SWINDON TOWN: Don't do the double
PAOLO Di Canio has challenged his players to avoid being beaten twice by any team in League One this year.
The Robins boss leads his side to east London for their clash with Leyton Orient tonight looking for revenge for the 1-0 home reverse to the O’s in September, and the trip marks the first opportunity an opposing side has had to do the double over Town this term.
Crewe, Colchester, Notts County, Brentford and Preston will also stand a chance of taking six points out of six from their meetings with Swindon in the coming weeks, but Di Canio wants his squad to steer clear of any such eventuality.
“It will give us more motivation because we don’t want to have any side this year who beat us twice,” he said. “It’s a really good motivation to think not one side can beat us twice.
“We know that we have six teams that have beaten us - Preston, Crewe, Leyton Orient, Colchester, Brentford.
“It’s a bit more motivation for this reason.”
Lee Cook’s goal proved to be the difference for Orient when the teams locked horns earlier in the campaign, but Di Canio feels his side have improved significantly since then.
“Always when you receive damage from the opponents, when you play them again, the players straight away want to win individual challenges and confrontations.
“It is not a sort of revenge but it is something we have to remember,” he said.
“We didn’t play well and we didn’t deserve more than a draw, but we didn’t deserve to lose completely.
“We’ve changed completely in the back, now we have more determination with more experience.
“Nathan Thompson will play against Cook, who is a good player, but Nathan has grown in the last two months.
“He has become a more mature player, more aggressive so he knows already how to approach this guy.”