Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio stressed that consolidation in League One was still his top priority after watching Town beat struggling Walsall 2-0 at the Banks's Stadium to move up to sixth in the table.

Goals from skipper Simon Ferry, after just 57 seconds, and Matt Ritchie clinched all three points.

Di Canio said: "We have to be realistic. We have had eight players out injured, and but for the transfer embargo (lifted two days ago) I would have brought in two, three or four players. We need to be established in League One and maybe next year try to go up."

Di Canio said after the home FA Cup defeat to Macclesfield earlier this month that he would like to fine his players, but he said here: "The answer to that result has been fantastic."

The Italian also praised what Walsall are trying to achieve with young players, adding: "I think they had 17 points from their first nine games but have only two points from the last seven so obviously something went wrong, but they will get out of this crisis in the future."

Ferry opened the scoring early on when he lashed home a cross from Gary Roberts, before Ritchie made sure of the points with a low drive after 62 minutes.

Walsall's best effort came from a Jamie Paterson free-kick which Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham turned round a post at full stretch.

Disappointed Walsall boss Dean Smith, whose men have now gone 10 games without a win in all competitions, felt Swindon were up there with the best sides in League One.

"Swindon are as good a team as we have played against in terms of physicality and the quality of their players. They are right up there," he said.

"We showed a lot of endeavour but were on the wrong side of the result. Swindon have spent a lot of money but this football club (Walsall) have good people who want to work here. A lot of clubs out there go into administration and have transfer embargoes, but this club runs a steady ship and will continue to do so."