Support makes all the difference for Cooper

Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper

Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper

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SWINDON Town’s fans will ‘make or destroy’ their youthful team in 2014/15, according to manager Mark Cooper.

Town kick off their League One campaign against Scunthorpe United at the County Ground this afternoon with little weight of expectation on their shoulders after a long and drawn out summer.

At the end of the off-season, Cooper is left with a talented but widely inexperienced group of players, most of whom have played fewer than 50 professional games during their short careers.

Of today’s likely starting XI, just one – Andy Williams – is over the age of 23, while only Williams, Nathan Thompson and Wes Foderingham have more than a single full season of Football League experience under their belts.

Therefore Cooper has stressed how important a factor the fans’ support or lack thereof could be over the course of the coming months.

He said: “They’re probably the biggest part because if we play like we do and sometimes we don’t get it right, sometimes fans can get frustrated. I get frustrated, we all get frustrated, but it’s so important they stick with the young guys because they can make such an impact on their young careers.

“They can either make them or they can destroy them. I think, slowly but surely, the fans really do understand what we’re trying to do.

“You have to try to step back and take the long-term view of ‘he might have got it wrong today but he’ll get it right next week’.”

Cooper is hoping for an intimidating atmosphere at the County Ground, saying: “The more hostile you make it for the other team, every little helps. The more they get behind us and the more they hoot and holler at the other team helps.

“I think once the season starts, that gets everyone’s minds focused. There’s one thing that the fans want, there’s one thing that brings the fans through the door and one thing that keeps the fans happy - that’s results.

“No matter how young your squad is or how much money you have or haven’t got, they want results. I’m aware of that and that’s what football management is about. You have to get results. But I want to play in a certain way to get results.

“We’re not going to change - we are going to try to play football, we’re going to try to teach the younger players, we’re going to try to have an identity and a style of play that everyone can associate Swindon Town with.”

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9:58am Sat 9 Aug 14

port de soller says...

yes for decent comment MC has made ,totally agree support is needed.Yet for paying Fans just think a mature striker and yes a C/B was needed.No doubt the young lads will give all.However will they be able to compete in this physical division.
Still all of us I feel want them to succeed and wish them well
So today go out and "WIN"
yes for decent comment MC has made ,totally agree support is needed.Yet for paying Fans just think a mature striker and yes a C/B was needed.No doubt the young lads will give all.However will they be able to compete in this physical division. Still all of us I feel want them to succeed and wish them well So today go out and "WIN" port de soller
  • Score: 1

10:05am Sat 9 Aug 14

Longtime Red says...

I noticed in a couple of the newspapers this morning that the so called pundits have tipped us for relegation this year. Apparently we were a one man team last year and will struggle without Pritchard this year. There is your motivation boys, it's now up to you to prove them wrong.
I noticed in a couple of the newspapers this morning that the so called pundits have tipped us for relegation this year. Apparently we were a one man team last year and will struggle without Pritchard this year. There is your motivation boys, it's now up to you to prove them wrong. Longtime Red
  • Score: 6

10:23am Sat 9 Aug 14

We are PANTS says...

So here we go again... Another nine months of ups and downs. Anger, delight, passion, depression, love and hate!! Right decisions, wrong decisions. Good signings, bad signings, NO signings. Good refs (very few) bad refs o plenty... Yes it's the football season and I will feel every single one of those emotions and thoughts following MY TEAM... Yes, I am talking about SWINDON TOWN FC.... They might not be in the premier league but they have real and passionate supporters.... MY TEAM!!!!! COYR'sssssssssss
So here we go again... Another nine months of ups and downs. Anger, delight, passion, depression, love and hate!! Right decisions, wrong decisions. Good signings, bad signings, NO signings. Good refs (very few) bad refs o plenty... Yes it's the football season and I will feel every single one of those emotions and thoughts following MY TEAM... Yes, I am talking about SWINDON TOWN FC.... They might not be in the premier league but they have real and passionate supporters.... MY TEAM!!!!! COYR'sssssssssss We are PANTS
  • Score: 11

10:27am Sat 9 Aug 14

dazzastfc says...

Cooper is right we do wont the fans on are teams side BUT it is very very hard when the fans see the manager making the same excuses and saying we will only do it this way or that way
(The fans wont tolerate it if they are losing)..even before the ball gets kicked for a new season..

IF we start to lose games it is up to Cooper and power to get it right on the pitch as Football is a result driven game..
I think 3 points is a must for everyone today as a losing start affects everyone..esp the fans that are coming back to see if it is worth there time and money
Cooper is right we do wont the fans on are teams side BUT it is very very hard when the fans see the manager making the same excuses and saying we will only do it this way or that way (The fans wont tolerate it if they are losing)..even before the ball gets kicked for a new season.. IF we start to lose games it is up to Cooper and power to get it right on the pitch as Football is a result driven game.. I think 3 points is a must for everyone today as a losing start affects everyone..esp the fans that are coming back to see if it is worth there time and money dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

11:06am Sat 9 Aug 14

Davidsyrett says...

COYR'sssssssssssssss
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COYR'sssssssssssssss s Davidsyrett
  • Score: 1

11:26am Sat 9 Aug 14

mancrobin says...

We are PANTS wrote:
So here we go again... Another nine months of ups and downs. Anger, delight, passion, depression, love and hate!! Right decisions, wrong decisions. Good signings, bad signings, NO signings. Good refs (very few) bad refs o plenty... Yes it's the football season and I will feel every single one of those emotions and thoughts following MY TEAM... Yes, I am talking about SWINDON TOWN FC.... They might not be in the premier league but they have real and passionate supporters.... MY TEAM!!!!! COYR'sssssssssss
Good post Pants but have to say we always get great refs.
[quote][p][bold]We are PANTS[/bold] wrote: So here we go again... Another nine months of ups and downs. Anger, delight, passion, depression, love and hate!! Right decisions, wrong decisions. Good signings, bad signings, NO signings. Good refs (very few) bad refs o plenty... Yes it's the football season and I will feel every single one of those emotions and thoughts following MY TEAM... Yes, I am talking about SWINDON TOWN FC.... They might not be in the premier league but they have real and passionate supporters.... MY TEAM!!!!! COYR'sssssssssss[/p][/quote]Good post Pants but have to say we always get great refs. mancrobin
  • Score: 3

11:29am Sat 9 Aug 14

pastor_of_muppets says...

I'll support my club through thick and thin. Extremely excited about today and the rest of the season. Come what may the players have my support
I'll support my club through thick and thin. Extremely excited about today and the rest of the season. Come what may the players have my support pastor_of_muppets
  • Score: 5

11:35am Sat 9 Aug 14

cowpat says...

Stick to your beliefs coops. Win or lose the first game or the first few games stick with it. Any body who knows anything about footy will tell you you need at least ten games before you know how the season is going to pan out. So that excludes the doom mongers on here. The real fans will be here premier league or conference, and they will enjoy the good times more when they come round again as they surely will in time. Thank goodness for the happy clappers. Can't wait for 3 pm.
Stick to your beliefs coops. Win or lose the first game or the first few games stick with it. Any body who knows anything about footy will tell you you need at least ten games before you know how the season is going to pan out. So that excludes the doom mongers on here. The real fans will be here premier league or conference, and they will enjoy the good times more when they come round again as they surely will in time. Thank goodness for the happy clappers. Can't wait for 3 pm. cowpat
  • Score: 6

12:01pm Sat 9 Aug 14

We are PANTS says...

cowpat wrote:
Stick to your beliefs coops. Win or lose the first game or the first few games stick with it. Any body who knows anything about footy will tell you you need at least ten games before you know how the season is going to pan out. So that excludes the doom mongers on here. The real fans will be here premier league or conference, and they will enjoy the good times more when they come round again as they surely will in time. Thank goodness for the happy clappers. Can't wait for 3 pm.
I'd take five wins and a draw from the first 10 games!!
[quote][p][bold]cowpat[/bold] wrote: Stick to your beliefs coops. Win or lose the first game or the first few games stick with it. Any body who knows anything about footy will tell you you need at least ten games before you know how the season is going to pan out. So that excludes the doom mongers on here. The real fans will be here premier league or conference, and they will enjoy the good times more when they come round again as they surely will in time. Thank goodness for the happy clappers. Can't wait for 3 pm.[/p][/quote]I'd take five wins and a draw from the first 10 games!! We are PANTS
  • Score: 5

12:17pm Sat 9 Aug 14

redtothecore says...

dazzastfc wrote:
Cooper is right we do wont the fans on are teams side BUT it is very very hard when the fans see the manager making the same excuses and saying we will only do it this way or that way
(The fans wont tolerate it if they are losing)..even before the ball gets kicked for a new season..

IF we start to lose games it is up to Cooper and power to get it right on the pitch as Football is a result driven game..
I think 3 points is a must for everyone today as a losing start affects everyone..esp the fans that are coming back to see if it is worth there time and money
You need to give the team 10-12 games before beginning to be concerned. A win today will raise everyones spirits .... but a loss isnt the end of the world and fans should still be getting behind the team.
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: Cooper is right we do wont the fans on are teams side BUT it is very very hard when the fans see the manager making the same excuses and saying we will only do it this way or that way (The fans wont tolerate it if they are losing)..even before the ball gets kicked for a new season.. IF we start to lose games it is up to Cooper and power to get it right on the pitch as Football is a result driven game.. I think 3 points is a must for everyone today as a losing start affects everyone..esp the fans that are coming back to see if it is worth there time and money[/p][/quote]You need to give the team 10-12 games before beginning to be concerned. A win today will raise everyones spirits .... but a loss isnt the end of the world and fans should still be getting behind the team. redtothecore
  • Score: 3

5:26pm Sat 9 Aug 14

ShearerShearer says...

pastor_of_muppets wrote:
I'll support my club through thick and thin. Extremely excited about today and the rest of the season. Come what may the players have my support
On holiday atm, Wherever I May Roam I'll support the Town, back for the 22nd!
[quote][p][bold]pastor_of_muppets[/bold] wrote: I'll support my club through thick and thin. Extremely excited about today and the rest of the season. Come what may the players have my support[/p][/quote]On holiday atm, Wherever I May Roam I'll support the Town, back for the 22nd! ShearerShearer
  • Score: 0

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