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Swindon Advertiser: THANKS: Paolo Di Canio gestures after victory at Oldham THANKS: Paolo Di Canio gestures after victory at Oldham

PAOLO Di Canio paid tribute to the 297 Swindon Town fans who travelled to Oldham after his side’s 2-0 victory at Boundary Park.

The Robins boss made a beeline for the away support at the final whistle, after two Raffa De Vita goals had handed Town their first League One victory in four attempts, and the Italian made several gestures to those who made the trip to Greater Manchester.

Explaining what he had said to the Swindon crowd in his post-match interview, Di Canio stressed that he was simply saying thank you to the fans who braved the long journey and significant expense at Christmastime to follow their team.

He said: “It’s a long trip, they spent a lot of money. In this moment, even if they’re proud about the players in the way they behave, it’s still two games and one point and not completely close to the play-offs.

“Three hundred people is a big number in this moment of season, close to Christmas where the people spend money on gifts.

“That is real loyalty – without speaking too much but following their team, clapping their hands, hoping that we can win.

“At the end of the day, once again as it happened many times in the last 18 months, they travel back very happy – not only for the goals and for the victory but because the performance was really professional.

“I said thanks so much and I reminded them that they are our strength.

“It’s important for me too because it’s obvious that since the day that Jeremy left something changed and for me it’s important to let the people know that if I remain in here it’s for my players.

“Even if someone thinks that they don’t like me I’m sure that they love me completely, even if they hate me.

“Because like a severe old brother you hate him, I had three older brothers, but if someone touches my brother I want to kick him.

“I’m sure that they know they need me for some reason.

“I told my fans thank you because if I’m in here it’s for my players and for you because I promised something and I don’t give up until I go through my plan.

“I said that you have a big insurance here. Paolo Di Canio is a big insurance that the players will behave professionally.

“Their support is very important.”

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7:01am Mon 17 Dec 12

red white says...

Yooouuu Reds!

Nice one Paolo!
Yooouuu Reds! Nice one Paolo! red white
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10:08am Mon 17 Dec 12

pdc does wot he wants says...

i see no one wants to coment when paolo is being positive and thanking the fans.
big game friday hopefuly 3 more points need to start winning at home.
i see no one wants to coment when paolo is being positive and thanking the fans. big game friday hopefuly 3 more points need to start winning at home. pdc does wot he wants
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10:17am Mon 17 Dec 12

KerroucheIsntOnFire says...

Spot on PDC - Everyone is quick to have a moan when he has a pop at our terrible youth system! Yet when he praises the fans it all goes quiet! Paolo is king!
Spot on PDC - Everyone is quick to have a moan when he has a pop at our terrible youth system! Yet when he praises the fans it all goes quiet! Paolo is king! KerroucheIsntOnFire
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10:48am Mon 17 Dec 12

Stilloyal says...

Well done Paolo and well done to all you travelling faithful. I wish I could travell away more but sadly my state pension doesn't stretch that far.
Merry christmas to you all !
Well done Paolo and well done to all you travelling faithful. I wish I could travell away more but sadly my state pension doesn't stretch that far. Merry christmas to you all ! Stilloyal
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11:24am Mon 17 Dec 12

MITTED says...

pdc does wot he wants wrote:
i see no one wants to coment when paolo is being positive and thanking the fans.
big game friday hopefuly 3 more points need to start winning at home.
They were also very quiet when the truth came out about treating players' injuries in Italy............
In Paulo we trust.
COYR
[quote][p][bold]pdc does wot he wants[/bold] wrote: i see no one wants to coment when paolo is being positive and thanking the fans. big game friday hopefuly 3 more points need to start winning at home.[/p][/quote]They were also very quiet when the truth came out about treating players' injuries in Italy............ In Paulo we trust. COYR MITTED
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12:01pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Devon Red says...

I will comment if it makes you feel better.
It is good to read a positive story about true fans and a manager who appreciates them.
Well done the 300.
Lets have more articles like this.
I will comment if it makes you feel better. It is good to read a positive story about true fans and a manager who appreciates them. Well done the 300. Lets have more articles like this. Devon Red
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12:11pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Swindon1984 says...

pdc does wot he wants wrote:
i see no one wants to coment when paolo is being positive and thanking the fans. big game friday hopefuly 3 more points need to start winning at home.
True enough - a bit of balance would be nice. Got no problem with people criticising when it's due, but to be fair you then have to recognise the good things as well. That's my biggest problem with some on here, not that they make criticisms of the manager, which is fine when it's warranted, but that you ONLY hear from them when there's something to whinge about!
[quote][p][bold]pdc does wot he wants[/bold] wrote: i see no one wants to coment when paolo is being positive and thanking the fans. big game friday hopefuly 3 more points need to start winning at home.[/p][/quote]True enough - a bit of balance would be nice. Got no problem with people criticising when it's due, but to be fair you then have to recognise the good things as well. That's my biggest problem with some on here, not that they make criticisms of the manager, which is fine when it's warranted, but that you ONLY hear from them when there's something to whinge about! Swindon1984
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1:51pm Mon 17 Dec 12

billbst says...

Well said Paolo. Our away support is something to warm the heart.
Well said Paolo. Our away support is something to warm the heart. billbst
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4:57pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Dover Red says...

As said above,well done PDC , i would say the away fans will always be with him as he really does appreciate them and they know he will do his best for us and the club.
As said above,well done PDC , i would say the away fans will always be with him as he really does appreciate them and they know he will do his best for us and the club. Dover Red
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5:19pm Mon 17 Dec 12

DarrenSTFCRomain says...

Fairplay 2ya Paolo...That will mean a lot to the fantadtic loyal fans that went on saturday and every away game...
Fairplay 2ya Paolo...That will mean a lot to the fantadtic loyal fans that went on saturday and every away game... DarrenSTFCRomain
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5:22pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Dover Red says...

Only 10 posts on this one , must be too good news !
Whers LONDON RED ?
Only 10 posts on this one , must be too good news ! Whers LONDON RED ? Dover Red
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5:50pm Tue 18 Dec 12

yorkrobin says...

I'm sure Paolo only made those comments to make me & son feel guilty, after all Oldham is only 80 miles from home . Yep, we should have gone, but then I was feeling a bit snotty at the weekend. Well done to the brave 300ish who did attend.
I'm sure Paolo only made those comments to make me & son feel guilty, after all Oldham is only 80 miles from home [and an absolutely delighful place on a December afternoon]. Yep, we should have gone, but then I was feeling a bit snotty at the weekend. Well done to the brave 300ish who did attend. yorkrobin
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