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Di Canio: Treat Colchester like Stoke
PAOLO Di Canio has told his Swindon Town players to treat Colchester United as they did Stoke City in the build-up to this evening’s League One clash.
The Robins go into the contest against the struggling U’s in pursuit of a fifth straight win in all competitions and face a Colchester side who only picked up their first league victory of the campaign on Saturday.
However, with new manager Joe Dunne in place at the Weston Homes Community Stadium following the sacking of John Ward, Di Canio expects the Essex outfit to provide a stern test for his squad.
The Italian is convinced Swindon have too much for Colchester to handle, but only if Town prepare for the match in the same way they did prior to the Capital One Cup success at the Premier League Potters back in August.
“If we underestimate them for a bit, we’re going to have big trouble,” he said.
“If we play our football, with desire and determination and treat them like they are Stoke City or Brighton there is no chance for them.
“If, if, if - because if is a crucial word.
“They will play with enthusiasm, determination, they’re going to put us under pressure.
“I like the way the new manager sends his message to his players but it’s obvious we’re still a better side and we have to take the points and move on.
“If we don’t have the fire or the quality when we have possession, it doesn’t mean anything to keep the three lines.
“It’s obvious when you have quality, desire, you know each other and you use the right players in the right system that makes a big difference.
“If we play with fire there is very little chance of them getting a point, but only if we play our football.”