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  • "460 and no strikers - Cooper is having a laugh!
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    You could go with our normal formation
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    433 - with Kasim coming into the middle and either Tijane or Murphy up with N'Guessan and Pritchard
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    Or
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    442 - N'Guessan move up top with Barker coming in and either Tijane or Murphy come in on the wing
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    Yes losing Ranger is a blow but we went most of Nov and all Dec without him so should cope without him for a game or 2.
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    If it was seen we could afford to loan out Storey as we have 4 other strikers - you can't complain when one gets injured!
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    If he says it's now 2 - then delay loan until Tues to cover Smith being cup tied!
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    Posh lost all their forwards for the first leg and will have lots missing again - so they are in the same boat - so deal with it
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    Also didn't Walden return the other day? That's another forward - so we would still at least 3 available!!!!!"
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Cooper fury at Thompson ban and Ranger doubtful for JPT tie

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

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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