Swindon Town boss unhappy after defeat.
Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio has labelled his players chihuahuas who need to learn the darker side of the game.
The Italian was furious with his team for their naivety during the 2-0 defeat to Macclesfield last Friday.
He made his comments after midfielder Matt Ricthie was denied a clear penalty because he stayed on his feet after being clipped by keeper Jose Veiga.
This was Swindon’s fifth defeat away from this season and Di Canio knows his team must develop a nasty side if they are to get promotion from League Two.
“From now on, I will tell my players to dive,” he told BBC Wiltshire. “From now on, I will bring in a different culture because this was a red card and penalty.
“I’d prefer that they risk getting a yellow card for simulation. My team are the only ones who do not dive somewhere around the field.
“It’s not fair but it’s the only way to receive something.
“Ritchie was too honest but it wasn’t malicious – he (Veiga) had no intentions. You can’t stay on your feet just because you want to be honest.
“Ritchie’s moment was the picture of the game,” he added. “We are not a nasty team.
“And this is what makes me not very happy sometimes because we don’t have a nasty player. I don’t know how much I can improve my team in this way.
“With some players, if he has a chihuahua character I can’t make a chihuahua into a rottweiler. He could be a proud chihuahua but he remains a chihuahua.
“So many of the players at the moment are chihuahuas away from home – this is the truth.”