Cooper disappointed with only a point at Gillingham

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor

MARK Cooper was disappointed that his side had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Gillingham this evening.

The County Ground side were forced to come from behind twice at Priestfield following two defensive errors allowed their hosts to pounce.

But a goal on the stroke of half-time from Andy Williams and an 89th minute leveller from Raphael Branco ensured that Town didn’t go home empty handed.

“That’s two games that we should have won and we have had to go to the wire and get a point, which was the very least that we deserved,” Cooper said.

“If anyone has watched us, it has been a tremendous performance, maybe on Saturtday, it was very similar.

“But we can’t concede goals like that we should have killed the game by half-time and that is not being disprespectful to Gillingham, they have good players and good people at the football club.

“It should have been over at half-time, we come in at 1-1, we concede another ridiculous goal and we have to scrap to the very end to get an equaliser.

“I can’t envisage being stood here not getting anything from the game, I would have been distraught.

“I’m disappointed that we have not got three points but I’m very pleased with the never say die attitude to get back into the game.

“We can’t concede (sloppy) goals, we are working at that, we have young boys at the back and they are going to make mistakes, but we have to try and limit them.”

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11:04pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Psychedelic Syd says...

Still a good point and plucky performance. Well done to all.
Still a good point and plucky performance. Well done to all. Psychedelic Syd
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12:03am Wed 20 Aug 14

Him to Her says...

Sign some EXPERIENCED defenders then like most have been telling you all summer then you won't get half these silly mistakes!!....Still a good result tonight though, would of taken a draw
Sign some EXPERIENCED defenders then like most have been telling you all summer then you won't get half these silly mistakes!!....Still a good result tonight though, would of taken a draw Him to Her
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5:47am Wed 20 Aug 14

vikingred says...

I think Mark Cooper is doing a great job. The management team have these youngsters playing really well at the moment. Yes we are leaking a few silly goals and getting sucker punched, but I think Cooper will sort this.
Given our financial constraints, I believe we have the makings of a very successful team in Div1 this season. Couple of decent signings, whether loan or permanent, and I think we can go better than last season.
I think Mark Cooper is doing a great job. The management team have these youngsters playing really well at the moment. Yes we are leaking a few silly goals and getting sucker punched, but I think Cooper will sort this. Given our financial constraints, I believe we have the makings of a very successful team in Div1 this season. Couple of decent signings, whether loan or permanent, and I think we can go better than last season. vikingred
  • Score: 32

6:39am Wed 20 Aug 14

Redhouse Red says...

Him to Her wrote:
Sign some EXPERIENCED defenders then like most have been telling you all summer then you won't get half these silly mistakes!!....Still a good result tonight though, would of taken a draw
With what money?
[quote][p][bold]Him to Her[/bold] wrote: Sign some EXPERIENCED defenders then like most have been telling you all summer then you won't get half these silly mistakes!!....Still a good result tonight though, would of taken a draw[/p][/quote]With what money? Redhouse Red
  • Score: 15

7:34am Wed 20 Aug 14

Paul12001 says...

Experienced players cost more money, money that we simply don't have, that's why we have young players, young players make mistakes while they learn. Therefore they need patience from us as fans, I for one would much rather watch a young side playing football the right way rather than a team of old players looking for a pay day lumping the ball in the channels.

A point away from home is not a bad result especially with our away form last year
Experienced players cost more money, money that we simply don't have, that's why we have young players, young players make mistakes while they learn. Therefore they need patience from us as fans, I for one would much rather watch a young side playing football the right way rather than a team of old players looking for a pay day lumping the ball in the channels. A point away from home is not a bad result especially with our away form last year Paul12001
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8:34am Wed 20 Aug 14

avo says...

We lost this fixture last season, so we are improving then!!!!!!!!
We lost this fixture last season, so we are improving then!!!!!!!! avo
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10:54am Wed 20 Aug 14

Cleuso says...

A win , draw and a solitary one dubious goal defeat in three consecutive tough away matches , especially at 2 where results have been hard to come by for any Swindon team over the years, is reasonable cause for optimism.

Whilst some may bemoan the defensive errors or perceived lack of goals we are at least playing positive football with a young side who are giving their all for the club and with a vibrancy that should be applauded... that has not always been the case in the past.

Whilst there are still areas for improvement, the stats (if you take them as facts) from those 3 games are pretty incredible , possession, 65%, 62% and 64% you would be hard pressed and doubt if ever any STFC team has had such domination of the ball in 3 consecutive away matches.

Look a little deeper... shots in those games 55 against 18 by the opposition, corners won 29 against just 5 by the opposition....

Keep that up and the season will be an enjoyable one to savour.
A win , draw and a solitary one dubious goal defeat in three consecutive tough away matches , especially at 2 where results have been hard to come by for any Swindon team over the years, is reasonable cause for optimism. Whilst some may bemoan the defensive errors or perceived lack of goals we are at least playing positive football with a young side who are giving their all for the club and with a vibrancy that should be applauded... that has not always been the case in the past. Whilst there are still areas for improvement, the stats (if you take them as facts) from those 3 games are pretty incredible , possession, 65%, 62% and 64% you would be hard pressed and doubt if ever any STFC team has had such domination of the ball in 3 consecutive away matches. Look a little deeper... shots in those games 55 against 18 by the opposition, corners won 29 against just 5 by the opposition.... Keep that up and the season will be an enjoyable one to savour. Cleuso
  • Score: 16

5:47pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Wilesy says...

Cleuso wrote:
A win , draw and a solitary one dubious goal defeat in three consecutive tough away matches , especially at 2 where results have been hard to come by for any Swindon team over the years, is reasonable cause for optimism.

Whilst some may bemoan the defensive errors or perceived lack of goals we are at least playing positive football with a young side who are giving their all for the club and with a vibrancy that should be applauded... that has not always been the case in the past.

Whilst there are still areas for improvement, the stats (if you take them as facts) from those 3 games are pretty incredible , possession, 65%, 62% and 64% you would be hard pressed and doubt if ever any STFC team has had such domination of the ball in 3 consecutive away matches.

Look a little deeper... shots in those games 55 against 18 by the opposition, corners won 29 against just 5 by the opposition....

Keep that up and the season will be an enjoyable one to savour.
Good stats very encouraging.

Slightly cynically you could comment what about the goals per shot ratio for and against, but over a season we will be fine if we keep up that level of possession, and entertaining with it.
[quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: A win , draw and a solitary one dubious goal defeat in three consecutive tough away matches , especially at 2 where results have been hard to come by for any Swindon team over the years, is reasonable cause for optimism. Whilst some may bemoan the defensive errors or perceived lack of goals we are at least playing positive football with a young side who are giving their all for the club and with a vibrancy that should be applauded... that has not always been the case in the past. Whilst there are still areas for improvement, the stats (if you take them as facts) from those 3 games are pretty incredible , possession, 65%, 62% and 64% you would be hard pressed and doubt if ever any STFC team has had such domination of the ball in 3 consecutive away matches. Look a little deeper... shots in those games 55 against 18 by the opposition, corners won 29 against just 5 by the opposition.... Keep that up and the season will be an enjoyable one to savour.[/p][/quote]Good stats very encouraging. Slightly cynically you could comment what about the goals per shot ratio for and against, but over a season we will be fine if we keep up that level of possession, and entertaining with it. Wilesy
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