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Cooper confident Town can cope with Yaser absence
YASER Kasim is not irreplaceable in the Swindon Town side - boss Mark Cooper has insisted.
The Iraqi midfielder, suspended for today’s game with Port Vale after picking up his fifth yellow card at Oldham last weekend, has been a revelation since seemingly being plucked from nowhere in the summer and has become a vital part of the Town side during the first quarter of the season.
Kasim’s shielding role in front of the back four has allowed Town to play their slick passing game during much of the campaign, and even though Cooper doesn’t expect potential replacements Louis Thompson and Ryan Harley to do things quite the same way the Town boss is convinced they will fill the gap seamlessly.
“We have got players in the squad who will come in and do a good job and will show exactly what we expect of them,” Cooper said.
“Nobody would do it quite like Yaser, I wouldn’t expect, but every player brings different qualities to the team so we’re not too worried.
“Yaser has done really well for us and played every game, apart from the first one, so it will give him a rest and give someone else a chance.”
Cooper admitted some members of his squad could be feeling fatigued but refused to use tiredness as an excuse as Town bid to halt a run of two straight defeats today.
“Maybe there is (some fatigue in the squad) but we put this squad together really late, because it was the only way, and some of the players came here without a full pre-season which maybe they are feeling the effects of now.
“It’s not an excuse so we need to find a solution.”
The Town boss has also once again emphasised the importance of the Swindon fans in helping his side out their mini-slump.
“The fans will be vastly important and have been tremendous since the first day because they know what we are trying to do,” he said.
“The easiest thing for us to do would be to pump it long and not take any risks, so there’s less chance of making mistakes at the back, but we are not built for that, we’re built to play football.
“We will carry on doing it and the fans are vitally important in helping us.”
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