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Di Canio - Three crazy minutes cost us
PAOLO Di Canio conceded ‘three crazy minutes’ proved Swindon’s undoing as Oxford kept hold of the derby bragging rights with a 2-0 win over the Robins at the Kassam Stadium today.
One-time Town target James Constable was sent off just 12 minutes into the game after elbowing Joe Devera in the face and for a moment it looked like it was going to be Town’s day.
However, Asa Hall opened the scoring when he stabbed home from Lee Holmes’ free kick in the 16th minute, before Oli Johnson added another goal for the U’s just two minutes later.
Town dominated the rest of the first half but found it difficult to break down the home side after the break, while keeper Ryan Clarke was in insatiable form.
But Di Canio accepted it was always going to be difficult after conceding the two quick goals.
“It was clear that we dominated straight away in the game but if you don’t finish your chances then you can pay your price in this kind of game,” he said.
“My players are obviously sad in this moment, especially because Oxford were down to 10 men after 10 minutes, so the outcome of the game should be different.
“It reminded me a bit of the beginning of the season where we dominated the first 20 minutes but don’t score the goal. In a way today was similar.
“We had three crazy minutes that unfortunately it had to happen today against Oxford. We have paid our price and in some ways they deserved to win, even if we had 20 shots.
“It didn’t happen for us, we paid our price but at the end of today we will still be at the top.”
Town do not have long to wait for the chance to make amends, with Dagenham & Redbridge the visitors on Tuesday.
“We move on from this game and look at Tuesday,” added Di Canio.
“We have to win this game and keep going with the run we have had until today.”