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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper calm despite back-to-back defeats
SWINDON boss Mark Cooper insisted there is no need to press the panic button despite his side falling to their second defeat of the week at Oldham on Saturday.
The County Ground side went into Tuesday’s game with Walsall in the play-off places following four straight wins, but ended the week in eighth after losing 3-1 to the Saddlers before goals from Carl Winchester and Danny Philliskirk gave Oldham a 2-1 win on Saturday.
Despite the two quick losses and performances not matching the high standards set in recent weeks, the young Robins remain just two points outside the play-offs and Cooper is already looking forward to Saturday’s home clash with Port Vale without the sound of alarm bells ringing in his ears.
“We have to get back on it quickly because two defeats in a week isn’t good,” he said.
“We have another home game next week and we need to make sure we win it.
“There’s no reason to panic at all because we know what we’re doing and we have to go and win next week.
“This is a group of young players who are still learning their way through the game and there are going to be ups and down, but it’s not for the want of trying.”
Cooper believes his side could have gone on to win the contest at Boundary Park after James Tarkowski’s own goal levelled matters following a flat start, but for their deficiencies in both boxes.
“It’s up to us to get ourselves going but it’s difficult until you sit the players down to talk about it, but we did that at half-time and we came out in the second half and we were much better straight away,” he said.
“Once we got the got the equaliser we should have gone on and won the game, but if you don’t defend well in one box and are not clinical enough in the other then you get beat.”
Midfielder Yaser Kasim picked up his fifth yellow card of the season on Saturday meaning he will miss the clash with Port Vale.
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