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Caretaker boss urges Swindon to take their chances
MARK Cooper is happy with how his young side have kept the ball so far this season but he knows better than anyone that Town need to turn their possession into goals if they are going to be successful in League One.
Town have won two of their opening three games and have played some scintillating football along the way, but have only managed to find the net twice through Andy Williams and Massimo Luongo.
The Robins signed striker Nile Ranger yesterday to give them more firepower up top, and although Cooper is happy with what his current group of players are producing, he is well-aware they need to give themselves more chances to put the ball in the net.
“I’ve been really impressed with the team and really impressed with their attitude and their commitment to the club and the cause, the lads who have played and the lads who haven’t,” he said.
“They just want to keep learning and enjoying a different way of doing things and a different way of playing the game, but there’s a lot of room for improvement.
“What we have to do is to turn our possession into goals and more goalscoring opportunities.
“That’s been the aim and the target as soon as last Saturday’s game finished, because we want to create more clear-cut opportunities than we have done.
“If we carry on doing that and the possession stats stay the same then we’ll be fine.
“They are trying and showing signs and glimpses of what we want, but they need to sustain it for a longer period because 45 minutes or 50 minutes probably isn’t enough and we need to do it for an hour and then more.”
Town travel to Shrewsbury today, but Cooper will be without hamstring injury victim Ryan Mason who could return to action next week.
Mason may be in line to return for the home clash with Gillingham a week today.
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