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SWINDON TOWN: McCormack approves of training methods

Swindon Advertiser: Town's Alan McCormack Town's Alan McCormack

ALAN McCormack believes Swindon Town are in pole position in the League One promotion chase thanks to the training methods of manager Paolo Di Canio.

With games set to come thick and fast over the next two months, due to postponements at Christmastime, the Robins will require every ounce of stamina they have to maintain their challenge at the top of the table.

Di Canio’s strict focus on fitness has already proved effective on the field of play this season, with Town scoring 14 goals after the 75th minute of matches and conceding just six - of which three were against Premier League sides in the shape of Aston Villa and Stoke and one the most unfortunate of own goals by Louis Thompson in the FA Cup first-round defeat to Macclesfield.

McCormack is confident that the Robins’ ability to play hard from first whistle to last and then recover quickly in preparation for another game, gives the squad a foundation from which to launch themselves at elevation to the Championship.

“How we train is geared up for this time of the year - Christmastime, January and February - if you look at most teams, when they win leagues or get promoted, these three months are the most important,” he said.

“You have a lot of games and a lot of games called off and that causes a backlog of games to catch up on Saturday-Tuesday. There fitness proves to be the case for us, that’s the most important thing for us and that’s what gets us really punishing teams in the last 20 minutes.

“We score a lot of goals in the last 20 minutes. When we go to places teams come at us for the first 20 or 25 minutes but we’ve proved we can handle quite a lot of pressure. When our fitness steps in and comes to the front we play our natural football.

“We’re all good players, we’ve all got natural quality, and when we’re able to do that in the last 20 minutes it plays a massive part in any season.”

It’s not only the manager’s methods that inspire Town, according to McCormack, it’s also what some would perceive to be his madness.

Di Canio places great significance on the way his squad trains, and even the most consistent players could risk losing their spot in his starting XI if they lose focus during the week. And with such a deep pool of talent to choose from, the players know they cannot ease up in or away from competitive action at any point.

“We said at the start of the year, we looked at the squad and we’re all very privileged to be in a squad of this quality. We’re continuing to push each other every single day in training. There are lads on the bench who should be playing, there are lads itching to get back into the team and are pushing very hard,” said McCormack.

“The manager doesn’t allow any sulking or anybody to let their head down one bit, and if you do that you’re out of the squad and you’re not allowed to train with the squad any more.

“We’ve got 18 or 20 people here pushing every single person, and when you have that with the quality everybody’s got, it brings the best out of everyone."

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6:37am Fri 25 Jan 13

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! says...

Well lets hope you play better than last Saturday Macca?
Well lets hope you play better than last Saturday Macca? Ollie Reed's Parky dance!
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7:17am Fri 25 Jan 13

stfc2012 says...

That'll give him confidence. The odd bad game he's allowed. Played out of position almost all the time, and kept a clean sheet Sat as well as being part of the best defence in the league.
That'll give him confidence. The odd bad game he's allowed. Played out of position almost all the time, and kept a clean sheet Sat as well as being part of the best defence in the league. stfc2012
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8:10am Fri 25 Jan 13

London Red says...

But I thought the players all hated PdC and his methods and were desperate for him to leave?
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Oh it was just more FL paper style posts!
But I thought the players all hated PdC and his methods and were desperate for him to leave? . Oh it was just more FL paper style posts! London Red
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8:26am Fri 25 Jan 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

London Red wrote:
But I thought the players all hated PdC and his methods and were desperate for him to leave?
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Oh it was just more FL paper style posts!
Nope - They really do hate his training and management methods LR - they hate learning from him and being loaned to STFC and no one wants to stay and improve themselves!
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:-)
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Just shows what are like eh!?....always too many people willing to jump in and speculate based on a little bit of info as they can't be bothered to get their facts right.
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I wonder who or what paper will be next to have a pop at us?....or maybe they have finally learnt their lesson?
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: But I thought the players all hated PdC and his methods and were desperate for him to leave? . Oh it was just more FL paper style posts![/p][/quote]Nope - They really do hate his training and management methods LR - they hate learning from him and being loaned to STFC and no one wants to stay and improve themselves! ---- :-) ---- Just shows what are like eh!?....always too many people willing to jump in and speculate based on a little bit of info as they can't be bothered to get their facts right. ---- I wonder who or what paper will be next to have a pop at us?....or maybe they have finally learnt their lesson? SAPFanSTFC
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9:07am Fri 25 Jan 13

Another view says...

SAPFanSTFC says...
8:26am Fri 25 Jan 13


London Red wrote:
But I thought the players all hated PdC and his methods and were desperate for him to leave?
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Oh it was just more FL paper style posts!
Nope - They really do hate his training and management methods LR - they hate learning from him and being loaned to STFC and no one wants to stay and improve themselves!
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:-)
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Just shows what are like eh!?....always too many people willing to jump in and speculate based on a little bit of info as they can't be bothered to get their facts right.
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I wonder who or what paper will be next to have a pop at us?....or maybe they have finally learnt their lesson?”

- C'mon. guys. Both your posts are ones I generally enjoy reading, but this record's wearing a bit thin. As far as I know we're all supporting the same side.
SAPFanSTFC says... 8:26am Fri 25 Jan 13 London Red wrote: But I thought the players all hated PdC and his methods and were desperate for him to leave? . Oh it was just more FL paper style posts! Nope - They really do hate his training and management methods LR - they hate learning from him and being loaned to STFC and no one wants to stay and improve themselves! ---- :-) ---- Just shows what are like eh!?....always too many people willing to jump in and speculate based on a little bit of info as they can't be bothered to get their facts right. ---- I wonder who or what paper will be next to have a pop at us?....or maybe they have finally learnt their lesson?” - C'mon. guys. Both your posts are ones I generally enjoy reading, but this record's wearing a bit thin. As far as I know we're all supporting the same side. Another view
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9:35am Fri 25 Jan 13

avo says...

Another view wrote:
SAPFanSTFC says... 8:26am Fri 25 Jan 13 London Red wrote: But I thought the players all hated PdC and his methods and were desperate for him to leave? . Oh it was just more FL paper style posts! Nope - They really do hate his training and management methods LR - they hate learning from him and being loaned to STFC and no one wants to stay and improve themselves! ---- :-) ---- Just shows what are like eh!?....always too many people willing to jump in and speculate based on a little bit of info as they can't be bothered to get their facts right. ---- I wonder who or what paper will be next to have a pop at us?....or maybe they have finally learnt their lesson?” - C'mon. guys. Both your posts are ones I generally enjoy reading, but this record's wearing a bit thin. As far as I know we're all supporting the same side.
You can hardly blame them for wanting to ram it down certain people's throats tho can you?
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How long will it be before the next drivel bombardment the many will have to put up with, posted by the ill informed few?
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Everyone has a right to post, isn't that what we're constantly reminded?
[quote][p][bold]Another view[/bold] wrote: SAPFanSTFC says... 8:26am Fri 25 Jan 13 London Red wrote: But I thought the players all hated PdC and his methods and were desperate for him to leave? . Oh it was just more FL paper style posts! Nope - They really do hate his training and management methods LR - they hate learning from him and being loaned to STFC and no one wants to stay and improve themselves! ---- :-) ---- Just shows what are like eh!?....always too many people willing to jump in and speculate based on a little bit of info as they can't be bothered to get their facts right. ---- I wonder who or what paper will be next to have a pop at us?....or maybe they have finally learnt their lesson?” - C'mon. guys. Both your posts are ones I generally enjoy reading, but this record's wearing a bit thin. As far as I know we're all supporting the same side.[/p][/quote]You can hardly blame them for wanting to ram it down certain people's throats tho can you? . How long will it be before the next drivel bombardment the many will have to put up with, posted by the ill informed few? . Everyone has a right to post, isn't that what we're constantly reminded? avo
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9:37am Fri 25 Jan 13

madterrier says...

I wish that 4th was pole position!
I wish that 4th was pole position! madterrier
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9:37am Fri 25 Jan 13

HOOKEY says...

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! wrote:
Well lets hope you play better than last Saturday Macca?
another muppet
[quote][p][bold]Ollie Reed's Parky dance![/bold] wrote: Well lets hope you play better than last Saturday Macca?[/p][/quote]another muppet HOOKEY
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9:47am Fri 25 Jan 13

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! wrote:
Well lets hope you play better than last Saturday Macca?
Pointless post.

Stick to the positives....another clean sheet.
Not doing gloom and doom after last Thursday's news.
[quote][p][bold]Ollie Reed's Parky dance![/bold] wrote: Well lets hope you play better than last Saturday Macca?[/p][/quote]Pointless post. Stick to the positives....another clean sheet. Not doing gloom and doom after last Thursday's news. TheDukeOfBanbury
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9:59am Fri 25 Jan 13

Stilloyal says...

Some people are never satisfied.
Some people are never satisfied. Stilloyal
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10:45am Fri 25 Jan 13

London Red says...

Terrier - it could well be very very soon
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Win tomorrow - we go 4 behind
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2 games in hand could see us go 2 ahead!
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Granted we have to win those 3 - but think Macca is looking at it as we think we can due to the mini pre-season we were put through which has really seen us kick on post that break
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I agree I would rather be in Tramnemers position with those 6 points aready in the bag - but out of the top 6 we are still in an extremely strong position - certainly better than the others in the PO spots - as at least a game in hand and with more points!
Terrier - it could well be very very soon . Win tomorrow - we go 4 behind . 2 games in hand could see us go 2 ahead! . Granted we have to win those 3 - but think Macca is looking at it as we think we can due to the mini pre-season we were put through which has really seen us kick on post that break . I agree I would rather be in Tramnemers position with those 6 points aready in the bag - but out of the top 6 we are still in an extremely strong position - certainly better than the others in the PO spots - as at least a game in hand and with more points! London Red
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12:15pm Fri 25 Jan 13

madterrier says...

Four consecutive away games looks a pretty tough ask. On paper it seems like our position might be overstated, but this season not only has our away form been very good, but it's been the same story throughout the division. Home advantage not what it once was, particularly as you won't be allowed to instruct your ball boys to lie on the ball any more.

Certainly a run of four away games should be a season-defining period.
Four consecutive away games looks a pretty tough ask. On paper it seems like our position might be overstated, but this season not only has our away form been very good, but it's been the same story throughout the division. Home advantage not what it once was, particularly as you won't be allowed to instruct your ball boys to lie on the ball any more. Certainly a run of four away games should be a season-defining period. madterrier
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2:16pm Fri 25 Jan 13

London Red says...

run of 3 now!
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not sure if that is good or not - they might be way off the boil time the re-arrange game comes round while we have stormed to the top!
run of 3 now! . not sure if that is good or not - they might be way off the boil time the re-arrange game comes round while we have stormed to the top! London Red
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2:25pm Fri 25 Jan 13

FORZASTFC says...

Macca has been a rock for us from day one!
Plays in different positions and still performs to his high standards. Top Pro!
I am quite happy for him to have the odd "average" game? We at STFC are blessed to have him as our CAPITANO!
Macca has been a rock for us from day one! Plays in different positions and still performs to his high standards. Top Pro! I am quite happy for him to have the odd "average" game? We at STFC are blessed to have him as our CAPITANO! FORZASTFC
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2:35pm Fri 25 Jan 13

FORZASTFC says...

madterrier wrote:
Four consecutive away games looks a pretty tough ask. On paper it seems like our position might be overstated, but this season not only has our away form been very good, but it's been the same story throughout the division. Home advantage not what it once was, particularly as you won't be allowed to instruct your ball boys to lie on the ball any more.

Certainly a run of four away games should be a season-defining period.
And i have faith that we will do it!
[quote][p][bold]madterrier[/bold] wrote: Four consecutive away games looks a pretty tough ask. On paper it seems like our position might be overstated, but this season not only has our away form been very good, but it's been the same story throughout the division. Home advantage not what it once was, particularly as you won't be allowed to instruct your ball boys to lie on the ball any more. Certainly a run of four away games should be a season-defining period.[/p][/quote]And i have faith that we will do it! FORZASTFC
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1:07am Sat 26 Jan 13

STFCman&boy1973 says...

avo wrote:
Another view wrote:
SAPFanSTFC says... 8:26am Fri 25 Jan 13 London Red wrote: But I thought the players all hated PdC and his methods and were desperate for him to leave? . Oh it was just more FL paper style posts! Nope - They really do hate his training and management methods LR - they hate learning from him and being loaned to STFC and no one wants to stay and improve themselves! ---- :-) ---- Just shows what are like eh!?....always too many people willing to jump in and speculate based on a little bit of info as they can't be bothered to get their facts right. ---- I wonder who or what paper will be next to have a pop at us?....or maybe they have finally learnt their lesson?” - C'mon. guys. Both your posts are ones I generally enjoy reading, but this record's wearing a bit thin. As far as I know we're all supporting the same side.
You can hardly blame them for wanting to ram it down certain people's throats tho can you?
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How long will it be before the next drivel bombardment the many will have to put up with, posted by the ill informed few?
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Everyone has a right to post, isn't that what we're constantly reminded?
Spot on, I agree, we all had to endure other peoples posts about how he'd lost them, they're off, and such like...

I think its called reap what you sow!!!
[quote][p][bold]avo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Another view[/bold] wrote: SAPFanSTFC says... 8:26am Fri 25 Jan 13 London Red wrote: But I thought the players all hated PdC and his methods and were desperate for him to leave? . Oh it was just more FL paper style posts! Nope - They really do hate his training and management methods LR - they hate learning from him and being loaned to STFC and no one wants to stay and improve themselves! ---- :-) ---- Just shows what are like eh!?....always too many people willing to jump in and speculate based on a little bit of info as they can't be bothered to get their facts right. ---- I wonder who or what paper will be next to have a pop at us?....or maybe they have finally learnt their lesson?” - C'mon. guys. Both your posts are ones I generally enjoy reading, but this record's wearing a bit thin. As far as I know we're all supporting the same side.[/p][/quote]You can hardly blame them for wanting to ram it down certain people's throats tho can you? . How long will it be before the next drivel bombardment the many will have to put up with, posted by the ill informed few? . Everyone has a right to post, isn't that what we're constantly reminded?[/p][/quote]Spot on, I agree, we all had to endure other peoples posts about how he'd lost them, they're off, and such like... I think its called reap what you sow!!! STFCman&boy1973
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