Monthly Archives: December 2012

Originally posted on The Washbag:
Having failed to impress at his many previous clubs, Alex Cooke asks if Leon Clarke can lead the Di Canio revolution at Swindon Town? Sunday taught us all many things: marking the opposition centre forward is a…

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Originally posted on The Washbag:
It was only last week that Alex Cooke introduced Leon Clarke on this site. Now Alex reviews Di Canio’s awful decision to sign Clarke. “Paolo Di Canio in heated confrontation with Swindon’s Leon Clarke”, “Paolo Di…

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Is Swindon’s 442 too open? Alex Cooke looks at the blueprints for Paolo’s master plan. No one could doubt that Paolo Di Canio is demanding: his pre-season training, half-time tantrums and full-time ABH prove at that. But tactically Paolo also…

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With Town on a roll, teams are increasingly coming to the County Ground aiming for a draw. But how can you beat an ultra-defensive side? Alex Cooke looks at Di Canio’s options. Part of the…

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He might be a favourite of Paolo Di Canio’s but Oliver Risser hasn’t impressed everyone at the Country Ground. Alex Cooke looks at the statistics behind the midfielder’s contribution. Oliver Risser won just two tackles…

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Swindon’s wingers are always cutting in instead of crossing from the by-line, Alex Cooke looks at seven reasons why. ‘Why doesn’t Matt Ritchie go down the line?’ ‘What is Ritchie doing crossing from there?’ ‘Why won’t…

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He fired Swindon to Wembley but Swindon’s number 17 has only scored 8 times this season from 30 appearances. But does Alan Connell offer more than goals? By Alex Cooke. Alan Connell is the perfect…

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How Di Canio’s desire for width can leave Swindon outnumbered in central midfield, by Alex Cooke. “It’s 10% about the formation and 90% about the players. If you have the best ones and they do…

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Originally posted on The Washbag:
He’s wild, he’s exuberant, and he’s fantastic entertainment, but Paolo Di Canio is a more studied manager than his pitch-side persona reveals, says Alex Cooke. “The media portrayal of Paolo Di Canio is very different…

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Many Swindon fans loathe them as much as substituting Alan Connell but short corners deserve their place in Town’s armoury, says Alex Cooke. We should blame Shaun Taylor. From the 1992/93 season onwards, when that…

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