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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper hopes City display has answered the critics

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper

SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper hopes that his players “answered one or two critics” with their superb rearguard effort at Bristol City.

Town hung on to secure a point from a goalless draw at Ashton Gate, despite seeing Alex Pritchard dismissed in the 55th minute for violent conduct, keeping their first clean sheet in seven outings in the process.

Cooper, who made six changes to his starting line-up following the 4-1 home mauling by Wolves on Tuesday night, including four to his back five, was delighted with the character shown by his players as they kept out a City team that went into the game off the back of a run of three consecutive wins.

“I’m very pleased. I know there were people questioning our spirit and our desire in recent weeks but hopefully that’s answered one or two critics in terms of what we feel about the club,” he said.

“I thought we were pretty comfortable (at half-time). We had one or two skirmishes but I always felt we had something to offer and we would create a chance or two. I felt pretty comfortable. You see the subs they’re putting on – Martin Paterson and people like that – who will try and get a goal.

“I thought we defended well, were pretty comfortable at half-time and the second half was a little difficult.”

Of Pritchard’s red card, incurred for pushing over City midfielder Wade Elliott, Cooper said: “You can’t do that. He’s pushed him in the chest, it’s right in front of the referee and he makes an easy decision for the referee. After that the 10 remaining players and the boys that came on were outstanding.

“We reshuffled a little bit and played 4-3-1-1 and always tried to carry a little bit of a threat with Massimo in behind Michael Smith, which we did, I thought, at times. But for a little bit of loose control we could have got in but it was fantastic effort from the players and a big point for us.”

Given that only two of his starting XI were over the age of 25, Cooper praised Town’s maturity in holding on for a point.

“When you’re down to 10 men, and if you look at our team with young players in compared to theirs with vastly experienced guys who know the level, then you know you’re going to come under pressure but we dealt with it pretty well,” he said.

“Wes (Foderingham) has had to make a couple of decent saves; we’ve had to throw bodies on the line which is what you have to do to get points in football. They know they can rely on each other, they know the defenders will get them out of jail, they know they’ll throw bodies on the line, they’ll head the ball in the box and they know if they stick together they can get their rewards.

“I’m pleased to stop the rot and get a point when there were a lot of people doubting is. Yes, it was a rearguard action but a very, very good one.”

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11:30pm Sat 15 Mar 14

The Jockster says...

A couple of decent saves - the lad made at least six!!
A couple of decent saves - the lad made at least six!! The Jockster
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1:11pm Sun 16 Mar 14

itslove says...

A draw v a bottom side. cooper out.
A draw v a bottom side. cooper out. itslove
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5:42pm Sun 16 Mar 14

dazzastfc says...

Sorry cooper but if you think a draw again a poor team and wes being motm will make up for the past 3 months then your a bigger prat i thought you were..

ARE LAST 15 GAMES HAVE BEEN VERY VERY POOR FORM and shocking when you add it up 15 point from 45...
Then you make a statesman like this...
Just for this comment alone you deserve to be sacked
Sorry cooper but if you think a draw again a poor team and wes being motm will make up for the past 3 months then your a bigger prat i thought you were.. ARE LAST 15 GAMES HAVE BEEN VERY VERY POOR FORM and shocking when you add it up 15 point from 45... Then you make a statesman like this... Just for this comment alone you deserve to be sacked dazzastfc
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5:51pm Sun 16 Mar 14

dazzastfc says...

dazzastfc wrote:
Sorry cooper but if you think a draw again a poor team and wes being motm will make up for the past 3 months then your a bigger prat i thought you were..

ARE LAST 15 GAMES HAVE BEEN VERY VERY POOR FORM and shocking when you add it up 15 point from 45...
Then you make a statesman like this...
Just for this comment alone you deserve to be sacked
This is coopers words...
They know they can rely on each other, they know the defenders will get them out of jail, ...

SAY NO MORE....THE PLANK HAS LOST IT
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: Sorry cooper but if you think a draw again a poor team and wes being motm will make up for the past 3 months then your a bigger prat i thought you were.. ARE LAST 15 GAMES HAVE BEEN VERY VERY POOR FORM and shocking when you add it up 15 point from 45... Then you make a statesman like this... Just for this comment alone you deserve to be sacked[/p][/quote]This is coopers words... They know they can rely on each other, they know the defenders will get them out of jail, ... SAY NO MORE....THE PLANK HAS LOST IT dazzastfc
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8:35pm Sun 16 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Stephens was brilliant compared to Ward or Hall etc so why didn't Cooper see this a long time ago like a most of us? It yet again shows that Cooper is not good enough. Why leave it so late to replace Ward and hence strengthen our defence? It could have been a very different story this season, that's for sure.
Will he reprimand Pritchard for his stupid behaviour I wonder? or sit him on his knee and tell him not to worry as he is young and a work in progress etc?
Come on Lee P, GET A STRONG MANAGER FOR NEXT SEASON...... one that gets them to play the same type of attractive football but with passion to go forwards with the passing/moves, rather than sideways or sitting too deep. It was so apparent at City that we don't use the wings to get crosses in. Why can't we play a mixture of this possession football along with some decent crosses coming in from the line? We are surely bound to score more goals and with a better defence (and manager) this could be devastating. Cooper must think we are stupid with his comments in this article. It's an insult to the fans to think he answered the critics in any way at all. Sack the Dik !!!!!!

I just hope someone listens to common sense and takes action as there are a massive number of regular fans who agree with these comments.
COYR
Stephens was brilliant compared to Ward or Hall etc so why didn't Cooper see this a long time ago like a most of us? It yet again shows that Cooper is not good enough. Why leave it so late to replace Ward and hence strengthen our defence? It could have been a very different story this season, that's for sure. Will he reprimand Pritchard for his stupid behaviour I wonder? or sit him on his knee and tell him not to worry as he is young and a work in progress etc? Come on Lee P, GET A STRONG MANAGER FOR NEXT SEASON...... one that gets them to play the same type of attractive football but with passion to go forwards with the passing/moves, rather than sideways or sitting too deep. It was so apparent at City that we don't use the wings to get crosses in. Why can't we play a mixture of this possession football along with some decent crosses coming in from the line? We are surely bound to score more goals and with a better defence (and manager) this could be devastating. Cooper must think we are stupid with his comments in this article. It's an insult to the fans to think he answered the critics in any way at all. Sack the Dik !!!!!! I just hope someone listens to common sense and takes action as there are a massive number of regular fans who agree with these comments. COYR MARK TITCOMBE
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10:03am Mon 17 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

Am I the only one who thought we did alright Saturday? Yes we were under the cosh second half but it was always going to be difficult with ten men. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a great display but I've seen far worse from town this season, and for a derby game which had a high tempo we stood up the pressure pretty well. Credit to Stephens for stepping in last minute and having a good game also.
Am I the only one who thought we did alright Saturday? Yes we were under the cosh second half but it was always going to be difficult with ten men. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a great display but I've seen far worse from town this season, and for a derby game which had a high tempo we stood up the pressure pretty well. Credit to Stephens for stepping in last minute and having a good game also. Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Mon 17 Mar 14

bolton80 says...

BORING .... those who are negative are not real fans ... SUPPORT YOUR TEAM
BORING .... those who are negative are not real fans ... SUPPORT YOUR TEAM bolton80
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Tue 18 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Am I the only one who thought we did alright Saturday? Yes we were under the cosh second half but it was always going to be difficult with ten men. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a great display but I've seen far worse from town this season, and for a derby game which had a high tempo we stood up the pressure pretty well. Credit to Stephens for stepping in last minute and having a good game also.
YES YOU ARE
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who thought we did alright Saturday? Yes we were under the cosh second half but it was always going to be difficult with ten men. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a great display but I've seen far worse from town this season, and for a derby game which had a high tempo we stood up the pressure pretty well. Credit to Stephens for stepping in last minute and having a good game also.[/p][/quote]YES YOU ARE MARK TITCOMBE
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3:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote: Am I the only one who thought we did alright Saturday? Yes we were under the cosh second half but it was always going to be difficult with ten men. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a great display but I've seen far worse from town this season, and for a derby game which had a high tempo we stood up the pressure pretty well. Credit to Stephens for stepping in last minute and having a good game also.
YES YOU ARE
Ok, should have rephrased that, am I the only one on here that thinks we did ok. Didn't hear massive amounts of disappointment from the 2000 odd supporters after the match. Most of the discontent seems to be coming from the same few on here who moan after every game, win lose or draw. Not saying we're doing brilliantly but has been better than some recent performances.
[quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who thought we did alright Saturday? Yes we were under the cosh second half but it was always going to be difficult with ten men. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a great display but I've seen far worse from town this season, and for a derby game which had a high tempo we stood up the pressure pretty well. Credit to Stephens for stepping in last minute and having a good game also.[/p][/quote]YES YOU ARE[/p][/quote]Ok, should have rephrased that, am I the only one on here that thinks we did ok. Didn't hear massive amounts of disappointment from the 2000 odd supporters after the match. Most of the discontent seems to be coming from the same few on here who moan after every game, win lose or draw. Not saying we're doing brilliantly but has been better than some recent performances. Swindon1984
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5:51pm Wed 19 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote: Am I the only one who thought we did alright Saturday? Yes we were under the cosh second half but it was always going to be difficult with ten men. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a great display but I've seen far worse from town this season, and for a derby game which had a high tempo we stood up the pressure pretty well. Credit to Stephens for stepping in last minute and having a good game also.
YES YOU ARE
Ok, should have rephrased that, am I the only one on here that thinks we did ok. Didn't hear massive amounts of disappointment from the 2000 odd supporters after the match. Most of the discontent seems to be coming from the same few on here who moan after every game, win lose or draw. Not saying we're doing brilliantly but has been better than some recent performances.
I agree actually that it was better than some recent performances. It's just that it could have been so much better with a few simple tweaks and a manager that understands how to get the best out of them. I don't want to complain constantly but am given no choice under the circumstances. Its no good pretending we are happy with such mediocrity.
When something good happens I'll be the first to be positive but only when it happens.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who thought we did alright Saturday? Yes we were under the cosh second half but it was always going to be difficult with ten men. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a great display but I've seen far worse from town this season, and for a derby game which had a high tempo we stood up the pressure pretty well. Credit to Stephens for stepping in last minute and having a good game also.[/p][/quote]YES YOU ARE[/p][/quote]Ok, should have rephrased that, am I the only one on here that thinks we did ok. Didn't hear massive amounts of disappointment from the 2000 odd supporters after the match. Most of the discontent seems to be coming from the same few on here who moan after every game, win lose or draw. Not saying we're doing brilliantly but has been better than some recent performances.[/p][/quote]I agree actually that it was better than some recent performances. It's just that it could have been so much better with a few simple tweaks and a manager that understands how to get the best out of them. I don't want to complain constantly but am given no choice under the circumstances. Its no good pretending we are happy with such mediocrity. When something good happens I'll be the first to be positive but only when it happens. MARK TITCOMBE
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11:14am Thu 20 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
MARK TITCOMBE wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote: Am I the only one who thought we did alright Saturday? Yes we were under the cosh second half but it was always going to be difficult with ten men. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a great display but I've seen far worse from town this season, and for a derby game which had a high tempo we stood up the pressure pretty well. Credit to Stephens for stepping in last minute and having a good game also.
YES YOU ARE
Ok, should have rephrased that, am I the only one on here that thinks we did ok. Didn't hear massive amounts of disappointment from the 2000 odd supporters after the match. Most of the discontent seems to be coming from the same few on here who moan after every game, win lose or draw. Not saying we're doing brilliantly but has been better than some recent performances.
I agree actually that it was better than some recent performances. It's just that it could have been so much better with a few simple tweaks and a manager that understands how to get the best out of them. I don't want to complain constantly but am given no choice under the circumstances. Its no good pretending we are happy with such mediocrity. When something good happens I'll be the first to be positive but only when it happens.
Fair comments.
[quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MARK TITCOMBE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who thought we did alright Saturday? Yes we were under the cosh second half but it was always going to be difficult with ten men. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a great display but I've seen far worse from town this season, and for a derby game which had a high tempo we stood up the pressure pretty well. Credit to Stephens for stepping in last minute and having a good game also.[/p][/quote]YES YOU ARE[/p][/quote]Ok, should have rephrased that, am I the only one on here that thinks we did ok. Didn't hear massive amounts of disappointment from the 2000 odd supporters after the match. Most of the discontent seems to be coming from the same few on here who moan after every game, win lose or draw. Not saying we're doing brilliantly but has been better than some recent performances.[/p][/quote]I agree actually that it was better than some recent performances. It's just that it could have been so much better with a few simple tweaks and a manager that understands how to get the best out of them. I don't want to complain constantly but am given no choice under the circumstances. Its no good pretending we are happy with such mediocrity. When something good happens I'll be the first to be positive but only when it happens.[/p][/quote]Fair comments. Swindon1984
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