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Di Canio - A Quality Test

14 August 2012

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PAOLO Di Canio says that his side will play their own game against a quality Brighton side as they look to progress to the second round of the Capital One Cup.

Speaking at Monday’s press call, Di Canio outlined his approach to the game and declared that Town will have a clear plan of action against the Seagulls.

He said: “We watched the games against Reading and Chelsea and it’s clear that they play very good football and their possession is good. We studied that even against Chelsea and Reading they have good possession but we took lots of details where I think there is a chance to go through and win the game.

“Every system has strengths and weaknesses. We found the way that if we work with quality that we can damage them. We will use our way to play against them with the players we have got, with the quality we have got individually and collectively to try to hunt the ball when they have it: try to force them in the way we want them to play, regain the ball and from there damage them.”

The manager also dismissed the notion that Brighton would be nervous coming to The County Ground after last season’s exploits in the FA Cup and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

He said: “It’s obvious that every manager looks at statistics but at the end of the day it doesn’t count because it’s a new team.

“They’re good but at home we play 50/50. Against Crystal Palace in the second half I wasn’t happy. Brighton are a better team with more quality and more options but we have a chance to go 50/50 with them.”

Tickets for tonight's clash are still available from the STFC Online Ticket site and from the STFC Box Office. 

Adults: £13
Concessions: £8
Juniors (15 & under): £2

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