DESPITE a two week break from action, Raffaele De Vita says that the Town squad have been working hard to prepare for a busy Christmas period.
With the Robins no longer in the FA Cup, a free Saturday last weekend may have seemed like a welcome adjournment from on-field activities but De Vita insists that the term ‘break’ has been deceptively untrue.
“Obviously we didn’t have a game last week so it’s been strange,” he said. “It didn’t happen last season because we went quite far in the cups so it’s a bit weird but we’re back in like a normal week and preparing for Saturday.
“We didn’t really take it easy this week without a game. To be fair it’s been really hard and in the mornings especially we’ve done a lot of running without the ball. Obviously the weekend made us relax a little bit and we’re now refreshed but to be fair we have been working hard so we’re ready to get back into a game and get back to normal.”
Town begin their build-up to the festive period with a home tie against second-placed Doncaster on Saturday and the Italian believes that the visitors’ standing in the league could work in Swindon’s favour.
“It’s not going to be an easy game especially because we’ve been struggling at home,” he explained.
““Everyone wants to do well and give the fans something to cheer about and I don’t think it’s really a problem who we face because we know on our day we can beat anyone.
“It’s good that we’re playing Doncaster because when we play the top sides we generally do really well.”