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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper never happy to lose...regardless of opposition
SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper cut a frustrated figure after his side were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Chelsea last night, despite the Robins matching their star-studded guests for long periods.
Cooper was disappointed that his players did not test Mark Schwarzer in the Blues’ goal more often, as the Australian only had to deal with a variety of long-range strikes over the course of 90 minutes at the County Ground.
While he was pleased with the character shown by his squad in standing up to a starting XI featuring £185million worth of talent, Cooper was not entirely happy.
He said: “I’m never happy when we lose, never. If we were playing Barcelona or anyone, I’m never happy. I’m frustrated we didn’t really ask them enough questions in my opinion.
“Yes we did well but we could have done even better. I wasn’t surprised that we played the way that we did. I did say we’d get the chance to play and we did. I wasn’t surprised.
“My frustration is that we didn’t make more of it.
“We passed the ball well but we didn’t do enough with it in the final third to really test them as much as we’d have liked to.
“The boys had a go, some of the football was really good but to hurt Chelsea and the players they’ve got you have to be extra special on the night and we couldn’t quite break them down.
“The only change we made was we said that we didn’t want both full-backs going at the same time, like we usually do. We said that if one went the other tucked round to make us a three at the back with one of the holding midfield players.
“That was the only change we made and I thought we were pretty comfortable. We knew that they were going to create things but we passed it well at times without really threatening their goals.
“World class players can create something out of nothing in half a second. The second goal, Torres turns and slips a fantastic ball in and it’s a goal and that’s why they’re playing at the top, top level and we’re still trying to get there.
“I’m pleased with the players’ application and attitude, I’m just a little frustrated we didn’t give the keeper enough to do – although we did score a goal which was offside. I’ve been told it probably was offside so I’ll go with the referee on that one. If that had gone in it could have been different.”
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