The Washbag

As Aston Villa arrive at the County Ground, Alex Cooke looks at how the Town boss always gets Swindon ‘up for the cup’

Under Paolo Di Canio Swindon have a great record in the League Cup, FA Cup and even the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Stoke, Wigan, Huddersfield, Colchester, Burnley, Bristol City, Brighton, AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Southend and Exeter have all been defeated during his tenure. Only Chesterfield, Oxford, Southampton and Leicester have beaten Town in any of the three competitions, meaning that Di Canio has won 75% of his cup matches. So what is to stop Paul Lambert’s stuttering Premier League side becoming the next victim of the Italian’s tactical tinkering?

However, each of these cup games has been very different. Certainly some were easier than others and some have demanded more of a battle just to play but throughout Swindon have changed their system, set up and line up…

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