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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper content with start to campaign
SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper is relatively content with his side’s position in League One after 10 games of the new season, as he waits on some of his key players to get back to full fitness.
The Robins sit 11th in the division following Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers at the County Ground, five points off the play-offs and eight above the relegation zone.
Given Cooper has been without Ryan Mason, Ryan Harley, Tijane Reis, Nile Ranger, Nathan Byrne, Alex Smith and Alex Pritchard due to injury or suspension at various points over the course of the campaign, Town find themselves in a respectable place with just less than a quarter of the term gone.
And the Swindon boss feels his side are just “treading water” as they prepare to make an impression at the top end of the table when they return to full strength.
“You always want more but I’d settle for where we are.
“We’re within striking distance and we’re still treading water until we get our injured players back and really firing,” he said.
“We’ve still got Ryan Mason, probably one of the best players in the league, to come back and we’re still waiting for him. We’ve still managed to get results with people playing at 60 or 70 per cent.
“Full credit to the players, full credit to the supporters.”
Chairman Jed McCrory’s letter to the Football League this week, highlighting his concern over the inconsistency of refereeing in League One thus far in 2013/14, has drawn much derision from sections of the football world since.
Cooper feels his players simply need to tough it out and learn to deal with the physical side of the game.
“You have to get on with it, it’s football and it’s a contact sport,” he said. “You have to dust yourselves down, pick yourselves up and get on with it. We certainly won’t be crying about it.”
Town’s victory over Tranmere on Saturday was hardly eye-catching, but Cooper was happy to win ugly for a change.
“Over the course of the season you get games where you can’t play at the top of the game,” he said.
“It’s important when you don’t you make sure you win the game, which we did. And we kept a clean sheet, when we needed.”
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