Cooper: JPT penalty exit has cut deeper than expected

Mark Cooper.

Mark Cooper.

First published in STFC News by

MANAGER Mark Cooper thinks Swindon Town have been more affected by their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Peterborough United than he originally anticipated.

The Robins were a penalty shoot-out away from a trip to Wembley earlier this month before heartbreak struck at the County Ground and Posh emerged victorious from the two teams area final.

In the aftermath of that game, Cooper was confident his young squad had the mental strength to move on quickly from the experience but, 11 days, a draw and a loss later, the Swindon boss has found that hasn’t quite been the case.

However, he stressed in his pre-match media briefing ahead of Town’s visit to Crewe Alexandra this weekend that several factors may have contributed to his side’s recent stutter.

When asked whether the JPT defeat hit Swindon harder than expected, Cooper said: “It has done, yes. At the time you think it won’t but I think it does when you’re that close to getting to a final and to playing at Wembley.

“More than that, we’ve lost some really influential players. We’re without Nile Ranger, Alex Pritchard, up until the other night (Jay) McEveley and the Thompsons, Ryan Mason - those players are going to get in any team in our league and some of the ones above.

“That’s knocked us but the boys who come in have to roll their sleeves up and try to make sure their performances can put us in a situation where we can get some points.

“When you take the players our of the team who are top quality players it’s difficult to replace.”

The likes of Jacob Murphy, Jack Barthram, Michael Smith, Tijane Reis, Tyrell Belford and Ben Gladwin have been shouldered with the responsibility of taking Town forward in the absence of their senior colleagues - and Cooper said that this period was always going to be a tricky one for Swindon.

“It’s probably difficult at the moment to follow the players that we haven’t got and the ones we have put in the team are invariably young, trying to learn and trying to find their way in the game,” he said.

“We’re not going to be too critical of them and it’s important that everybody sticks together, gets behind the group because it’s not going to change until the end of the season and we want to finish the season as well as we can and see what happens.

“We want to win as many games as we can, trying to play the way we play and see what happens.”

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6:09am Fri 28 Feb 14

smirg kcab says...

We don't need loan players as you said, the ones we got in are good enough.
Clearly not
Another home banker under a massive 2/3,000 fans.
We don't need loan players as you said, the ones we got in are good enough. Clearly not Another home banker under a massive 2/3,000 fans. smirg kcab
  • Score: -25

6:28am Fri 28 Feb 14

grove red says...

Yes mr cooper we know they are young as you have kept saying the same old young stuff all season, its your job to make sure the players are up for the games and fit. forget the play offs that target has gone we need to keep hold of the team next season with a few experienced players added to the team next season and we could next season have a very good season. The only thing that does not convince me is your self mr cooper as i believe we need an experienced manager who has a plan A B C
Yes mr cooper we know they are young as you have kept saying the same old young stuff all season, its your job to make sure the players are up for the games and fit. forget the play offs that target has gone we need to keep hold of the team next season with a few experienced players added to the team next season and we could next season have a very good season. The only thing that does not convince me is your self mr cooper as i believe we need an experienced manager who has a plan A B C grove red
  • Score: -13

8:09am Fri 28 Feb 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Ha ha ha, he keeps going with the arrogant BS, just admit it, the reason we lost the JPT game was you changed formation from attacking to defensive after going 1-0 up and invited Pborough to play, when we can't keep a clean sheet, then players can't hit the target from 12 yards.

I think we are mainly being affected by an inexperienced and innefective manager......

You and Power are the reason I am considering a break from the season ticket, I may as well just come and watch you train for free, probably the same level of performance, pretty little triangles in our own half, oh but we have most of the possesion, who gives a blowfish..... (see no swearing) see how many thumbs down I get for an oppinion, gonna be a few, oh and for the people who say its just a few morons on here, BS listen to the texts after the game, listen to the people around you during the game and how many of you know ST holders who wont bother renewing them....

We are Swindons red and white army
Ha ha ha, he keeps going with the arrogant BS, just admit it, the reason we lost the JPT game was you changed formation from attacking to defensive after going 1-0 up and invited Pborough to play, when we can't keep a clean sheet, then players can't hit the target from 12 yards. I think we are mainly being affected by an inexperienced and innefective manager...... You and Power are the reason I am considering a break from the season ticket, I may as well just come and watch you train for free, probably the same level of performance, pretty little triangles in our own half, oh but we have most of the possesion, who gives a blowfish..... (see no swearing) see how many thumbs down I get for an oppinion, gonna be a few, oh and for the people who say its just a few morons on here, BS listen to the texts after the game, listen to the people around you during the game and how many of you know ST holders who wont bother renewing them.... We are Swindons red and white army Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: 26

8:37am Fri 28 Feb 14

old town robin says...

It's still not too late to bring in a loan striker to replace Nie, (window shuts 4th March), after Crawley, it must be obvious to MC we have no clinical finisher. That came we should have been at least 3 goals clear before they caught us on the counter.

he won't bring anyone in of course, in which case he might as well bring Storey back immediately his 1 month ;loan is up at Shrews and play him in a 4-4-2 or 3-4-3 or whatever formation is going to suit the skill sets of the players we have available.

For this weekend there is no reason for him to play with 1 up front. Crewe play an open game and there defence is rubbish. But I can only hope we can revert to a better plan away from home, but I'm not holding my breath.
It's still not too late to bring in a loan striker to replace Nie, (window shuts 4th March), after Crawley, it must be obvious to MC we have no clinical finisher. That came we should have been at least 3 goals clear before they caught us on the counter. he won't bring anyone in of course, in which case he might as well bring Storey back immediately his 1 month ;loan is up at Shrews and play him in a 4-4-2 or 3-4-3 or whatever formation is going to suit the skill sets of the players we have available. For this weekend there is no reason for him to play with 1 up front. Crewe play an open game and there defence is rubbish. But I can only hope we can revert to a better plan away from home, but I'm not holding my breath. old town robin
  • Score: 11

8:43am Fri 28 Feb 14

LeGod says...

well the fact is because of the decision to hold on to our one goal and defend it is the reason but as manager it is MC's job to instill confidence and get the team right for all games. At the moment that is not happenning we are in relegation for as we have won 2 wins out of the last 12 games the like of Sheff Utd who have been in the bottom four most of the season if they win saturday and we lose will only be five points behind us. All the garbage talk of play offs is a pipe dream unless this team suddenly pulls its finger out and starts attacking teams but watching the garbage i watched lately we are not creating anything in front of goal. Swindon fans need to seriously realise that in our current form we could get dragged in the a fight near the bottom.
We are not good enough for the play offs and watching us at Orient last week if the manager and players seriously believe they can make the play offs where is the desire from our players in attempting to make it because based on our last few games there isnt any nor is there any inspiring play coming from our players. were good at moving the ball sideways and back but going froward we have nothing to penetrate teams.
Sorry to say it but a number of players arent good enough that played last week and it is concerning we have singed these players Barkam looks like a little boy lost, Gladwin is not good enough either and if Smith is a centre forward he needs to be coached how to hold a ball up and use his upper body strength because last week Orient had a doodlw at the back last week marking him. i could go on but they all need a rocket and i feel alot of fans are now getting fed up with the same old boring tactics of lets defend until they score but up to them lets keep them at bay and keep knocking it sideways and back. well one shot on goal last week isnt good enough.
I said it last week and yes orient are top of the league but they are not anything special but we made it so easy with two stupid penalties the second to me was dubious as the foul started outside the box but this is L1 and the refs are shcking but even so we deserved absolutely nothing from that game.
Crewe are fighting for their lives and im not expecting us to come away with anything tomorrow apart from another defeat unless cooper decides to attack from the off. I dont understand the logic of us defending and trying to keep a clean sheet as we are not good enough to do it as we havent all season so why dont we take the game to the opposition as the best form of defence is to attack. Maybe Mr Cooper you may surprise us one day and change your tactics.
The next games against Crewe, MK Dons, Wolves, Preston, Brentford will define whether we are in a relegation fight or going to end up mid table and i fear these next games coming up as i think we are looking to be in trouble soon.
well the fact is because of the decision to hold on to our one goal and defend it is the reason but as manager it is MC's job to instill confidence and get the team right for all games. At the moment that is not happenning we are in relegation for as we have won 2 wins out of the last 12 games the like of Sheff Utd who have been in the bottom four most of the season if they win saturday and we lose will only be five points behind us. All the garbage talk of play offs is a pipe dream unless this team suddenly pulls its finger out and starts attacking teams but watching the garbage i watched lately we are not creating anything in front of goal. Swindon fans need to seriously realise that in our current form we could get dragged in the a fight near the bottom. We are not good enough for the play offs and watching us at Orient last week if the manager and players seriously believe they can make the play offs where is the desire from our players in attempting to make it because based on our last few games there isnt any nor is there any inspiring play coming from our players. were good at moving the ball sideways and back but going froward we have nothing to penetrate teams. Sorry to say it but a number of players arent good enough that played last week and it is concerning we have singed these players Barkam looks like a little boy lost, Gladwin is not good enough either and if Smith is a centre forward he needs to be coached how to hold a ball up and use his upper body strength because last week Orient had a doodlw at the back last week marking him. i could go on but they all need a rocket and i feel alot of fans are now getting fed up with the same old boring tactics of lets defend until they score but up to them lets keep them at bay and keep knocking it sideways and back. well one shot on goal last week isnt good enough. I said it last week and yes orient are top of the league but they are not anything special but we made it so easy with two stupid penalties the second to me was dubious as the foul started outside the box but this is L1 and the refs are shcking but even so we deserved absolutely nothing from that game. Crewe are fighting for their lives and im not expecting us to come away with anything tomorrow apart from another defeat unless cooper decides to attack from the off. I dont understand the logic of us defending and trying to keep a clean sheet as we are not good enough to do it as we havent all season so why dont we take the game to the opposition as the best form of defence is to attack. Maybe Mr Cooper you may surprise us one day and change your tactics. The next games against Crewe, MK Dons, Wolves, Preston, Brentford will define whether we are in a relegation fight or going to end up mid table and i fear these next games coming up as i think we are looking to be in trouble soon. LeGod
  • Score: 19

8:56am Fri 28 Feb 14

port de soller says...

is so clear Cooper just aint up for the job,also why so many injuries?????? are the players fit they should be.
However as many posts have said we are 8th and to be honest aint that bad.That is when you consider all that´s gone on at STFC over the last 18 months.
He does need a fit striker as Ranger all aside with the hamstring and his Court case he will not play again this season
Think ther will be complete clear out at end of season all high earners will be gone,hope includes cooper.
Sad as it is we could have sneaked a play off spot,yet like us all at the start of season by Feb/March in 8th spot aint that bad
is so clear Cooper just aint up for the job,also why so many injuries?????? are the players fit they should be. However as many posts have said we are 8th and to be honest aint that bad.That is when you consider all that´s gone on at STFC over the last 18 months. He does need a fit striker as Ranger all aside with the hamstring and his Court case he will not play again this season Think ther will be complete clear out at end of season all high earners will be gone,hope includes cooper. Sad as it is we could have sneaked a play off spot,yet like us all at the start of season by Feb/March in 8th spot aint that bad port de soller
  • Score: -2

9:09am Fri 28 Feb 14

The Nomis says...

Taxi for cooper....end of
Taxi for cooper....end of The Nomis
  • Score: 0

9:30am Fri 28 Feb 14

Robinonfire says...

Come on Power do the right thing COOPERS GOT TO GO.
Come on Power do the right thing COOPERS GOT TO GO. Robinonfire
  • Score: 0

9:56am Fri 28 Feb 14

Billy hunt 65 says...

He's running out of excuses. Same old carp being spouted again.
Why did he let the players have two days off to get over the defeat?
It was the pee pot trophy not a champions league semi final!
Ranger out no loan signing to cover Storey still out on loan.
Cooper and Power are a shambles
He's running out of excuses. Same old carp being spouted again. Why did he let the players have two days off to get over the defeat? It was the pee pot trophy not a champions league semi final! Ranger out no loan signing to cover Storey still out on loan. Cooper and Power are a shambles Billy hunt 65
  • Score: -1

10:05am Fri 28 Feb 14

Stilloyal says...

All the above posts are great and the thoughts mirror my own. The one common denominator here is the useless and ineffective manager. Mr Tommy Cooper it's time to step down , Just like that !
All the above posts are great and the thoughts mirror my own. The one common denominator here is the useless and ineffective manager. Mr Tommy Cooper it's time to step down , Just like that ! Stilloyal
  • Score: 8

10:24am Fri 28 Feb 14

bearwoodred says...

This is an honest question have we every had a manager come in and Swindon and suddenly the team has gone on a winning streak? Hoddle started at the start of the season and is an exception to any rule - he is a once in a blue moon. Both Ozzie and Macari took a while to get going from what I remember, as did Di Canio who really had more cash than talent.

I know this is not a popular theory but I can still see a process and style coming together as well as some good youngsters developing. With our young players if they were in Spain and the manager Marco was encouraging young players to keep the ball, pass quickly and so forth we would all be saying why are we not doing that in England!!!

My lads coach who we know call Di Canio as when they lose he always says that he is going to sack 5 or 6 players next week and get new players in! Honest to god and they are 12 and 13!! Now my point is this team is a new team and they were picked from a Saturday friendly league so they are all pretty good. This coarch plays the long through ball game to two centre forwards,and does not encourage passing or movement except running on. The problem is he cannot understand why he is not winning every game and when really he is getting beaten by teams who have been playing together for a few years and are clearly well organised and play better footabll. The team top of the league and unbeaten are individually nowhere near as good but have been playing together to a better style and it shows - the manager works with what he has.

While he is our manager I will be behind Cooper and win lose or draw support him and my club and also at times this season I honestly think some of the footie at times has been as good as anything since Hoddle - yes at other times it has been poort or not worked but I am not a happy clapper, I am just positive that good times are ahead as we progress and I am prepared to be patient and support my team. I am also realistic enoough to realise that we Swindon Town are very rarely on the cusp of automatic promotion from this league for nearly 20 years so why get worked up about being 8th??? Sad but true I still have this feeling that we are going to win eveyr gane before we start but never get disappinted if we don't except Oxford and City obviously oh and Derby - no keen on them!

Therefore after all my waffle, give Cooper longer, get behind Power and keep going to your club if you can afford it. Things will go down hill alot faster if people stay away!! Take a leaf out of the Pompey fans - they are still singing and following their team!!

Also there are far more important things to worry about that getting a negative or positive score surely?
This is an honest question have we every had a manager come in and Swindon and suddenly the team has gone on a winning streak? Hoddle started at the start of the season and is an exception to any rule - he is a once in a blue moon. Both Ozzie and Macari took a while to get going from what I remember, as did Di Canio who really had more cash than talent. I know this is not a popular theory but I can still see a process and style coming together as well as some good youngsters developing. With our young players if they were in Spain and the manager Marco was encouraging young players to keep the ball, pass quickly and so forth we would all be saying why are we not doing that in England!!! My lads coach who we know call Di Canio as when they lose he always says that he is going to sack 5 or 6 players next week and get new players in! Honest to god and they are 12 and 13!! Now my point is this team is a new team and they were picked from a Saturday friendly league so they are all pretty good. This coarch plays the long through ball game to two centre forwards,and does not encourage passing or movement except running on. The problem is he cannot understand why he is not winning every game and when really he is getting beaten by teams who have been playing together for a few years and are clearly well organised and play better footabll. The team top of the league and unbeaten are individually nowhere near as good but have been playing together to a better style and it shows - the manager works with what he has. While he is our manager I will be behind Cooper and win lose or draw support him and my club and also at times this season I honestly think some of the footie at times has been as good as anything since Hoddle - yes at other times it has been poort or not worked but I am not a happy clapper, I am just positive that good times are ahead as we progress and I am prepared to be patient and support my team. I am also realistic enoough to realise that we Swindon Town are very rarely on the cusp of automatic promotion from this league for nearly 20 years so why get worked up about being 8th??? Sad but true I still have this feeling that we are going to win eveyr gane before we start but never get disappinted if we don't except Oxford and City obviously oh and Derby - no keen on them! Therefore after all my waffle, give Cooper longer, get behind Power and keep going to your club if you can afford it. Things will go down hill alot faster if people stay away!! Take a leaf out of the Pompey fans - they are still singing and following their team!! Also there are far more important things to worry about that getting a negative or positive score surely? bearwoodred
  • Score: 12

10:57am Fri 28 Feb 14

Wilesy says...

Good post bearwoodred. I've said plenty on my views on the tactics and I don't like them but results (which are what counts) are reasonable plus a couple of good cup runs so I suppose Cooper deserves a second season. That being said I will be giving Crewe a miss tomorrow.

It's a shame our two key attacking players are out injured. Ranger holds the ball up better than any other striker in the league, and Pritch has really improved his game and brought some pace and work rate into what his game. Their replacements aren't as good and it shows.

Can't see us getting in anyone on loan though - best to save the money for next season unless we get one in with a view to a permanent signing in the summer,

I wonder what Power makes of it all I would think he is disappointed about the Posh performance but content with the league position. Probably also concerned about the attendances and apathy around the place. Like Jed or not, when he was around there was always something happening, just seems to have gone flat since he's gone.

I don't see Power as the sort to avoid a difficult decision, quite the opposite, but clearly the £££ is being focussed on. It will be interesting to see how the season tickets move. Comments on here range from lots not renewing to the figure being static to high hopes for next season. Guess first signals of concern will be if the early bird closing date gets extended....
Good post bearwoodred. I've said plenty on my views on the tactics and I don't like them but results (which are what counts) are reasonable plus a couple of good cup runs so I suppose Cooper deserves a second season. That being said I will be giving Crewe a miss tomorrow. It's a shame our two key attacking players are out injured. Ranger holds the ball up better than any other striker in the league, and Pritch has really improved his game and brought some pace and work rate into what his game. Their replacements aren't as good and it shows. Can't see us getting in anyone on loan though - best to save the money for next season unless we get one in with a view to a permanent signing in the summer, I wonder what Power makes of it all I would think he is disappointed about the Posh performance but content with the league position. Probably also concerned about the attendances and apathy around the place. Like Jed or not, when he was around there was always something happening, just seems to have gone flat since he's gone. I don't see Power as the sort to avoid a difficult decision, quite the opposite, but clearly the £££ is being focussed on. It will be interesting to see how the season tickets move. Comments on here range from lots not renewing to the figure being static to high hopes for next season. Guess first signals of concern will be if the early bird closing date gets extended.... Wilesy
  • Score: 9

11:22am Fri 28 Feb 14

the wizard says...

Strange who the majority here sing off the same sheet and Cooper can not see what we do. I suppose as PDC said, the ref did him a favour sending him into the stands. Perhaps Coops should try it as it is so glaringly obvious.
Sorry Mark but we do realize that your hands are tied over injuries, but suitable tactics would work wonders. Have you yet discovered Chapter Two in your book or were the pages ripped out. Come on, you can do better than this, and many are still supporting you in the hope you can do just that. Better, much better needed for our next few games until you get some faces back. For starters try and get a striker in, and for the love of god, when Miles returns, play him, its the only way he will improve.
Strange who the majority here sing off the same sheet and Cooper can not see what we do. I suppose as PDC said, the ref did him a favour sending him into the stands. Perhaps Coops should try it as it is so glaringly obvious. Sorry Mark but we do realize that your hands are tied over injuries, but suitable tactics would work wonders. Have you yet discovered Chapter Two in your book or were the pages ripped out. Come on, you can do better than this, and many are still supporting you in the hope you can do just that. Better, much better needed for our next few games until you get some faces back. For starters try and get a striker in, and for the love of god, when Miles returns, play him, its the only way he will improve. the wizard
  • Score: 4

11:32am Fri 28 Feb 14

the wizard says...

Wilesy wrote:
Good post bearwoodred. I've said plenty on my views on the tactics and I don't like them but results (which are what counts) are reasonable plus a couple of good cup runs so I suppose Cooper deserves a second season. That being said I will be giving Crewe a miss tomorrow.

It's a shame our two key attacking players are out injured. Ranger holds the ball up better than any other striker in the league, and Pritch has really improved his game and brought some pace and work rate into what his game. Their replacements aren't as good and it shows.

Can't see us getting in anyone on loan though - best to save the money for next season unless we get one in with a view to a permanent signing in the summer,

I wonder what Power makes of it all I would think he is disappointed about the Posh performance but content with the league position. Probably also concerned about the attendances and apathy around the place. Like Jed or not, when he was around there was always something happening, just seems to have gone flat since he's gone.

I don't see Power as the sort to avoid a difficult decision, quite the opposite, but clearly the £££ is being focussed on. It will be interesting to see how the season tickets move. Comments on here range from lots not renewing to the figure being static to high hopes for next season. Guess first signals of concern will be if the early bird closing date gets extended....
Hi Wilesy , hope your well. You are right about Jed, but I did hear a tale floating around CG the other day. Evidently Cooper was going to hold a meeting about all the apathy in the Legends, but it got cancelled through lack of interest, lol. Have a good w/end mate.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Good post bearwoodred. I've said plenty on my views on the tactics and I don't like them but results (which are what counts) are reasonable plus a couple of good cup runs so I suppose Cooper deserves a second season. That being said I will be giving Crewe a miss tomorrow. It's a shame our two key attacking players are out injured. Ranger holds the ball up better than any other striker in the league, and Pritch has really improved his game and brought some pace and work rate into what his game. Their replacements aren't as good and it shows. Can't see us getting in anyone on loan though - best to save the money for next season unless we get one in with a view to a permanent signing in the summer, I wonder what Power makes of it all I would think he is disappointed about the Posh performance but content with the league position. Probably also concerned about the attendances and apathy around the place. Like Jed or not, when he was around there was always something happening, just seems to have gone flat since he's gone. I don't see Power as the sort to avoid a difficult decision, quite the opposite, but clearly the £££ is being focussed on. It will be interesting to see how the season tickets move. Comments on here range from lots not renewing to the figure being static to high hopes for next season. Guess first signals of concern will be if the early bird closing date gets extended....[/p][/quote]Hi Wilesy , hope your well. You are right about Jed, but I did hear a tale floating around CG the other day. Evidently Cooper was going to hold a meeting about all the apathy in the Legends, but it got cancelled through lack of interest, lol. Have a good w/end mate. the wizard
  • Score: 1

11:50am Fri 28 Feb 14

MoonrakerMatelot says...

I see a shift in Cooper's tactics. Get the excuses in even before the game kicks off! Prove me wrong, please! I so want to have faith in you and your playing style but I have to base my opinion on results and what I have witnessed at recent games. Unless there is a remarkable change in the whole playing ethos, I can only see us as considering survival as this season's major achievement. Everything else belongs to the realms of fantasy. Born Red, will always be Red...Come on Town!
I see a shift in Cooper's tactics. Get the excuses in even before the game kicks off! Prove me wrong, please! I so want to have faith in you and your playing style but I have to base my opinion on results and what I have witnessed at recent games. Unless there is a remarkable change in the whole playing ethos, I can only see us as considering survival as this season's major achievement. Everything else belongs to the realms of fantasy. Born Red, will always be Red...Come on Town! MoonrakerMatelot
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Fri 28 Feb 14

MITTED says...

Cooper seems obsessed with the amount of possession in a game; I get the impression that 70% is his aim irrespective of the result. To paraphrase Mourinho, "the amount of possession is irrelavent, it's what you do with the ball when you have it and just as important, what you do when you haven't got it that counts".
Cooper seems obsessed with the amount of possession in a game; I get the impression that 70% is his aim irrespective of the result. To paraphrase Mourinho, "the amount of possession is irrelavent, it's what you do with the ball when you have it and just as important, what you do when you haven't got it that counts". MITTED
  • Score: 6

12:36pm Fri 28 Feb 14

the wizard says...

MITTED wrote:
Cooper seems obsessed with the amount of possession in a game; I get the impression that 70% is his aim irrespective of the result. To paraphrase Mourinho, "the amount of possession is irrelavent, it's what you do with the ball when you have it and just as important, what you do when you haven't got it that counts".
Totally spot on.
[quote][p][bold]MITTED[/bold] wrote: Cooper seems obsessed with the amount of possession in a game; I get the impression that 70% is his aim irrespective of the result. To paraphrase Mourinho, "the amount of possession is irrelavent, it's what you do with the ball when you have it and just as important, what you do when you haven't got it that counts".[/p][/quote]Totally spot on. the wizard
  • Score: 2

12:51pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

bearwoodred wrote:
This is an honest question have we every had a manager come in and Swindon and suddenly the team has gone on a winning streak? Hoddle started at the start of the season and is an exception to any rule - he is a once in a blue moon. Both Ozzie and Macari took a while to get going from what I remember, as did Di Canio who really had more cash than talent. I know this is not a popular theory but I can still see a process and style coming together as well as some good youngsters developing. With our young players if they were in Spain and the manager Marco was encouraging young players to keep the ball, pass quickly and so forth we would all be saying why are we not doing that in England!!! My lads coach who we know call Di Canio as when they lose he always says that he is going to sack 5 or 6 players next week and get new players in! Honest to god and they are 12 and 13!! Now my point is this team is a new team and they were picked from a Saturday friendly league so they are all pretty good. This coarch plays the long through ball game to two centre forwards,and does not encourage passing or movement except running on. The problem is he cannot understand why he is not winning every game and when really he is getting beaten by teams who have been playing together for a few years and are clearly well organised and play better footabll. The team top of the league and unbeaten are individually nowhere near as good but have been playing together to a better style and it shows - the manager works with what he has. While he is our manager I will be behind Cooper and win lose or draw support him and my club and also at times this season I honestly think some of the footie at times has been as good as anything since Hoddle - yes at other times it has been poort or not worked but I am not a happy clapper, I am just positive that good times are ahead as we progress and I am prepared to be patient and support my team. I am also realistic enoough to realise that we Swindon Town are very rarely on the cusp of automatic promotion from this league for nearly 20 years so why get worked up about being 8th??? Sad but true I still have this feeling that we are going to win eveyr gane before we start but never get disappinted if we don't except Oxford and City obviously oh and Derby - no keen on them! Therefore after all my waffle, give Cooper longer, get behind Power and keep going to your club if you can afford it. Things will go down hill alot faster if people stay away!! Take a leaf out of the Pompey fans - they are still singing and following their team!! Also there are far more important things to worry about that getting a negative or positive score surely?
Results have not been good, we have been very lucky at home and should have lost a few of the home games against poor opposition, and I haven't said its just Cooper, we are implementing a style of play all around keeping the ball, which at the start of the season I was all for as we moved it about and our running off the ball looked good and we were attacking.

We are going backwards, we are playing sideways and backwards just trying to keep the ball, no protection for the defence as the midfield don't have a tackler and no way of playing against teams who pressure us high up the pitch, we have played poorly away from home and the last six games at home.

If we do not get wins we are still going to be dragged towards the bottom of the table, yes we have had injuries but so do other teams.

Our style is no where near the attacking football we could play with such a talented young team.
[quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: This is an honest question have we every had a manager come in and Swindon and suddenly the team has gone on a winning streak? Hoddle started at the start of the season and is an exception to any rule - he is a once in a blue moon. Both Ozzie and Macari took a while to get going from what I remember, as did Di Canio who really had more cash than talent. I know this is not a popular theory but I can still see a process and style coming together as well as some good youngsters developing. With our young players if they were in Spain and the manager Marco was encouraging young players to keep the ball, pass quickly and so forth we would all be saying why are we not doing that in England!!! My lads coach who we know call Di Canio as when they lose he always says that he is going to sack 5 or 6 players next week and get new players in! Honest to god and they are 12 and 13!! Now my point is this team is a new team and they were picked from a Saturday friendly league so they are all pretty good. This coarch plays the long through ball game to two centre forwards,and does not encourage passing or movement except running on. The problem is he cannot understand why he is not winning every game and when really he is getting beaten by teams who have been playing together for a few years and are clearly well organised and play better footabll. The team top of the league and unbeaten are individually nowhere near as good but have been playing together to a better style and it shows - the manager works with what he has. While he is our manager I will be behind Cooper and win lose or draw support him and my club and also at times this season I honestly think some of the footie at times has been as good as anything since Hoddle - yes at other times it has been poort or not worked but I am not a happy clapper, I am just positive that good times are ahead as we progress and I am prepared to be patient and support my team. I am also realistic enoough to realise that we Swindon Town are very rarely on the cusp of automatic promotion from this league for nearly 20 years so why get worked up about being 8th??? Sad but true I still have this feeling that we are going to win eveyr gane before we start but never get disappinted if we don't except Oxford and City obviously oh and Derby - no keen on them! Therefore after all my waffle, give Cooper longer, get behind Power and keep going to your club if you can afford it. Things will go down hill alot faster if people stay away!! Take a leaf out of the Pompey fans - they are still singing and following their team!! Also there are far more important things to worry about that getting a negative or positive score surely?[/p][/quote]Results have not been good, we have been very lucky at home and should have lost a few of the home games against poor opposition, and I haven't said its just Cooper, we are implementing a style of play all around keeping the ball, which at the start of the season I was all for as we moved it about and our running off the ball looked good and we were attacking. We are going backwards, we are playing sideways and backwards just trying to keep the ball, no protection for the defence as the midfield don't have a tackler and no way of playing against teams who pressure us high up the pitch, we have played poorly away from home and the last six games at home. If we do not get wins we are still going to be dragged towards the bottom of the table, yes we have had injuries but so do other teams. Our style is no where near the attacking football we could play with such a talented young team. Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: 5

1:47pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
bearwoodred wrote: This is an honest question have we every had a manager come in and Swindon and suddenly the team has gone on a winning streak? Hoddle started at the start of the season and is an exception to any rule - he is a once in a blue moon. Both Ozzie and Macari took a while to get going from what I remember, as did Di Canio who really had more cash than talent. I know this is not a popular theory but I can still see a process and style coming together as well as some good youngsters developing. With our young players if they were in Spain and the manager Marco was encouraging young players to keep the ball, pass quickly and so forth we would all be saying why are we not doing that in England!!! My lads coach who we know call Di Canio as when they lose he always says that he is going to sack 5 or 6 players next week and get new players in! Honest to god and they are 12 and 13!! Now my point is this team is a new team and they were picked from a Saturday friendly league so they are all pretty good. This coarch plays the long through ball game to two centre forwards,and does not encourage passing or movement except running on. The problem is he cannot understand why he is not winning every game and when really he is getting beaten by teams who have been playing together for a few years and are clearly well organised and play better footabll. The team top of the league and unbeaten are individually nowhere near as good but have been playing together to a better style and it shows - the manager works with what he has. While he is our manager I will be behind Cooper and win lose or draw support him and my club and also at times this season I honestly think some of the footie at times has been as good as anything since Hoddle - yes at other times it has been poort or not worked but I am not a happy clapper, I am just positive that good times are ahead as we progress and I am prepared to be patient and support my team. I am also realistic enoough to realise that we Swindon Town are very rarely on the cusp of automatic promotion from this league for nearly 20 years so why get worked up about being 8th??? Sad but true I still have this feeling that we are going to win eveyr gane before we start but never get disappinted if we don't except Oxford and City obviously oh and Derby - no keen on them! Therefore after all my waffle, give Cooper longer, get behind Power and keep going to your club if you can afford it. Things will go down hill alot faster if people stay away!! Take a leaf out of the Pompey fans - they are still singing and following their team!! Also there are far more important things to worry about that getting a negative or positive score surely?
Results have not been good, we have been very lucky at home and should have lost a few of the home games against poor opposition, and I haven't said its just Cooper, we are implementing a style of play all around keeping the ball, which at the start of the season I was all for as we moved it about and our running off the ball looked good and we were attacking. We are going backwards, we are playing sideways and backwards just trying to keep the ball, no protection for the defence as the midfield don't have a tackler and no way of playing against teams who pressure us high up the pitch, we have played poorly away from home and the last six games at home. If we do not get wins we are still going to be dragged towards the bottom of the table, yes we have had injuries but so do other teams. Our style is no where near the attacking football we could play with such a talented young team.
Slight contradiction there - "results have not been good," and "we have been very lucky at home" - I'd agree with the last bit, as we have been very lucky against teams at home (Coventry/Posh/Shrew
sbury/I could go on) but the results speak for themselves. A win's a win, lucky or not.

I do think we've played very poorly fairly consistently this season, but it's the lack of motivation that really irks, so many times have seen lack of dedication on the pitch and I do blame Cooper for not getting his players up for the games, as that's really all a manager's there to do just before a match, all your preparation should be done by then.

Would love to see us finish the season on a high, not getting to the play offs as that ship's sailed more than likely but at least having the players say **** it, the pressure's off, just go out and enjoy your football. We'd enjoy watching that. Not really looking forward to the rest of the season which is a shame as I love my football and usually like nothing better than the thought of a match on a Saturday but we're going into these games seemingly with little confidence. Just get out there lads and enjoy yourselves, attack, score a few, concede a few, no point playing it safe anymore as a) it hasn't worked all season and b) there's no real risk of us leaving this league either up or done this season. COYR.
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: This is an honest question have we every had a manager come in and Swindon and suddenly the team has gone on a winning streak? Hoddle started at the start of the season and is an exception to any rule - he is a once in a blue moon. Both Ozzie and Macari took a while to get going from what I remember, as did Di Canio who really had more cash than talent. I know this is not a popular theory but I can still see a process and style coming together as well as some good youngsters developing. With our young players if they were in Spain and the manager Marco was encouraging young players to keep the ball, pass quickly and so forth we would all be saying why are we not doing that in England!!! My lads coach who we know call Di Canio as when they lose he always says that he is going to sack 5 or 6 players next week and get new players in! Honest to god and they are 12 and 13!! Now my point is this team is a new team and they were picked from a Saturday friendly league so they are all pretty good. This coarch plays the long through ball game to two centre forwards,and does not encourage passing or movement except running on. The problem is he cannot understand why he is not winning every game and when really he is getting beaten by teams who have been playing together for a few years and are clearly well organised and play better footabll. The team top of the league and unbeaten are individually nowhere near as good but have been playing together to a better style and it shows - the manager works with what he has. While he is our manager I will be behind Cooper and win lose or draw support him and my club and also at times this season I honestly think some of the footie at times has been as good as anything since Hoddle - yes at other times it has been poort or not worked but I am not a happy clapper, I am just positive that good times are ahead as we progress and I am prepared to be patient and support my team. I am also realistic enoough to realise that we Swindon Town are very rarely on the cusp of automatic promotion from this league for nearly 20 years so why get worked up about being 8th??? Sad but true I still have this feeling that we are going to win eveyr gane before we start but never get disappinted if we don't except Oxford and City obviously oh and Derby - no keen on them! Therefore after all my waffle, give Cooper longer, get behind Power and keep going to your club if you can afford it. Things will go down hill alot faster if people stay away!! Take a leaf out of the Pompey fans - they are still singing and following their team!! Also there are far more important things to worry about that getting a negative or positive score surely?[/p][/quote]Results have not been good, we have been very lucky at home and should have lost a few of the home games against poor opposition, and I haven't said its just Cooper, we are implementing a style of play all around keeping the ball, which at the start of the season I was all for as we moved it about and our running off the ball looked good and we were attacking. We are going backwards, we are playing sideways and backwards just trying to keep the ball, no protection for the defence as the midfield don't have a tackler and no way of playing against teams who pressure us high up the pitch, we have played poorly away from home and the last six games at home. If we do not get wins we are still going to be dragged towards the bottom of the table, yes we have had injuries but so do other teams. Our style is no where near the attacking football we could play with such a talented young team.[/p][/quote]Slight contradiction there - "results have not been good," and "we have been very lucky at home" - I'd agree with the last bit, as we have been very lucky against teams at home (Coventry/Posh/Shrew sbury/I could go on) but the results speak for themselves. A win's a win, lucky or not. I do think we've played very poorly fairly consistently this season, but it's the lack of motivation that really irks, so many times have seen lack of dedication on the pitch and I do blame Cooper for not getting his players up for the games, as that's really all a manager's there to do just before a match, all your preparation should be done by then. Would love to see us finish the season on a high, not getting to the play offs as that ship's sailed more than likely but at least having the players say **** it, the pressure's off, just go out and enjoy your football. We'd enjoy watching that. Not really looking forward to the rest of the season which is a shame as I love my football and usually like nothing better than the thought of a match on a Saturday but we're going into these games seemingly with little confidence. Just get out there lads and enjoy yourselves, attack, score a few, concede a few, no point playing it safe anymore as a) it hasn't worked all season and b) there's no real risk of us leaving this league either up or done this season. COYR. Swindon1984
  • Score: 10

3:07pm Fri 28 Feb 14

alchafreds says...

what baffles me is the people trying to get the (we are coopers R&W Army ) going
this bloke is a joke and most of what i've read on here today want shot of him
its ok damning the negatives, but the people that do, dont really bring anything to the table
what baffles me is the people trying to get the (we are coopers R&W Army ) going this bloke is a joke and most of what i've read on here today want shot of him its ok damning the negatives, but the people that do, dont really bring anything to the table alchafreds
  • Score: 1

5:34pm Fri 28 Feb 14

melnursesear. says...

It,s like a Home game for me tomorrow...Only 45 miles..Yippee..Going for beers with couple of Alex supporters first..good odds on 2- 1 Swindon tomorrow...Gate 3.667..
It,s like a Home game for me tomorrow...Only 45 miles..Yippee..Going for beers with couple of Alex supporters first..good odds on 2- 1 Swindon tomorrow...Gate 3.667.. melnursesear.
  • Score: 1

6:06pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Is that you Lovesey says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote:
bearwoodred wrote: This is an honest question have we every had a manager come in and Swindon and suddenly the team has gone on a winning streak? Hoddle started at the start of the season and is an exception to any rule - he is a once in a blue moon. Both Ozzie and Macari took a while to get going from what I remember, as did Di Canio who really had more cash than talent. I know this is not a popular theory but I can still see a process and style coming together as well as some good youngsters developing. With our young players if they were in Spain and the manager Marco was encouraging young players to keep the ball, pass quickly and so forth we would all be saying why are we not doing that in England!!! My lads coach who we know call Di Canio as when they lose he always says that he is going to sack 5 or 6 players next week and get new players in! Honest to god and they are 12 and 13!! Now my point is this team is a new team and they were picked from a Saturday friendly league so they are all pretty good. This coarch plays the long through ball game to two centre forwards,and does not encourage passing or movement except running on. The problem is he cannot understand why he is not winning every game and when really he is getting beaten by teams who have been playing together for a few years and are clearly well organised and play better footabll. The team top of the league and unbeaten are individually nowhere near as good but have been playing together to a better style and it shows - the manager works with what he has. While he is our manager I will be behind Cooper and win lose or draw support him and my club and also at times this season I honestly think some of the footie at times has been as good as anything since Hoddle - yes at other times it has been poort or not worked but I am not a happy clapper, I am just positive that good times are ahead as we progress and I am prepared to be patient and support my team. I am also realistic enoough to realise that we Swindon Town are very rarely on the cusp of automatic promotion from this league for nearly 20 years so why get worked up about being 8th??? Sad but true I still have this feeling that we are going to win eveyr gane before we start but never get disappinted if we don't except Oxford and City obviously oh and Derby - no keen on them! Therefore after all my waffle, give Cooper longer, get behind Power and keep going to your club if you can afford it. Things will go down hill alot faster if people stay away!! Take a leaf out of the Pompey fans - they are still singing and following their team!! Also there are far more important things to worry about that getting a negative or positive score surely?
Results have not been good, we have been very lucky at home and should have lost a few of the home games against poor opposition, and I haven't said its just Cooper, we are implementing a style of play all around keeping the ball, which at the start of the season I was all for as we moved it about and our running off the ball looked good and we were attacking. We are going backwards, we are playing sideways and backwards just trying to keep the ball, no protection for the defence as the midfield don't have a tackler and no way of playing against teams who pressure us high up the pitch, we have played poorly away from home and the last six games at home. If we do not get wins we are still going to be dragged towards the bottom of the table, yes we have had injuries but so do other teams. Our style is no where near the attacking football we could play with such a talented young team.
Slight contradiction there - "results have not been good," and "we have been very lucky at home" - I'd agree with the last bit, as we have been very lucky against teams at home (Coventry/Posh/Shrew sbury/I could go on) but the results speak for themselves. A win's a win, lucky or not. I do think we've played very poorly fairly consistently this season, but it's the lack of motivation that really irks, so many times have seen lack of dedication on the pitch and I do blame Cooper for not getting his players up for the games, as that's really all a manager's there to do just before a match, all your preparation should be done by then. Would love to see us finish the season on a high, not getting to the play offs as that ship's sailed more than likely but at least having the players say **** it, the pressure's off, just go out and enjoy your football. We'd enjoy watching that. Not really looking forward to the rest of the season which is a shame as I love my football and usually like nothing better than the thought of a match on a Saturday but we're going into these games seemingly with little confidence. Just get out there lads and enjoy yourselves, attack, score a few, concede a few, no point playing it safe anymore as a) it hasn't worked all season and b) there's no real risk of us leaving this league either up or done this season. COYR.
Sorry you are right, wordplay telling off, I meant performances not results...as you say a win is a win is a win, even if you sleep through half of it.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: This is an honest question have we every had a manager come in and Swindon and suddenly the team has gone on a winning streak? Hoddle started at the start of the season and is an exception to any rule - he is a once in a blue moon. Both Ozzie and Macari took a while to get going from what I remember, as did Di Canio who really had more cash than talent. I know this is not a popular theory but I can still see a process and style coming together as well as some good youngsters developing. With our young players if they were in Spain and the manager Marco was encouraging young players to keep the ball, pass quickly and so forth we would all be saying why are we not doing that in England!!! My lads coach who we know call Di Canio as when they lose he always says that he is going to sack 5 or 6 players next week and get new players in! Honest to god and they are 12 and 13!! Now my point is this team is a new team and they were picked from a Saturday friendly league so they are all pretty good. This coarch plays the long through ball game to two centre forwards,and does not encourage passing or movement except running on. The problem is he cannot understand why he is not winning every game and when really he is getting beaten by teams who have been playing together for a few years and are clearly well organised and play better footabll. The team top of the league and unbeaten are individually nowhere near as good but have been playing together to a better style and it shows - the manager works with what he has. While he is our manager I will be behind Cooper and win lose or draw support him and my club and also at times this season I honestly think some of the footie at times has been as good as anything since Hoddle - yes at other times it has been poort or not worked but I am not a happy clapper, I am just positive that good times are ahead as we progress and I am prepared to be patient and support my team. I am also realistic enoough to realise that we Swindon Town are very rarely on the cusp of automatic promotion from this league for nearly 20 years so why get worked up about being 8th??? Sad but true I still have this feeling that we are going to win eveyr gane before we start but never get disappinted if we don't except Oxford and City obviously oh and Derby - no keen on them! Therefore after all my waffle, give Cooper longer, get behind Power and keep going to your club if you can afford it. Things will go down hill alot faster if people stay away!! Take a leaf out of the Pompey fans - they are still singing and following their team!! Also there are far more important things to worry about that getting a negative or positive score surely?[/p][/quote]Results have not been good, we have been very lucky at home and should have lost a few of the home games against poor opposition, and I haven't said its just Cooper, we are implementing a style of play all around keeping the ball, which at the start of the season I was all for as we moved it about and our running off the ball looked good and we were attacking. We are going backwards, we are playing sideways and backwards just trying to keep the ball, no protection for the defence as the midfield don't have a tackler and no way of playing against teams who pressure us high up the pitch, we have played poorly away from home and the last six games at home. If we do not get wins we are still going to be dragged towards the bottom of the table, yes we have had injuries but so do other teams. Our style is no where near the attacking football we could play with such a talented young team.[/p][/quote]Slight contradiction there - "results have not been good," and "we have been very lucky at home" - I'd agree with the last bit, as we have been very lucky against teams at home (Coventry/Posh/Shrew sbury/I could go on) but the results speak for themselves. A win's a win, lucky or not. I do think we've played very poorly fairly consistently this season, but it's the lack of motivation that really irks, so many times have seen lack of dedication on the pitch and I do blame Cooper for not getting his players up for the games, as that's really all a manager's there to do just before a match, all your preparation should be done by then. Would love to see us finish the season on a high, not getting to the play offs as that ship's sailed more than likely but at least having the players say **** it, the pressure's off, just go out and enjoy your football. We'd enjoy watching that. Not really looking forward to the rest of the season which is a shame as I love my football and usually like nothing better than the thought of a match on a Saturday but we're going into these games seemingly with little confidence. Just get out there lads and enjoy yourselves, attack, score a few, concede a few, no point playing it safe anymore as a) it hasn't worked all season and b) there's no real risk of us leaving this league either up or done this season. COYR.[/p][/quote]Sorry you are right, wordplay telling off, I meant performances not results...as you say a win is a win is a win, even if you sleep through half of it. Is that you Lovesey
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Fri 28 Feb 14

alchafreds says...

melnursesear. wrote:
It,s like a Home game for me tomorrow...Only 45 miles..Yippee..Going for beers with couple of Alex supporters first..good odds on 2- 1 Swindon tomorrow...Gate 3.667..
fair play to you m8 i dont have to travel 4.5miles for a home game, but keep playing the way they are and i wont even be doin that so i take me hat to you
[quote][p][bold]melnursesear.[/bold] wrote: It,s like a Home game for me tomorrow...Only 45 miles..Yippee..Going for beers with couple of Alex supporters first..good odds on 2- 1 Swindon tomorrow...Gate 3.667..[/p][/quote]fair play to you m8 i dont have to travel 4.5miles for a home game, but keep playing the way they are and i wont even be doin that so i take me hat to you alchafreds
  • Score: 0

6:29pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Wilesy says...

the wizard wrote:
Wilesy wrote:
Good post bearwoodred. I've said plenty on my views on the tactics and I don't like them but results (which are what counts) are reasonable plus a couple of good cup runs so I suppose Cooper deserves a second season. That being said I will be giving Crewe a miss tomorrow.

It's a shame our two key attacking players are out injured. Ranger holds the ball up better than any other striker in the league, and Pritch has really improved his game and brought some pace and work rate into what his game. Their replacements aren't as good and it shows.

Can't see us getting in anyone on loan though - best to save the money for next season unless we get one in with a view to a permanent signing in the summer,

I wonder what Power makes of it all I would think he is disappointed about the Posh performance but content with the league position. Probably also concerned about the attendances and apathy around the place. Like Jed or not, when he was around there was always something happening, just seems to have gone flat since he's gone.

I don't see Power as the sort to avoid a difficult decision, quite the opposite, but clearly the £££ is being focussed on. It will be interesting to see how the season tickets move. Comments on here range from lots not renewing to the figure being static to high hopes for next season. Guess first signals of concern will be if the early bird closing date gets extended....
Hi Wilesy , hope your well. You are right about Jed, but I did hear a tale floating around CG the other day. Evidently Cooper was going to hold a meeting about all the apathy in the Legends, but it got cancelled through lack of interest, lol. Have a good w/end mate.
Like it Wiz and hope you're well too. Frustrating times!
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Good post bearwoodred. I've said plenty on my views on the tactics and I don't like them but results (which are what counts) are reasonable plus a couple of good cup runs so I suppose Cooper deserves a second season. That being said I will be giving Crewe a miss tomorrow. It's a shame our two key attacking players are out injured. Ranger holds the ball up better than any other striker in the league, and Pritch has really improved his game and brought some pace and work rate into what his game. Their replacements aren't as good and it shows. Can't see us getting in anyone on loan though - best to save the money for next season unless we get one in with a view to a permanent signing in the summer, I wonder what Power makes of it all I would think he is disappointed about the Posh performance but content with the league position. Probably also concerned about the attendances and apathy around the place. Like Jed or not, when he was around there was always something happening, just seems to have gone flat since he's gone. I don't see Power as the sort to avoid a difficult decision, quite the opposite, but clearly the £££ is being focussed on. It will be interesting to see how the season tickets move. Comments on here range from lots not renewing to the figure being static to high hopes for next season. Guess first signals of concern will be if the early bird closing date gets extended....[/p][/quote]Hi Wilesy , hope your well. You are right about Jed, but I did hear a tale floating around CG the other day. Evidently Cooper was going to hold a meeting about all the apathy in the Legends, but it got cancelled through lack of interest, lol. Have a good w/end mate.[/p][/quote]Like it Wiz and hope you're well too. Frustrating times! Wilesy
  • Score: 0

7:15pm Fri 28 Feb 14

adje says...

are some of the fuckwits on here forgetting that we had a superb chance to make it 2-0 against boro? hardly sitting on a one goal lead!
are some of the fuckwits on here forgetting that we had a superb chance to make it 2-0 against boro? hardly sitting on a one goal lead! adje
  • Score: -1

8:01pm Fri 28 Feb 14

dazzastfc says...

Stilloyal wrote:
All the above posts are great and the thoughts mirror my own. The one common denominator here is the useless and ineffective manager. Mr Tommy Cooper it's time to step down , Just like that !
HELLO MATE HOWS YOU...
I have been saying this from the day he took charge but got slatted for it and even called a oxford fan....I have never rated are style of football..I have never liked are tactics..This is why I chose not to go as much as i used to

STRANGE HOW THE REST HAVE CHANGE
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: All the above posts are great and the thoughts mirror my own. The one common denominator here is the useless and ineffective manager. Mr Tommy Cooper it's time to step down , Just like that ![/p][/quote]HELLO MATE HOWS YOU... I have been saying this from the day he took charge but got slatted for it and even called a oxford fan....I have never rated are style of football..I have never liked are tactics..This is why I chose not to go as much as i used to STRANGE HOW THE REST HAVE CHANGE dazzastfc
  • Score: 1

8:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Stilloyal says...

dazzastfc wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
All the above posts are great and the thoughts mirror my own. The one common denominator here is the useless and ineffective manager. Mr Tommy Cooper it's time to step down , Just like that !
HELLO MATE HOWS YOU...
I have been saying this from the day he took charge but got slatted for it and even called a oxford fan....I have never rated are style of football..I have never liked are tactics..This is why I chose not to go as much as i used to

STRANGE HOW THE REST HAVE CHANGE
Hey Daz , I'm good mate, still making the trip to see my team. Can't say I'm at all happy this season though, watching us is like opening a box of chocolates you never know what you're gonna get ( sorry Forest )
I wouldn't mind if we won , it doesn't matter about the style too much because winning is everything. Of course I like to be entertained but this crab football is doing my head in, I get more pleasure from stirring my half time coffee which I need to keep me awake..

We are in a false position in the league for sure and we will drop a couple more places yet.

Not sure which way the Ranger trial is going to go but from what I've read he'd better start getting acclimatised for some early nights on a hard bed, it doesn't look good.

Anyway see you at Wembley for the play off final :-)
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: All the above posts are great and the thoughts mirror my own. The one common denominator here is the useless and ineffective manager. Mr Tommy Cooper it's time to step down , Just like that ![/p][/quote]HELLO MATE HOWS YOU... I have been saying this from the day he took charge but got slatted for it and even called a oxford fan....I have never rated are style of football..I have never liked are tactics..This is why I chose not to go as much as i used to STRANGE HOW THE REST HAVE CHANGE[/p][/quote]Hey Daz , I'm good mate, still making the trip to see my team. Can't say I'm at all happy this season though, watching us is like opening a box of chocolates you never know what you're gonna get ( sorry Forest ) I wouldn't mind if we won , it doesn't matter about the style too much because winning is everything. Of course I like to be entertained but this crab football is doing my head in, I get more pleasure from stirring my half time coffee which I need to keep me awake.. We are in a false position in the league for sure and we will drop a couple more places yet. Not sure which way the Ranger trial is going to go but from what I've read he'd better start getting acclimatised for some early nights on a hard bed, it doesn't look good. Anyway see you at Wembley for the play off final :-) Stilloyal
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11:00pm Fri 28 Feb 14

AdderB says...

My view is Ranger will be aquited from the evidence seen so far. But I dont condone what has apparently gone on.
On the football front , most of towns recent new signings are not good enough. Smith can not hold onto the ball as a target man. Recford has mostly been poor.
Many key players have been banned for reaching 10 bookings. Picking up a lot of injuries as well and pehaps lacking fitness .
As mentioned , the penalties in the JPT were dreadful and if we had practiced , it clearly did not work.
Some posts have mentioned that Town could be involved in a relegation battle , but Its pretty unlikely given the points we already have.
But clearly Mark Cooper is under pressure and the fans are getting restless.
I am a season ticket holder but doubt very much , that I will renew unless there is a drastic improvement
My view is Ranger will be aquited from the evidence seen so far. But I dont condone what has apparently gone on. On the football front , most of towns recent new signings are not good enough. Smith can not hold onto the ball as a target man. Recford has mostly been poor. Many key players have been banned for reaching 10 bookings. Picking up a lot of injuries as well and pehaps lacking fitness . As mentioned , the penalties in the JPT were dreadful and if we had practiced , it clearly did not work. Some posts have mentioned that Town could be involved in a relegation battle , but Its pretty unlikely given the points we already have. But clearly Mark Cooper is under pressure and the fans are getting restless. I am a season ticket holder but doubt very much , that I will renew unless there is a drastic improvement AdderB
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7:52am Sat 1 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote:
bearwoodred wrote: This is an honest question have we every had a manager come in and Swindon and suddenly the team has gone on a winning streak? Hoddle started at the start of the season and is an exception to any rule - he is a once in a blue moon. Both Ozzie and Macari took a while to get going from what I remember, as did Di Canio who really had more cash than talent. I know this is not a popular theory but I can still see a process and style coming together as well as some good youngsters developing. With our young players if they were in Spain and the manager Marco was encouraging young players to keep the ball, pass quickly and so forth we would all be saying why are we not doing that in England!!! My lads coach who we know call Di Canio as when they lose he always says that he is going to sack 5 or 6 players next week and get new players in! Honest to god and they are 12 and 13!! Now my point is this team is a new team and they were picked from a Saturday friendly league so they are all pretty good. This coarch plays the long through ball game to two centre forwards,and does not encourage passing or movement except running on. The problem is he cannot understand why he is not winning every game and when really he is getting beaten by teams who have been playing together for a few years and are clearly well organised and play better footabll. The team top of the league and unbeaten are individually nowhere near as good but have been playing together to a better style and it shows - the manager works with what he has. While he is our manager I will be behind Cooper and win lose or draw support him and my club and also at times this season I honestly think some of the footie at times has been as good as anything since Hoddle - yes at other times it has been poort or not worked but I am not a happy clapper, I am just positive that good times are ahead as we progress and I am prepared to be patient and support my team. I am also realistic enoough to realise that we Swindon Town are very rarely on the cusp of automatic promotion from this league for nearly 20 years so why get worked up about being 8th??? Sad but true I still have this feeling that we are going to win eveyr gane before we start but never get disappinted if we don't except Oxford and City obviously oh and Derby - no keen on them! Therefore after all my waffle, give Cooper longer, get behind Power and keep going to your club if you can afford it. Things will go down hill alot faster if people stay away!! Take a leaf out of the Pompey fans - they are still singing and following their team!! Also there are far more important things to worry about that getting a negative or positive score surely?
Results have not been good, we have been very lucky at home and should have lost a few of the home games against poor opposition, and I haven't said its just Cooper, we are implementing a style of play all around keeping the ball, which at the start of the season I was all for as we moved it about and our running off the ball looked good and we were attacking. We are going backwards, we are playing sideways and backwards just trying to keep the ball, no protection for the defence as the midfield don't have a tackler and no way of playing against teams who pressure us high up the pitch, we have played poorly away from home and the last six games at home. If we do not get wins we are still going to be dragged towards the bottom of the table, yes we have had injuries but so do other teams. Our style is no where near the attacking football we could play with such a talented young team.
Slight contradiction there - "results have not been good," and "we have been very lucky at home" - I'd agree with the last bit, as we have been very lucky against teams at home (Coventry/Posh/Shrew sbury/I could go on) but the results speak for themselves. A win's a win, lucky or not. I do think we've played very poorly fairly consistently this season, but it's the lack of motivation that really irks, so many times have seen lack of dedication on the pitch and I do blame Cooper for not getting his players up for the games, as that's really all a manager's there to do just before a match, all your preparation should be done by then. Would love to see us finish the season on a high, not getting to the play offs as that ship's sailed more than likely but at least having the players say **** it, the pressure's off, just go out and enjoy your football. We'd enjoy watching that. Not really looking forward to the rest of the season which is a shame as I love my football and usually like nothing better than the thought of a match on a Saturday but we're going into these games seemingly with little confidence. Just get out there lads and enjoy yourselves, attack, score a few, concede a few, no point playing it safe anymore as a) it hasn't worked all season and b) there's no real risk of us leaving this league either up or done this season. COYR.
Sorry you are right, wordplay telling off, I meant performances not results...as you say a win is a win is a win, even if you sleep through half of it.
No arguments here, watched a lot of paint dry recently!

Seems earlier in the season we were inconsistent, could be great, could be awful. Last couple of months we've been largely either lucky or just poor, but at all times have frustrated with the style if football. Can see the way we're trying to do things but anyone can see it's ineffectual. If something's not working, you change it. It's madness to repeat the same things over and over again expecting a different outcome.
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bearwoodred[/bold] wrote: This is an honest question have we every had a manager come in and Swindon and suddenly the team has gone on a winning streak? Hoddle started at the start of the season and is an exception to any rule - he is a once in a blue moon. Both Ozzie and Macari took a while to get going from what I remember, as did Di Canio who really had more cash than talent. I know this is not a popular theory but I can still see a process and style coming together as well as some good youngsters developing. With our young players if they were in Spain and the manager Marco was encouraging young players to keep the ball, pass quickly and so forth we would all be saying why are we not doing that in England!!! My lads coach who we know call Di Canio as when they lose he always says that he is going to sack 5 or 6 players next week and get new players in! Honest to god and they are 12 and 13!! Now my point is this team is a new team and they were picked from a Saturday friendly league so they are all pretty good. This coarch plays the long through ball game to two centre forwards,and does not encourage passing or movement except running on. The problem is he cannot understand why he is not winning every game and when really he is getting beaten by teams who have been playing together for a few years and are clearly well organised and play better footabll. The team top of the league and unbeaten are individually nowhere near as good but have been playing together to a better style and it shows - the manager works with what he has. While he is our manager I will be behind Cooper and win lose or draw support him and my club and also at times this season I honestly think some of the footie at times has been as good as anything since Hoddle - yes at other times it has been poort or not worked but I am not a happy clapper, I am just positive that good times are ahead as we progress and I am prepared to be patient and support my team. I am also realistic enoough to realise that we Swindon Town are very rarely on the cusp of automatic promotion from this league for nearly 20 years so why get worked up about being 8th??? Sad but true I still have this feeling that we are going to win eveyr gane before we start but never get disappinted if we don't except Oxford and City obviously oh and Derby - no keen on them! Therefore after all my waffle, give Cooper longer, get behind Power and keep going to your club if you can afford it. Things will go down hill alot faster if people stay away!! Take a leaf out of the Pompey fans - they are still singing and following their team!! Also there are far more important things to worry about that getting a negative or positive score surely?[/p][/quote]Results have not been good, we have been very lucky at home and should have lost a few of the home games against poor opposition, and I haven't said its just Cooper, we are implementing a style of play all around keeping the ball, which at the start of the season I was all for as we moved it about and our running off the ball looked good and we were attacking. We are going backwards, we are playing sideways and backwards just trying to keep the ball, no protection for the defence as the midfield don't have a tackler and no way of playing against teams who pressure us high up the pitch, we have played poorly away from home and the last six games at home. If we do not get wins we are still going to be dragged towards the bottom of the table, yes we have had injuries but so do other teams. Our style is no where near the attacking football we could play with such a talented young team.[/p][/quote]Slight contradiction there - "results have not been good," and "we have been very lucky at home" - I'd agree with the last bit, as we have been very lucky against teams at home (Coventry/Posh/Shrew sbury/I could go on) but the results speak for themselves. A win's a win, lucky or not. I do think we've played very poorly fairly consistently this season, but it's the lack of motivation that really irks, so many times have seen lack of dedication on the pitch and I do blame Cooper for not getting his players up for the games, as that's really all a manager's there to do just before a match, all your preparation should be done by then. Would love to see us finish the season on a high, not getting to the play offs as that ship's sailed more than likely but at least having the players say **** it, the pressure's off, just go out and enjoy your football. We'd enjoy watching that. Not really looking forward to the rest of the season which is a shame as I love my football and usually like nothing better than the thought of a match on a Saturday but we're going into these games seemingly with little confidence. Just get out there lads and enjoy yourselves, attack, score a few, concede a few, no point playing it safe anymore as a) it hasn't worked all season and b) there's no real risk of us leaving this league either up or done this season. COYR.[/p][/quote]Sorry you are right, wordplay telling off, I meant performances not results...as you say a win is a win is a win, even if you sleep through half of it.[/p][/quote]No arguments here, watched a lot of paint dry recently! Seems earlier in the season we were inconsistent, could be great, could be awful. Last couple of months we've been largely either lucky or just poor, but at all times have frustrated with the style if football. Can see the way we're trying to do things but anyone can see it's ineffectual. If something's not working, you change it. It's madness to repeat the same things over and over again expecting a different outcome. Swindon1984
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