Swindon Town boss urges fans to play their part against Blades

Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper

Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper

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MARK Cooper has called on Swindon Town’s fans to inspire their team to victory over the Sheffield United juggernaut tomorrow, saying the Robins need the support “more than ever”.

Cooper has watched from the sidelines as Town’s flagging season has enjoyed a mini-renaissance over the course of the past fortnight, with a gutsy draw at Bristol City followed by back to back wins against Preston North End and Tranmere Rovers.

If Swindon avoid defeat to the Blades this weekend, Cooper will have led his team to their longest unbeaten run in League One this term - four matches - while victory will take them to within a single point of the play-off places.

They couldn’t have landed a much tougher test than Nigel Clough’s United, however, who have lost just one of their last 10 league matches - to table-topping Wolves - and have also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Therefore, Cooper has asked the County Ground fans to be in good voice and high spirits tomorrow.

He said: “We can’ underestimate the task on Saturday, it’s going to be very, very difficult.

“They are full of optimism, they probably believe they can still get in the play-offs but we’re at home and we know that if we play like we did against Preston we can get a result.

“The fans were brilliant (against Preston) and it just shows that if everybody is together it produces far more positive results and performances.

“It’s important and it’s a message we’ve been trying to get across. I understand that people get frustrated when things are not going well but we’ve mainly got a team of untried young professionals who are trying to do their best and they need the support now more than ever.

“The only slowing down of that juggernaut is against Wolves, which is one defeat in about 33,000. The manager there has gone in and done an unbelievable job.

“You look at where they were when he took over and he’s taken them to the semi-final of the FA Cup and they’d be in the top two or three in any form table since he took over.”

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7:15am Fri 28 Mar 14

Scouse Red says...

Missing my first game of the season tomorrow as going up North for the weekend, but fingers crossed the boys can pull out another performance like last week and give Sheffield United a good game. Key i think is Miles pace and support up front for Smith.

COYR
Missing my first game of the season tomorrow as going up North for the weekend, but fingers crossed the boys can pull out another performance like last week and give Sheffield United a good game. Key i think is Miles pace and support up front for Smith. COYR Scouse Red
  • Score: 0

7:17am Fri 28 Mar 14

Since 1950 says...

Town End, Town End give us a song!
COYR!
Town End, Town End give us a song! COYR! Since 1950
  • Score: 0

7:58am Fri 28 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

Wish I could be there to cheer the lads on and there must be growing belief amongst the ranks.

If the crowd's support tomorrow is as good as it was at Bramhall Lane, MC will have nothing to complain about.

If he he wants the players to be motivated, just play them the video of the away game and embarrassment should do the rest.
Wish I could be there to cheer the lads on and there must be growing belief amongst the ranks. If the crowd's support tomorrow is as good as it was at Bramhall Lane, MC will have nothing to complain about. If he he wants the players to be motivated, just play them the video of the away game and embarrassment should do the rest. mancrobin
  • Score: 4

9:43am Fri 28 Mar 14

Robinonfire says...

Keep the winning team ...don't change things Cooperman
Keep the winning team ...don't change things Cooperman Robinonfire
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10:26am Fri 28 Mar 14

port de soller says...

Why not Town you can win this one and as said before just keep going on as you have in the last few games you may upset a few of them in the to 6 yet

GO REDS
Why not Town you can win this one and as said before just keep going on as you have in the last few games you may upset a few of them in the to 6 yet GO REDS port de soller
  • Score: -1

11:46am Fri 28 Mar 14

newburymike says...

All is well in STFC world, 11.45am 6 articles and only 5 comments in total
All is well in STFC world, 11.45am 6 articles and only 5 comments in total newburymike
  • Score: 0

12:06pm Fri 28 Mar 14

sagadude says...

Robinonfire wrote:
Keep the winning team ...don't change things Cooperman
Agreed, keep the same team and prove us wrong Mr Cooper.

Miles Storey etc.
[quote][p][bold]Robinonfire[/bold] wrote: Keep the winning team ...don't change things Cooperman[/p][/quote]Agreed, keep the same team and prove us wrong Mr Cooper. Miles Storey etc. sagadude
  • Score: -4

1:31pm Fri 28 Mar 14

London Red says...

sagadude wrote:
Robinonfire wrote:
Keep the winning team ...don't change things Cooperman
Agreed, keep the same team and prove us wrong Mr Cooper.

Miles Storey etc.
So need Troy back in!
.
Highlights of Tranmere was like Wolves - beaten too easily by long ball down the middle!
.
Rest keep the same - Byrne has been excellent and unfortunately has to win his place back as A.Smith deserves to be in there!
[quote][p][bold]sagadude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robinonfire[/bold] wrote: Keep the winning team ...don't change things Cooperman[/p][/quote]Agreed, keep the same team and prove us wrong Mr Cooper. Miles Storey etc.[/p][/quote]So need Troy back in! . Highlights of Tranmere was like Wolves - beaten too easily by long ball down the middle! . Rest keep the same - Byrne has been excellent and unfortunately has to win his place back as A.Smith deserves to be in there! London Red
  • Score: -1

1:47pm Fri 28 Mar 14

the wizard says...

Huge test tomorrow for the lads and Cooper as tactics will be paramount against a team that has at last started to perform. TBH I'll be happy with a point against the Cloughites, as they have become very slick and effective since Nigel's arrival.

We need to work very hard to the final whistle and recent scores will count for little against these guys.

Heads up, chins up, and work hard, keep it clean and tidy and leave the tippy-tappy stuff for another day.
Huge test tomorrow for the lads and Cooper as tactics will be paramount against a team that has at last started to perform. TBH I'll be happy with a point against the Cloughites, as they have become very slick and effective since Nigel's arrival. We need to work very hard to the final whistle and recent scores will count for little against these guys. Heads up, chins up, and work hard, keep it clean and tidy and leave the tippy-tappy stuff for another day. the wizard
  • Score: 1

1:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

the don69 says...

London Red wrote:
sagadude wrote:
Robinonfire wrote:
Keep the winning team ...don't change things Cooperman
Agreed, keep the same team and prove us wrong Mr Cooper.

Miles Storey etc.
So need Troy back in!
.
Highlights of Tranmere was like Wolves - beaten too easily by long ball down the middle!
.
Rest keep the same - Byrne has been excellent and unfortunately has to win his place back as A.Smith deserves to be in there!
Spot on Tranny ripped us apart time and time again with a long high ball down the middle or out wide,Troy must come back in! our win disguised the fact our defending was awful at Tranny and we won't get a luckier win this season!!!
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sagadude[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robinonfire[/bold] wrote: Keep the winning team ...don't change things Cooperman[/p][/quote]Agreed, keep the same team and prove us wrong Mr Cooper. Miles Storey etc.[/p][/quote]So need Troy back in! . Highlights of Tranmere was like Wolves - beaten too easily by long ball down the middle! . Rest keep the same - Byrne has been excellent and unfortunately has to win his place back as A.Smith deserves to be in there![/p][/quote]Spot on Tranny ripped us apart time and time again with a long high ball down the middle or out wide,Troy must come back in! our win disguised the fact our defending was awful at Tranny and we won't get a luckier win this season!!! the don69
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Fri 28 Mar 14

joey butler says...

Very pleased to hear 18 goal Paul Benson seems to be fixed up with Luton for next season, according to Manager John Still.

'Paul will be here next year' said Still in his audio interview after the 3-0 win over Chester last weekend.

'He only needs a chance. I am so pleased for Paul that he got the goal, he works his absolute socks off', said Still after the 2-1 win over Grimsby this week.

bbc.com/sport/footba
ll/teams/luton refers
Very pleased to hear 18 goal Paul Benson seems to be fixed up with Luton for next season, according to Manager John Still. 'Paul will be here next year' said Still in his audio interview after the 3-0 win over Chester last weekend. 'He only needs a chance. I am so pleased for Paul that he got the goal, he works his absolute socks off', said Still after the 2-1 win over Grimsby this week. bbc.com/sport/footba ll/teams/luton refers joey butler
  • Score: 1

3:08pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Rebel_phish says...

Off Topic.

While we wait for Sam to post a dedicated page, details of the Predictions League for the Sheffield game can be found on the Tranmere Predictions Thread

http://www.thisisswi
ndontownfc.co.uk/fix
tures_and_results/ne
ws_articles/11098483
.PREDICTIONS_LEAGUE_
_Tranmere_Rovers_v_S
windon_Town

Rebel.
Off Topic. While we wait for Sam to post a dedicated page, details of the Predictions League for the Sheffield game can be found on the Tranmere Predictions Thread http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/fix tures_and_results/ne ws_articles/11098483 .PREDICTIONS_LEAGUE_ _Tranmere_Rovers_v_S windon_Town Rebel. Rebel_phish
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3:40pm Fri 28 Mar 14

lifelong red says...

Anyone know how S. T.sales are doing- got mine yesterday but forgot to ask.
Anyone know how S. T.sales are doing- got mine yesterday but forgot to ask. lifelong red
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Dover Red says...

joey butler wrote:
Very pleased to hear 18 goal Paul Benson seems to be fixed up with Luton for next season, according to Manager John Still.

'Paul will be here next year' said Still in his audio interview after the 3-0 win over Chester last weekend.

'He only needs a chance. I am so pleased for Paul that he got the goal, he works his absolute socks off', said Still after the 2-1 win over Grimsby this week.

bbc.com/sport/footba

ll/teams/luton refers
In a league two levels below us. Really pleased for him and also Luton, they have had a stay far to long in the conference and it will be good to see them back up.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: Very pleased to hear 18 goal Paul Benson seems to be fixed up with Luton for next season, according to Manager John Still. 'Paul will be here next year' said Still in his audio interview after the 3-0 win over Chester last weekend. 'He only needs a chance. I am so pleased for Paul that he got the goal, he works his absolute socks off', said Still after the 2-1 win over Grimsby this week. bbc.com/sport/footba ll/teams/luton refers[/p][/quote]In a league two levels below us. Really pleased for him and also Luton, they have had a stay far to long in the conference and it will be good to see them back up. Dover Red
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Fri 28 Mar 14

red white says...

They might have one eye on the semis and Wembley now,we should get stuck into them.
They might have one eye on the semis and Wembley now,we should get stuck into them. red white
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Fri 28 Mar 14

joey butler says...

Dover Red wrote:
joey butler wrote:
Very pleased to hear 18 goal Paul Benson seems to be fixed up with Luton for next season, according to Manager John Still.

'Paul will be here next year' said Still in his audio interview after the 3-0 win over Chester last weekend.

'He only needs a chance. I am so pleased for Paul that he got the goal, he works his absolute socks off', said Still after the 2-1 win over Grimsby this week.

bbc.com/sport/footba


ll/teams/luton refers
In a league two levels below us. Really pleased for him and also Luton, they have had a stay far to long in the conference and it will be good to see them back up.
Appreciate your comments Dover, only that Luton will be one level below us in a few weeks, they are almost certain of promotion as Conference Champions.

It is great to see Paul Benson doing so well, I totally agree with your views on Benson and Luton. Their Manager also seems very shrewd, listening to his BBC interviews which I referred to above.
[quote][p][bold]Dover Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: Very pleased to hear 18 goal Paul Benson seems to be fixed up with Luton for next season, according to Manager John Still. 'Paul will be here next year' said Still in his audio interview after the 3-0 win over Chester last weekend. 'He only needs a chance. I am so pleased for Paul that he got the goal, he works his absolute socks off', said Still after the 2-1 win over Grimsby this week. bbc.com/sport/footba ll/teams/luton refers[/p][/quote]In a league two levels below us. Really pleased for him and also Luton, they have had a stay far to long in the conference and it will be good to see them back up.[/p][/quote]Appreciate your comments Dover, only that Luton will be one level below us in a few weeks, they are almost certain of promotion as Conference Champions. It is great to see Paul Benson doing so well, I totally agree with your views on Benson and Luton. Their Manager also seems very shrewd, listening to his BBC interviews which I referred to above. joey butler
  • Score: 1

7:49pm Fri 28 Mar 14

bearwoodred says...

Got my Coventry tickets today and suprised at the cost of £16 for me and £1 for my lad! They must be really struggling to get people along to Northampton - lucky to have the hedge fund lot in to keep them afloat, but it is such a strange situation.

At lunchtime there were a lot less than a 1000 Sheff fans coming - saving the pennies for Wembley!

Town to win 3 - 1
Got my Coventry tickets today and suprised at the cost of £16 for me and £1 for my lad! They must be really struggling to get people along to Northampton - lucky to have the hedge fund lot in to keep them afloat, but it is such a strange situation. At lunchtime there were a lot less than a 1000 Sheff fans coming - saving the pennies for Wembley! Town to win 3 - 1 bearwoodred
  • Score: 1

8:47pm Fri 28 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

bearwoodred wrote:
Got my Coventry tickets today and suprised at the cost of £16 for me and £1 for my lad! They must be really struggling to get people along to Northampton - lucky to have the hedge fund lot in to keep them afloat, but it is such a strange situation.

At lunchtime there were a lot less than a 1000 Sheff fans coming - saving the pennies for Wembley!

Town to win 3 - 1
No same as Preston
Northern boys won't pay £25 for this division, and can't blame them,
After all who wants to sit in the bank it's a hovel and should be condemned along with the arkells and town end
[quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: Got my Coventry tickets today and suprised at the cost of £16 for me and £1 for my lad! They must be really struggling to get people along to Northampton - lucky to have the hedge fund lot in to keep them afloat, but it is such a strange situation. At lunchtime there were a lot less than a 1000 Sheff fans coming - saving the pennies for Wembley! Town to win 3 - 1[/p][/quote]No same as Preston Northern boys won't pay £25 for this division, and can't blame them, After all who wants to sit in the bank it's a hovel and should be condemned along with the arkells and town end smirg kcab
  • Score: -3

9:56pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

smirg kcab wrote:
bearwoodred wrote:
Got my Coventry tickets today and suprised at the cost of £16 for me and £1 for my lad! They must be really struggling to get people along to Northampton - lucky to have the hedge fund lot in to keep them afloat, but it is such a strange situation.

At lunchtime there were a lot less than a 1000 Sheff fans coming - saving the pennies for Wembley!

Town to win 3 - 1
No same as Preston
Northern boys won't pay £25 for this division, and can't blame them,
After all who wants to sit in the bank it's a hovel and should be condemned along with the arkells and town end
It's grim up North (pun intended). Must be hard if they can't afford a couple of quid extra from the hundreds they save in cost of living expense (housing etc) for the "pleasure" of living in the south.

.Football is overpriced but less than the cost of a pint extra when the travel costs ???

By eck its ard up north

Since our ground is so crap perhaps you could remedy this as well and throw Leeds Utd a few quid in the process.

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: Got my Coventry tickets today and suprised at the cost of £16 for me and £1 for my lad! They must be really struggling to get people along to Northampton - lucky to have the hedge fund lot in to keep them afloat, but it is such a strange situation. At lunchtime there were a lot less than a 1000 Sheff fans coming - saving the pennies for Wembley! Town to win 3 - 1[/p][/quote]No same as Preston Northern boys won't pay £25 for this division, and can't blame them, After all who wants to sit in the bank it's a hovel and should be condemned along with the arkells and town end[/p][/quote]It's grim up North (pun intended). Must be hard if they can't afford a couple of quid extra from the hundreds they save in cost of living expense (housing etc) for the "pleasure" of living in the south. .Football is overpriced but less than the cost of a pint extra when the travel costs ??? By eck its ard up north Since our ground is so crap perhaps you could remedy this as well and throw Leeds Utd a few quid in the process. COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 1

10:24pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Oxon-Red says...

smirg kcab wrote:
bearwoodred wrote:
Got my Coventry tickets today and suprised at the cost of £16 for me and £1 for my lad! They must be really struggling to get people along to Northampton - lucky to have the hedge fund lot in to keep them afloat, but it is such a strange situation.

At lunchtime there were a lot less than a 1000 Sheff fans coming - saving the pennies for Wembley!

Town to win 3 - 1
No same as Preston
Northern boys won't pay £25 for this division, and can't blame them,
After all who wants to sit in the bank it's a hovel and should be condemned along with the arkells and town end
Will you ever change your handle to yppah ynnub, Easter is coming !
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: Got my Coventry tickets today and suprised at the cost of £16 for me and £1 for my lad! They must be really struggling to get people along to Northampton - lucky to have the hedge fund lot in to keep them afloat, but it is such a strange situation. At lunchtime there were a lot less than a 1000 Sheff fans coming - saving the pennies for Wembley! Town to win 3 - 1[/p][/quote]No same as Preston Northern boys won't pay £25 for this division, and can't blame them, After all who wants to sit in the bank it's a hovel and should be condemned along with the arkells and town end[/p][/quote]Will you ever change your handle to yppah ynnub, Easter is coming ! Oxon-Red
  • Score: 0

10:36pm Fri 28 Mar 14

the wizard says...

LOL that has a certain irony about it. Good one.
LOL that has a certain irony about it. Good one. the wizard
  • Score: 0

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