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'Defeat proved we are average'
SWINDON Town’s 1-0 home defeat to Colchester last night showed how average the Robins can be when things don’t go to plan, according to manager Paolo Di Canio.
Town lost for the first time in six matches courtesy of Michael Rose’s second-half free-kick, and struggled to find fluency over 90 hard-to-watch minutes at the County Ground.
And afterwards Di Canio admitted that on evenings such as this, his collection of high-profile players can look mediocre if they do not add application to their evident talent.
“In the first 50 minutes of the game I should change seven or eight, but I decided to change those two because I couldn’t change seven,” he said.
“There was no passion, no desire from anyone – not because they are not professional. Sometimes during the season we proved that we are average – average players, average athletes.
“It’s not only one game, many times I have said to you I should change seven or eight because that is clear. Not one shot on target, not one delivery – from (Matt) Ritchie, from Jay (McEveley), from anyone.
“The strikers didn’t run in time, they didn’t run in the right place, they didn’t keep the ball even if they had the chance to.
“In a day like this you can discover how you can be average as a player.
“The enthusiasm, the desire, the ambition is more important than a system. We have to learn again from this game. We fully deserved to lose the game.”
Di Canio’s side go to Bury on Saturday looking for an instant response, and the Italian is hopeful that the defeat will serve as a wake-up call similar to the home loss to Leyton Orient just less than a month ago.
He said: “We have to hope that after a big slap in the face we’re going to get up and think, ‘let me change’.
“One slap every three or four games can help us stay close to the top eight, but we have to change direction. The mentality was absolutely bad tonight.”