SWINDON TOWN: Simply the best for Cooper

Swindon Advertiser: Town boss Mark Cooper Town boss Mark Cooper

MARK Cooper rated Swindon Town’s victory over Coventry City on Saturday as the “best result” of his time in charge of the club.

The Swindon manager’s inspired substitutions changed the game at the County Ground, as Yaser Kasim and Miles Storey came off the bench to each score their first goal of the season to turn the match around after Leon Clarke had given the Sky Blues a 50th-minute lead.

Having made the conscious choice to open up the game by switching to a 3-5-2 formation in the final third of the contest, Cooper felt vindicated in his decision.

When asked by the Advertiser where the win ranks amongst others his side have managed this term, the Town boss said: “That’s the best. It’s just the fact we gambled and went all in and we still didn’t concede when we went all in – that’s the pleasing fact for me.

“Certain players took responsibility to organise when we were going forward.

“We had a few hairy moments and the goalkeeper made a couple of fantastic saves, but you have to try to do that when you’re trying to win a game.

“That’s the best result we’ve had I think.”

Storey’s 86th-minute winner propelled Town back into seventh place in the League One table at Christmas and Swindon are now just two points behind sixth-placed Rotherham United with trips to Brentford and Bradford to come over Christmas.

“We’re still right in it with games to play,” said Cooper. “Brentford have had an unbelievable result and they’re going to be a tough nut to crack on Boxing Day but I’m sure they’d have watched us today and will think we can cause them a few problems.”

Nathan Thompson missed the clash with Coventry due to a chest infection but he is expected to be fit for the visit to Brentford on Boxing Day.

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7:36am Mon 23 Dec 13

Fernham Red says...

We have a first rate squad at our disposal right now; Brentford away will the hardest test of the season remaining. Good news for 2014 is we will have already played all the top teams away, so arguably an easier 2nd half of the season in the run-in to the play-offs. We're well positioned! I had December down as our toughest month of fixtures, so 3 points out of 2 matches so far is commendable. Brentford & Bradford are both in the mix and will both be a strong gauge of our promotion credentials. Happy Christmas everyone!
We have a first rate squad at our disposal right now; Brentford away will the hardest test of the season remaining. Good news for 2014 is we will have already played all the top teams away, so arguably an easier 2nd half of the season in the run-in to the play-offs. We're well positioned! I had December down as our toughest month of fixtures, so 3 points out of 2 matches so far is commendable. Brentford & Bradford are both in the mix and will both be a strong gauge of our promotion credentials. Happy Christmas everyone! Fernham Red

10:39am Mon 23 Dec 13

stanharlands6shirt says...

Mr Cooper, last week I asked that you consider three words;
ATTACK;
TRUST;
and BELIEVE......

Congratulations Mr Cooper, you let them off your leash and although forced by circumstances, showed you also have tactical nous with your 3-5-2, grab them by the throat, final quarter.

Nothing but admiration today for the team and the manager.....oh and particularly our home boy (even if he is from the midlands) Miles Storey..
During the Chelsea game we were calling from the Town End for Storey with his pace to play off Ranger and felt it should have been done on that night against a slowing John Terry.. The next day posted the same here.

It may not always have the same result or effect but I'm sure we are all glad you gave Miles the chance to prove his worth in a match situation, especially as he grabbed you and us the winner. Please let this be just the beginning of his and your relationship. I am convinced he will continue to deliver for you and us.
Congratulations also to a sometimes maligned defense who despite conceding were trusted to hold the back with three and came up trumps.

A great way to go into our xmas period.

Well done everyone and a happy xmas and new year to ONE AND ALL.
Mr Cooper, last week I asked that you consider three words; ATTACK; TRUST; and BELIEVE...... Congratulations Mr Cooper, you let them off your leash and although forced by circumstances, showed you also have tactical nous with your 3-5-2, grab them by the throat, final quarter. Nothing but admiration today for the team and the manager.....oh and particularly our home boy (even if he is from the midlands) Miles Storey.. During the Chelsea game we were calling from the Town End for Storey with his pace to play off Ranger and felt it should have been done on that night against a slowing John Terry.. The next day posted the same here. It may not always have the same result or effect but I'm sure we are all glad you gave Miles the chance to prove his worth in a match situation, especially as he grabbed you and us the winner. Please let this be just the beginning of his and your relationship. I am convinced he will continue to deliver for you and us. Congratulations also to a sometimes maligned defense who despite conceding were trusted to hold the back with three and came up trumps. A great way to go into our xmas period. Well done everyone and a happy xmas and new year to ONE AND ALL. stanharlands6shirt

11:28am Mon 23 Dec 13

Oxon-Red says...

Being a sad ol burger I have calculated the average age of the team that completed the match on Saturday. With Wardy (35) in there it was roughly 22 years and 6 months !

Can't see it but, keep this team together and imagine what they could be like when their average age is 24-25. Perhaps replace Wardy with Troy longer term !!!

I can but dream but...

COYMR
Being a sad ol burger I have calculated the average age of the team that completed the match on Saturday. With Wardy (35) in there it was roughly 22 years and 6 months ! Can't see it but, keep this team together and imagine what they could be like when their average age is 24-25. Perhaps replace Wardy with Troy longer term !!! I can but dream but... COYMR Oxon-Red

2:31pm Mon 23 Dec 13

castle9 says...

Typical lack of comments on here when we win - funny how the whingers always find something else to do!

Excellent management from Cooper on Saturday, he won us the game with his tactical adjustments and use of substitutions. Even when he got us back in the match at one all he kept the attacking formation to go for the winner against a very dangerous side and it paid off.

Credit where credit is due whingers.
Typical lack of comments on here when we win - funny how the whingers always find something else to do! Excellent management from Cooper on Saturday, he won us the game with his tactical adjustments and use of substitutions. Even when he got us back in the match at one all he kept the attacking formation to go for the winner against a very dangerous side and it paid off. Credit where credit is due whingers. castle9

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