Di Canio defends Villa gesture
Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio defended his actions after his side were beaten 3-2 by Aston Villa in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
The Italian appeared to gesture to Villa fans at the end of the game that their side would be relegated from the Premier League.
But he said: "No, that was not the case. I was saying to my fans that they had been brilliant and their support was so good that they were up there and Villa were below them.
"To see the County Ground full of emotion when we scored the second goal was amazing. I was saying it was my fans are the top and they are underneath you."
Di Canio was proud of the performance of his players after they rallied to level at 2-2 only for Christian Benteke to hit a last-gasp winner for Villa.
He said: "I thought the first half was 50-50. I was more than proud of my players at the end because it was not a typical comeback, one that is just for consolation or from adrenalin.
"It was one with quality and because of change in a tactical way. We came very close to something special."