PAOLO Di Canio suggested his Swindon Town players need to find their way into an opponent’s penalty area 80 times if they are going to score more than once in a game, after seeing the Robins emerge with a 1-1 draw despite dominating Doncaster at the County Ground.
Matt Ritchie’s eighth-minute strike only proved enough for a share of the spoils, as Danny Hollands and Chris Martin hit the woodwork and Gary Roberts and Andy Williams both spurned glorious chances against second-placed Donny.
Di Canio estimated after the match that Town had got into the Rovers box on 60 occasions during the game and cut a frustrated figure when talking about his forwards’ profligacy in front of goal.
“I told my players to be more clinical in wide areas because we were probably 60 times in the opponents’ box and that is not enough to score two goals,” he said.
“We have to arrive 80 times, probably. If we deliver 80 better balls into the box we are going to score two because, unfortunately, every two balls in our box we can concede a goal.
“I said that in some areas it’s clear that, for many reasons, I don’t want to attack or underestimate players but everyone can improve. When the problem is in (their heads), when the people go blurry. I’m not a psychiatrist, otherwise I would change jobs, I am a football manager that tries to help.
“Unfortunately an injury for example, and I’m talking about Andy Williams, probably put him in a bad situation and saw him drop back to the past in a negative way.
“Apart from the 30-minute magic moment against Aston Villa because of the adrenaline and the atmosphere, in a normal day I am very disappointed with him. Not in terms of commitment, but now I cannot wait any more with this situation.
“We work much more than the other sides in the league. We work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, evening Friday morning now we practice how to keep the ball.
“There is a limit to extend their attention for some details. Sometimes it is too much so you have to reduce the pressure to help. I’ve tried everything, now it’s been three months. It’s enough time to understand that if the problem is in (their heads) I can only work on my pillars which are tactical and discipline.
“That will help us to have a decent season and save the season well, establish this club in League One in a very good manner.”