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Paolo is settling on a side
IT’S taken a good year and a half, but Paolo Di Canio now feels comfortable naming an unchanged side week on week.
For the majority of his time at the Swindon Town helm, Di Canio has preferred to mix and match his starting XIs regardless of the Robins’ previous result.
However, over the course of the last three games the Italian has made just one change to his side - with Tommy Miller replacing Simon Ferry against Portsmouth - as he discovered a new trust that his players will deliver for him on a regular basis.
“Of all the 18 months I have been involved in this job here, it is the first real period where I have found the base of consistency. I have more mature players, more adults and I am not worried if sometimes the training session is not 200 per cent,” he said.
“I am sure someone can turn the situation. It doesn’t mean I now change the basis of how I select my team.
“No, the basis is still how the perform in the training sessions, but the performances we’ve made and the maturity I’ve got in the team gives me more of a chance to propose approximately the same team.
“Then they confirm that I was right. They give me the chance to do this. I evolve myself, my pillars remain but I have to be elastic because in the pasty I used to change three players even after a good win.
“In this period I discovered that, even if I play with the same players for three or four days in a row, they can guarantee to me the same quality that I want to see.”
n YOUNG Swindon Town fans can watch Saturday’s game against Carlisle for only a pound.
The ‘Kids for a Quid’ promotion is being run for the game which kicks off at 3pm, meaning any fan under the age of 15 can take advantage.
Adult tickets in both the Don Rogers and Arkells Stands have been reduced to £20 for the match, and under 15s can also sit in the Town End for only a pound, but must be accompanied by an adult.