Di Canio: 'Players Were Fantastic'
The media circus that is Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio was in Essex on Tuesday night, and he told BBC Wiltshire after their game with the U's that his players were fantastic.
In a tight, scrappy game on a pitch that has deteriorated amongst the recent wintry weather, Di Canio dedicated the victory to his players whilst having a small dig at the ongoing off-the-field situation that surrounds the Robins.
With injuries and illness leaving Di Canio with only fifteen players, the Italian boss implied that a similar commitment was needed from those above.
'This is my players' victory, not Paolo Di Canio's and not my staff,' he said after the game. 'The heroes who come and follow us were amazing again, but this is my players' victory.
'If someone was committed just half of what my players showed tonight, even just ten-percent, we could be a Champion's League club.'
Although exaggerating somewhat, Di Canio was clearly riled by the recent activities away from the pitch that still appears to leave his future shrouded in uncertainty.
Prior to the game he had been intimating that the U's would be favourites for the game, despite Swindon's high league position, because they had drawn two games and could only name four subs.
Considering you can only use three and all fifteen players named were of high quality for this division, his mind-games don't quite wash with me.
'Today we saw what the fantastic lads did,' he continued. 'It's not easy only having fifteen and we made mistakes, but they're fantastic.
'I want to say thanks to everybody and the fans, and if someone behaves just ten-percent of how those players did then maybe this club will have good health and a very good future.'
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