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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio warns winger: tip-tap no
PAOLO Di Canio was pleased with the way Gary Roberts played on his first appearance for Swindon Town, but the Robins manager wants the winger to get rid of any ideas of “tippy tappy” football as quickly as possible.
Roberts, a summer signing from Huddersfield, came off the bench after 52 minutes at Carlisle having finally recovered from the calf and lower leg problems that have plagued him during the early weeks of the season.
The wide man made an instant impression down the left, taking on his marker and frequently beating him for fun, but Di Canio remained concerned about a certain aspect of his game.
The Italian explained: “It’s obvious when he goes one versus one and delivers the ball he is a very dangerous guy. He attacks the back post in a fantastic way, he was unlucky not to score and the goalkeeper made a fantastic save.
“I didn’t enjoy two or three situations in the final third when he started playing with Tommy Miller, probably because they know exactly each other.
“Tippy tappy, tippy tappy is not my football. If you are going to play tippy tappy and then go play the ball through like he did with James Collins or switch, then okay.
“But if we keep the ball with Giles (Coke), Tommy Miller, Roberts – tippy tappy, tippy tappy, tippy tappy – and then we lose the ball, counter-attack and we lose 3-2 what do we have to show?
“We did something that wasn’t constructive, just keeping the ball and allowing the opponents to organise in a defensive moment.
“I am happy when they have a combination because I want to play football but my football is not one, two, three, four, five – moving the ball in a 10-yard space. My football is one, two, three and then boom – change and go through.
“I can accept and I can understand because first game he felt in the game, felt good straight away but from now we have to take away selfish (characteristics) in some way, or maybe negative in my opinion in the way I want to play my football. Then we will be okay.”