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Cooper rues defensive errors
MARK Cooper has told his Swindon Town players that they must learn to defend better if they are to challenge at the top end of the League One table.
The Robins have conceded nine goals in their seven league matches so far this term and on occasion at Molineux on Saturday looked shaky at the back against a Wolves side brimming with Championship and Premier League pedigree.
Cooper told the Advertiser that he has identified where Swindon are going wrong from a defensive point of view, and he has vowed to sort out the problem as soon as possible.
“We keep working. We worked this week on the middle of the pitch. I’m not going stand here and name names or criticise players but we have to defend better,” he said.
“It comes from giving the ball away in silly areas, when we should be switching the play. We’re trying to play in a tight area and we’re gambling.
“The first goal is a fluke, the second one we’ve got Leigh Griffiths to the touchline but we’ve let him turn inside, he’s crossed it and there’s a free header at the back post. It’s individual errors that will show up in the clips and video and we will work to try to eradicate them.
“I don’t know how long it takes. They might get it now, we might go and keep five clean sheets and we’ve got it in us because we have that much of the ball. I can’t dance around it, we’re conceding too many goals.
“I definitely know what it is and I have to sort it out.”
Cooper was pleased with the impact made by substitute Dany N’Guessan at Wolves. The former Millwall man came off the bench to net his first goal for his new club in the 82nd minute.
“When your subs come on they have to change the game and Dany did that, but we needed to score 10 minutes earlier and we would go on and win the game,” Cooper said.
“Ryan Mason hit a spectacular goal, and he had chances to do that earlier in the game but didn’t, and he made us suffer for another four minutes.
“They all have the ability to do that and to do it against that keeper was amazing.
“We can’t get too up or too down about this, but it was a great place to showcase their talent although I wish for the boys we could have got a result.”
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