SWINDON TOWN: 'We only deserved one defeat'

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Town boss Paolo Di Canio Town boss Paolo Di Canio

HAVING taken the time to reflect on Swindon Town’s first 20 games of the League One campaign, manager Paolo Di Canio has come to the conclusion that his side only “fully deserved” to lose on one occasion.

The Robins have so far been beaten six times in the league this term - by Crewe, Colchester, Leyton Orient, Notts County, Preston and Brentford - but Di Canio is convinced that his team were only outplayed in the 4-1 thrashing at Deepdale back in September.

Otherwise, the Italian is of the opinion that Swindon have had the better of possession, territory and chances in each of their defeats and that, he feels, bodes well for the visit of Doncaster this week.

Donny have won their last four league matches and, while Town’s defensive record at the County Ground is the second stingiest in the division with just seven goals conceded, only Tranmere, Yeovil and Notts County have scored more goals on their travels than tomorrow’s guests.

It makes for an intriguing prospect, and one Di Canio is confident his players will rise to.

“The last few days was a big opportunity for me to be more cool and read more into what has happened since the beginning of the season,” he said.

“In the six games we lost only one we fully deserved to lose - Preston. It’s clear. The other five, in terms of occasion, even against Leyton Orient and Brentford it wasn’t the best day but to be honest the opponents were never on top.

“It was 50-50, more 60-40 for us in terms of chances in front of the goal and we didn’t go through. What we’re missing at the moment is not about play.

“Yes, when we are playing a big name we are not going to miss our chance to play with maximum desire and when we play with maximum desire and concentration we are not worried about anybody.

“The problem was since the beginning whether we were capable of doing this against any side.

“We lost four games 1-0 and of those games not one we deserved to lose, not in terms of football expression but in terms of chances we created.

“It’s not about Doncaster or Leyton Orient, it’s about the fire we create. The fact that they are second, it’s a big name, I’m sure after two weeks there is a desire to run, to play, to focus and Doncaster is an extra motivation for my players.

“Two games ago we were one point different. They won two, we lost two and now we are seven points different.

“That is the difference at the moment. The last two games we lost six points. It means that we can play against them on our day like we can play against a Premiership side.”

With Jay McEveley, Alan McCormack and Federico Bessone all ruled out of the clash, Di Canio will have to name a makeshift back four on Saturday.

Joe Devera is expected to start at left-back, a position he filled in the 4-0 at Stevenage in October, and in the short-term his manager is happy with that solution.

He said: “Bessone is still out, even if he has been involved in the last two or three tactical sessions with us. Two days ago, when we had the end of session sprints, he stopped and he said he felt heavy in his calf. That is the same place where he had a problem.

“At Stevenage you know what happened, with Joe on the left, but in the long run it would be a problem.

“In one game or two games anything can happen. You can’t invent football. In the long run it can be more predictable. But no problem, we will change depending on who we play.”

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6:50am Fri 7 Dec 12

DarrenSTFCRomain says...

Playing good or beinhg the better team mean nothing..
We have been very poor at home and this is why we are 8th in div 3...
SIMPLES
Playing good or beinhg the better team mean nothing.. We have been very poor at home and this is why we are 8th in div 3... SIMPLES DarrenSTFCRomain

7:24am Fri 7 Dec 12

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! says...

I've missed it
I've missed it Ollie Reed's Parky dance!

7:54am Fri 7 Dec 12

southside7 says...

Devera at left back will be a mistake. The man must play in central defence where he is playing brilliantly even if Williams has to fill in there.
Devera at left back will be a mistake. The man must play in central defence where he is playing brilliantly even if Williams has to fill in there. southside7

7:58am Fri 7 Dec 12

old town robin says...

The makeshift back 4 I would think will be Thompson, Flint, Ward & Devera, the report never mentioned Miller and Navarro as not being available, I would be surprised if Howard started, but not surprised if one or both the fore mentioned are included. Personally would still go with Ferry and Bostock, but Paolo might think that they're a bit light weight and similar in style to have both playing at the same time, unless he has no choice of course.

Is Roberts going to get another chance?? Paolo was highly critical of an unnamed player after the Brentford game, gary fits the bill based on everyones expectations. he will probably start with Ritchie on the other flank and a choice of any 2 from 3 from Williams, Collins and Martin.

One thing for sure our home form has been dire, which seems to have coincided with Paolo trying to play a more direct game which unfortunately has resulted in hoof ball and head tennis being the style of play that has suited the opposition more than us. I do agree with Paolo the only game we have been taken apart was Preston, for the rest, we should have got something out of it even though as a team we have only seen our potential in glimpses we are capable of raising our game against the better opposition.

Here's hoping for decent officals tomorrow, by that I don't mean bias, but consistent with their decisions, which is not something we have seen too much of at the County Ground this season.
The makeshift back 4 I would think will be Thompson, Flint, Ward & Devera, the report never mentioned Miller and Navarro as not being available, I would be surprised if Howard started, but not surprised if one or both the fore mentioned are included. Personally would still go with Ferry and Bostock, but Paolo might think that they're a bit light weight and similar in style to have both playing at the same time, unless he has no choice of course. Is Roberts going to get another chance?? Paolo was highly critical of an unnamed player after the Brentford game, gary fits the bill based on everyones expectations. he will probably start with Ritchie on the other flank and a choice of any 2 from 3 from Williams, Collins and Martin. One thing for sure our home form has been dire, which seems to have coincided with Paolo trying to play a more direct game which unfortunately has resulted in hoof ball and head tennis being the style of play that has suited the opposition more than us. I do agree with Paolo the only game we have been taken apart was Preston, for the rest, we should have got something out of it even though as a team we have only seen our potential in glimpses we are capable of raising our game against the better opposition. Here's hoping for decent officals tomorrow, by that I don't mean bias, but consistent with their decisions, which is not something we have seen too much of at the County Ground this season. old town robin

7:58am Fri 7 Dec 12

old town robin says...

The makeshift back 4 I would think will be Thompson, Flint, Ward & Devera, the report never mentioned Miller and Navarro as not being available, I would be surprised if Howard started, but not surprised if one or both the fore mentioned are included. Personally would still go with Ferry and Bostock, but Paolo might think that they're a bit light weight and similar in style to have both playing at the same time, unless he has no choice of course.

Is Roberts going to get another chance?? Paolo was highly critical of an unnamed player after the Brentford game, gary fits the bill based on everyones expectations. he will probably start with Ritchie on the other flank and a choice of any 2 from 3 from Williams, Collins and Martin.

One thing for sure our home form has been dire, which seems to have coincided with Paolo trying to play a more direct game which unfortunately has resulted in hoof ball and head tennis being the style of play that has suited the opposition more than us. I do agree with Paolo the only game we have been taken apart was Preston, for the rest, we should have got something out of it even though as a team we have only seen our potential in glimpses we are capable of raising our game against the better opposition.

Here's hoping for decent officals tomorrow, by that I don't mean bias, but consistent with their decisions, which is not something we have seen too much of at the County Ground this season.
The makeshift back 4 I would think will be Thompson, Flint, Ward & Devera, the report never mentioned Miller and Navarro as not being available, I would be surprised if Howard started, but not surprised if one or both the fore mentioned are included. Personally would still go with Ferry and Bostock, but Paolo might think that they're a bit light weight and similar in style to have both playing at the same time, unless he has no choice of course. Is Roberts going to get another chance?? Paolo was highly critical of an unnamed player after the Brentford game, gary fits the bill based on everyones expectations. he will probably start with Ritchie on the other flank and a choice of any 2 from 3 from Williams, Collins and Martin. One thing for sure our home form has been dire, which seems to have coincided with Paolo trying to play a more direct game which unfortunately has resulted in hoof ball and head tennis being the style of play that has suited the opposition more than us. I do agree with Paolo the only game we have been taken apart was Preston, for the rest, we should have got something out of it even though as a team we have only seen our potential in glimpses we are capable of raising our game against the better opposition. Here's hoping for decent officals tomorrow, by that I don't mean bias, but consistent with their decisions, which is not something we have seen too much of at the County Ground this season. old town robin

9:19am Fri 7 Dec 12

Oi Den! says...

DarrenSTFCRomain wrote:
Playing good or beinhg the better team mean nothing..
We have been very poor at home and this is why we are 8th in div 3...
SIMPLES
Spot on Darren. Results speak for themselves. If we are going to say we didn't deserve to lose many of those games, maybe we should also examine all the games we won and decide whether we really deserved to win? We would probably find that the opposition thought they didn't deserve to lose some of those games. But none of it matters. The table doesn't lie.
[quote][p][bold]DarrenSTFCRomain[/bold] wrote: Playing good or beinhg the better team mean nothing.. We have been very poor at home and this is why we are 8th in div 3... SIMPLES[/p][/quote]Spot on Darren. Results speak for themselves. If we are going to say we didn't deserve to lose many of those games, maybe we should also examine all the games we won and decide whether we really deserved to win? We would probably find that the opposition thought they didn't deserve to lose some of those games. But none of it matters. The table doesn't lie. Oi Den!

9:37am Fri 7 Dec 12

Robinonfire says...

To many changes each game have lost us points.....down to you PDC

Come on you REDS
To many changes each game have lost us points.....down to you PDC Come on you REDS Robinonfire

9:44am Fri 7 Dec 12

southside7 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
DarrenSTFCRomain wrote:
Playing good or beinhg the better team mean nothing..
We have been very poor at home and this is why we are 8th in div 3...
SIMPLES
Spot on Darren. Results speak for themselves. If we are going to say we didn't deserve to lose many of those games, maybe we should also examine all the games we won and decide whether we really deserved to win? We would probably find that the opposition thought they didn't deserve to lose some of those games. But none of it matters. The table doesn't lie.
Yes, is a silly comment to make. (may be a taken out of context issue in his defence) but scoring is part of the game too Paolo. Here's hoping for proper football tomorrow rather than route one Sunday League at Mannington wreck style.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarrenSTFCRomain[/bold] wrote: Playing good or beinhg the better team mean nothing.. We have been very poor at home and this is why we are 8th in div 3... SIMPLES[/p][/quote]Spot on Darren. Results speak for themselves. If we are going to say we didn't deserve to lose many of those games, maybe we should also examine all the games we won and decide whether we really deserved to win? We would probably find that the opposition thought they didn't deserve to lose some of those games. But none of it matters. The table doesn't lie.[/p][/quote]Yes, is a silly comment to make. (may be a taken out of context issue in his defence) but scoring is part of the game too Paolo. Here's hoping for proper football tomorrow rather than route one Sunday League at Mannington wreck style. southside7

10:07am Fri 7 Dec 12

Stilloyal says...

I think Raffaill star at left midfield to help cover the L/ B. Not sure if Flint will come back in as he's considered a little rash in the tackle by Paolo, I feel it will be Archie .
Thommo , Wardie , Archie and Devera is my guess unless Paolo leaves the C B pairing as it is and puts Archie at L/B.
I think Raffaill star at left midfield to help cover the L/ B. Not sure if Flint will come back in as he's considered a little rash in the tackle by Paolo, I feel it will be Archie . Thommo , Wardie , Archie and Devera is my guess unless Paolo leaves the C B pairing as it is and puts Archie at L/B. Stilloyal

10:17am Fri 7 Dec 12

Stilloyal says...

Stilloyal wrote:
I think Raffaill star at left midfield to help cover the L/ B. Not sure if Flint will come back in as he's considered a little rash in the tackle by Paolo, I feel it will be Archie . Thommo , Wardie , Archie and Devera is my guess unless Paolo leaves the C B pairing as it is and puts Archie at L/B.
That should read "Raffa will start " don't know whats up wth this keypad today :-)
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: I think Raffaill star at left midfield to help cover the L/ B. Not sure if Flint will come back in as he's considered a little rash in the tackle by Paolo, I feel it will be Archie . Thommo , Wardie , Archie and Devera is my guess unless Paolo leaves the C B pairing as it is and puts Archie at L/B.[/p][/quote]That should read "Raffa will start " don't know whats up wth this keypad today :-) Stilloyal

11:10am Fri 7 Dec 12

swwindon61uk says...

Disagree with PDC here over the 3 home games,each were deserved.
Colchester United,Leyton Orient and Brentford were all really poor but unfortunately we were worse.
Nothing to fear in this league at all and this is where i agree with PDC in that the side need to get themselves sorted mentally.
Disagree with PDC here over the 3 home games,each were deserved. Colchester United,Leyton Orient and Brentford were all really poor but unfortunately we were worse. Nothing to fear in this league at all and this is where i agree with PDC in that the side need to get themselves sorted mentally. swwindon61uk

11:46am Fri 7 Dec 12

RedintheFace says...

Bad luck is to blame this week. Last time it was the Board. Before that the players. It's a blame game. Everyone except the manager.
Bad luck is to blame this week. Last time it was the Board. Before that the players. It's a blame game. Everyone except the manager. RedintheFace

11:48am Fri 7 Dec 12

Rebel_phish says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
I think Raffaill star at left midfield to help cover the L/ B. Not sure if Flint will come back in as he's considered a little rash in the tackle by Paolo, I feel it will be Archie . Thommo , Wardie , Archie and Devera is my guess unless Paolo leaves the C B pairing as it is and puts Archie at L/B.
That should read "Raffa will start " don't know whats up wth this keypad today :-)
Problem usually can be found between chair and input interface device.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: I think Raffaill star at left midfield to help cover the L/ B. Not sure if Flint will come back in as he's considered a little rash in the tackle by Paolo, I feel it will be Archie . Thommo , Wardie , Archie and Devera is my guess unless Paolo leaves the C B pairing as it is and puts Archie at L/B.[/p][/quote]That should read "Raffa will start " don't know whats up wth this keypad today :-)[/p][/quote]Problem usually can be found between chair and input interface device. Rebel_phish

11:54am Fri 7 Dec 12

Rebel_phish says...

Where we have been playing well or don't deserve to get beaten, the main problem , that has been pointed out many times is our lack of ability to convert the chances we create.

The amound of times we get into scoring positions is commendable, it means we can play well, break down an opposition, and then ....

We Fluff Our Lines....

Its goals that win matches, and thats all that counts at the end of the day. Losing 1 nill or 4 nill, don't matter .... still lost the 3 points.

We need to convert a few more of the chances we create.

Just get the ball in the net.!!!
Where we have been playing well or don't deserve to get beaten, the main problem , that has been pointed out many times is our lack of ability to convert the chances we create. The amound of times we get into scoring positions is commendable, it means we can play well, break down an opposition, and then .... We Fluff Our Lines.... Its goals that win matches, and thats all that counts at the end of the day. Losing 1 nill or 4 nill, don't matter .... still lost the 3 points. We need to convert a few more of the chances we create. Just get the ball in the net.!!! Rebel_phish

11:56am Fri 7 Dec 12

the don69 says...

swwindon61uk wrote:
Disagree with PDC here over the 3 home games,each were deserved.
Colchester United,Leyton Orient and Brentford were all really poor but unfortunately we were worse.
Nothing to fear in this league at all and this is where i agree with PDC in that the side need to get themselves sorted mentally.
Spot on!we've been poor at home in a few games,two weeks rest and preparation,so no excuses not to have a very good performance on Saturday Paolo!the next few games will tell us if we're good enough to mount a promotion challenge,or just one of the mid-table pack?it's about time our strikers stopped firing blanks and do what there paid to do!Score Goals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: Disagree with PDC here over the 3 home games,each were deserved. Colchester United,Leyton Orient and Brentford were all really poor but unfortunately we were worse. Nothing to fear in this league at all and this is where i agree with PDC in that the side need to get themselves sorted mentally.[/p][/quote]Spot on!we've been poor at home in a few games,two weeks rest and preparation,so no excuses not to have a very good performance on Saturday Paolo!the next few games will tell us if we're good enough to mount a promotion challenge,or just one of the mid-table pack?it's about time our strikers stopped firing blanks and do what there paid to do!Score Goals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the don69

12:24pm Fri 7 Dec 12

LeGod says...

Best home performance for me was MK Dons at home where we played them off the park and won by playing football on the floor. We got the ball to the wide men early and for me were not getting the wide men involved enough early on as were launching too many hopeful balls up the middle where its food and drink for the opposing centre backs.

Lets get back to what were good at play at a high tempo and two and three touch football and put the opposition on the back foot from the first whistle.

We need a win tomorrow and with our extended rest i looking for a good performance and three points.

A tough game is in prospect for us as they are on a good run but i dont fear any team in the league. Sheff Utd to me were not a good team nor Brentford but they both know how to defend and keep clean sheets and as has been said already the chances we need to create we have to put away as its happenning every game now where we miss some decent chances to score.
Best home performance for me was MK Dons at home where we played them off the park and won by playing football on the floor. We got the ball to the wide men early and for me were not getting the wide men involved enough early on as were launching too many hopeful balls up the middle where its food and drink for the opposing centre backs. Lets get back to what were good at play at a high tempo and two and three touch football and put the opposition on the back foot from the first whistle. We need a win tomorrow and with our extended rest i looking for a good performance and three points. A tough game is in prospect for us as they are on a good run but i dont fear any team in the league. Sheff Utd to me were not a good team nor Brentford but they both know how to defend and keep clean sheets and as has been said already the chances we need to create we have to put away as its happenning every game now where we miss some decent chances to score. LeGod

12:45pm Fri 7 Dec 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

Rebel_phish wrote:
Where we have been playing well or don't deserve to get beaten, the main problem , that has been pointed out many times is our lack of ability to convert the chances we create.

The amound of times we get into scoring positions is commendable, it means we can play well, break down an opposition, and then ....

We Fluff Our Lines....

Its goals that win matches, and thats all that counts at the end of the day. Losing 1 nill or 4 nill, don't matter .... still lost the 3 points.

We need to convert a few more of the chances we create.

Just get the ball in the net.!!!
Spot on....we've made more chances but don't get the crucial 1st goal...once we get ahead at home the other team have to come at us more which helps but I am getting fed up with the longer ball game.
...
We look so much better with the ball on the floor and running at the other team.
---.
Sadly I don't see a positive result coming out of tomorrow...but REALLY hope I'm wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Rebel_phish[/bold] wrote: Where we have been playing well or don't deserve to get beaten, the main problem , that has been pointed out many times is our lack of ability to convert the chances we create. The amound of times we get into scoring positions is commendable, it means we can play well, break down an opposition, and then .... We Fluff Our Lines.... Its goals that win matches, and thats all that counts at the end of the day. Losing 1 nill or 4 nill, don't matter .... still lost the 3 points. We need to convert a few more of the chances we create. Just get the ball in the net.!!![/p][/quote]Spot on....we've made more chances but don't get the crucial 1st goal...once we get ahead at home the other team have to come at us more which helps but I am getting fed up with the longer ball game. ... We look so much better with the ball on the floor and running at the other team. ---. Sadly I don't see a positive result coming out of tomorrow...but REALLY hope I'm wrong. SAPFanSTFC

12:52pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Swindon1984 says...

Can't agree with Paolo here, there are several games we lost that we fully deserved to lose (e.g. Orient etc) and some that we didn't lose that we probably deserved to have done (e.g. Coventry, great last quarter of an hour, rubbish the rest of the game). Ultimately though "deserving" to win or lose is irrelevant. If you think you deserve to win because you created loads of chances and the opposition didn't, that's nonsense - it's all about takin the chances. If we squander twenty and the other team nicks it with their one of the game, fair play to them, they've played to their strengths.

I'm all for Paolo, however this argument is not only flawed based on the performances we've seen, it's also pointless as whether we deserved to win lose or draw, it's the result that matters.

Over the course of the season, we as all teams, will finish where we deserve to be. Let's make sure it's somewhere near the top, if not then no amount of "we deserved to be in the top six" will matter.
Can't agree with Paolo here, there are several games we lost that we fully deserved to lose (e.g. Orient etc) and some that we didn't lose that we probably deserved to have done (e.g. Coventry, great last quarter of an hour, rubbish the rest of the game). Ultimately though "deserving" to win or lose is irrelevant. If you think you deserve to win because you created loads of chances and the opposition didn't, that's nonsense - it's all about takin the chances. If we squander twenty and the other team nicks it with their one of the game, fair play to them, they've played to their strengths. I'm all for Paolo, however this argument is not only flawed based on the performances we've seen, it's also pointless as whether we deserved to win lose or draw, it's the result that matters. Over the course of the season, we as all teams, will finish where we deserve to be. Let's make sure it's somewhere near the top, if not then no amount of "we deserved to be in the top six" will matter. Swindon1984

1:06pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Wilesy says...

Don't agree with Paolo that we only deserved one defeat. When we employ the sam long ball tactic for 90 minutes where the forwards win about 1 header all game, and we pick up virtually no second balls, how do we deserve to win?

The good news though is there is all to play for. Our goals for and goals against are roughly the same as throughout the top 10 in the league, and all these teams are in with a shout of promotion.

Doncaster have W7 D2 L1 on the road, so are dangerous, but looks like they will have a go tomorrow so hopefully will be a better game than the Sheff Utd and Brentford games, we tend to play better against more adventourous teams.

Team probably

Wes
Nathan Flint Ward (sign him up!) Devera
Ritchie Ferry Bostock (sign him up!) De Vita
Collins Williams
Don't agree with Paolo that we only deserved one defeat. When we employ the sam long ball tactic for 90 minutes where the forwards win about 1 header all game, and we pick up virtually no second balls, how do we deserve to win? The good news though is there is all to play for. Our goals for and goals against are roughly the same as throughout the top 10 in the league, and all these teams are in with a shout of promotion. Doncaster have W7 D2 L1 on the road, so are dangerous, but looks like they will have a go tomorrow so hopefully will be a better game than the Sheff Utd and Brentford games, we tend to play better against more adventourous teams. Team probably Wes Nathan Flint Ward (sign him up!) Devera Ritchie Ferry Bostock (sign him up!) De Vita Collins Williams Wilesy

1:46pm Fri 7 Dec 12

smirg kcab says...

Lets get behind the team even tho we are going to lose 1-0
Lets look forward to watching 3 barn doors, that's if Paynter comes on

Where's sue?
Onwards and upwards
Lets get behind the team even tho we are going to lose 1-0 Lets look forward to watching 3 barn doors, that's if Paynter comes on Where's sue? Onwards and upwards smirg kcab

2:11pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Swindon1984 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Lets get behind the team even tho we are going to lose 1-0 Lets look forward to watching 3 barn doors, that's if Paynter comes on Where's sue? Onwards and upwards
Agree about getting behind the team but why the pessimism? Cheer up, it could be a 1-0 win! I'd be quite happy to take a point from tomorrow, they're a team on a very good run of form, but who knows, we may yet have the beating of them.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Lets get behind the team even tho we are going to lose 1-0 Lets look forward to watching 3 barn doors, that's if Paynter comes on Where's sue? Onwards and upwards[/p][/quote]Agree about getting behind the team but why the pessimism? Cheer up, it could be a 1-0 win! I'd be quite happy to take a point from tomorrow, they're a team on a very good run of form, but who knows, we may yet have the beating of them. Swindon1984

2:24pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Oi Den! says...

LeGod wrote:
Best home performance for me was MK Dons at home where we played them off the park and won by playing football on the floor. We got the ball to the wide men early and for me were not getting the wide men involved enough early on as were launching too many hopeful balls up the middle where its food and drink for the opposing centre backs.

Lets get back to what were good at play at a high tempo and two and three touch football and put the opposition on the back foot from the first whistle.

We need a win tomorrow and with our extended rest i looking for a good performance and three points.

A tough game is in prospect for us as they are on a good run but i dont fear any team in the league. Sheff Utd to me were not a good team nor Brentford but they both know how to defend and keep clean sheets and as has been said already the chances we need to create we have to put away as its happenning every game now where we miss some decent chances to score.
Good post LeGod but I disagree on Sheff U and Brentford. I thought Wilson's boys were unnecessarily scared of us. They played with the shackles on, content with a draw, while we busted a gut to get a win. I think their point could easily have been a comfortable win if they'd taken a more positive approach. Brentford looked a tight unit and they tried to play it out from the back. If we played football as effectively as that, especially away from home, I think we'd all be delighted.
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My overall feeling at the moment is that PDC still doesn't know his best team - nor even how he really wants us to play - while a number of sides above us have settled into a pattern. I hope it all starts to change tomorrow with a display of composed football, instead of the long ball stuff, which not only has been as dull as ditchwater but has also been largely ineffective. Ughh!
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Best home performance for me was MK Dons at home where we played them off the park and won by playing football on the floor. We got the ball to the wide men early and for me were not getting the wide men involved enough early on as were launching too many hopeful balls up the middle where its food and drink for the opposing centre backs. Lets get back to what were good at play at a high tempo and two and three touch football and put the opposition on the back foot from the first whistle. We need a win tomorrow and with our extended rest i looking for a good performance and three points. A tough game is in prospect for us as they are on a good run but i dont fear any team in the league. Sheff Utd to me were not a good team nor Brentford but they both know how to defend and keep clean sheets and as has been said already the chances we need to create we have to put away as its happenning every game now where we miss some decent chances to score.[/p][/quote]Good post LeGod but I disagree on Sheff U and Brentford. I thought Wilson's boys were unnecessarily scared of us. They played with the shackles on, content with a draw, while we busted a gut to get a win. I think their point could easily have been a comfortable win if they'd taken a more positive approach. Brentford looked a tight unit and they tried to play it out from the back. If we played football as effectively as that, especially away from home, I think we'd all be delighted. . My overall feeling at the moment is that PDC still doesn't know his best team - nor even how he really wants us to play - while a number of sides above us have settled into a pattern. I hope it all starts to change tomorrow with a display of composed football, instead of the long ball stuff, which not only has been as dull as ditchwater but has also been largely ineffective. Ughh! Oi Den!

2:25pm Fri 7 Dec 12

SeanG92 says...

I full expect this break to have a monumental effect on our season. We had a jam packed 1st half of the season and now this extended break will have allowed for some of the more tired guys to get a bit extra fuel in the tank in the run through Christmas.

Time to push on, starting with 3 points tomorrow!
I full expect this break to have a monumental effect on our season. We had a jam packed 1st half of the season and now this extended break will have allowed for some of the more tired guys to get a bit extra fuel in the tank in the run through Christmas. Time to push on, starting with 3 points tomorrow! SeanG92

2:38pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Rebel_phish says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
smirg kcab wrote:
Lets get behind the team even tho we are going to lose 1-0 Lets look forward to watching 3 barn doors, that's if Paynter comes on Where's sue? Onwards and upwards
Agree about getting behind the team but why the pessimism? Cheer up, it could be a 1-0 win! I'd be quite happy to take a point from tomorrow, they're a team on a very good run of form, but who knows, we may yet have the beating of them.
Just remember that all runs come to an end at some point so why not tomorrow with a hard fought 2-1 win for the Town.

Onwards and .... don't know which direction at the mo
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Lets get behind the team even tho we are going to lose 1-0 Lets look forward to watching 3 barn doors, that's if Paynter comes on Where's sue? Onwards and upwards[/p][/quote]Agree about getting behind the team but why the pessimism? Cheer up, it could be a 1-0 win! I'd be quite happy to take a point from tomorrow, they're a team on a very good run of form, but who knows, we may yet have the beating of them.[/p][/quote]Just remember that all runs come to an end at some point so why not tomorrow with a hard fought 2-1 win for the Town. Onwards and .... don't know which direction at the mo Rebel_phish

2:48pm Fri 7 Dec 12

SAPFanSTFC says...

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3:09pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Redgollum says...

The guy is a nutcase. If you don't score, you can't win, no matter how much of the game you have. He signed the wrong players up front.
The guy is a nutcase. If you don't score, you can't win, no matter how much of the game you have. He signed the wrong players up front. Redgollum

3:31pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Marmite Soldier says...

Dare I mention that the one game that PDC thinks we deserved to lose is the one that he threw into total disarray by taking off Fodders after 20 minutes?

Respectively, perhaps not an inspired substitution... but I'm not expecting any acknowledgement from the boss that he may have contributed to the outcome.
Dare I mention that the one game that PDC thinks we deserved to lose is the one that he threw into total disarray by taking off Fodders after 20 minutes? Respectively, perhaps not an inspired substitution... but I'm not expecting any acknowledgement from the boss that he may have contributed to the outcome. Marmite Soldier

4:27pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Swindon1984 says...

Rebel_phish wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
smirg kcab wrote: Lets get behind the team even tho we are going to lose 1-0 Lets look forward to watching 3 barn doors, that's if Paynter comes on Where's sue? Onwards and upwards
Agree about getting behind the team but why the pessimism? Cheer up, it could be a 1-0 win! I'd be quite happy to take a point from tomorrow, they're a team on a very good run of form, but who knows, we may yet have the beating of them.
Just remember that all runs come to an end at some point so why not tomorrow with a hard fought 2-1 win for the Town. Onwards and .... don't know which direction at the mo
Yep, you never know!
[quote][p][bold]Rebel_phish[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Lets get behind the team even tho we are going to lose 1-0 Lets look forward to watching 3 barn doors, that's if Paynter comes on Where's sue? Onwards and upwards[/p][/quote]Agree about getting behind the team but why the pessimism? Cheer up, it could be a 1-0 win! I'd be quite happy to take a point from tomorrow, they're a team on a very good run of form, but who knows, we may yet have the beating of them.[/p][/quote]Just remember that all runs come to an end at some point so why not tomorrow with a hard fought 2-1 win for the Town. Onwards and .... don't know which direction at the mo[/p][/quote]Yep, you never know! Swindon1984

4:58pm Fri 7 Dec 12

SeanG92 says...

Marmite Soldier wrote:
Dare I mention that the one game that PDC thinks we deserved to lose is the one that he threw into total disarray by taking off Fodders after 20 minutes?

Respectively, perhaps not an inspired substitution... but I'm not expecting any acknowledgement from the boss that he may have contributed to the outcome.
Fodders was having a shocker, we were playing horribly before he came off. You can hardly blame the loss on the fact that Fodders came off!

Also i think you meant retrospectively?
[quote][p][bold]Marmite Soldier[/bold] wrote: Dare I mention that the one game that PDC thinks we deserved to lose is the one that he threw into total disarray by taking off Fodders after 20 minutes? Respectively, perhaps not an inspired substitution... but I'm not expecting any acknowledgement from the boss that he may have contributed to the outcome.[/p][/quote]Fodders was having a shocker, we were playing horribly before he came off. You can hardly blame the loss on the fact that Fodders came off! Also i think you meant retrospectively? SeanG92

5:10pm Fri 7 Dec 12

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

It's Christmas time everyone cheer up.

Anyone thought that this might just be Paolo installing confidence in his players before a big run of games over the Xmas period? We only deserved to lose one game, you played we'll but we didn't take our chances. Confidence confidence confidence, don't worry your doing a good job. Of we go....

Anyway not that anyone will listen but we I've said all along the time to worry is if we don't create. Yes it would be great of one of the front men had ten goals already but Collins is 21 and Willo scored 17 for Yeovil last night. Let's get some positive thinking in here.

No idea and more importantly couldn't care where Sue is but off to the bookies with Grim when we win the league. 10 points behind mid January last year, 8 now and a long way to go.....
It's Christmas time everyone cheer up. Anyone thought that this might just be Paolo installing confidence in his players before a big run of games over the Xmas period? We only deserved to lose one game, you played we'll but we didn't take our chances. Confidence confidence confidence, don't worry your doing a good job. Of we go.... Anyway not that anyone will listen but we I've said all along the time to worry is if we don't create. Yes it would be great of one of the front men had ten goals already but Collins is 21 and Willo scored 17 for Yeovil last night. Let's get some positive thinking in here. No idea and more importantly couldn't care where Sue is but off to the bookies with Grim when we win the league. 10 points behind mid January last year, 8 now and a long way to go..... dreamofacleansheet2

5:26pm Fri 7 Dec 12

SeanG92 says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
It's Christmas time everyone cheer up.

Anyone thought that this might just be Paolo installing confidence in his players before a big run of games over the Xmas period? We only deserved to lose one game, you played we'll but we didn't take our chances. Confidence confidence confidence, don't worry your doing a good job. Of we go....

Anyway not that anyone will listen but we I've said all along the time to worry is if we don't create. Yes it would be great of one of the front men had ten goals already but Collins is 21 and Willo scored 17 for Yeovil last night. Let's get some positive thinking in here.

No idea and more importantly couldn't care where Sue is but off to the bookies with Grim when we win the league. 10 points behind mid January last year, 8 now and a long way to go.....
Indeed as long as we are creating chances then we always have that opportunity to get one of our strikers on form and then start knocking 3 or 4 past teams.

P.S - 17 in one night! Now that is impressive! ;)
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: It's Christmas time everyone cheer up. Anyone thought that this might just be Paolo installing confidence in his players before a big run of games over the Xmas period? We only deserved to lose one game, you played we'll but we didn't take our chances. Confidence confidence confidence, don't worry your doing a good job. Of we go.... Anyway not that anyone will listen but we I've said all along the time to worry is if we don't create. Yes it would be great of one of the front men had ten goals already but Collins is 21 and Willo scored 17 for Yeovil last night. Let's get some positive thinking in here. No idea and more importantly couldn't care where Sue is but off to the bookies with Grim when we win the league. 10 points behind mid January last year, 8 now and a long way to go.....[/p][/quote]Indeed as long as we are creating chances then we always have that opportunity to get one of our strikers on form and then start knocking 3 or 4 past teams. P.S - 17 in one night! Now that is impressive! ;) SeanG92

6:17pm Fri 7 Dec 12

DarrenSTFCRomain says...

What makes me mad is that we are not scoreing no way near enough goals with the chances that we have made for ourselfs...
So what does Paolo do...
Sends Benson out on loan and drops
Miles Storey and brings in 2 new players for a couple of games....

HOW THE BLA BLA BLA IS THAT GIVING THE PLAYERS CONFIDENCE ??????
What makes me mad is that we are not scoreing no way near enough goals with the chances that we have made for ourselfs... So what does Paolo do... Sends Benson out on loan and drops Miles Storey and brings in 2 new players for a couple of games.... HOW THE BLA BLA BLA IS THAT GIVING THE PLAYERS CONFIDENCE ?????? DarrenSTFCRomain

7:08pm Fri 7 Dec 12

RamsburyRed says...

Quite a bit of negativity regarding Paolo on here today.
*
Sure, the guy has made some mistakes and maybe he's not as good as he thinks he is, but we're not in a bad position and there's a long way to go.
*
He may have reflected on his own performance so far too, and it wouldn't surprise me if we see improvements all round on our return to action.
Quite a bit of negativity regarding Paolo on here today. * Sure, the guy has made some mistakes and maybe he's not as good as he thinks he is, but we're not in a bad position and there's a long way to go. * He may have reflected on his own performance so far too, and it wouldn't surprise me if we see improvements all round on our return to action. RamsburyRed

7:23pm Fri 7 Dec 12

the don69 says...

SeanG92 wrote:
dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
It's Christmas time everyone cheer up.

Anyone thought that this might just be Paolo installing confidence in his players before a big run of games over the Xmas period? We only deserved to lose one game, you played we'll but we didn't take our chances. Confidence confidence confidence, don't worry your doing a good job. Of we go....

Anyway not that anyone will listen but we I've said all along the time to worry is if we don't create. Yes it would be great of one of the front men had ten goals already but Collins is 21 and Willo scored 17 for Yeovil last night. Let's get some positive thinking in here.

No idea and more importantly couldn't care where Sue is but off to the bookies with Grim when we win the league. 10 points behind mid January last year, 8 now and a long way to go.....
Indeed as long as we are creating chances then we always have that opportunity to get one of our strikers on form and then start knocking 3 or 4 past teams.

P.S - 17 in one night! Now that is impressive! ;)
Think he's having one of his dreams?17 in one night?he not only believes in Father Christmas!but the Tooth Fairy as well!LOL!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]SeanG92[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: It's Christmas time everyone cheer up. Anyone thought that this might just be Paolo installing confidence in his players before a big run of games over the Xmas period? We only deserved to lose one game, you played we'll but we didn't take our chances. Confidence confidence confidence, don't worry your doing a good job. Of we go.... Anyway not that anyone will listen but we I've said all along the time to worry is if we don't create. Yes it would be great of one of the front men had ten goals already but Collins is 21 and Willo scored 17 for Yeovil last night. Let's get some positive thinking in here. No idea and more importantly couldn't care where Sue is but off to the bookies with Grim when we win the league. 10 points behind mid January last year, 8 now and a long way to go.....[/p][/quote]Indeed as long as we are creating chances then we always have that opportunity to get one of our strikers on form and then start knocking 3 or 4 past teams. P.S - 17 in one night! Now that is impressive! ;)[/p][/quote]Think he's having one of his dreams?17 in one night?he not only believes in Father Christmas!but the Tooth Fairy as well!LOL!!!!!!!!!! the don69

8:03pm Fri 7 Dec 12

sp1dersw3b says...

LeGod wrote:
Best home performance for me was MK Dons at home where we played them off the park and won by playing football on the floor. We got the ball to the wide men early and for me were not getting the wide men involved enough early on as were launching too many hopeful balls up the middle where its food and drink for the opposing centre backs.

Lets get back to what were good at play at a high tempo and two and three touch football and put the opposition on the back foot from the first whistle.

We need a win tomorrow and with our extended rest i looking for a good performance and three points.

A tough game is in prospect for us as they are on a good run but i dont fear any team in the league. Sheff Utd to me were not a good team nor Brentford but they both know how to defend and keep clean sheets and as has been said already the chances we need to create we have to put away as its happenning every game now where we miss some decent chances to score.
MK Dons had a severely depleted team that day and couldn't fill the bench plus were down to 10 men for 50 minutes - but I take your point.

IMO better home performances were against Crawley, Bournemouth and more recently Yeovil.

Tough game tomorrow and hoping for a win - an early goal (for STFC) would make such a difference and settle everyone, including the supporters, down.

COYR's
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Best home performance for me was MK Dons at home where we played them off the park and won by playing football on the floor. We got the ball to the wide men early and for me were not getting the wide men involved enough early on as were launching too many hopeful balls up the middle where its food and drink for the opposing centre backs. Lets get back to what were good at play at a high tempo and two and three touch football and put the opposition on the back foot from the first whistle. We need a win tomorrow and with our extended rest i looking for a good performance and three points. A tough game is in prospect for us as they are on a good run but i dont fear any team in the league. Sheff Utd to me were not a good team nor Brentford but they both know how to defend and keep clean sheets and as has been said already the chances we need to create we have to put away as its happenning every game now where we miss some decent chances to score.[/p][/quote]MK Dons had a severely depleted team that day and couldn't fill the bench plus were down to 10 men for 50 minutes - but I take your point. IMO better home performances were against Crawley, Bournemouth and more recently Yeovil. Tough game tomorrow and hoping for a win - an early goal (for STFC) would make such a difference and settle everyone, including the supporters, down. COYR's sp1dersw3b

9:37pm Fri 7 Dec 12

bowralbob says...

PDC is I believe an inspiration and is a man that deserves success. His passion does at times cause problems as he can act hastily and at times seems to change a winning formula. having said this I still hold him in high regard and believe we will be in the play off position we all hope for.
As for losing so many games by the odd goal well this is annoying but happens. With some luck our forwards will find form and in the second half of the season we may see a complete reversal.
I believe we will get back to our winning ways at home very soon. Keep the faith.
PDC is I believe an inspiration and is a man that deserves success. His passion does at times cause problems as he can act hastily and at times seems to change a winning formula. having said this I still hold him in high regard and believe we will be in the play off position we all hope for. As for losing so many games by the odd goal well this is annoying but happens. With some luck our forwards will find form and in the second half of the season we may see a complete reversal. I believe we will get back to our winning ways at home very soon. Keep the faith. bowralbob

10:22pm Fri 7 Dec 12

mancrobin says...

the don69 wrote:
SeanG92 wrote:
dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
It's Christmas time everyone cheer up.

Anyone thought that this might just be Paolo installing confidence in his players before a big run of games over the Xmas period? We only deserved to lose one game, you played we'll but we didn't take our chances. Confidence confidence confidence, don't worry your doing a good job. Of we go....

Anyway not that anyone will listen but we I've said all along the time to worry is if we don't create. Yes it would be great of one of the front men had ten goals already but Collins is 21 and Willo scored 17 for Yeovil last night. Let's get some positive thinking in here.

No idea and more importantly couldn't care where Sue is but off to the bookies with Grim when we win the league. 10 points behind mid January last year, 8 now and a long way to go.....
Indeed as long as we are creating chances then we always have that opportunity to get one of our strikers on form and then start knocking 3 or 4 past teams.

P.S - 17 in one night! Now that is impressive! ;)
Think he's having one of his dreams?17 in one night?he not only believes in Father Christmas!but the Tooth Fairy as well!LOL!!!!!!!!!!
Doubt if kept a clean sheet.
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SeanG92[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: It's Christmas time everyone cheer up. Anyone thought that this might just be Paolo installing confidence in his players before a big run of games over the Xmas period? We only deserved to lose one game, you played we'll but we didn't take our chances. Confidence confidence confidence, don't worry your doing a good job. Of we go.... Anyway not that anyone will listen but we I've said all along the time to worry is if we don't create. Yes it would be great of one of the front men had ten goals already but Collins is 21 and Willo scored 17 for Yeovil last night. Let's get some positive thinking in here. No idea and more importantly couldn't care where Sue is but off to the bookies with Grim when we win the league. 10 points behind mid January last year, 8 now and a long way to go.....[/p][/quote]Indeed as long as we are creating chances then we always have that opportunity to get one of our strikers on form and then start knocking 3 or 4 past teams. P.S - 17 in one night! Now that is impressive! ;)[/p][/quote]Think he's having one of his dreams?17 in one night?he not only believes in Father Christmas!but the Tooth Fairy as well!LOL!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Doubt if kept a clean sheet. mancrobin

9:51am Sat 8 Dec 12

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