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It's not all about Charlie
PAOLO Di Canio has reminded his Swindon Town players that Burnley are not just a one-man team, despite all eyes focusing on the return of Charlie Austin tonight.
Austin arrives in Swindon for the first time since joining the Clarets in a £1.2million deal in January 2011, and his potent goal threat will undoubtedly be under the microscope during the build-up to the Capital One Cup third round encounter at the County Ground .
However, while acknowledging the 23-year-old’s abilities in the final third, Di Canio stressed that Burnley are not a Championship side purely because of Austin’s goalscoring feats.
“In the last game he scored twice and in the game before they lost at Leicester and he wasn’t in the game. It means he’s a crucial player in the last two years,” he said.
“I’ve watched the clips. I don’t know exactly his record but every two games I see him celebrate so it means he’s on fire.
“He’s not a very elegant player to watch but he’s a competitive guy, he’s got physical presence, in the box he’s a killer and we have to be really careful.
“It’s not about him, it’s about the way his teammates feed him that we have to be careful of. There will be a situation in the box where we have to mark him man for man, but you can give minimum chances to opponents like that if you work as a team, as a unit.
“It’s not all about him as all around the field there are players who can cause problems to us. They play football in a positive way.
“He is one of the dangermen for them.”
Di Canio expects Austin to get a good reception from the Town crowd just as he was welcomed back to his former clubs over the course of a long and distinguished playing career.
“He deserves it,” he said. “He did a good job. He always fought for his place and in the game. Before the game it is okay, I hope they are not going to sing his name during the game because this is an extra lift.
“Two seconds and then forget and then start to sing the name of our players.
“Everybody deserves a good reception when they go to place where they played. It happened to me in a million places, why not to him?
“It happened to me at Celtic, West Ham, Charlton, AC Milan, Juventus - there was not one group of fans who blamed me when I moved there.
“Maybe Sheffield Wednesday because I left in a strange way but even not there because I always did a good job. I wasn’t the best but I gave my best, my heart, and Charlie Austin is one of those players, in the way he plays he gives everything.”