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SWINDON TOWN: Ref justice for Cooper & Co
6:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper lamented what he perceives as his side’s lack of luck with referees after watching the Robins slip to an unjust 3-2 defeat at Wolves on Saturday.
Cooper felt whistleblower Gary Sutton should have awarded a penalty for what he felt was a foul on Nile Ranger in the first half at Molinuex and he was frustrated by a lack of consistency in the official’s decisions, seven days after Stuart Attwell infuriated the Town boss by sending off Nathan Byrne at MK Dons.
Despite dominating proceedings in the West Midlands, Swindon ended up empty-handed after goals from Scott Golbourne, Kevin Doyle and Kevin Foley won the game for Wolves, with Dany N’Guessan and Ryan Mason netting for the visitors.
Cooper told the Advertiser: “It’s what I would call a moral victory.
“Nile Ranger should have had a penalty, Alex Pritchard got the ball and gets booked and I don’t think we’re getting the rub of the green in terms of refereeing decisions.
“We had it last week.
“I’m not going to blame the referee for the result but I think the key ones went against us again.”
When asked whether he thought Town’s dominant performance against a squad assembled at almost 10 times their cost proved that his side are the best footballing outfit in the division, Cooper said: “That’s not for us to say, really, but it’s what we want to try to achieve.
“You’d have to ask Kenny Jackett that.
“I would say we won’t be far away from being the best.
“We need to get results.
“It’s a work in progress and if they play like that they’re not going to be far away at the end of the season.
“I told them that if we play like that, 80 per cent of the time we will get promoted.”
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