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Brighton cup clash attracts Sky cameras
PAOLO Di Canio will lead his Swindon Town side into battle in front of the Sky Sports cameras when Brighton visit the County Ground in the Capital One Cup first round in August.
The game, which will be the first match of the new season for both sides, has been chosen to be screened live by the broadcasting giant on Tuesday, August 14 with kick-off at 7.45pm.
Former Robins assistant manager Gus Poyet is in charge of the Championship Seagulls, while the south coast club also boasts ex-Town men Gordon Greer and Peter Brezovan amongst their ranks.
And Di Canio is more than happy to have been handed such a challenging tie first up.
"Obviously I am very happy with the draw. Last season we started the season very well in the cups against higher-division opposition and we now have that opportunity again,” he said.
"There were many good games against higher-division teams last season and the game against Brighton means we can challenge another of those sides.
"It will be special this year because the game is played before the league season begins. It will be an important test against a good footballing side.
"Gus Poyet is a manager who likes his team to play attractive football and they finished 10th in the championship last season.”
Poyet himself is eager to make his County Ground comeback.
The Uruguayan was Dennis Wise’s number two at Swindon for a short period in 2006, before the pair were headhunted by Leeds, and he still has a great deal of affection for the club.
He said: “It will be very nice to go back to the place where I started as a coach and see so many of the people who were at the club when I was there with Dennis Wise.
"I'm sure it will be an interesting game against Swindon, who will be preparing for League One after coming up as champions. There is no doubt it will be a tough first game for us.
"Paolo Di Canio has done a fine job there in his first full season, and I am sure he will want to continue that progression."
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