at Wembley.

Swindon, who controlled possession for large periods of the game, netted midway through the first-half when Alan Connell headed across goal from six-yards from a Paul Caddis cross.

Despite struggling in the first half, Lawrie Sanchez’s Barnet started the second half brightly but failed to find an equaliser with Wes Fotheringham stopping long-range shots from Ricky Holmes and Sam Deering.

All hopes of a Barnet comeback disappeared after Charlie Taylor – who came on as a substitute 10 minutes earlier - was shown a straight red for a professional foul on Oliver Risser in the dying minutes.

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio dedicated the 1-0 win to his late father.

The Italian, whose dad passed away in October, said his parents never got to see him play at the home of English football as a player.

He said: “I dedicate this win to my dad. It is a special moment because I never went to Wembley as a player.

“My dream was to always play at Wembley, so I’m very happy. I spent eight years thinking every season I would love to play in a cup final at Wembley.”

Barnet boss Lawrie Sanchez hailed his players because he felt they were beaten by a Championship side - not one from League Two.

Sanchez said: “We were playing the best team in the league. Whoever will finish above them will win the league.

“I give credit to Swindon. I think they are a Championship side in League Two. I think they will probably win the league.”

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