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    SAPFanSTFC wrote:
    madterrier wrote:
    SAPFanSTFC wrote:
    Stratton Red wrote:
    stred1 wrote: He might go with Flint and Devera in the centre of defence and Macca back in the centre of midfield with Ferry when Caddis is fit again. Macca can be our 'defensive' midfielder and they'll all be on the pitch when defending set pieces :-)
    I doubt Caddis will start on Sat so he might go Flint Devera CH and AM RB. If Flint has a good game then PDC will have a selection headache Tue as I expect Caddis will return then. * Agree it's hard on Devera, but it's a good place to be for STFC with so much comp for places. * He could always go 3 at the back, with Holmes/Rooney and Caddis on the wings, Ritchie, Ferry and Cox centre, Benson connell up tops.... * It's hotting up for places now...
    Have to say I've long been an advocate of the 3 at the back (Flint and Devera either side of Macca) with I'm guessing what most would remember as wing-backs(?) i.e. Caddis and Kennedy or Cibocchi (I prefer Kennedy). You've then got Ritchie, Ferry and Rooney across the middle and Benson and (Bodin/+1) up front - de Vita in behind Benson is why I'd keep him as an option.
    I think this is an interesting shout, three at the back. Very few teams in english football play with three at the back any more, although it's worth recalling that both Ardiles and Hoddle's promotion teams played 3-5-2 with wing backs (Kerslake and Bodin were brilliant in these positions). In Italian football there has been a big trend this season to play 3-4-3 (which is really 3-5-2 as the one of the front three usually drops back). Paolo being Italian must be aware of this trend, but he favours playing two out and out wingers, which wouldn't work with three at the back. Caddis, Kennedy and McCormack as sweeper behind Devera and Flint though - all look tailor-made for 3-5-2.
    Yep - I like that formation given the type of players we have. It also enables Ritchie / Rooney / Holmes to play that bit narrower for the overlap.
    Maybe we'll see it or Rooney and Ritchie swapping wings one day.
    Is Holmes a left footed left winger or is he right footed? Can't remember now.
    But with 3-5-2 the wing backs provide the width. The three other midfielders are two central/holding players, and one attacking midfielder in 'the hole', like Scholes used to play for England under Hoddle. Ritchie might fancy that hole-role, but we wouldn't need the amount of wingers we have for a 3-5-2 formation. We'd have to flog 'em.

    Anyway, Paolo prefers playing two wingers in a 4-4-2, and the signing of Rooney and Holmes in addition to what we already have underlines this, so I guess this is all academic."
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SWINDON TOWN: PDC's defensive Ade

Aden Flint, right

Aden Flint, right

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PAOLO Di Canio has decided against bringing in a defender on loan to Swindon before the transfer window shuts next week after being boosted by the return of Aden Flint to full fitness.

The former Alfreton skipper has not played for Town since the 1-0 win over Macclesfield on January 21 after suffering a groin injury.

Di Canio had feared Flint would miss the rest of the season and, with skipper Paul Caddis having also injured his ankle recently, the Town boss admitted last week that he planned to dip in the loan market and bring in a versatile defender as cover.

But Flint has surprised all with the rate of his recovery and has been training normally with the rest of his teammates for the last 10 days.

Consequently, Di Canio is not only confident the 22-year-old will be available for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final against Chesterfield a week on Sunday, but hinted that he could also be included in the squad for the trip to Crewe tomorrow.

“Aden has recovered quickly and we are happy,” said Di Canio.

“He is available, even for Saturday but whether he plays depends on me. I will make that decision.

“I don’t think I need to bring anyone else in now. Flint is back and Paul Caddis is nearly fit again and so the main part of my transfer activity is done.

“Anything can happen but we do not have a plan to bring in other players.”

Mehdi Kerrouche is back training with Swindon after returning from his loan spell at Oxford earlier this week, and Di Canio has not ruled out the striker having a part to play in the Robins’ end of season run-in.

“He is back training with us and he will need to train hard,” he added.

“It is obvious now that I have many players and it will be difficult for him to play. However, in football anything could be possible.”

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