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SWINDON TOWN: Derby defeat so hard to stomach
SWINDON boss Paolo Di Canio travelled back down the A420 last night with ‘pain in his stomach’ after suffering his third straight defeat at the hands local rivals Oxford.
Alfie Potter profited from a mix-up between Aden Flint and Darren Ward to slide the ball under Wes Foderingham with two minutes to go to secure a 1-0 victory at the Kassam Stadium, during a game where Town enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and created the most chances.
Before the game Di Canio vowed not to offer their local rivals any ‘charity’ as he feels they did in their two defeats last season, but was left disappointed as a late error gift-wrapped another victory and dumped Town out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
“This is what happened last year, we did not concede any chance or any shot on target and then we made a gift and a mistake and we couldn’t go to penalties,” he said.
“One silly mistake gave them the opportunity to score and finish the game, but in terms of the performance I saw good things and the only team which was looking to score a goal was Swindon. “We travel back with hurt in our stomach because this is not a good place for us in this moment.
“I was a fan when I was young and I understand the feeling in this game, so it is not about my managerial career, it is about giving some satisfaction to the fans and being a part of the situations.
“The fans will be hurt because it was a local derby, but they could see there was commitment and passion and professionalism.”
While Di Canio was pleased with the performances of debutants Ward, Giles Coke, Federico Bessone and Adam Rooney, the Town boss wants to see more from some of his more established players.
“This is the limit for some of my players, they have to go one step forwards to become real footballers. Until today they were real footballers but not real footballers to win League One.
“Joe Devera, Raffa De Vita, they have to know what they want to do with their life with all respect, because they are good professionals and they have a big limit.
“Flint is a good guy and a good professional, but he has to improve a lot because it is not possible to give the ball away without any pressure 10 yards from him. “This is why I brought in Darren Ward and I said to the players not to be hurt because I brought in new players that can challenge their position.
“The players have to learn and I will help them, but I need some experienced footballers who can help me in this situation.”