MANAGER Paolo Di Canio believes tomorrow’s home clash with Yeovil is the perfect time for his side to start getting their home form back on track.
The Robins have not won at the County Ground in the league since the 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth on September 22, while their last three League One games have all ended in hard-fought draws.
But with tomorrow’s clash with the Glovers hotly followed by a home game with Brentford on Tuesday night, Di Canio believes one victory could quickly lead to another.
“At home this is the moment to start to win again, because if we win the first one it can be very positive thing because we have another home game on Tuesday,” he said. “It is 50/50 because unfortunately at this moment we have to think at home in the league in the last two games we suffer because teams can come to the County Ground round the ball.
“There are more League One players with better quality who know how to play, and they don’t mind playing 70 minutes in their half and wait for a chance.
“If we do not focus completely and we do not have high determination and take our chances, and let’s be honest we have created many chances.
“There is one thing that makes me very happy, although against Macclesfield I was very angry which you can understand, but if you think of Sheffield United at home, Aston Villa at home, the performances that we made we were very solid and made chances.
“We have to start from those performances and play for the win, but I do not mention Stevenage away, because in the last two games we played very well and won comfortably.
“Yeovil are a good physical presence especially in the back, and they use a lot of set-plays and even from the middle of the field they send two big guys into the box, and that can cause problems.
“In open play they have their system, and they play 4-4-2 which is sometimes unpredictable because their wingers like to play inside of the field, so if we don’t focus on what can happen they can cause big problems.”
Di Canio has to decide whether to bring returning captain Alan McCormack back into the centre of his defence, but with three league clean-sheets on the bounce he knows it is something he will have to think long and hard about.
“Alan remains our captain and one of the best players, but in the last three there were clean sheets, and also last year he was out for three or four games and we won some games in a row,” he said.
“But as a manager I am not superstitious and think now he is out, but he has to deserve to come back and play.
“At the moment the couple at the back are doing very well because they understand more each other, and they learn and integrate more.
“One is tall and with experience and the other is very good even if he is not tall, and he has good reactivity.
“Macca is back and I have options, but the clean sheets are very good and we defended well.
“We have to maintain this level or we will fall in a trap like we did many months ago where we played three good games and then not so.
“Especially Joe Devera, because Darren has more determination than him, needs to maintain this discipline, determination and attention like he did in the last few days.
“You can imagine some limits he has reached, and maybe he can be a good one for a future and maybe we don’t have to bring in an experienced top quality centre-half.”
While McCormack is likely to return to the squad this weekend, Alan Navarro is also nearing a return from the knee injury he picked up against Coventry.
“Alan Navarro, if everything goes okay in the next weekend, he can rejoin the team and have a tactical session without challenge and we are very happy,” Di Canio said.
“There is no bad reaction in his knee, and he runs with more intensity so he is coming on very well.
“Maybe he has a session with the team on Monday or Tuesday.
“Talking about Bessone, he can’t join the team yet, and Tommy Miller will talk a bit longer.”