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SWINDON TOWN: Out-of-options Di Canio fears relegation
PAOLO Di Canio hit out once again at Swindon Town’s failure to lift the transfer embargo hanging over the club after his side slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Crewe last night.
Town dominated the majority of the match at Gresty Road, including a second-half barrage of pressure which locked Alex within their own territory, but only had Raffa De Vita’s 25th-minute strike to show for their efforts.
Di Canio went as far as to suggest that relegation was a possibility if he had to resort to using some of Swindon’s youth-team products to deputise for overworked first-teamers.
He said: “If you want to stay in a good position in the table you have to score. The opponents had two chances and Wes (Foderingham) made a fantastic save. In the second half they went out of their half with two long kicks.
“We spent a lot of energy without scoring. I’m not worried because if the club doesn’t care we have to save the season.
“Anyway, it’s not easy if we don’t have many options because how long can Tommy Miller and Simon Ferry keep going? They’ll play Stevenage on Saturday, Aston Villa on Tuesday and Saturday and Tuesday and then someone can get an injury.
“Okay, I can rest them. I play Louis Thompson if we want to launch four or five of the youngest who are not ready, not like Crewe. But we have to expect that we can get relegated.
“If that is their mission then we have to know.
“At the moment I don’t have the chance to tactically change the game. Today I dominated the game again, the skill is the system and we were 70 minutes in their box.
“What do we have to do more? Score, but we don’t have a striker who can score so many goals. They work so hard, James (Collins) and (Adam) Rooney but it’s not easy.
“We need a real top scorer, not only to stay top 10 but to score enough goals to get away from a position that, in the next few games if we don’t change something, we can reach which is negative.
“The plan has in fact changed. In words it didn’t change but in fact it changed because the embargo started 40 days ago approximately.
“I have to repeat, the words were positive last Saturday after the game when I spoke to the chairman. I see my team lose and I’m sure with different options I would go out and maybe not win but draw for sure.
“Now I can’t change. We didn’t have many options.”