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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio warns of banana skins ahead
PAOLO Di Canio has warned his Swindon Town players of the potential dangers of playing against two struggling sides over the next five days, as the Robins look to continue their climb up the League One ladder.
Swindon’s 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury on Saturday was Town’s third consecutive win in the league, their fourth in a row in all competitions, and extended the club’s unbeaten run to five matches.
The Robins now sit fourth in the league table and, with games against rock-bottom Bury and 20th-placed Colchester to come before the week is up, many expect Di Canio’s side to be sitting in an automatic promotion berth in the not-so-distant future.
However, the Italian pointed out how defeat to teams towards the foot of the division can really dent a squad’s confidence, and he is desperate for his players to maintain the focus which has helped make them the in-form side in League One over the past fortnight.
“He have to work, work, work, hard, hard and hard,” he told the Advertiser. “We know that the problem is in the next two games that we against bottom of the table clubs. That can be a big trouble.
“If we win then that can maybe push us up closer and make us believe that we can stay there for the rest of the season.
“We have built the moment up now, if you fall down against Colchester in a bad way on a banana skin or at Bury if we don’t perform like we can – that can be a problem in the opposite way to the moment we are in now.
“We have more knowledge and more experience, we have proved that since two weeks ago, but why be silly and not build an extra good mentality?
“Have a good rest and focus on the next game which can give us an opportunity to let us stay very close up the top.”