TRANMERE Rovers were defeated 3-1 on the road at Swindon on Tuesday evening.

Boss Nigel Adkins made five changes to his side from the weekend’s 1-0 loss against Forest Green as James Norris, Reece McAlear, Josh Hawkes, Paul Lewis and Luke Norris all returned to the starting 11.

Following an opening 20 minutes desperately low on quality, Swindon's Sean McGurk added some. He got the ball in the box, sold the defender with a dummy and then fired a shot beyond Luke McGee.

Tranmere did not need long to respond as a block fell to Rob Apter on the edge of the area and he drilled an effort first time into the bottom corner.

Swindon took their lead back as Udoka Godwin-Malife threaded a pass through the defence from inside his own half and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy rounded the goalkeeper to tuck home.

Hepburn-Murphy really had the beating of his full-back and again raced beyond him to get on the end of a pass and flashed a shot narrowly beyond the far post.

The 25-year-old had his second after the break when he galloped beyond the defence and a fine ball through and tucked his shot away.