Cooper pleased with patient display

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

MARK Cooper always believed that his Swindon Town side would find their openings in their 2-0 success over Crewe Alexandra.

The County Ground side again dominated possession but they had to bide their time before a sublime free-kick from Yaser Kasim broke the deadlock on 35 minutes.

The Robins, who had 61 per cent of the possession against the Alex, who started the day second-from-bottom in League One, then had to wait until the 77th minute for Andy Williams to kill the game off.

The win, which maintained Town’s 100 per cent home start to the campaign, lifted Cooper’s men up to sixth in the table with seven points from the opening four matches.

But while some Swindon supporters were urging their side to be more direct against a team who slumped to the foot of the division and will struggle to get out of the bottom four all season, Cooper knew that patience was going to be key.

“I thought that we were very comfortable,” he said. “It was a different kind of display, we had to be very patient.

“Crewe gave us the respect and tried to not give us any space in behind and (they) probably came for a point and teams are not going to come here and make it easy for us.

“We had to patient, we had to wait for the right moment, but I didn’t feel we were ever in trouble.

“We totally dominated the game again – it was a good three points.”

The Town boss added: “When you have the possession stats that we have, teams get a little bit worried about being pulled all over the pitch and don’t want to give you any space.

“We just believe in what we are doing and sooner or later the gap will open up and we can take advantage of that.”

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9:33pm Sat 23 Aug 14

old town robin says...

yes it was a good three points and a clean sheet, but I fail to understand how Cooper can be happy to wait until the 77th minute to make the points safe when we should of been out of sight by half time. It would have taken one bad mistake or bad ref decision and that 61% of possession would have counted for nothing.

We definitely took our foot off the pedal in the second half and at times looked complacent and played the game like it was a friendly. The crowd was a meagre 6,500 today and if Lee Power wants the missing fans to return, we need to be playing with a bit more urgency and not in the comfort zone that Cooper seems to think was enough to take care of the bottom of the league team
yes it was a good three points and a clean sheet, but I fail to understand how Cooper can be happy to wait until the 77th minute to make the points safe when we should of been out of sight by half time. It would have taken one bad mistake or bad ref decision and that 61% of possession would have counted for nothing. We definitely took our foot off the pedal in the second half and at times looked complacent and played the game like it was a friendly. The crowd was a meagre 6,500 today and if Lee Power wants the missing fans to return, we need to be playing with a bit more urgency and not in the comfort zone that Cooper seems to think was enough to take care of the bottom of the league team old town robin
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8:41am Sun 24 Aug 14

Redhouse Red says...

I really wouldn't read to much into yesterday's attendance. It's the middle of the summer holidays and a BH weekend. Most families are either away or skint!

As for its the style of play that will attract numbers, that's nonsense. We all know it's league position and prestige of the opposition. When Danny was manager we hardly had an attractive brand of football. However when we were challenging for the title and played Leeds we practically sold out.

Yes yesterday was a little pedestrian, however we won 2-0. And when I got home I watched the Arsenal (so called leaders in the style of passing football) and they were rubbish and only scraped a draw. So how anyone can be down on yesterday's performance is beyond me.
I really wouldn't read to much into yesterday's attendance. It's the middle of the summer holidays and a BH weekend. Most families are either away or skint! As for its the style of play that will attract numbers, that's nonsense. We all know it's league position and prestige of the opposition. When Danny was manager we hardly had an attractive brand of football. However when we were challenging for the title and played Leeds we practically sold out. Yes yesterday was a little pedestrian, however we won 2-0. And when I got home I watched the Arsenal (so called leaders in the style of passing football) and they were rubbish and only scraped a draw. So how anyone can be down on yesterday's performance is beyond me. Redhouse Red
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