LOUIS Thompson can’t wait to come up against a familiar face in the shape of Raffa De Vita when Swindon Town travel to Cheltenham Town this afternoon.
De Vita and Thompson shared the same Town dressing room for two seasons prior to the former’s departure at the end of the 2012/13 campaign and the two players hold each other in high regard.
Thompson, therefore, is well aware of the “technical” qualities his old teammate has at his disposal and will know to be on his guard when the two square up at Whaddon Road in the FA Cup.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Raffa, he was a great servant for our club as well. He’s a fantastic player, full of technical ability and I’m looking forward to seeing him. Hopefully we can get one up on him as well,” the Swindon midfielder told Link Sport.
“Technically he’s a fantastic player, he’s really, really gifted so we’ll have to watch out. He can go right or left foot and in and around the box he’s got a decent shot on him.
“We’ll look to try to sniff that out but it’s not just Raffa that carries the threat for Cheltenham, there are many threats. The gaffer will give us the lowdown on that before we play and as long as we nullify that we should come out with a win.”
Thompson unsurprisingly fancies a long run in the competition, having been part of Town squads which have fallen at the first hurdle to the same opposition – non-league Macclesfield Town – in each of the last two seasons.
“I want to go as far as we can, like in every competition I play in with Swindon,” he said. “We’ve got a great side and it gives us an opportunity to play some higher level teams but first and foremost we need to beat Cheltenham and put on a show as well.”