Cooper wants midfielders to fill Pritchard’s shoes

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

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MARK Cooper has urged his Swindon Town midfielders to “step up to the plate” and emulate the creativity of Alex Pritchard and Ryan Mason.

The Tottenham duo were popular amongst Town fans last season for their flair in possession, with Pritchard in particular lighting up the County Ground with a series of dynamic displays during his season-long stay in Wiltshire.

The 21-year-old ended fifth in the League One assists table during 2013/14 with eight, also contributing eight goals to the team’s cause, but he has now joined Brentford for the new term following his return to White Hart Lane.

Mason, despite being dogged by injury, pitched in with five goals himself, and Cooper knows he now needs the likes of Massimo Luongo and Yaser Kasim to step up and fill the void left by the pair’s departure.

The said: “Everybody knows how we play - we try to get the ball and play and dominate the football - but we need a little bit more potency up front and we need to be able to give the strikers more chances, and that’s something we’re working on at the moment.

“You look at Alex Pritchard and Ryan Mason and they’re very creative players but they’re not here now and we can’t affect that. The boys that are, or the ones coming to join us, have to step up to the plate and try to take the mantle of creating opportunities for the strikers and themselves. I’m sure that, come August 9, we’ll be alright.”

Jordan Turnbull is close to joining Town on loan from Southampton, while the club remain interested in Jack Stephens, and Cooper once again stressed that he is aware new recruits are needed as soon as possible.

“We’re still, like I’ve been saying for a couple of weeks, three players short - four players short, maybe. It’s important that we try to get those players in before we start trying to finalise the team for the first game,” he said.

“We know where we’re going in terms of how we play, that won’t change, but the personnel hopefully will.

“We don’t want to be going into the season with three centre-backs. You can’t have too many good players.

“The more good players you’ve got the more chance you’ve got of getting good results on a regular basis. The more good players we have at the club the better.”

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6:42am Fri 1 Aug 14

dazzastfc says...

Tomorrows headlines...
cooper WANTS DEFENCE TO STEP UP 2 THE PLATE ??..
Tomorrows headlines... cooper WANTS DEFENCE TO STEP UP 2 THE PLATE ??.. dazzastfc
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7:13am Fri 1 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

More repeats than channel 4+1
Morning dazza and fellow followers
More repeats than channel 4+1 Morning dazza and fellow followers smirg kcab
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7:31am Fri 1 Aug 14

North _Swindon_Red says...

Mark Cooper .. Mason hardly played lol.. Kept the physios table warm..
Mark Cooper .. Mason hardly played lol.. Kept the physios table warm.. North _Swindon_Red
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7:46am Fri 1 Aug 14

umpcah says...

Everybody knows how we play ! Yeah, pass it back and forth without creating shooting opportunities !
Everybody knows how we play ! Yeah, pass it back and forth without creating shooting opportunities ! umpcah
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8:49am Fri 1 Aug 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Week to go.
Not confident with the current squad.
Hope the 3 to 4 (decent) players are found very quickly.
Week to go. Not confident with the current squad. Hope the 3 to 4 (decent) players are found very quickly. TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 6

10:37am Fri 1 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

Think Cooper's barking up the wrong tree here - it's not a case of stepping up to the plate, we're looking at totally different types of players than Pritchard. The likes of Kasim etc just cannot play that role, and shouldn't be expected to - you wouldn't chuck a keeper up front and expect him to score. That might be an exaggerated comparison but we don't really have anyone like Pritchard now, Byrne has some pace but his delivery's not of the same quality, Luongo definitely has skills but isn't a wide player by any means. This is the problem we find with the loan market - we got a decent player in, he did well, he goes. Now we're asking others to step up to the plate. Am I missing something? Surely if they could play that role then they'd have done so from the beginning, we wouldn't have needed a loanee like Pritchard in and the conversation wouldn't be happening? If Cooper wants someone to fill Pritchard's shoes, he needs to bring someone in. You can't make a defensive midfielder into a winger overnight, or ever in most cases.

What Cooper's really saying here is "we lost players who got us goals, by creating and scoring. We'll now have to do the best we can with what we've got - I'll now need to put some pressure on the midfielders we do have to paper over the cracks, rather than admit we don't have the clout to get similar players in to what we've lost." Might sound harsh but that's basically the size of it. Don't want to over analyse everything Cooper says - however with no news of further signings, this "make do" attitude isn't too encouraging.
Think Cooper's barking up the wrong tree here - it's not a case of stepping up to the plate, we're looking at totally different types of players than Pritchard. The likes of Kasim etc just cannot play that role, and shouldn't be expected to - you wouldn't chuck a keeper up front and expect him to score. That might be an exaggerated comparison but we don't really have anyone like Pritchard now, Byrne has some pace but his delivery's not of the same quality, Luongo definitely has skills but isn't a wide player by any means. This is the problem we find with the loan market - we got a decent player in, he did well, he goes. Now we're asking others to step up to the plate. Am I missing something? Surely if they could play that role then they'd have done so from the beginning, we wouldn't have needed a loanee like Pritchard in and the conversation wouldn't be happening? If Cooper wants someone to fill Pritchard's shoes, he needs to bring someone in. You can't make a defensive midfielder into a winger overnight, or ever in most cases. What Cooper's really saying here is "we lost players who got us goals, by creating and scoring. We'll now have to do the best we can with what we've got - I'll now need to put some pressure on the midfielders we do have to paper over the cracks, rather than admit we don't have the clout to get similar players in to what we've lost." Might sound harsh but that's basically the size of it. Don't want to over analyse everything Cooper says - however with no news of further signings, this "make do" attitude isn't too encouraging. Swindon1984
  • Score: 3

10:55am Fri 1 Aug 14

MidlandRobin says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Week to go.
Not confident with the current squad.
Hope the 3 to 4 (decent) players are found very quickly.
Mark my words, I don't think decent players will be signed within the next week. We've left it too late.

I'll be there for Scunthorpe, and I hope we win, but I'm not confident of a good result, especially with the current crop of players.
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: Week to go. Not confident with the current squad. Hope the 3 to 4 (decent) players are found very quickly.[/p][/quote]Mark my words, I don't think decent players will be signed within the next week. We've left it too late. I'll be there for Scunthorpe, and I hope we win, but I'm not confident of a good result, especially with the current crop of players. MidlandRobin
  • Score: 4

11:47am Fri 1 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Think Cooper's barking up the wrong tree here - it's not a case of stepping up to the plate, we're looking at totally different types of players than Pritchard. The likes of Kasim etc just cannot play that role, and shouldn't be expected to - you wouldn't chuck a keeper up front and expect him to score. That might be an exaggerated comparison but we don't really have anyone like Pritchard now, Byrne has some pace but his delivery's not of the same quality, Luongo definitely has skills but isn't a wide player by any means. This is the problem we find with the loan market - we got a decent player in, he did well, he goes. Now we're asking others to step up to the plate. Am I missing something? Surely if they could play that role then they'd have done so from the beginning, we wouldn't have needed a loanee like Pritchard in and the conversation wouldn't be happening? If Cooper wants someone to fill Pritchard's shoes, he needs to bring someone in. You can't make a defensive midfielder into a winger overnight, or ever in most cases.

What Cooper's really saying here is "we lost players who got us goals, by creating and scoring. We'll now have to do the best we can with what we've got - I'll now need to put some pressure on the midfielders we do have to paper over the cracks, rather than admit we don't have the clout to get similar players in to what we've lost." Might sound harsh but that's basically the size of it. Don't want to over analyse everything Cooper says - however with no news of further signings, this "make do" attitude isn't too encouraging.
Good post 1984 that sums up the reality. The question I have is how we can be expected to equal or better last seasons final position without the same quality of players. They should have arrived by now imo.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: Think Cooper's barking up the wrong tree here - it's not a case of stepping up to the plate, we're looking at totally different types of players than Pritchard. The likes of Kasim etc just cannot play that role, and shouldn't be expected to - you wouldn't chuck a keeper up front and expect him to score. That might be an exaggerated comparison but we don't really have anyone like Pritchard now, Byrne has some pace but his delivery's not of the same quality, Luongo definitely has skills but isn't a wide player by any means. This is the problem we find with the loan market - we got a decent player in, he did well, he goes. Now we're asking others to step up to the plate. Am I missing something? Surely if they could play that role then they'd have done so from the beginning, we wouldn't have needed a loanee like Pritchard in and the conversation wouldn't be happening? If Cooper wants someone to fill Pritchard's shoes, he needs to bring someone in. You can't make a defensive midfielder into a winger overnight, or ever in most cases. What Cooper's really saying here is "we lost players who got us goals, by creating and scoring. We'll now have to do the best we can with what we've got - I'll now need to put some pressure on the midfielders we do have to paper over the cracks, rather than admit we don't have the clout to get similar players in to what we've lost." Might sound harsh but that's basically the size of it. Don't want to over analyse everything Cooper says - however with no news of further signings, this "make do" attitude isn't too encouraging.[/p][/quote]Good post 1984 that sums up the reality. The question I have is how we can be expected to equal or better last seasons final position without the same quality of players. They should have arrived by now imo. Wilesy
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12:30pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

Wilesy wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote: Think Cooper's barking up the wrong tree here - it's not a case of stepping up to the plate, we're looking at totally different types of players than Pritchard. The likes of Kasim etc just cannot play that role, and shouldn't be expected to - you wouldn't chuck a keeper up front and expect him to score. That might be an exaggerated comparison but we don't really have anyone like Pritchard now, Byrne has some pace but his delivery's not of the same quality, Luongo definitely has skills but isn't a wide player by any means. This is the problem we find with the loan market - we got a decent player in, he did well, he goes. Now we're asking others to step up to the plate. Am I missing something? Surely if they could play that role then they'd have done so from the beginning, we wouldn't have needed a loanee like Pritchard in and the conversation wouldn't be happening? If Cooper wants someone to fill Pritchard's shoes, he needs to bring someone in. You can't make a defensive midfielder into a winger overnight, or ever in most cases. What Cooper's really saying here is "we lost players who got us goals, by creating and scoring. We'll now have to do the best we can with what we've got - I'll now need to put some pressure on the midfielders we do have to paper over the cracks, rather than admit we don't have the clout to get similar players in to what we've lost." Might sound harsh but that's basically the size of it. Don't want to over analyse everything Cooper says - however with no news of further signings, this "make do" attitude isn't too encouraging.
Good post 1984 that sums up the reality. The question I have is how we can be expected to equal or better last seasons final position without the same quality of players. They should have arrived by now imo.
It does make you wonder - not trying to be negative at all, just realistic that you can't expect miracles. I'm thinking we've got a mid table side at the minute, working on the assumption Williams can start bagging a few goals. We don't have the players we had who could turn matches (Pritchard/Ranger/Ma
son to a lesser extent although he still bagged us a few goals) and unless a few of the current crop really surprise us, we will struggle at points.

I'm not expecting promotion or anything of the sort, but the problem is if we're looking poor by January, you will wonder again at who we can retain, as the Luongo's/Foderingham
s/Thomspn brothers of this world may get snapped up. If that were to be the case an average season could become a very worrying one very quickly. All speculation at this point of course, and certainly not going to get too worked up at this early juncture. Let's hope Power's a canny old boy playing his cards close to his chest, and surprises us all with some useful sigings in the next few weeks. After all the transfer windown will still be open regardless of what happens next weekend. COYR.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: Think Cooper's barking up the wrong tree here - it's not a case of stepping up to the plate, we're looking at totally different types of players than Pritchard. The likes of Kasim etc just cannot play that role, and shouldn't be expected to - you wouldn't chuck a keeper up front and expect him to score. That might be an exaggerated comparison but we don't really have anyone like Pritchard now, Byrne has some pace but his delivery's not of the same quality, Luongo definitely has skills but isn't a wide player by any means. This is the problem we find with the loan market - we got a decent player in, he did well, he goes. Now we're asking others to step up to the plate. Am I missing something? Surely if they could play that role then they'd have done so from the beginning, we wouldn't have needed a loanee like Pritchard in and the conversation wouldn't be happening? If Cooper wants someone to fill Pritchard's shoes, he needs to bring someone in. You can't make a defensive midfielder into a winger overnight, or ever in most cases. What Cooper's really saying here is "we lost players who got us goals, by creating and scoring. We'll now have to do the best we can with what we've got - I'll now need to put some pressure on the midfielders we do have to paper over the cracks, rather than admit we don't have the clout to get similar players in to what we've lost." Might sound harsh but that's basically the size of it. Don't want to over analyse everything Cooper says - however with no news of further signings, this "make do" attitude isn't too encouraging.[/p][/quote]Good post 1984 that sums up the reality. The question I have is how we can be expected to equal or better last seasons final position without the same quality of players. They should have arrived by now imo.[/p][/quote]It does make you wonder - not trying to be negative at all, just realistic that you can't expect miracles. I'm thinking we've got a mid table side at the minute, working on the assumption Williams can start bagging a few goals. We don't have the players we had who could turn matches (Pritchard/Ranger/Ma son to a lesser extent although he still bagged us a few goals) and unless a few of the current crop really surprise us, we will struggle at points. I'm not expecting promotion or anything of the sort, but the problem is if we're looking poor by January, you will wonder again at who we can retain, as the Luongo's/Foderingham s/Thomspn brothers of this world may get snapped up. If that were to be the case an average season could become a very worrying one very quickly. All speculation at this point of course, and certainly not going to get too worked up at this early juncture. Let's hope Power's a canny old boy playing his cards close to his chest, and surprises us all with some useful sigings in the next few weeks. After all the transfer windown will still be open regardless of what happens next weekend. COYR. Swindon1984
  • Score: 2

12:30pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Cooper used Pritchard out of position most of the time anyway, playing him through the middle as a second striker, he only ever looked a decent player to me when he was out on the wing and even then he was no Matt Ritchie......
Cooper used Pritchard out of position most of the time anyway, playing him through the middle as a second striker, he only ever looked a decent player to me when he was out on the wing and even then he was no Matt Ritchie...... Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: 2

12:33pm Fri 1 Aug 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

MidlandRobin wrote:
TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Week to go.
Not confident with the current squad.
Hope the 3 to 4 (decent) players are found very quickly.
Mark my words, I don't think decent players will be signed within the next week. We've left it too late.

I'll be there for Scunthorpe, and I hope we win, but I'm not confident of a good result, especially with the current crop of players.
Sadly me neither.
Can't see an experienced leader either.
See you next Saturday though :)
[quote][p][bold]MidlandRobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: Week to go. Not confident with the current squad. Hope the 3 to 4 (decent) players are found very quickly.[/p][/quote]Mark my words, I don't think decent players will be signed within the next week. We've left it too late. I'll be there for Scunthorpe, and I hope we win, but I'm not confident of a good result, especially with the current crop of players.[/p][/quote]Sadly me neither. Can't see an experienced leader either. See you next Saturday though :) TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 1

3:01pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote: Think Cooper's barking up the wrong tree here - it's not a case of stepping up to the plate, we're looking at totally different types of players than Pritchard. The likes of Kasim etc just cannot play that role, and shouldn't be expected to - you wouldn't chuck a keeper up front and expect him to score. That might be an exaggerated comparison but we don't really have anyone like Pritchard now, Byrne has some pace but his delivery's not of the same quality, Luongo definitely has skills but isn't a wide player by any means. This is the problem we find with the loan market - we got a decent player in, he did well, he goes. Now we're asking others to step up to the plate. Am I missing something? Surely if they could play that role then they'd have done so from the beginning, we wouldn't have needed a loanee like Pritchard in and the conversation wouldn't be happening? If Cooper wants someone to fill Pritchard's shoes, he needs to bring someone in. You can't make a defensive midfielder into a winger overnight, or ever in most cases. What Cooper's really saying here is "we lost players who got us goals, by creating and scoring. We'll now have to do the best we can with what we've got - I'll now need to put some pressure on the midfielders we do have to paper over the cracks, rather than admit we don't have the clout to get similar players in to what we've lost." Might sound harsh but that's basically the size of it. Don't want to over analyse everything Cooper says - however with no news of further signings, this "make do" attitude isn't too encouraging.
Good post 1984 that sums up the reality. The question I have is how we can be expected to equal or better last seasons final position without the same quality of players. They should have arrived by now imo.
It does make you wonder - not trying to be negative at all, just realistic that you can't expect miracles. I'm thinking we've got a mid table side at the minute, working on the assumption Williams can start bagging a few goals. We don't have the players we had who could turn matches (Pritchard/Ranger/Ma

son to a lesser extent although he still bagged us a few goals) and unless a few of the current crop really surprise us, we will struggle at points.

I'm not expecting promotion or anything of the sort, but the problem is if we're looking poor by January, you will wonder again at who we can retain, as the Luongo's/Foderingham

s/Thomspn brothers of this world may get snapped up. If that were to be the case an average season could become a very worrying one very quickly. All speculation at this point of course, and certainly not going to get too worked up at this early juncture. Let's hope Power's a canny old boy playing his cards close to his chest, and surprises us all with some useful sigings in the next few weeks. After all the transfer windown will still be open regardless of what happens next weekend. COYR.
Well said '84. It amazes me that so many of our fans are in favour of this loan 'em, lose 'em, loan 'em again cycle that we now seem to be committed to. Most of us will probably be pleased if we sign Stephens and Turnbull. Perhaps we'll have a good season with them in the centre of defence. Then what happens in a year's time when they go back to their own clubs? The noises coming out of the County Ground lately have hardly inspired fans or encouraged them to invest in season tickets. If we are not going to be good enough to challenge for promotion this season, so be it. Most of us can accept that. But when will we ever be able to challenge if the aim is to attract clubs to buy our better players and when we have gaps plug them with temps? It's not much of a rallying cry.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: Think Cooper's barking up the wrong tree here - it's not a case of stepping up to the plate, we're looking at totally different types of players than Pritchard. The likes of Kasim etc just cannot play that role, and shouldn't be expected to - you wouldn't chuck a keeper up front and expect him to score. That might be an exaggerated comparison but we don't really have anyone like Pritchard now, Byrne has some pace but his delivery's not of the same quality, Luongo definitely has skills but isn't a wide player by any means. This is the problem we find with the loan market - we got a decent player in, he did well, he goes. Now we're asking others to step up to the plate. Am I missing something? Surely if they could play that role then they'd have done so from the beginning, we wouldn't have needed a loanee like Pritchard in and the conversation wouldn't be happening? If Cooper wants someone to fill Pritchard's shoes, he needs to bring someone in. You can't make a defensive midfielder into a winger overnight, or ever in most cases. What Cooper's really saying here is "we lost players who got us goals, by creating and scoring. We'll now have to do the best we can with what we've got - I'll now need to put some pressure on the midfielders we do have to paper over the cracks, rather than admit we don't have the clout to get similar players in to what we've lost." Might sound harsh but that's basically the size of it. Don't want to over analyse everything Cooper says - however with no news of further signings, this "make do" attitude isn't too encouraging.[/p][/quote]Good post 1984 that sums up the reality. The question I have is how we can be expected to equal or better last seasons final position without the same quality of players. They should have arrived by now imo.[/p][/quote]It does make you wonder - not trying to be negative at all, just realistic that you can't expect miracles. I'm thinking we've got a mid table side at the minute, working on the assumption Williams can start bagging a few goals. We don't have the players we had who could turn matches (Pritchard/Ranger/Ma son to a lesser extent although he still bagged us a few goals) and unless a few of the current crop really surprise us, we will struggle at points. I'm not expecting promotion or anything of the sort, but the problem is if we're looking poor by January, you will wonder again at who we can retain, as the Luongo's/Foderingham s/Thomspn brothers of this world may get snapped up. If that were to be the case an average season could become a very worrying one very quickly. All speculation at this point of course, and certainly not going to get too worked up at this early juncture. Let's hope Power's a canny old boy playing his cards close to his chest, and surprises us all with some useful sigings in the next few weeks. After all the transfer windown will still be open regardless of what happens next weekend. COYR.[/p][/quote]Well said '84. It amazes me that so many of our fans are in favour of this loan 'em, lose 'em, loan 'em again cycle that we now seem to be committed to. Most of us will probably be pleased if we sign Stephens and Turnbull. Perhaps we'll have a good season with them in the centre of defence. Then what happens in a year's time when they go back to their own clubs? The noises coming out of the County Ground lately have hardly inspired fans or encouraged them to invest in season tickets. If we are not going to be good enough to challenge for promotion this season, so be it. Most of us can accept that. But when will we ever be able to challenge if the aim is to attract clubs to buy our better players and when we have gaps plug them with temps? It's not much of a rallying cry. Oi Den!
  • Score: 3

3:37pm Fri 1 Aug 14

mrwoo says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
MidlandRobin wrote:
TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Week to go.
Not confident with the current squad.
Hope the 3 to 4 (decent) players are found very quickly.
Mark my words, I don't think decent players will be signed within the next week. We've left it too late.

I'll be there for Scunthorpe, and I hope we win, but I'm not confident of a good result, especially with the current crop of players.
Sadly me neither.
Can't see an experienced leader either.
See you next Saturday though :)
Blimey you sound like your brother! I'm flying down for the weekend and am sat right behind you Mr B. A jolly weekend of expensive beer and footie and I fully expect a town win! Mr Cooper also coming down. East Dunbartonshire and Ayrshire Reds.
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MidlandRobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: Week to go. Not confident with the current squad. Hope the 3 to 4 (decent) players are found very quickly.[/p][/quote]Mark my words, I don't think decent players will be signed within the next week. We've left it too late. I'll be there for Scunthorpe, and I hope we win, but I'm not confident of a good result, especially with the current crop of players.[/p][/quote]Sadly me neither. Can't see an experienced leader either. See you next Saturday though :)[/p][/quote]Blimey you sound like your brother! I'm flying down for the weekend and am sat right behind you Mr B. A jolly weekend of expensive beer and footie and I fully expect a town win! Mr Cooper also coming down. East Dunbartonshire and Ayrshire Reds. mrwoo
  • Score: -2

4:20pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Oxon-Red says...

COYMR
COYMR Oxon-Red
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4:47pm Fri 1 Aug 14

harley red says...

Sorry Cooper you can't make the players that we have produce a performance of Pritchard style . They are not the same as he was , you need to get someone that can go past defenders and get a quality ball into the box and we don't have that in any of our players . So you are just making excuses. Before the season starts , and I'm sure you will blame the kids if it all goes wrong just like last season . I think you know that you are out of your depth and will not succeed this season . There is nothing at swindon to make me feel we will have much success and I think we will struggle at the bottom end of the table . And I don't think that just staying in this league means our season has been a good one . If we don't make the playoffs then we have failed . If you don't plan to reach the playoffs then you lack ambition .
Sorry Cooper you can't make the players that we have produce a performance of Pritchard style . They are not the same as he was , you need to get someone that can go past defenders and get a quality ball into the box and we don't have that in any of our players . So you are just making excuses. Before the season starts , and I'm sure you will blame the kids if it all goes wrong just like last season . I think you know that you are out of your depth and will not succeed this season . There is nothing at swindon to make me feel we will have much success and I think we will struggle at the bottom end of the table . And I don't think that just staying in this league means our season has been a good one . If we don't make the playoffs then we have failed . If you don't plan to reach the playoffs then you lack ambition . harley red
  • Score: 0

11:02pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Oxon-Red says...

harley red wrote:
Sorry Cooper you can't make the players that we have produce a performance of Pritchard style . They are not the same as he was , you need to get someone that can go past defenders and get a quality ball into the box and we don't have that in any of our players . So you are just making excuses. Before the season starts , and I'm sure you will blame the kids if it all goes wrong just like last season . I think you know that you are out of your depth and will not succeed this season . There is nothing at swindon to make me feel we will have much success and I think we will struggle at the bottom end of the table . And I don't think that just staying in this league means our season has been a good one . If we don't make the playoffs then we have failed . If you don't plan to reach the playoffs then you lack ambition .
Well said Harley, reckon you have all the answers, the badges required to coach the team and also the money to provide the funds for the player that can supply quality balls into the box. You can also provide the funds so that we don't need to depend on youngsters and therefore Cooper won't be able to use that as an excuse.
I suspect that the club have planned for relegation this season and they would therefore be able to consider mid-table a success.


F...ing H... I want Town to be successful but where has the small club comradeship gone ? Go to the game, meet your mates, have a few beers perhaps and enjoy the fact that you can watch good players play football (LOCALLY). I love going to watch Town, it is my club and always will be, but having had season tickets in the same seats for the last few years I have also made friends who we see every other week and that adds to the experience. We are not a big club, never will be, but we are a friendly club and have great fans. I want success, but not at any cost, because I want to be able to say I was Swindon Til I Die.

If we don't make Play-offs, we have failed !!!! There will be 18 of the 24 teams that don't make the play-offs, 18 failures and of course we shouldn't be one because we are the Mighty Swindon Town.

Enjoy the football Harley.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: Sorry Cooper you can't make the players that we have produce a performance of Pritchard style . They are not the same as he was , you need to get someone that can go past defenders and get a quality ball into the box and we don't have that in any of our players . So you are just making excuses. Before the season starts , and I'm sure you will blame the kids if it all goes wrong just like last season . I think you know that you are out of your depth and will not succeed this season . There is nothing at swindon to make me feel we will have much success and I think we will struggle at the bottom end of the table . And I don't think that just staying in this league means our season has been a good one . If we don't make the playoffs then we have failed . If you don't plan to reach the playoffs then you lack ambition .[/p][/quote]Well said Harley, reckon you have all the answers, the badges required to coach the team and also the money to provide the funds for the player that can supply quality balls into the box. You can also provide the funds so that we don't need to depend on youngsters and therefore Cooper won't be able to use that as an excuse. I suspect that the club have planned for relegation this season and they would therefore be able to consider mid-table a success. F...ing H... I want Town to be successful but where has the small club comradeship gone ? Go to the game, meet your mates, have a few beers perhaps and enjoy the fact that you can watch good players play football (LOCALLY). I love going to watch Town, it is my club and always will be, but having had season tickets in the same seats for the last few years I have also made friends who we see every other week and that adds to the experience. We are not a big club, never will be, but we are a friendly club and have great fans. I want success, but not at any cost, because I want to be able to say I was Swindon Til I Die. If we don't make Play-offs, we have failed !!!! There will be 18 of the 24 teams that don't make the play-offs, 18 failures and of course we shouldn't be one because we are the Mighty Swindon Town. Enjoy the football Harley. COYMR Oxon-Red
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