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  • "Thought we did well enough just couldn't get the ball in the goal. Every trick in the book from Colchester to waste time, the ref should have brought the yellow out for the keeper when he put the ball down then kept delaying waiting for the wind to move it then resetting it. The ball can barely have been in play for 45 of the 90 mins.

    Cooper moaning after the game he has no strikers for Monday well why is Storey at Shrewsbury then?? Not saying he was the answer tonight as they were camped in their own half but would be handy on Monday as I expect Posh will be more adventurous and there will be spaces to exploit..

    Shame Ranger prob out for a while, and Nathan too although like Den says what about the other 9. Cooper up in arms about tonights booking I'm not sure I thought he was at risk of a booking when face to face with the idiot Watt after grabbing the ball and there was a bit of jostling before the headbutt.

    Troy immense again, and Louis Thompson and Mass growing in stature game by game. Mass starting to put in some lost cause chasing a la Ferry, and it's rare for Louis to close down an opponent without getting the ball off him or forcing a mistake. Quiet night for Smith and Danny up top, Although Smith did well with back to goal in trapping ball and laying it off

    Highlight for me was Murphy's defence splitting pass where he played the ball towards Stratton Bank whilst glancing at the Town End. The lad wanted the ball to feet more but there was a reluctance to pass to him when he had a defender behind. Players that good don't mind the close attention they spin and run, so hopefully they can work on that."
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Cooper fury at Thompson ban and Ranger doubtful for JPT tie

Nile Ranger hobbles off during last night's 0-0 draw

Nile Ranger hobbles off during last night's 0-0 draw

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SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper was left fuming at referee Darren Sheldrake’s decision to book Nathan Thompson for “adopting an aggressive attitude” during last night’s goalless draw with Colchester United.

Thompson was shown his 10th yellow card of the campaign in the 70th minute at the County Ground, meaning the right-back will now have to serve a two-game suspension with no possibility of appeal.

Cooper was informed by Sheldrake that the defender was cautioned for his body language during an incident which saw U’s midfielder Sanchez Watt dismissed for aiming a headbutt in his direction and the Town boss was livid in his post-match press conference.

“It’s an atrocious decision,” he said. “At the time I saw and it thought ‘he hasn’t done anything’ and for the referee to tell me he’s booked him for adopting an aggressive attitude – now what is that?

“For me that’s going to punch someone or going to headbutt someone, not walking away with your hands up to protect your face. I’m going to go and see the referee, ask him to look at the DVD and explain it to me. We can’t appeal a yellow card, it’s ridiculous. It’s shocking.

“I’ve got my boots, I can play right-back, kick one or two and away we go.”

Meanwhile, Nile Ranger is now rated “doubtful” by Cooper ahead of the visit of Peterborough United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy southern section area final second leg on Monday night, after picking up a hamstring injury.

Ranger was forced off with the problem just before half-time last night and will be assessed by the Swindon medical staff this morning.

Cooper cut a frustrated figure at the end of the stalemate with Colchester, saying: “We dominated it from start to finish. I’ll have an argument with anyone who says we didn’t. We deserved to win but you have to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Finally, Town yesterday confirmed Miles Storey’s loan move to Shrewsbury Town – as revealed by the Advertiser, with Cooper saying: “He’s been pestering may and rightly so that he wants to play, and he’s got a fantastic opportunity to go to Shrewsbury. Let’s see how he does.”

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