Di Canio slams players

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Paolo Di Canio refused to give any of his Swindon players any credit after watching his side twice throw away a lead to draw 3-3 with Hereford in a thrilling game at the County Ground.

The Robins were 2-0 up at half-time and then 3-2 ahead with 11 minutes to go, only to see midfielder Harry Pell grab a 90th-minute equaliser and a share of the points.

Boss Di Canio said: "Really no players came out of the game with any credit. When you concede three goals against a team second bottom you can't say any player played fantastically. We are feeling quite sad at the moment because we lost a chance at another three points."

The Italian was also unhappy with the performance of referee Jock Waugh, who he felt had been lenient towards Hereford.

He added: "For some reason they seemed to stop the game for them but not stop it for us. At least six or seven times he gave them soft free-kicks and I kept telling my players that they must not touch the opposition.

"The only fair decision was (Lukas) Magera. I told him time and again not to foul and he still gave away the free-kick that led to the final equaliser."

The game had looked over as a contest at half-time as Raffaele De Vita and Mehdi Kerrouche gave the Robins a deserved 2-0 lead, but Hereford, who had only scored four league goals all season before the game, were given hope when Tom Barkhuizen found the back of the net in the 67th minute.

Nine minutes later, substitute Yoann Arquin rose unmarked to head home, only for Simon Ferry to hand the advantage back to the Robins in the 79th minute. But Hereford were to have the last laugh as Pell, another substitute, produced a glancing header to salvage a point.

Bulls manager Jamie Pitman was quick to laud the performance of his squad and hoped the comeback would kickstart the Bulls season.

He said: "We know we are fighting for our lives, like we do every season it seems, but every single player put their hand up and showed great spirit. This is going to give us a huge lift. Despite being 2-0 down, we always thought the next goal would prove crucial and it really gave us momentum when Barkhuizen scored."

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Bristol City
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Harry Pell
Hereford United
Swindon Town
Simon Ferry
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