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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper keen to build momentum
MARK Cooper knows his Swindon side can’t afford to take their foot off the gas as they bid to rebuild the momentum following Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Port Vale.
The League One side went into the clash with the men from the Potteries on the back of defeats to Walsall and Oldham, but a brace from Massimo Luongo and goals from Dany N’Guessan, Nile Ranger and Nathan Byrne got Town back to winning ways in style. The Town squad were put through a hard week of training in the lead up to the Vale came, which produced a display full of intensity in a bid to win the ball back, and Cooper is insisted they can’t let up either on the training ground or on a matchday. “The players had a long week, they didn’t have a day off and it’s been very intense, long, week for them and I’m chuffed to bits for them and they deserve it,” Cooper said.
“After last week (defeat at Oldham) they took lots of stick, and rightly so, but they worked their socks off and pressed the opposition really well.
“We have to stay on it now and we have to work to make sure we play with that intensity every week now, because if we do, and teams give us the ball back like Port Vale did, then we are a real threat.
“We were a team which was going to get relegated at the start of the season, apparently, and now we are level for the last play-off place so we’re doing alright.
“There are going to be ups and downs because of the naivety and immatureness of some of the players at times, but the football we play is very good and we aren’t going to change.
“We will tweak things of course to try and get things more solid away from home, but I think they’ve done brilliantly.”
Next up for Town is an FA Cup first round visit to Macclesfield, a competition which Cooper has placed great importance on.
“We look to the next game, we don’t set too many targets, and we move on because we go to a non-league team looking to dump us out FA Cup so we need to be on it,” he said.
“It’s a massive competition for us because if you win two games you can be drawn away at Manchester United and earn £1million, which is massive for us.”
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