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SWINDON TOWN: We were worth a draw - Cooper
TOWN boss Mark Cooper was adamant his side deserved to take at least a point from their tough away trip to Oldham.
After starting slowly Town went in at the break 1-0 down thanks to a spectacular effort from Carl Winchester, and although the visitors were level when James Tarkowski put through his own net they couldn’t make their dominant spell which followed count before Danny Philliskirk headed home Oldham’s winner.
Town lacked the spark which saw them charge to four straight wins prior to Tuesday’s loss to Walsall but after dragging themselves level Cooper admitted he fully expected his side to return to Wiltshire with at least a point.
“It was all a bit flat and Oldham scored with a freak goal I would say, but we came out and got back into it and when it was 1-1 I thought we would go on and win it,” he said.
“We had good momentum and missed some decent chances and then we didn’t defend properly from a cross into the box and we were 2-1 down. We then had to chase it at the end but it’s a game we probably should have got something from.
“I felt we deserved something out the game, especially in the second half, as once we got level it looked as though we would have gone on to win it. A cross in the box has put them 2-1 up and we had to risk everything going forward and we messed some really good chances.
“The first half was poor and we were pretty static and we didn’t start the game all that well and we should have been more on the front foot.
“We sorted things out at half-time and from then we got back into the game and I felt we should have got something.
“At 1-1 we had all the play and should have gone on to win the game, but we didn’t defend properly and we ended up losing.”
When asked what areas his side still needed to improve in, Cooper said: “Defending crosses and the tempo of our play.
“We have to start games a little bit more direct and create the space to play, we need to make the other team drop off us and make the space so there’s room for the good players to manoeuvre.
“We had been playing really well before Tuesday but I thought we deserved to get something this time.
“We try and play football but sometimes we just have to recognise where the space is and turn them round otherwise our passing breaks down because we have no room to play in.
“Once we sorted things out at half time we played pretty well but if you don’t take your chances you are always liable to concede a goal.”
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