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Too early to pencil Town into the play-off picture says Cooper
SWINDON Town’s 3-2 victory at Port Vale has not convinced Mark Cooper that his side are mounting a full-blown play-off challenge just yet.
Nile Ranger, Alex Pritchard and Nathan Byrne all scored second-half goals as the Robins turned a 2-0 deficit at half-time into their first away victory for almost three months at Vale Park, leaving Cooper’s side four points off the top six.
However, the Town manager wants to wait another 10 games before deciding whether or not a place in the end-of-season lottery is within his team’s grasp.
“If you ask me after another 10 games and we’ve been on a run then maybe, but you’ve seen Peterborough have gone and won at Leyton Orient and MK Dons have gone to Walsall and won,” he said. “Anybody can beat anybody so we’ll see what happens.”
Cooper stressed that he and his players remained confident they could take something from their trip to the Potteries at half-time, despite trailing by two goals.
“It’s easy to say now but with the way played in the first half we fancied ourselves at half-time if we got an early goal. We should’ve been winning at half-time with the way we played and the chances we had,” he said.
“We didn’t take them and conceded two soft goals off the chances we had. In the second half we were outstanding.
“You give two goals away like that and you think ‘here we go again’ but with the players we have, to get in the team now you have to work hard.”