Cooper sees effects of boot camp

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

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SWINDON Town boss Mark Cooper was pleased with the individual performances of his youngest players, despite his side slipping to a 2-0 friendly defeat to non-league Eastleigh last night.

Second-year scholars Will Randall and Lee Marshall and striker Connor Waldon all came off the bench to impress their manager, who was otherwise frustrated by his team’s inability to keep hold of the ball at the Silverlake Stadium.

A sixth-minute thunderbolt from Lawson D’Ath and Craig McAllister’s late header gave Eastleigh the bragging rights come the end of the game but Cooper spent his post-match interviews praising the next generation of Town starlets.

He said: “We had a lot of young boys playing and in the second half I thought we dominated possession, with a lot of young boys on the pitch. I thought Will Randall was outstanding again, Connor Waldon was outstanding and Lee Marshall did very well. I was very happy with the second half.

“They’re a very experienced team, Eastleigh. There’s a lot of experience and a lot of Football League games.

“It was a good test for our young players. They wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think they would feature at some point in the season.”

Town played the game at the end of an intense navy boot camp on Thorney Island and Cooper said he could see the after-effects of four days of heavy-duty training.

Ben Gladwin, who started the game at centre-back, had to be withdrawn at half-time with a knee complaint, while Jack Barthram picked up a minor knock in the warm-up and wasn’t risked.

Meanwhile, Yaser Kasim is set to undergo a scan on the damaged nerve in his foot today to determine whether or not he requires an injection to help the problem heal.

“We wanted the players to go into the games tired and you could see that today. It’s been a really tough last couple of days and we wanted to see how they dealt with it mentally,” said Cooper.

“We were missing a few players, Ben came in and had a reaction with his knee, Barthram pulled out in the warm up so we were down to the bare bones.

“Everybody knows we need a couple of centre-backs, everybody knows we need a left-back or a left wing-back. We’re waiting for the recruits to come and they’ll give everybody a lift.”

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6:57am Fri 18 Jul 14

dazzastfc says...

Ha ha cooperman you make me laugh...NOT
Ha ha cooperman you make me laugh...NOT dazzastfc
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7:30am Fri 18 Jul 14

Scouse Red says...

dazzastfc wrote:
Ha ha cooperman you make me laugh...NOT
really??

Pre-season friendly, about the 3rd one in the last few days, without any centre backs and a left back and you're giving him grief already?

Give him a chance to get players in, hold onto the ones we've got and start the season and see where we are then i think
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: Ha ha cooperman you make me laugh...NOT[/p][/quote]really?? Pre-season friendly, about the 3rd one in the last few days, without any centre backs and a left back and you're giving him grief already? Give him a chance to get players in, hold onto the ones we've got and start the season and see where we are then i think Scouse Red
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7:44am Fri 18 Jul 14

avo says...

You are wasting your time scouse red, the people that come here to snipe and moan have always been the same, they will never change!
You are wasting your time scouse red, the people that come here to snipe and moan have always been the same, they will never change! avo
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7:51am Fri 18 Jul 14

Graham8181 says...

Re-occurring issue this centre back malarkey, come on town let's put this issue to bed once and for all
Re-occurring issue this centre back malarkey, come on town let's put this issue to bed once and for all Graham8181
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7:59am Fri 18 Jul 14

SN1Red says...

Graham8181 wrote:
Re-occurring issue this centre back malarkey, come on town let's put this issue to bed once and for all
Stephens is coming in. Power says he is in talks for a season loan
[quote][p][bold]Graham8181[/bold] wrote: Re-occurring issue this centre back malarkey, come on town let's put this issue to bed once and for all[/p][/quote]Stephens is coming in. Power says he is in talks for a season loan SN1Red
  • Score: 4

9:41am Fri 18 Jul 14

meadowred says...

Good news the boot camp has worked as fitness levels will be important this season, also great the young players are getting playing time and can step up to the plate. Hopefully the manager & LP are getting closer to finding a starting 11 after a few friendlies and activity in the loan markets. All seems fairly positive and hopefully make for a good show on Monday night.
Good news the boot camp has worked as fitness levels will be important this season, also great the young players are getting playing time and can step up to the plate. Hopefully the manager & LP are getting closer to finding a starting 11 after a few friendlies and activity in the loan markets. All seems fairly positive and hopefully make for a good show on Monday night. meadowred
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5:30pm Fri 18 Jul 14

dazzastfc says...

SN1Red wrote:
Graham8181 wrote:
Re-occurring issue this centre back malarkey, come on town let's put this issue to bed once and for all
Stephens is coming in. Power says he is in talks for a season loan
Lets hope he is as he would be a great addition to are team.....
[quote][p][bold]SN1Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Graham8181[/bold] wrote: Re-occurring issue this centre back malarkey, come on town let's put this issue to bed once and for all[/p][/quote]Stephens is coming in. Power says he is in talks for a season loan[/p][/quote]Lets hope he is as he would be a great addition to are team..... dazzastfc
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5:32pm Fri 18 Jul 14

dazzastfc says...

Scouse Red wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
Ha ha cooperman you make me laugh...NOT
really??

Pre-season friendly, about the 3rd one in the last few days, without any centre backs and a left back and you're giving him grief already?

Give him a chance to get players in, hold onto the ones we've got and start the season and see where we are then i think
YES REALLY..
I see avoend has had a go as well...NEVER MIND
[quote][p][bold]Scouse Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: Ha ha cooperman you make me laugh...NOT[/p][/quote]really?? Pre-season friendly, about the 3rd one in the last few days, without any centre backs and a left back and you're giving him grief already? Give him a chance to get players in, hold onto the ones we've got and start the season and see where we are then i think[/p][/quote]YES REALLY.. I see avoend has had a go as well...NEVER MIND dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

5:32pm Fri 18 Jul 14

dazzastfc says...

Scouse Red wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
Ha ha cooperman you make me laugh...NOT
really??

Pre-season friendly, about the 3rd one in the last few days, without any centre backs and a left back and you're giving him grief already?

Give him a chance to get players in, hold onto the ones we've got and start the season and see where we are then i think
YES REALLY..
I see avoend has had a go as well...NEVER MIND
[quote][p][bold]Scouse Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: Ha ha cooperman you make me laugh...NOT[/p][/quote]really?? Pre-season friendly, about the 3rd one in the last few days, without any centre backs and a left back and you're giving him grief already? Give him a chance to get players in, hold onto the ones we've got and start the season and see where we are then i think[/p][/quote]YES REALLY.. I see avoend has had a go as well...NEVER MIND dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

7:10pm Sat 19 Jul 14

dazzastfc says...

SN1Red wrote:
Graham8181 wrote:
Re-occurring issue this centre back malarkey, come on town let's put this issue to bed once and for all
Stephens is coming in. Power says he is in talks for a season loan
Do you mean Stephan's MIGHT be coming in ????
[quote][p][bold]SN1Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Graham8181[/bold] wrote: Re-occurring issue this centre back malarkey, come on town let's put this issue to bed once and for all[/p][/quote]Stephens is coming in. Power says he is in talks for a season loan[/p][/quote]Do you mean Stephan's MIGHT be coming in ???? dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

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