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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper buzzing after victory
MARK Cooper “got a buzz” out of watching his Swindon Town side toy with Rotherham United during their 4-0 victory at the New York Stadium on Saturday.
Town made a mockery of their weak record away from home to cruise to all three points courtesy of goals from Alex Pritchard, Massimo Luongo, Nicky Ajose and Dany N’Guessan, while Rotherham were frequently left to chase shadows as the visitors moved the ball around with a swagger.
One particular move, which involved eight players and around 30 passes before Nile Ranger played Pritchard through with a backheel only for the midfielder to shoot wide, even had some of the home fans clapping, while the sound of ‘oles’ from the 540 travelling Swindon fans brought a big smile to Cooper’s face.
He told the Advertiser: “Even their fans started to applaud that.
“That’s what we want to do – we want to make our supporters proud again and the reception they gave the players afterwards was fantastic.
“That’s what we get our buzz from – from putting something in place and coming to difficult places like this to play good teams, who are right near the top of the league, and seeing something come to fruition and see the players play and look as though they enjoy playing.
“I think we realised we had to do something. We thought about this game after the Preston game and tried to put something together.
“What we came up with is obviously good and it’s good when it works, like it did today.
“We told them they had to stand up and fight for 20 minutes.
“They had to win their battles. You have to fight for the right to play football at every level and we did that today. That gave us the base to go on and win the game.”
Meanwhile, Ryan Mason hopes to return to the Swindon squad for the visit of Notts County to Wiltshire on Friday night.
Mason, who has not featured for the Robins since the 3-2 defeat at Wolves on September 14, is closing in on a recovery from his thigh problem.
He took to Twitter on Saturday evening to suggest he could be back to face the Magpies this week, writing: “Can’t wait to be back playing with the lads. Hopefully next week.”