PAOLO Di Canio wants to see an improvement in his side’s performance when they take on Salisbury City this evening.
After Monday’s win at Swindon Supermarine, the manager has declared that he expects a different display from the Town at the Raymond McEnhill stadium.
He said: “It’s an opportunity to see the improvement. With Swindon Supermarine we all know that we didn’t give 110% of our ability. We spent energy with our brain and improved the way we play together but the lads have realised that is done and over the last two days we worked very well so I expect a different performance.
“I expect to see the passion that they put in normally with the league and the cup. This is the only way to become again a winning team with a winning mentality.”
He continued: “So tomorrow I expect people to forget the result but see the way we will approach the game and the way we play individually and collectively take one step forward. Also improve the way we keep the ball, the way we pass the ball. We will try to score and defend with discipline like we did last year.”
Since their return from Italy, all of Town’s pre-season opponents have been non-league teams and Di Canio warned his players that they need to approach the match at Salisbury with a professional mentality.
“There are some individuals that want to test themselves against you so for this reason we can’t be surprised," he said. "This is normal, we have to be ready for this challenge and give them the same respect we give Brighton. Only through this way you can show that you are a better team. It’s the same principle as last year – if we underestimate any side and we play at 50% of our ability we become an average team and average players.”