Town boss appreciates all footballing fashions

Town boss Mark Cooper

Town boss Mark Cooper

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

DESPITE implementating Town’s own expansive style Mark Cooper says there is no right or wrong way to play football.

Fans at the County Ground have become accustomed to the possession-based philosophy brought in by Cooper since he took over as Town boss at the start of last season. It is a style that has been particularly effective since the start of the current campaign, with Town having not held less than 50% of the ball in any game.

Today’s visitors to SN1, Crewe, are another team well known for playing football on the floor and Cooper is expecting an entertaining game.

Despite the Swindon boss having a personal preference for the way he sets his side up he does not have any less respect for teams that choose a different approach.

“There’s no rules that say in that football rule book that say you have to do this, you have to do that,” Cooper explained.

“All it says is you have to get the ball in one goal and you have to keep it out of the other. There’s no right or wrong.

“I enjoy playing against all different types of teams because they all ask different questions of you. I’m looking forward to it (today’s fixture). We played well last year twice against Crewe.

“Hopefully if we can emulate that performance we can have a chance of winning, we’ve got full respect for them because they’re a good football club.”

This season has seen Town introduce a number of their academy players into the first-team squad. Will Randall and Lee Marshall have both appeared from the bench already this season, following Nathan and Louis Thompson from the club’s youth teams into the first XI.

It is a path well trodden by the players from today’s opposition, Gresty Road is a renowned breeding ground for talent. Young striker Billy Waters is the latest to start attracting attention from above, with Max Clayton already shopping himself around the Championship.

Cooper says chairman Lee Power would delighted if Town could start rolling out youngsters with the same frequency and is well aware of latest starlet Waters.

I’m sure the chairman would be over the moon if we produced what Crewe have produced over the years,” he added.

“Some of the names of and the transfer fees they’ve taken in over the years have been incredible. If we got anywhere near that I’m sure the chairman would be over the moon.

“He (Waters) has scored some good goals, we saw a lot of him last year. I’m sure he could be the next one that goes on to bigger things.”

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5:57am Sat 23 Aug 14

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Awake at stupid o'clock. Too much whirling through my empty brain. But one thing for sure seriously looking forward to 3pm and a top game of Football. Be eve better if Nathan gets the first and we win 2-1!

COYR
Awake at stupid o'clock. Too much whirling through my empty brain. But one thing for sure seriously looking forward to 3pm and a top game of Football. Be eve better if Nathan gets the first and we win 2-1! COYR dreamofacleansheet2
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7:34am Sat 23 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

Great value for money
Coymr
Onwards and upwards
Don't forget the ex two biggest rail works you can't get here by train
Great value for money Coymr Onwards and upwards Don't forget the ex two biggest rail works you can't get here by train smirg kcab
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7:54am Sat 23 Aug 14

umpcah says...

Morning chaps ! Where were you all yesterday ?
Morning chaps ! Where were you all yesterday ? umpcah
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8:06am Sat 23 Aug 14

old town robin says...

See Kevin Macdonald has been appointed Development manager at Nottingham Forest
See Kevin Macdonald has been appointed Development manager at Nottingham Forest old town robin
  • Score: 0

8:22am Sat 23 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.
Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio. Oi Den!
  • Score: 7

10:35am Sat 23 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

only -3 with 3 post im sure your not one of the green eyed mosters den?
im sure your not that childish.
only -3 with 3 post im sure your not one of the green eyed mosters den? im sure your not that childish. smirg kcab
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10:38am Sat 23 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

home banker, good luck today.
home banker, good luck today. smirg kcab
  • Score: -3

11:32am Sat 23 Aug 14

Helpme234 says...

Are the match prediction questions somewhere?
Are the match prediction questions somewhere? Helpme234
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11:50am Sat 23 Aug 14

Vulcan1 says...

Is there such a word as 'implementating.?

I think perhaps the word you should have used is 'implementing' Mr Bassan.
Is there such a word as 'implementating.? I think perhaps the word you should have used is 'implementing' Mr Bassan. Vulcan1
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11:59am Sat 23 Aug 14

adje says...

The more Cooper speaks the more he impresses me
The more Cooper speaks the more he impresses me adje
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12:16pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Chish and Fips says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Great value for money
Coymr
Onwards and upwards
Don't forget the ex two biggest rail works you can't get here by train
Grim re : freebie tickets:
Mr Power has seen your post, and I'm afraid your complimentary Royal box seat, free programme and pre match meal has been reduced to a hot dog and a seat in the middle of Stratton Bank where you will have a nice uniform and be expected to throw the ball back on to the field of play should go it into that area... :o)... enjoy :o/
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Great value for money Coymr Onwards and upwards Don't forget the ex two biggest rail works you can't get here by train[/p][/quote]Grim re : freebie tickets: Mr Power has seen your post, and I'm afraid your complimentary Royal box seat, free programme and pre match meal has been reduced to a hot dog and a seat in the middle of Stratton Bank where you will have a nice uniform and be expected to throw the ball back on to the field of play should go it into that area... :o)... enjoy :o/ Chish and Fips
  • Score: 2

12:21pm Sat 23 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.
Agree Den, not sure if he was really cut out for management, but anyone that watched the town on a regular basis upon his arrival, cannot deny he introduced the style of play of holding onto the ball and playing it on the ground. Cooper has done well to maintain it with Lee Power's support, some might say it's pity he lacks a bit of the charisma and showmanship of Di Canio, Sky are not interested in showing any league games at the CG and the national press coverage is practically non-existent unless there is a scandal , but apart from the loss of extra revenue, it might suit us better to be under the radar of the media.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.[/p][/quote]Agree Den, not sure if he was really cut out for management, but anyone that watched the town on a regular basis upon his arrival, cannot deny he introduced the style of play of holding onto the ball and playing it on the ground. Cooper has done well to maintain it with Lee Power's support, some might say it's pity he lacks a bit of the charisma and showmanship of Di Canio, Sky are not interested in showing any league games at the CG and the national press coverage is practically non-existent unless there is a scandal , but apart from the loss of extra revenue, it might suit us better to be under the radar of the media. old town robin
  • Score: 1

12:21pm Sat 23 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.
Agree Den, not sure if he was really cut out for management, but anyone that watched the town on a regular basis upon his arrival, cannot deny he introduced the style of play of holding onto the ball and playing it on the ground. Cooper has done well to maintain it with Lee Power's support, some might say it's pity he lacks a bit of the charisma and showmanship of Di Canio, Sky are not interested in showing any league games at the CG and the national press coverage is practically non-existent unless there is a scandal , but apart from the loss of extra revenue, it might suit us better to be under the radar of the media.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.[/p][/quote]Agree Den, not sure if he was really cut out for management, but anyone that watched the town on a regular basis upon his arrival, cannot deny he introduced the style of play of holding onto the ball and playing it on the ground. Cooper has done well to maintain it with Lee Power's support, some might say it's pity he lacks a bit of the charisma and showmanship of Di Canio, Sky are not interested in showing any league games at the CG and the national press coverage is practically non-existent unless there is a scandal , but apart from the loss of extra revenue, it might suit us better to be under the radar of the media. old town robin
  • Score: 1

12:21pm Sat 23 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.
Agree Den, not sure if he was really cut out for management, but anyone that watched the town on a regular basis upon his arrival, cannot deny he introduced the style of play of holding onto the ball and playing it on the ground. Cooper has done well to maintain it with Lee Power's support, some might say it's pity he lacks a bit of the charisma and showmanship of Di Canio, Sky are not interested in showing any league games at the CG and the national press coverage is practically non-existent unless there is a scandal , but apart from the loss of extra revenue, it might suit us better to be under the radar of the media.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.[/p][/quote]Agree Den, not sure if he was really cut out for management, but anyone that watched the town on a regular basis upon his arrival, cannot deny he introduced the style of play of holding onto the ball and playing it on the ground. Cooper has done well to maintain it with Lee Power's support, some might say it's pity he lacks a bit of the charisma and showmanship of Di Canio, Sky are not interested in showing any league games at the CG and the national press coverage is practically non-existent unless there is a scandal , but apart from the loss of extra revenue, it might suit us better to be under the radar of the media. old town robin
  • Score: 0

12:21pm Sat 23 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.
Agree Den, not sure if he was really cut out for management, but anyone that watched the town on a regular basis upon his arrival, cannot deny he introduced the style of play of holding onto the ball and playing it on the ground. Cooper has done well to maintain it with Lee Power's support, some might say it's pity he lacks a bit of the charisma and showmanship of Di Canio, Sky are not interested in showing any league games at the CG and the national press coverage is practically non-existent unless there is a scandal , but apart from the loss of extra revenue, it might suit us better to be under the radar of the media.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.[/p][/quote]Agree Den, not sure if he was really cut out for management, but anyone that watched the town on a regular basis upon his arrival, cannot deny he introduced the style of play of holding onto the ball and playing it on the ground. Cooper has done well to maintain it with Lee Power's support, some might say it's pity he lacks a bit of the charisma and showmanship of Di Canio, Sky are not interested in showing any league games at the CG and the national press coverage is practically non-existent unless there is a scandal , but apart from the loss of extra revenue, it might suit us better to be under the radar of the media. old town robin
  • Score: 0

12:21pm Sat 23 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.
Agree Den, not sure if he was really cut out for management, but anyone that watched the town on a regular basis upon his arrival, cannot deny he introduced the style of play of holding onto the ball and playing it on the ground. Cooper has done well to maintain it with Lee Power's support, some might say it's pity he lacks a bit of the charisma and showmanship of Di Canio, Sky are not interested in showing any league games at the CG and the national press coverage is practically non-existent unless there is a scandal , but apart from the loss of extra revenue, it might suit us better to be under the radar of the media.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Good luck to him. A good man duped by McCrory. This article is wrong in saying Cooper introduced our current style of football. It started when MacDonald took over from Di Canio.[/p][/quote]Agree Den, not sure if he was really cut out for management, but anyone that watched the town on a regular basis upon his arrival, cannot deny he introduced the style of play of holding onto the ball and playing it on the ground. Cooper has done well to maintain it with Lee Power's support, some might say it's pity he lacks a bit of the charisma and showmanship of Di Canio, Sky are not interested in showing any league games at the CG and the national press coverage is practically non-existent unless there is a scandal , but apart from the loss of extra revenue, it might suit us better to be under the radar of the media. old town robin
  • Score: -1

12:25pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Chish and Fips says...

By any chance do you agree with that OTR :o)
By any chance do you agree with that OTR :o) Chish and Fips
  • Score: 1

1:11pm Sat 23 Aug 14

itslove says...

You mix it up , play like the Dons and long ball it , get tough . And you pass it like Liverpool . You don't go out with one plan as Cooper does . Mcdonald was a good man , wasn't given long enough at Swindon . Cooper just carried it on . Cooper is a very good no 2 , but a mediocre manager . But he works cheap which suited Mcrory and Power .
You mix it up , play like the Dons and long ball it , get tough . And you pass it like Liverpool . You don't go out with one plan as Cooper does . Mcdonald was a good man , wasn't given long enough at Swindon . Cooper just carried it on . Cooper is a very good no 2 , but a mediocre manager . But he works cheap which suited Mcrory and Power . itslove
  • Score: -9

8:47pm Sat 23 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
By any chance do you agree with that OTR :o)
Chish, I swear i never touched the post comment more than once, have no idea why my post was repeated so many times
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: By any chance do you agree with that OTR :o)[/p][/quote]Chish, I swear i never touched the post comment more than once, have no idea why my post was repeated so many times old town robin
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