PDC hails 'fantastic job' so far

POSITIVES: Paolo Di Canio

POSITIVES: Paolo Di Canio

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WHEREVER Swindon Town find themselves in League One at Christmas, manager Paolo Di Canio has insisted that the first half of the 2012/13 season will have been “fantastic” for the Robins.

Town can climb into fifth spot in the table, and cut the gap to the top two to just two points, with victory over leaders Tranmere at the County Ground tonight - although with the rest of the division playing tomorrow Di Canio & Co could find themselves back out of the play-off places by the time the turkeys go into the ovens next week.

However, simply being in contention to challenge for promotion in 2013 is enough for the Town boss to describe the achievements of his players and staff so far this campaign in glowing terms.

“It was the same situation this time last year. If we win we are very close there for one night but if we lose the day after we can be 11th in the table,” he said.

“I look at the positives. If we win we are there, if we draw we stay close. There is a balance.

“There is not a team now apart from Bournemouth, with seven wins in their last 10 games, who have a very good moment. Maybe Coventry too.

“We want to stay close there because after Friday we are halfway to go.

“Forget sixth, seventh or 10th, because it can make a difference in your eyes. Even at worst, if we are eighth or 10th in the table but three or four points from the play-offs that is a really good result because of what has happened this year.

“People think it’s normal, but it’s not normal. A new chairman, change of dynamics, an embargo for two months in the moment we had a bad injury crisis. It’s not easy.

“But thinking about what’s happened it’s been a fantastic result. Not good, a fantastic result we have done.

“We want to do super fantastic. We have to recognise that at worst we have done a fantastic job.”

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6:43am Fri 21 Dec 12

louiscassius says...

PDC,

I agree with you. Fantastic job!!

Well done to you, the staff and the players, oh and the board of course.

Long may your reign continue.

I reckon, team tonight will be:

Fodders, Devera, Macca, Ward, Thompson, Ritchie, Miller, Ferry, De Vita, Williams and Martin.

One change maybe Miller for Dutch......lets keep our fingers crossed for tonight lads....

COYR'sssss

Louis :-)))
PDC, I agree with you. Fantastic job!! Well done to you, the staff and the players, oh and the board of course. Long may your reign continue. I reckon, team tonight will be: Fodders, Devera, Macca, Ward, Thompson, Ritchie, Miller, Ferry, De Vita, Williams and Martin. One change maybe Miller for Dutch......lets keep our fingers crossed for tonight lads.... COYR'sssss Louis :-))) louiscassius
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6:52am Fri 21 Dec 12

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! says...

louiscassius wrote:
PDC,

I agree with you. Fantastic job!!

Well done to you, the staff and the players, oh and the board of course.

Long may your reign continue.

I reckon, team tonight will be:

Fodders, Devera, Macca, Ward, Thompson, Ritchie, Miller, Ferry, De Vita, Williams and Martin.

One change maybe Miller for Dutch......lets keep our fingers crossed for tonight lads....

COYR'sssss

Louis :-)))
Yes agreed. He could even bring in Miller for Ferry which he has done previously. Bring it on!
[quote][p][bold]louiscassius[/bold] wrote: PDC, I agree with you. Fantastic job!! Well done to you, the staff and the players, oh and the board of course. Long may your reign continue. I reckon, team tonight will be: Fodders, Devera, Macca, Ward, Thompson, Ritchie, Miller, Ferry, De Vita, Williams and Martin. One change maybe Miller for Dutch......lets keep our fingers crossed for tonight lads.... COYR'sssss Louis :-)))[/p][/quote]Yes agreed. He could even bring in Miller for Ferry which he has done previously. Bring it on! Ollie Reed's Parky dance!
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7:13am Fri 21 Dec 12

robstfc says...

Finish work today..... So drinks before, then 3 points then plenty more drinks afterwards.....
COYR.....

Let's get behind the team for the FULL 90 minutes tonight......
Finish work today..... So drinks before, then 3 points then plenty more drinks afterwards..... COYR..... Let's get behind the team for the FULL 90 minutes tonight...... robstfc
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7:21am Fri 21 Dec 12

KojaktheWarg says...

It's true it has been great to find ourselves in such a good position already as new boys. I expected Ritchie, Fodders, Macca, Ferry to continue as good as last year, but its been good to see Devera and De Vita improving and of course Thompson coming in.

Good message to the team ahead of the game Paolo.
It's true it has been great to find ourselves in such a good position already as new boys. I expected Ritchie, Fodders, Macca, Ferry to continue as good as last year, but its been good to see Devera and De Vita improving and of course Thompson coming in. Good message to the team ahead of the game Paolo. KojaktheWarg
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8:02am Fri 21 Dec 12

louiscassius says...

KojaktheWarg wrote:
It's true it has been great to find ourselves in such a good position already as new boys. I expected Ritchie, Fodders, Macca, Ferry to continue as good as last year, but its been good to see Devera and De Vita improving and of course Thompson coming in.

Good message to the team ahead of the game Paolo.
We Are Paolo's Red & White Army!!
[quote][p][bold]KojaktheWarg[/bold] wrote: It's true it has been great to find ourselves in such a good position already as new boys. I expected Ritchie, Fodders, Macca, Ferry to continue as good as last year, but its been good to see Devera and De Vita improving and of course Thompson coming in. Good message to the team ahead of the game Paolo.[/p][/quote]We Are Paolo's Red & White Army!! louiscassius
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8:08am Fri 21 Dec 12

mallorca says...

Yes it's good spot to be in after promotion last season.
Pdc has done the job and let's hope the results over the festive season goes the Towns way.
So good luck tonight
Yes it's good spot to be in after promotion last season. Pdc has done the job and let's hope the results over the festive season goes the Towns way. So good luck tonight mallorca
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9:06am Fri 21 Dec 12

rockdog says...

Well said Paolo. A fantastic job so far!!
Merry Christmas to all the staff and players at STFC.

COYR!!!
Well said Paolo. A fantastic job so far!! Merry Christmas to all the staff and players at STFC. COYR!!! rockdog
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9:18am Fri 21 Dec 12

Stilloyal says...

It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season.

Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation.

If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.
It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season. Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation. If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town. Stilloyal
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9:31am Fri 21 Dec 12

the don69 says...

Stilloyal wrote:
It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season.

Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation.

If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.
They say there's a little village in France that's gonna survive Loyal!are you there?LOL!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season. Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation. If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.[/p][/quote]They say there's a little village in France that's gonna survive Loyal!are you there?LOL!!!!!!!!!!! !!! the don69
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9:32am Fri 21 Dec 12

hertz says...

Website says 9k faithful tonight , maybe a few more walk ins WHICH WILL make for a great atmosphere .
"He is Paolo Mis Quote what you want" .

COYR
Website says 9k faithful tonight , maybe a few more walk ins WHICH WILL make for a great atmosphere . "He is Paolo Mis Quote what you want" . COYR hertz
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9:52am Fri 21 Dec 12

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Hertz lovely post and loving the positivity in here this morning. The sun is out, it's a beauty for football. I'm off to the bookies to collect last weeks winnings and reinvest again tonight. It's going to be a cracking Christmas....

COYR
Hertz lovely post and loving the positivity in here this morning. The sun is out, it's a beauty for football. I'm off to the bookies to collect last weeks winnings and reinvest again tonight. It's going to be a cracking Christmas.... COYR dreamofacleansheet2
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9:58am Fri 21 Dec 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

A win tonight would be an excellent result on three counts:
1) It could kickstart a return to form at home ahead of the Pompey and Carlisle home games.
.
2) It closes the gap on the existing leaders to just 2pts from about 11pts only a month or so back.
.
3) Given that Brentford (2nd) play Stevenage (6th); Sheff Utd (3rd) play at Crawley (10th) and Doncaster (4th) play MK Dons (5th)...we are going to gain points on at least 3 of the teams above given a win.
...
Have to say if those three fixtures all end in a draw then that would be a VERY Happy Christmas.
.
With Notts Co starting to pick up again it can only be good that Crewe (11th) play Bournemouth (9th) as 3pts would also help us to put some extra space between us and another team.
A win tonight would be an excellent result on three counts: 1) It could kickstart a return to form at home ahead of the Pompey and Carlisle home games. . 2) It closes the gap on the existing leaders to just 2pts from about 11pts only a month or so back. . 3) Given that Brentford (2nd) play Stevenage (6th); Sheff Utd (3rd) play at Crawley (10th) and Doncaster (4th) play MK Dons (5th)...we are going to gain points on at least 3 of the teams above given a win. ... Have to say if those three fixtures all end in a draw then that would be a VERY Happy Christmas. . With Notts Co starting to pick up again it can only be good that Crewe (11th) play Bournemouth (9th) as 3pts would also help us to put some extra space between us and another team. SAPFanSTFC
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10:26am Fri 21 Dec 12

louiscassius says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
Hertz lovely post and loving the positivity in here this morning. The sun is out, it's a beauty for football. I'm off to the bookies to collect last weeks winnings and reinvest again tonight. It's going to be a cracking Christmas....

COYR
Come on buddy...

Spill the beans.......

Whats your prediction on the score tonight and who's gonna score.....

See if we all can get some free cash from the bookies just before Christmas ...... hahahaha.

Kind regards

Louis :-)))
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: Hertz lovely post and loving the positivity in here this morning. The sun is out, it's a beauty for football. I'm off to the bookies to collect last weeks winnings and reinvest again tonight. It's going to be a cracking Christmas.... COYR[/p][/quote]Come on buddy... Spill the beans....... Whats your prediction on the score tonight and who's gonna score..... See if we all can get some free cash from the bookies just before Christmas ...... hahahaha. Kind regards Louis :-))) louiscassius
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10:33am Fri 21 Dec 12

louiscassius says...

SAPFanSTFC wrote:
A win tonight would be an excellent result on three counts:
1) It could kickstart a return to form at home ahead of the Pompey and Carlisle home games.
.
2) It closes the gap on the existing leaders to just 2pts from about 11pts only a month or so back.
.
3) Given that Brentford (2nd) play Stevenage (6th); Sheff Utd (3rd) play at Crawley (10th) and Doncaster (4th) play MK Dons (5th)...we are going to gain points on at least 3 of the teams above given a win.
...
Have to say if those three fixtures all end in a draw then that would be a VERY Happy Christmas.
.
With Notts Co starting to pick up again it can only be good that Crewe (11th) play Bournemouth (9th) as 3pts would also help us to put some extra space between us and another team.
Morning mate,

Sent ya an email late last night buddy.

Regards

Louis :-)
[quote][p][bold]SAPFanSTFC[/bold] wrote: A win tonight would be an excellent result on three counts: 1) It could kickstart a return to form at home ahead of the Pompey and Carlisle home games. . 2) It closes the gap on the existing leaders to just 2pts from about 11pts only a month or so back. . 3) Given that Brentford (2nd) play Stevenage (6th); Sheff Utd (3rd) play at Crawley (10th) and Doncaster (4th) play MK Dons (5th)...we are going to gain points on at least 3 of the teams above given a win. ... Have to say if those three fixtures all end in a draw then that would be a VERY Happy Christmas. . With Notts Co starting to pick up again it can only be good that Crewe (11th) play Bournemouth (9th) as 3pts would also help us to put some extra space between us and another team.[/p][/quote]Morning mate, Sent ya an email late last night buddy. Regards Louis :-) louiscassius
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10:36am Fri 21 Dec 12

Robinonfire says...

Ticket prices....should have done a discount for tonights game.

£25 to much
Ticket prices....should have done a discount for tonights game. £25 to much Robinonfire
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11:01am Fri 21 Dec 12

Steve. Brentford says...

the don69 wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season.

Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation.

If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.
They say there's a little village in France that's gonna survive Loyal!are you there?LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!
Bonjour mes amis, je n`y.
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season. Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation. If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.[/p][/quote]They say there's a little village in France that's gonna survive Loyal!are you there?LOL!!!!!!!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]Bonjour mes amis, je n`y. Steve. Brentford
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11:17am Fri 21 Dec 12

Oxon-Red says...

Stilloyal wrote:
It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season. Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation. If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.
11.15a.m. I hope you are right :-)

Half way point tonight. Last season at half way we had 40 points, sat 5th in the table and trailed the leaders by 9 points.

Win tonight, 39 points, 6th ? and at most 5 points behind the leaders.

Reasons to be cheerful, 1, 2, 3.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season. Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation. If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.[/p][/quote]11.15a.m. I hope you are right :-) Half way point tonight. Last season at half way we had 40 points, sat 5th in the table and trailed the leaders by 9 points. Win tonight, 39 points, 6th ? and at most 5 points behind the leaders. Reasons to be cheerful, 1, 2, 3. COYMR Oxon-Red
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11:35am Fri 21 Dec 12

Stilloyal says...

the don69 wrote:
Stilloyal wrote: It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season. Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation. If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.
They say there's a little village in France that's gonna survive Loyal!are you there?LOL!!!!!!!!!!! !!!
Couldn't get to France Don but I've got Napolean here so he will save me .
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season. Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation. If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.[/p][/quote]They say there's a little village in France that's gonna survive Loyal!are you there?LOL!!!!!!!!!!! !!![/p][/quote]Couldn't get to France Don but I've got Napolean here so he will save me . Stilloyal
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11:40am Fri 21 Dec 12

Stilloyal says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
Stilloyal wrote: It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season. Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation. If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.
11.15a.m. I hope you are right :-) Half way point tonight. Last season at half way we had 40 points, sat 5th in the table and trailed the leaders by 9 points. Win tonight, 39 points, 6th ? and at most 5 points behind the leaders. Reasons to be cheerful, 1, 2, 3. COYMR
Yep Oxon , I said 2 weeks ago that our position is so similar to last seasons. Paolo's language has been better the last couple of weeks too . Last season at this time he started saying we are the best in the league. He's not saying that yet but the vibes are becoming very positive.
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: It appears we are in for Pompy's Izale McCloud who will be a free agent in Jan. . Could mean Benno going to Pompey for the rest of the season. Yes Paolo a fantastic job although to read some comments here sometimes you'd think we're fighting relegation. If we get past 11.11a.m today then I predict 3points for Town.[/p][/quote]11.15a.m. I hope you are right :-) Half way point tonight. Last season at half way we had 40 points, sat 5th in the table and trailed the leaders by 9 points. Win tonight, 39 points, 6th ? and at most 5 points behind the leaders. Reasons to be cheerful, 1, 2, 3. COYMR[/p][/quote]Yep Oxon , I said 2 weeks ago that our position is so similar to last seasons. Paolo's language has been better the last couple of weeks too . Last season at this time he started saying we are the best in the league. He's not saying that yet but the vibes are becoming very positive. Stilloyal
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12:10pm Fri 21 Dec 12

MITTED says...

We are all those PDC-haters today who pick holes in everything he says? ;o)
COYR
We are all those PDC-haters today who pick holes in everything he says? ;o) COYR MITTED
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1:05pm Fri 21 Dec 12

PaisleyRed says...

Mad rush to make tonights game.

16:45 Glasgow to Bristol airport
18:10 bus to templemeads
18:41 Templemeads to Parkway
19:00 Parway to Swindon
ETA county ground 19:45

Can't afford any delays and I'm hearing the trains are not running well.
Mad rush to make tonights game. 16:45 Glasgow to Bristol airport 18:10 bus to templemeads 18:41 Templemeads to Parkway 19:00 Parway to Swindon ETA county ground 19:45 Can't afford any delays and I'm hearing the trains are not running well. PaisleyRed
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1:13pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Oi Den! says...

Great stuff. Good luck!
Great stuff. Good luck! Oi Den!
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1:20pm Fri 21 Dec 12

DarrenSTFCRomain says...

GOOD LUCK 2NIGHT BOYS...
Cant make it as im out on the riss..
GOOD LUCK 2NIGHT BOYS... Cant make it as im out on the riss.. DarrenSTFCRomain
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3:25pm Fri 21 Dec 12

stfc49 says...

MITTED wrote:
We are all those PDC-haters today who pick holes in everything he says? ;o)
COYR
Lying in wait :)
[quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: We are all those PDC-haters today who pick holes in everything he says? ;o) COYR[/p][/quote]Lying in wait :) stfc49
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4:46pm Fri 21 Dec 12

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Louis 2 nil Martin and Ritchie but I care not. 1-0 off one of their defenders backside's will do me tonight. All in.....
Louis 2 nil Martin and Ritchie but I care not. 1-0 off one of their defenders backside's will do me tonight. All in..... dreamofacleansheet2
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4:57pm Fri 21 Dec 12

SirReg says...

would swap my tropical, champagne, tax-free lifestyle like a shot to be there cheering the lads on tonight

COYR
would swap my tropical, champagne, tax-free lifestyle like a shot to be there cheering the lads on tonight COYR SirReg
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5:59pm Fri 21 Dec 12

Wilesy says...

PaisleyRed wrote:
Mad rush to make tonights game.

16:45 Glasgow to Bristol airport
18:10 bus to templemeads
18:41 Templemeads to Parkway
19:00 Parway to Swindon
ETA county ground 19:45

Can't afford any delays and I'm hearing the trains are not running well.
Good effort! And good luck with the transport....
[quote][p][bold]PaisleyRed[/bold] wrote: Mad rush to make tonights game. 16:45 Glasgow to Bristol airport 18:10 bus to templemeads 18:41 Templemeads to Parkway 19:00 Parway to Swindon ETA county ground 19:45 Can't afford any delays and I'm hearing the trains are not running well.[/p][/quote]Good effort! And good luck with the transport.... Wilesy
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