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Promo a no-go despite double swoop?
TOWN boss Paolo Di Canio has warned that his double capture of Danny Hollands and Chris Martin doesn’t immediately make his side capable of fighting for promotion from League One.
The Italian has repeatedly expressed his concerns about the impact the club’s transfer embargo has had on the Robins’ chances in recent weeks, and after Saturday’s win at Walsall he insisted a promotion challenge was still not realistic.
Di Canio was able to bring Charlton midfielder Hollands and Norwich striker Martin to the County Ground on loan on Thursday, and although he was delighted to have been able to add to his squad, he insisted their arrivals do not mean anything - yet.
“Not because they came are we now going to win, I have the same idea as a few days ago because they only signed recently,” he said.
“The first few days everybody has real enthusiasm and they want to work more and not have Wednesday off. “They join us with full information about my way to manage, because they spoke to each other and they accept and are curious and want it.
“The problem may be if we have a problem in two or three weeks time when we have more confidence when they test the situation. If they are ready to understand they can become a better footballer that can be crucial, but it is clear we brought in players with experience for win in League One.
“But at the moment we are in the same situation as a few days ago, but with two extra players who can make a difference in my team.
“At the moment this didn’t happen, and it doesn’t mean that even if they were very good we are going to go up.
“We lost time and we will see gradually if we can maintain top eight position but it is not easy, I have more option at the moment.
“As they won (League One) already is positive because they have personality and quality, but we can’t realistically think we can stay there for long.”