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Paolo Di Canio, Swindon Town

Wembley in Di Canio's sights

Paolo Di Canio has his sights firmly set on a Wembley final ahead of his Swindon side’s second-leg clash against Barnet.

February 2012

The first-leg of the area final resulted in a 1-1 draw, meaning both teams start on level terms at The County Ground.

But Di Canio believes his player’s winning mentality – which has seen Swindon climb to 3rd in League Two - will give them a competitive edge against Lawrie Sanchez’s men.

The Italian said: “If you have desire you can reach something that people don’t expect.

“You asked me about the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the beginning of the season and it is something we obviously want to win. It is the only competition - apart from the league - that we can win.

“We’ve won our last five games, so we are in a good moment, whereas they (Barnet) have only won their last three. We’ll see who wins this game.”

With a Wembley final at stake, Di Canio added that he expected his team to show their nasty attitude and desire to win, while encouraging supporters to get behind their team.

“It will be a tough game, as they have a lot of physical presence from set-pieces. But we want to play football and if we do that with a nasty attitude and the desire we showed against Southend United, along with quality to small details, we will win.

“If you live only 300 metres away (from The County Ground) why not come here and experience the feelings and emotion? Give your support. Sometimes fans don’t realise that their support is crucial.”

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