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Cooper targets Town reaction
WHENEVER Swindon manager Mark Cooper has asked for a reaction from his players he has got one - and the Town boss will be hoping for the same again at Oldham tomorrow.
The Robins crashed to a 3-1 defeat at home to Walsall on Tuesday night, without ever settling into the freeflowing football the County Ground crowd have been used to in recent weeks against a well-drilled Saddlers side.
Town have not suffered back-to-back losses in the league this season and have won all but one of their games immediately following defeats, and Cooper is expecting his young squad to keep up that impressive statistic at Boundary Park.
“We know it wasn’t very good but I don’t think it’s very often we’ve had so many players off-colour all at once,” he said.
“We’re going to draw a line through that one and concentrate on Saturday because it’s just one of those things. We had eight or nine players not at the races and we’ve gone through the training and the preparation and we’ve put it down to that.
“There’s a lot of young players here and they’ve played a lot of games and we just need to bounce back now and draw a line through it.
“They will be hurting deeply after that and I’ve not had to say too much in the last few days because it shows them what happens if they drop their standards.
“We can remind them that if they do drop, another one of them is round the corner.
“Every time we’ve asked for a reaction so far we’ve got one and we need to do it again.”
Cooper is expecting an attractive contest between two teams who like to pass the ball and is impressed by what manager Lee Johnson did in keeping Oldham in League One last season.
“We concentrate on the game and not everything which goes around it, although Lee Johnson does like to play some good football,” he said.
“They will be energetic, enthusiastic and try to play, and hopefully it will be two teams trying to play football.
“They try to play and everyone plays football in a different way, but we are unique in the way we do it and hopefully it’s a good game.
“They don’t have a lot of money to spend and have had financial issues and the manager did a really good job in keeping them up last year on a slippery slope, and I’m sure if they can keep their heads above water they will see it as a job well done.
“They are redeveloping the stadium and some money is going towards that, and they are a good club historically so if we are not right on the day we can easily get beaten.”
Cooper is set to settle on his side to face the Latics today, with Ryan Mason pushing for a return to the starting line-up following injury.
“We will have a look at it tomorrow because we have not definitely decided which way it’s going to go, but he’s in our thinking because he can win the game at a drop of a hat,” he said.
The Town boss also has a decision to make at the back due to Jay McEveley’s suspension.
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