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SWINDON TOWN: On best behaviour for Paolo
PAOLO Di Canio knows exactly what tonight’s derby clash with Oxford means to the Swindon Town fans, but the Italian has urged the travelling supporters to stay out of trouble at the Kassam Stadium.
Town travel up the A420 this evening for the two sides’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash, looking to avenge the two defeats they suffered in League Two last season.
Di Canio knows the emotions the Town fans will be feeling in the lead up to kick-off, having passionately followed Lazio as a youngster and consistently attended their derbies with city rivals Roma.
The Town boss still feels the same emotions he did as a fan now he is a manager, and is keen for the Town faithful to enjoy the game without getting into trouble.
“I will work hard with pain in my stomach and my heart. I didn’t sleep all night (after the Preston game) thinking about what kind of performance we made,” he said.
“Obviously this is more because I know what it means for the fans, how they enjoy it when we win and send out from this competition the rivals but it’s important that we play with maximum desire and passion.
“Behave well and stay there, enjoy the moment, the passion because it is a different game. You can joke with each other, blame the colours because this is typical, send some funny message. I know because I used to do the same.
“Afterwards, what happens later, there is nothing to do –nothing to do. I know the anger in the rivalry can sometimes go over in the crowd with the honour you have for your colour but it’s not good.
“I don’t want to invite to say bad words but it is normal, sometimes someone has to put their anger out otherwise you are perfect and then one day you’re going to become a killer.
“Behave with your opponent in the right way, joke with them but at the end we celebrate, joke like they did last year. They go sad back home, I hope this, and then we’ll see what’s going on.”