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SWINDON TOWN: PDC says embargo has cost Town points
THE transfer embargo hanging over Swindon Town has cost the club at least three points over the course of the last month.
That is the view of manager Paolo Di Canio, who has seen his squad plagued by injuries since the Robins breached Football League wage cup restrictions and were subsequently banned from registering new players last month.
And Di Canio feels that not having the flexibility to dip into the emergency loan market to bolster his playing options in trying times has meant Swindon have missed out on at least three and as many as six extra League One points.
“It’s clear that my idea of what’s happened in the last month under the embargo didn’t give me the chance to get - I don’t want to say six - but three points that we lost,” he said.
“The embargo didn’t give me the chance to put on some pressure because the players relaxed, some didn’t commit like last year, because some players feel ‘I can’t come out and nobody can come in’.
“I don’t know if I would have brought in four players if it wasn’t for the embargo but maybe two players to bring in a lift, extra energy for sure because I know what happened last year when I started working in this way.
“In the end it worked and the regime is exactly the same this year.
“I am sure that, without the embargo, we should have an incredible situation. Not six points but three for sure, which is a win on Saturday and one point from a defeat that we had at home.
“Three points means it is very close there to being an amazing situation. At the moment it is very good but with the prospect that we are still under the embargo, with problems, with injuries.
“The embargo hasn’t given me the chance to get the points we should have.”