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SWINDON TOWN: De Vita has no fear of Stoke
SWINDON Town will not give up their total football mentality when they come up against Stoke in the second round of the Capital One Cup tonight, according to Raffa De Vita.
The Premier League side have become notorious under manager Tony Pulis for their physicality and robustness, both in defence and attack, with players such as Kenwyne Jones, Jon Walters, Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome amongst the options up front for Pulis at the Britannia Stadium this evening.
By contrast, Paolo Di Canio has tried to instill in his Swindon players an element of continental flair and De Vita insisted the Robins will not be bullied out of their usual passing game by the top-flight big boys.
“We’re never going to change our way of playing football. We’re still going to look to go forward in the same way, whoever we’re playing against,” he told the Advertiser.
“The way we defend is going to be a bit different in different games. Against Brighton we had to stand off a bit and with Hartlepool we had to be careful of the high balls but against MK Dons it was different.
“But when we’ve got the ball we have to play our way, that’s the way we like to play.
“Everyone knows how physical they are and how they take their kind of football to the opposition.
“We’ve gone through plenty of it in preparation for the game.
“It’s obviously a great chance. Last year we played Wigan and everybody wants to be involved in a game like that.
“If I get the chance to be involved it will be a fantastic experience.”
De Vita has started every game so far this season, rich reward for plenty of hard work over the summer, and many fans are viewing his emergence as a first-team regular as though he were a new signing.
But the wide man said he has not received any specific praise from Di Canio.
“He’s not that type of manager that comes up to you and praises you for doing okay,” he said.
“He’s happy with what we’re all doing at the moment and he always wants people to be doing their best and putting everything in.
“He was really, really angry after the Hartlepool game. He felt he had done everything and had put us in the best position to win the game and he wan’t happy with how things went.
“But since then, against Crawley and MK Dons, we’ve been much better and I think that’s helped.”