Cooper happy with ugly win but wants to see it on the road

Swindon Advertiser: Mark Cooper Mark Cooper

MARK Cooper was delighted to see his Swindon Town side win ugly against Shrewsbury Town, now he wants his team to enjoy the same good fortune away from home.

Swindon won for the 10th time in 13 League One matches at the County Ground, despite playing well below their best for much of the clash with a resolute and well drilled Shrews outfit.

Two goals in the dying stages from Nile Ranger and new signing Michael Smith saw Town emerge with a fortunate 3-1 success.

Three terrific saves from Wes Foderingham kept Town on level terms while the crossbar came to their rescue when Asa Hall was allowed a free header by the Swindon defence.

The Robins now face a daunting trip to Walsall, who currently occupy the final play-off berth, and Cooper is desperate to see his players grind out a crucial victory on the road.

“It shows that at home we can do it, it doesn’t seem to be a problem, but away from home for me is a real big test and I’ve said to the players people have questioned us away from home,” he said.

“They’ve questioned our integrity, our honesty and our desire away from home, including me.”

“Can we actually go and beat a team away from home?

“That’s the next big challenge. We’ll go to Walsall and try to be resolute and dogged.

“I’m going to put people in the team who want to run about and do whatever they can do to get us a result away from home.

“I just want to concentrate on working with the players, trying to prepare and make we’re a difficult team to beat at the Bescot on Tuesday.”

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6:41am Mon 27 Jan 14

mrwoo says...

stop playing tippy tappy sideways football and get your defenders to lump the ball forward.
stop playing tippy tappy sideways football and get your defenders to lump the ball forward. mrwoo

7:10am Mon 27 Jan 14

Chish and Fips says...

mrwoo wrote:
stop playing tippy tappy sideways football and get your defenders to lump the ball forward.
On a very windy - good tactics NOT !!
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: stop playing tippy tappy sideways football and get your defenders to lump the ball forward.[/p][/quote]On a very windy - good tactics NOT !! Chish and Fips

7:11am Mon 27 Jan 14

Chish and Fips says...

oops - 'windy day'
oops - 'windy day' Chish and Fips

7:34am Mon 27 Jan 14

mrwoo says...

so u know tues will be windy?
so u know tues will be windy? mrwoo

7:53am Mon 27 Jan 14

mancrobin says...

mrwoo wrote:
so u know tues will be windy?
Damp pitch, dry, 4 to 5 degrees with a light south westerly breeze. Ideal conditions for a good old fashioned straight down the wing and on the head job, as well as hitting it up to the 2 big men to relieve pressure.

In light of the above, I'd play Smith & Ranger up front, and McEverley/Byrne and Thompson/Pritchard as overlapping full backs/wingers. Kasim and L Thompson as holding midfield and Branco and TAH (if fit) as centre back. No doubt who's going in goal and likely to be the busiest player on the pitch!
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: so u know tues will be windy?[/p][/quote]Damp pitch, dry, 4 to 5 degrees with a light south westerly breeze. Ideal conditions for a good old fashioned straight down the wing and on the head job, as well as hitting it up to the 2 big men to relieve pressure. In light of the above, I'd play Smith & Ranger up front, and McEverley/Byrne and Thompson/Pritchard as overlapping full backs/wingers. Kasim and L Thompson as holding midfield and Branco and TAH (if fit) as centre back. No doubt who's going in goal and likely to be the busiest player on the pitch! mancrobin

8:17am Mon 27 Jan 14

Chish and Fips says...

mancrobin wrote:
mrwoo wrote:
so u know tues will be windy?
Damp pitch, dry, 4 to 5 degrees with a light south westerly breeze. Ideal conditions for a good old fashioned straight down the wing and on the head job, as well as hitting it up to the 2 big men to relieve pressure.

In light of the above, I'd play Smith & Ranger up front, and McEverley/Byrne and Thompson/Pritchard as overlapping full backs/wingers. Kasim and L Thompson as holding midfield and Branco and TAH (if fit) as centre back. No doubt who's going in goal and likely to be the busiest player on the pitch!
Nice one Mancrobin - surely beats the total hoof ball tactics any day .... mix it up a bit is fine ... horses for courses as they say.
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: so u know tues will be windy?[/p][/quote]Damp pitch, dry, 4 to 5 degrees with a light south westerly breeze. Ideal conditions for a good old fashioned straight down the wing and on the head job, as well as hitting it up to the 2 big men to relieve pressure. In light of the above, I'd play Smith & Ranger up front, and McEverley/Byrne and Thompson/Pritchard as overlapping full backs/wingers. Kasim and L Thompson as holding midfield and Branco and TAH (if fit) as centre back. No doubt who's going in goal and likely to be the busiest player on the pitch![/p][/quote]Nice one Mancrobin - surely beats the total hoof ball tactics any day .... mix it up a bit is fine ... horses for courses as they say. Chish and Fips

12:35pm Mon 27 Jan 14

cricklade red says...

mancrobin wrote:
mrwoo wrote:
so u know tues will be windy?
Damp pitch, dry, 4 to 5 degrees with a light south westerly breeze. Ideal conditions for a good old fashioned straight down the wing and on the head job, as well as hitting it up to the 2 big men to relieve pressure.

In light of the above, I'd play Smith & Ranger up front, and McEverley/Byrne and Thompson/Pritchard as overlapping full backs/wingers. Kasim and L Thompson as holding midfield and Branco and TAH (if fit) as centre back. No doubt who's going in goal and likely to be the busiest player on the pitch!
Agree with most of above , but would still find room for Luongo in midfeild, Ward needs "resting", even if he's not tired.
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: so u know tues will be windy?[/p][/quote]Damp pitch, dry, 4 to 5 degrees with a light south westerly breeze. Ideal conditions for a good old fashioned straight down the wing and on the head job, as well as hitting it up to the 2 big men to relieve pressure. In light of the above, I'd play Smith & Ranger up front, and McEverley/Byrne and Thompson/Pritchard as overlapping full backs/wingers. Kasim and L Thompson as holding midfield and Branco and TAH (if fit) as centre back. No doubt who's going in goal and likely to be the busiest player on the pitch![/p][/quote]Agree with most of above , but would still find room for Luongo in midfeild, Ward needs "resting", even if he's not tired. cricklade red

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