SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio wants to rebuild fortress County Ground

Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

SWINDON boss Paolo Di Canio wants his side to start rebuilding their County Ground fortress this afternoon after their year-long unbeaten record came to an end in their last home game.

Leyton Orient lowered Town’s colours two weeks ago as a Lee Cook goal snatched a 1-0 victory, the first time Town had been beaten at home since Southampton left Wiltshire victorious on August 30 last year.

The Robins host Bournemouth today after halting a run of four games without a win with a 2-1 victory at Portsmouth on Tuesday night, and Di Canio is convinced his side will win if they produce a performance similar to the opening 80 minutes at Fratton Park.

“It’s obvious that not every time it will be possible to play as we did for 80 minutes against Portsmouth because we did very well but we must try, especially at home,” he said.

“Bournemouth are another team who try to play good football, a good system, they’ve got quality up front - it’s obvious they are going to try to close all the space for us and then try to counter once they regain the ball.

“It will be tough but in this game we will see if we are capable of playing in a different manner with our system and our principle.

“One day it would happen, it happened unfortunately two weeks ago and we lost a game and now we have to start again and make the County Ground a fortress.

“If we play like we did at Portsmouth, even if we put in trouble the result in the last 10 minutes, at home if we go 2-0 up then it will be easy to handle the situation until the end.

“We have to start again well at home and forget the defeat and let this ground become a fortress again for us because that will be crucial during the season.”

Di Canio knows his side will be in for a tough afternoon today.

“They are a work in progress in some ways. Some players joined just at the beginning of the season - O’Kane, Grabban - they already know how to play but it takes time to understand everything.,” he said.

“They have some individuals who can cause problems.

“It’s true that they have drawn five games but they are a good side and if we don’t take this seriously we could fall in a trap.

“If we do our jobs I know that we are better than them, this is my opinion.

“But they can have their chance if we don’t play at 100 per cent.”

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7:04am Sat 22 Sep 12

graham81 says...

Come on you reds !!! Let's get nasty ..... REAL NASTY !!!!!
Come on you reds !!! Let's get nasty ..... REAL NASTY !!!!! graham81
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7:37am Sat 22 Sep 12

Mushymushy says...

Based on the stats it should be Bournemouth 2 Swindon 1,this is only based over the last 10 years, i can count on one hand how many times we have played them in that time it will be a close call today and a tough game but I reckon a draw is on the cards the team still aint ready the front are not doing it for me yet, they don't seam to be able to gel and loose their way which is why we cannot get the results. But good luck today
Based on the stats it should be Bournemouth 2 Swindon 1,this is only based over the last 10 years, i can count on one hand how many times we have played them in that time it will be a close call today and a tough game but I reckon a draw is on the cards the team still aint ready the front are not doing it for me yet, they don't seam to be able to gel and loose their way which is why we cannot get the results. But good luck today Mushymushy
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7:38am Sat 22 Sep 12

smirg kcab says...

You couldn't rebuild gorse hill at the same time can you?
Onwards and upwards
You couldn't rebuild gorse hill at the same time can you? Onwards and upwards smirg kcab
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7:57am Sat 22 Sep 12

red white says...

Put the floodlights on!

Enough to scare most teams at the famous Swindon Town.

Ha!
Put the floodlights on! Enough to scare most teams at the famous Swindon Town. Ha! red white
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9:01am Sat 22 Sep 12

the wizard says...

We should perhaps start then with a confident mid field and defence, play Ferry because he is clearly our best option. We also need to bring back Macca's confidence and assured composure, as it has all but disappeared compared to last season.
Would like to see Thompson on for the 90 today as well.
We should perhaps start then with a confident mid field and defence, play Ferry because he is clearly our best option. We also need to bring back Macca's confidence and assured composure, as it has all but disappeared compared to last season. Would like to see Thompson on for the 90 today as well. the wizard
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9:12am Sat 22 Sep 12

nlorenzo says...

anyone noticed poxfords form lately, soon we will be getting even more supporters from Oxfordshire and Oxford City will become a bigger team than them! And what about Bristol Rovers, heading for the conference?
anyone noticed poxfords form lately, soon we will be getting even more supporters from Oxfordshire and Oxford City will become a bigger team than them! And what about Bristol Rovers, heading for the conference? nlorenzo
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9:28am Sat 22 Sep 12

red white says...

nlorenzo wrote:
anyone noticed poxfords form lately, soon we will be getting even more supporters from Oxfordshire and Oxford City will become a bigger team than them! And what about Bristol Rovers, heading for the conference?
Yes!
Both troubled clubs,Ha ha ha !
[quote][p][bold]nlorenzo[/bold] wrote: anyone noticed poxfords form lately, soon we will be getting even more supporters from Oxfordshire and Oxford City will become a bigger team than them! And what about Bristol Rovers, heading for the conference?[/p][/quote]Yes! Both troubled clubs,Ha ha ha ! red white
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9:43am Sat 22 Sep 12

CountyGroundFaithfull says...

I think ferry needs to play today although navarro was excellent tuesday, id also like to see bostock get some time as i feel he can offer so much. Same with TAH didn't really notice what he did at the time but as soon as he got injured our defence seemed weaker? Also Di Canio will have a headache with his selection up front as Williams has to play and im sure James Collins is hoping for a start to make amends for tuesday and justify his fee, and the goalscorers from carlilse probably wanting to start i wouldnt want to be Paolo today!
I think ferry needs to play today although navarro was excellent tuesday, id also like to see bostock get some time as i feel he can offer so much. Same with TAH didn't really notice what he did at the time but as soon as he got injured our defence seemed weaker? Also Di Canio will have a headache with his selection up front as Williams has to play and im sure James Collins is hoping for a start to make amends for tuesday and justify his fee, and the goalscorers from carlilse probably wanting to start i wouldnt want to be Paolo today! CountyGroundFaithfull
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10:13am Sat 22 Sep 12

London Red says...

My guess is:

Wes
Thompson Ward Macca McEveley
Rithie Ferry Miller Roberts
Collins Williams
.
Bedwell Devera Troy Navarro Bostock Benson A. Rooney
My guess is: Wes Thompson Ward Macca McEveley Rithie Ferry Miller Roberts Collins Williams . Bedwell Devera Troy Navarro Bostock Benson A. Rooney London Red
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10:14am Sat 22 Sep 12

Robinonfire says...

Ferry and Bostock in midfield hopefully....and Bob the builder to start building the fortress.

Come on you REDS
Ferry and Bostock in midfield hopefully....and Bob the builder to start building the fortress. Come on you REDS Robinonfire
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11:00am Sat 22 Sep 12

RobinsTalk says...

I would like to see TAH alongside the out of favour Flint or Ward at the centre of defence with Macca in midfield alongside Ferry or Bostock. Macca would hold the midfield while Ferry/Bostock went forward, although Macca's no stranger to charging forward himself is he? I know it means leaving Miller and Navarro out but Macca hasn't looked as solid at the back so far this season like he did last and we really don't want to leave the skipper out!

Having said all that I'm sure 'the gaffer' has a game plan for today and know's who the best options are to implement that plan and I still have complete faith in Paolo as our manager to guide this team to promotion again this season.
I would like to see TAH alongside the out of favour Flint or Ward at the centre of defence with Macca in midfield alongside Ferry or Bostock. Macca would hold the midfield while Ferry/Bostock went forward, although Macca's no stranger to charging forward himself is he? I know it means leaving Miller and Navarro out but Macca hasn't looked as solid at the back so far this season like he did last and we really don't want to leave the skipper out! Having said all that I'm sure 'the gaffer' has a game plan for today and know's who the best options are to implement that plan and I still have complete faith in Paolo as our manager to guide this team to promotion again this season. RobinsTalk
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11:00am Sat 22 Sep 12

pdc does wot he wants says...

id like to see macca drop to the bench and troy to start because he clearly hasnt been that good this season we have had a lot more defending to do this season with the step up in quality of teams and he doesnt seem to be coping id like to see 2 natural CBs play cuz we need a clean sheet
wes
thompson troy ward mceverly
ritchie miller ferry roberts
rooney williams
id like to see macca drop to the bench and troy to start because he clearly hasnt been that good this season we have had a lot more defending to do this season with the step up in quality of teams and he doesnt seem to be coping id like to see 2 natural CBs play cuz we need a clean sheet wes thompson troy ward mceverly ritchie miller ferry roberts rooney williams pdc does wot he wants
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1:09pm Sat 22 Sep 12

old town robin says...

With Tubbs and Grabben up front they have strikers who can hurt us if our crntre back pairing are not on their game.
With Tubbs and Grabben up front they have strikers who can hurt us if our crntre back pairing are not on their game. old town robin
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1:10pm Sat 22 Sep 12

louiscassius says...

Hi Lads,

Well i hope we have a good game today.

I would also like to see Troy and Ward together. Also like to see Ferry and Bostock, i know they are/seem to be attacking Midfielders but; if you gave Ferry a little holding role; keep his energy levels and Bostock as a play maker; i think we would terrorise defences with Ritchie and Roberts cutting in, with Williams cutting around the box, jesus teams wouldnt know where to look first....lol

COYR'ssssssssssssss

Louis :-))))))
Hi Lads, Well i hope we have a good game today. I would also like to see Troy and Ward together. Also like to see Ferry and Bostock, i know they are/seem to be attacking Midfielders but; if you gave Ferry a little holding role; keep his energy levels and Bostock as a play maker; i think we would terrorise defences with Ritchie and Roberts cutting in, with Williams cutting around the box, jesus teams wouldnt know where to look first....lol COYR'ssssssssssssss Louis :-)))))) louiscassius
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1:12pm Sat 22 Sep 12

louiscassius says...

old town robin wrote:
With Tubbs and Grabben up front they have strikers who can hurt us if our crntre back pairing are not on their game.
We need to hit Grabban hard; he doesnt like the rough stuff......not enough to hurt him bad, i mean just let him know he's not getting an easy ride today.....mawl him, stick to him, stiffle the fella; he gets in a right old paddy..........

Louis :-=))))
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: With Tubbs and Grabben up front they have strikers who can hurt us if our crntre back pairing are not on their game.[/p][/quote]We need to hit Grabban hard; he doesnt like the rough stuff......not enough to hurt him bad, i mean just let him know he's not getting an easy ride today.....mawl him, stick to him, stiffle the fella; he gets in a right old paddy.......... Louis :-=)))) louiscassius
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3:32pm Sat 22 Sep 12

red white says...

Ha ha 2-0 !
Ha ha 2-0 ! red white
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5:41pm Sat 22 Sep 12

ShearerShearer says...

Fortress rebuilt
Fortress rebuilt ShearerShearer
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