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SWINDON TOWN: Pressure is off for Paolo
6:00am Tuesday 30th October 2012 in Sport
PAOLO Di Canio is not feeling the heat in the slightest as he prepares his Swindon Town side for their biggest match at the County Ground in the best part of two decades.
The Robins entertain Aston Villa in front of a sell-out crowd tonight with a place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup at stake.
Having already overseen the defeat of two Premier League sides during his 17-month tenure in Wiltshire, some pockets of Town fans are almost expecting an upset - potentially leaving Di Canio under pressure to deliver yet another shock tonight.
However, the Italian remained cool and collected in his pre-match press conference yesterday, telling the Advertiser: “It will be normal, honestly. I was thinking more about it yesterday but I am getting close to the match and I am more relaxed.
“You can’t wait to start when you have time to wait. Today I don’t know why but I feel positive, I feel happy, I have a positive energy.
“If we can do something more it would be a dream but I don’t feel the pressure.
“I think there would be more pressure if there were some details I could use to prepare my players better. Two days ago I was thinking about their game and I wanted to check everything and maybe I was more nervous in some way.
“Then when you think you have done a good job, your players answer very well in the way they train and they are very focused, you relax and use your energy only to think if that there is something that can help your players.”
Di Canio could be buoyed by the return from injury of striker Andy Williams and defender Nathan Thompson against Villa.
Williams has been out of action for the best part of four weeks with a calf problem but has been back in training for several days and could make the bench tonight.
Thompson has recovered from an ankle knock.
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