ADEN Flint has pledged to learn from his mistakes and adapt his game to fall in line with the hardline stance of modern-day referees when it comes to tough challenges.
The Swindon Town centre-back has been sent off twice this season, on both occasions putting himself in trouble with the officials for lunging into a tackle from behind, drawing criticism from Robins manager Paolo Di Canio in the process.
Flint conceded that his dismissal against Scunthorpe, for two yellow cards, was deserved but he felt aggrieved to be given his marching orders in the 2-0 home defeat to Macclesfield in the FA Cup last month.
However, having taken heed of his boss’ stern words, Flint has realised the need to refine his methods of defending as he comes to terms with refereeing in the Football League.
“He (Di Canio) said I’ve got to stand up a lot more and I think I’m going to do that in future. I’ve got to learn from my mistakes and I’m going to do that,” he said.
“I’ve got to learn to stand up a bit more. I’m a physical player and I like to get stuck in so I’m not going to change that but I just need to learn to stand up more.
“It’s hard because what can you judge as a fair, hard tackle. It’s a very thin line between tackling so it is a bit hard but you have to learn.
“Because I’ve come from non-league (Flint joined the Robins from Alfreton Town in 2011) it’s what I’m used to but obviously I’ve got to learn from my mistakes and I think I have.
“I think the first one was two stupid bookings to be honest and I probably deserved the red card, but the second one you look at that tackle five years ago and people say it’s a good tackle.
“I’ve won the ball but I’ve won it strongly and taken the man as well. The referees these days see that as dangerous play so obviously it was a red card.
“I’ve served my ban now and learnt my lesson.”