Manager Kevin MacDonald believes Swindon can hold on to their place in the npower League One play-offs after a 4-1 demolition of Crewe at the County Ground.

The Robins put behind them some recent nervous performances, including a defeat against promotion rivals Sheffield United last weekend, to trounce their mid-table opponents. Adam Rooney was the star, netting a double to add to efforts from James Collins and Massimo Luongo.

MacDonald's team are now in sixth place, four points ahead of three clubs chasing the last play-off position - which Swindon occupy with only two matches remaining.

MacDonald said: "The lads played well although they got a bit sloppy in the second half. At home, we have always made chances and this time we took them."

It was Swindon's first victory at home since January 19 and ended a costly run of three successive defeats.

MacDonald added: "The players had to give the fans something to cheer after losing at Sheffield United and I am pleased we managed to do that. The crowd enjoyed themselves because we got the early goals and played some decent stuff. We got four goals and created plenty of other chances but you score goals as a team and concede goals as a team.

"The whole group put in a good performance and we need to keep doing that for the remaining league matches and hopefully three more in the play-offs."

Crewe manager Steve Davis focussed on the positives, saying:" "We needed to look at our youngsters to see if they were good enough for next season. The Swindon goalkeeper could have been sent off but there are no excuses for losing the game in the first 20 minutes or so.

"We did not deal properly with their first goal and then conceded two gifts. It was better in the second half and in goal terms it was 1-1 but there were enough chances at both ends for Swindon to have won 7-5. We had lots of chances but we have to learn to keep working. Even so, with five key players out, our average age was 20.

"Overall, it was a hard night and there were some indifferent performances from some of our players but I would have been more disappointed if we had created nothing."