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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper praises Crewe style
CREWE are the original exponents of total football in the lower leagues, according to Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper, who won’t be taking Alex lightly this afternoon.
The Railywaymen come to Wiltshire with an almost identical record following the first four games of the campaign, and Cooper expects a fluent and attractive match at the County Ground.
The Robins boss feels both sides will continue to try to play the ball on the ground and out from the back, a tactic relatively new to Town but fairly familiar to the visitors.
Cooper was gushing in his praise of Crewe’s youth development system, their track record for producing top talent and the style of play they have adopted for decades.
“Crewe over the last few years have been the original team who have started to play in that way at the lower levels and have produced a ridiculous amount of young players and have played some ridiculously good football,” he said.
“Looking at their squad they have some very good football players so just because we’ve been to Loftus Road and beat QPR doesn’t mean we’ll beat Crewe.
“We will have to be at our best to get a result on Saturday.
“I’m looking forward to it, it should be a good game to watch.“They will come and try and get the ball down, be expansive and make the pitch big, as we do, so it should be a really cracking game of football.
“You get different challenges in this league every week, whether it’s Gillingham, Stevenage, Wolves or Crewe.
“They’ll ask questions of us in a certain way and yes, it might suit us better, but there are no guarantees.
“If you’ve watched them over the years you’ll know they’ve played some really good football and we’ve probably got a little bit of a way to go until we get to where they’ve been.”
Cooper feels his players’ self-belief has been boosted massively by victory at QPR on Tuesday, but he still thinks there are plenty of elements to the Robins’ game that can be improved.
“The performance the other night has given them more of an edge and shown them that they can go and compete, like they did against what is basically a Premiership squad,” he said.
“I think it’s given them that bit of confidence and belief and hopefully we can take that into Saturday.
“We have to concentrate on what we’re doing. We still have to be better in terms of dominating for longer spells, as I’ve mentioned before.”
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