SWINDON Town manager Paolo Di Canio has questioned his side’s “weak mentality” after they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Brentford last night.
Di Canio had predicted that some of his players would not be fully focused for the visit of the Bees following their 4-1 victory over Yeovil on Saturday and he was proved right as Clayton Donaldson netted Brentford all three points.
Incredibly, the Town boss had scribbled down the names of the three players in his starting XI who he expected to fail to come up to standard against the west London outfit before the match, and he revealed that the trio all produced below-par performances.
“We have too many of the youngest players with the snobby attitude sometimes. Once they play a fantastic game they fly away for four or five games and they are not capable of recharging their batteries as a professional,” he said.
“We are not capable to suffer and wait for the next time to take our chance because four or five are not ready for the top level.
“Normally when we create chances we create it with a different style, a different determination and it was clear since the beginning that the three names that I wrote down to Fabrizio that would fly out of the game – if the end there was four in my opinion – three of the four were the ones I wrote down.
“You can ask me why I played them. It’s not easy to change three players who have to link with the others when I try to play my football.
“I was sure because I know my players but sometimes you hope that the other seven can help. When they start like this they are very average. There are some players in here with a weak mentality.”
With the emergency loan window set to close tomorrow, Di Canio is targeting one more recruit to bolster his ranks.
He is believed to be after a winger and he hinted that there is one particular position he is keen to address in the short term.
“I’m not close. Two days to go I want to bring someone in, especially in a specific area because I’m very disappointed with one player specifically,” he said.
“I don’t want people who play tippy tappy football and who don’t have heart. It’s completely against my principles in football – no braveness, no heart, no desire, no commitment and not even fantastic quality. Why did I play him? Because after a few weeks I thought he could understand what I want.
“If he’s not capable I want to change and for this I want to bring in one player.”