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Cooper pleased with Waldon's full debut

Swindon Advertiser: Connor Waldon Connor Waldon

MARK Cooper was pleased with the impact made by Connor Waldon, as the teenager made his full debut for Swindon Town against Rotherham United on Saturday.

Waldon, a product of the club’s youth academy, came up against the experienced central defensive partnership of Kari Arnason and Claude Davis at the County Ground but more than held his own before he was substituted in the second half.

The Robins are still considering offering the striker an extended stay in Wiltshire, with his contract set to expire this summer, but given Cooper’s reaction to his performance it seems the youngster has a good chance of remaining at Town beyond the end of the current campaign.

Cooper said: “We decided to give Connor a go. We know what Miles can do, we know what the others can do and we just felt we needed to have a look at Connor to make a final decision on whether we keep him. I thought he did very well.

“I thought he got hold of the ball very well and he can be very pleased with that.”

The Swindon boss also handed debuts to first-year scholar Will Randall and left-back Matty Jones, who was handed a pro deal last week.

He said: “We are going to have to try and promote from the youth and those two boys have done particularly well. It was good to get them some time on the pitch and some experience.”

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8:15am Mon 5 May 14

Wiltshire lad says...

I don't no what game cooper was watching conner was out of his depth, he was pushed and pulled all over the place. If that's our future we are knackered, should have put miles on in the second half and we could of won the game or at least got a draw.
I don't no what game cooper was watching conner was out of his depth, he was pushed and pulled all over the place. If that's our future we are knackered, should have put miles on in the second half and we could of won the game or at least got a draw. Wiltshire lad
  • Score: -8

8:39am Mon 5 May 14

Bassett Hound says...

Wiltshire lad wrote:
I don't no what game cooper was watching conner was out of his depth, he was pushed and pulled all over the place. If that's our future we are knackered, should have put miles on in the second half and we could of won the game or at least got a draw.
He was watching the same game as me,Connor had a decent debut.
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshire lad[/bold] wrote: I don't no what game cooper was watching conner was out of his depth, he was pushed and pulled all over the place. If that's our future we are knackered, should have put miles on in the second half and we could of won the game or at least got a draw.[/p][/quote]He was watching the same game as me,Connor had a decent debut. Bassett Hound
  • Score: 6

8:42am Mon 5 May 14

mandrossian says...

Wiltshire lad wrote:
I don't no what game cooper was watching conner was out of his depth, he was pushed and pulled all over the place. If that's our future we are knackered, should have put miles on in the second half and we could of won the game or at least got a draw.
In a dead rubber it's more important to try out the players up for new contracts than to win the game.
Conner (sic) has clearly conned you into thinking he is rubbish
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshire lad[/bold] wrote: I don't no what game cooper was watching conner was out of his depth, he was pushed and pulled all over the place. If that's our future we are knackered, should have put miles on in the second half and we could of won the game or at least got a draw.[/p][/quote]In a dead rubber it's more important to try out the players up for new contracts than to win the game. Conner (sic) has clearly conned you into thinking he is rubbish mandrossian
  • Score: 2

9:39am Mon 5 May 14

old town robin says...

mandrossian wrote:
Wiltshire lad wrote:
I don't no what game cooper was watching conner was out of his depth, he was pushed and pulled all over the place. If that's our future we are knackered, should have put miles on in the second half and we could of won the game or at least got a draw.
In a dead rubber it's more important to try out the players up for new contracts than to win the game.
Conner (sic) has clearly conned you into thinking he is rubbish
I have to say he didn't impress me either, but I do agree that he needed to be given a chance to show what he is capable of. Unfortunately as Storey has also found the big centre halves that most teams have at this level are not going to give kids the time and space to learn the game. On this showing I doubt Conner will make the grade, but if he is given an extension, I wish him luck and hope he proves any doubters like me wrong.

I would have liked to have seen Reis brought on, he's had a terrible season through injury and I don't know if any us are any the wiser if he is any good or not. He's another that has a lot to prove next season.
[quote][p][bold]mandrossian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wiltshire lad[/bold] wrote: I don't no what game cooper was watching conner was out of his depth, he was pushed and pulled all over the place. If that's our future we are knackered, should have put miles on in the second half and we could of won the game or at least got a draw.[/p][/quote]In a dead rubber it's more important to try out the players up for new contracts than to win the game. Conner (sic) has clearly conned you into thinking he is rubbish[/p][/quote]I have to say he didn't impress me either, but I do agree that he needed to be given a chance to show what he is capable of. Unfortunately as Storey has also found the big centre halves that most teams have at this level are not going to give kids the time and space to learn the game. On this showing I doubt Conner will make the grade, but if he is given an extension, I wish him luck and hope he proves any doubters like me wrong. I would have liked to have seen Reis brought on, he's had a terrible season through injury and I don't know if any us are any the wiser if he is any good or not. He's another that has a lot to prove next season. old town robin
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Mon 5 May 14

Paul12001 says...

Connor held the ball up well and brought others into play, probably held it up better than Smith and he cost the club money whereas Connor didn't. This was his full league debut as well so I for one think there is something to work with there.
Connor held the ball up well and brought others into play, probably held it up better than Smith and he cost the club money whereas Connor didn't. This was his full league debut as well so I for one think there is something to work with there. Paul12001
  • Score: 2

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