Paolo Di Canio

'Perfect opportunity' - PDC


Italian hopeful of first win.

Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio believes the Capital One Cup offers the perfect chance for his side to build confidence in the early stages of this season.

The Italian is hoping his side can pick up their first win of the campaign in Tuesday’s second round clash with MK Dons at the Stadium of Light.

And he says a poor recent record in cup competitions for the Black Cats adds extra motivation to his side.

“It’s really important, every game for us is important when you’ve changed a lot of things – you need to build a habit of winning,” the Italian said.

“Also to build confidence the result is important for my players.

“We would like to change the tradition that this club has got in the last few years when we went out easy so we can’t make the same mistake and we can’t underestimate any game because the cup is really important and we need to win a game to build confidence.”

Di Canio won his only previous game against MK Dons when his Swindon side won 1-0 thanks to a Matt Ritchie strike at the County Ground back in August 2012.

And Di Canio believes the Dons will provide a similarly tough test for his Sunderland side on Tuesday evening.

“I played against Karl Robinson’s team last year and they play exactly the same; they try to play football from the back, they want to keep the ball, so it’s a good way to play football – it’s not a typical League One team,” he explained.

“It will be tough because they have quality and they have energy and they have a system so we have to be ready.

“It doesn’t mean because it’s League One versus Barclays Premier League it will be easy and we know because when I was the other side with Swindon we beat a Premier League club.”