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PETERBOROUGH v SWINDON TOWN: Learn from the best

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper

SWINDON Town’s players should take inspiration from Chelsea’s performance at Manchester City on Monday night, as they look to edge closer to a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final appearance.

That’s the opinion of Robins manager Mark Cooper, who is keen to see his squad show the grit and determination, passion and desire of Jose Mourinho’s charges when he takes his team to Peterborough United this evening.

Cooper was impressed by the willingness of the likes of Willian and Eden Hazard to grind out a victory which threw open the Premier League title race earlier this week, and he’s hoping Town’s bunch of young pros will be able to use that example as they visit London Road for a 7.15pm kick-off.

“I don’t think it’s about tricks, it’s about putting the team on the pitch that you think is best to get a result and getting that team to execute what you want them to do. We’ve worked for two days on how we want to play and hopefully the players can carry that out,” Cooper said.

“It’s about which team for 90 minutes wants to win the most. Watching Chelsea, they had multi-million pound football players who are secure for the rest of their lives running until they had blood coming out of their ears - not for financial gain but because they wanted to be the best, they wanted to beat Man City.

“There were people like Willian and Eden Hazard, world class players, chasing back 90 yards for the cause. If you get a team doing that, no matter what level, you’ve got a chance of winning the game.”

Town rarely take part in two-legged ties and, though the Robins are due to entertain Peterborough again in a fortnight, Cooper is not planning on changing the way his team sets up this evening.

“It’s difficult with the way we try to play to throw something completely different at the players,” he said. “Obviously we’d be foolish to go out all guns blazing, willy nilly and end up losing 5-0. That could still happen.

“We want to try to stay in the tie. We want to win the game but of course both teams are going to have an eye on two weeks’ time.

“It’s a semi-final and anything can happen - penalties, red cards, bad decisions - you have to make sure you concentrate for 90 minutes and you’re switched on and at the worst we’re still in the tie in two weeks’ time.

“Both teams are in the position where they want to make sure they’re still in the game with 90 minutes to play.

“It could be a cautious affair. Peterborough usually play two up front but they might try to match our system and play one up front.

“I don’t know what they’ll do, whether they’ll play somebody up with Assombalonga or whether they play someone behind him, we’ll see on the night.

“We’re fixed on what we’re going to do and we’re going to try to execute that as well as we can on the night.”

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6:19am Wed 5 Feb 14

smirg kcab says...

Why would they play one upfront against our tissue defence?
Think you in for a huge shock tonight
Why would they play one upfront against our tissue defence? Think you in for a huge shock tonight smirg kcab
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11:04am Wed 5 Feb 14

Stilloyal says...

Its also about attacking the opposition with speed and precision , not building up so slowly that your opponent are always in your face.
Its also about attacking the opposition with speed and precision , not building up so slowly that your opponent are always in your face. Stilloyal
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11:34am Wed 5 Feb 14

hertz says...

If you liked Chelsea so much Mr Coopr you would have also noticed they know how to break up the play play by sometimes moving the ball quickly forward breaking quickly and then sometimes when needed hold play up with Tikky Takky , Fulham tried to play it out last night and even Shef United managed to get at least 8 men back behind the ball , they never once tried to drop the ball behind the United defence now they are out the cup . Chesea have a knack of beating teams like Munich, Barcelona and Man City because they attack them not pass it about in ther own half until they are pinned down .
If you liked Chelsea so much Mr Coopr you would have also noticed they know how to break up the play play by sometimes moving the ball quickly forward breaking quickly and then sometimes when needed hold play up with Tikky Takky , Fulham tried to play it out last night and even Shef United managed to get at least 8 men back behind the ball , they never once tried to drop the ball behind the United defence now they are out the cup . Chesea have a knack of beating teams like Munich, Barcelona and Man City because they attack them not pass it about in ther own half until they are pinned down . hertz
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11:47am Wed 5 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Its also about attacking the opposition with speed and precision , not building up so slowly that your opponent are always in your face.
Spot on.

From the comments made by Cooper I'm expecting a super-defensive formation and attitude tonight, hope that's not the case as Peterborough are a decent side and if we park the bus and let htem come at us for 90 minutes they're a dead cert to put a couple past us. Wouldn't mind if we were quicker on the break but as you say, quick attacking doesn't seem to be something we've got in our locker.

Obviously hope I'm hugely mistaken and wish them all the best. Will be attempting to watch on sky via the mobile phone tonight as will be up working in Staffordshire and nowhere near a pub with sky sports. Hoping there's wifi at least somewhere! COYR.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Its also about attacking the opposition with speed and precision , not building up so slowly that your opponent are always in your face.[/p][/quote]Spot on. From the comments made by Cooper I'm expecting a super-defensive formation and attitude tonight, hope that's not the case as Peterborough are a decent side and if we park the bus and let htem come at us for 90 minutes they're a dead cert to put a couple past us. Wouldn't mind if we were quicker on the break but as you say, quick attacking doesn't seem to be something we've got in our locker. Obviously hope I'm hugely mistaken and wish them all the best. Will be attempting to watch on sky via the mobile phone tonight as will be up working in Staffordshire and nowhere near a pub with sky sports. Hoping there's wifi at least somewhere! COYR. Swindon1984
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1:44pm Wed 5 Feb 14

old town robin says...

Quote MC ; SWINDON Town’s players should take inspiration from Chelsea’s performance, well Mr Cooper inspiration maybe, but motivation needs to come from you.

I've read about the preparation that Jose puts in to engineer their wins, two intensive days of concentration on City's strengths and weaknesses, by the time they got on to the pitch each and everyone of the Chelsea players know what they have to do to get a result.

I'm sorry, but I don't see anything in our set-up to suggest our coaching management put any effort into reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition in any great depth. If anyone needs to be inspired it's you Mr Cooper taking note of the intense preparation that top quality managers like Jose put in to ensure their team know exactly what needs to be done to win games. For all his faults PDC not only had DVD's of opposition but players got dossiers on the players they would be likely to come up against. Obviously coaches that have good budgets have more at their disposal, but that doesn't mean that those that don't should behave like a bunch of amateurs.
Quote MC ; SWINDON Town’s players should take inspiration from Chelsea’s performance, well Mr Cooper inspiration maybe, but motivation needs to come from you. I've read about the preparation that Jose puts in to engineer their wins, two intensive days of concentration on City's strengths and weaknesses, by the time they got on to the pitch each and everyone of the Chelsea players know what they have to do to get a result. I'm sorry, but I don't see anything in our set-up to suggest our coaching management put any effort into reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition in any great depth. If anyone needs to be inspired it's you Mr Cooper taking note of the intense preparation that top quality managers like Jose put in to ensure their team know exactly what needs to be done to win games. For all his faults PDC not only had DVD's of opposition but players got dossiers on the players they would be likely to come up against. Obviously coaches that have good budgets have more at their disposal, but that doesn't mean that those that don't should behave like a bunch of amateurs. old town robin
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3:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Robinonfire says...

Is Cooperman Andy King the 2nd
Is Cooperman Andy King the 2nd Robinonfire
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