Dominant Robins returning their fluent best at Crewe

Town boss Mark Cooper

Town boss Mark Cooper

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MARK Cooper suggested “you’d have to go back a long way to see a Swindon team playing football like that” after watching his side return to something close to their fluent best at Crewe Alexandra.

Town were utterly dominant for 70 minutes at Gresty Road on Saturday, passing the ball about at pace and creating plenty of chances without making their efforts tell on the scoreboard and, though Ryan Harley fired the Robins ahead Alex earned a share of the spoils thanks to Vadaine Oliver’s equaliser.

It was hugely frustrating for Cooper, who said in his post-match press interviews that when Swindon get into a rhythm they take some stopping.

“You’d probably have to go back a long way to see a Swindon team playing football like that but that’s what we’re about, that’s what we’re going to try to do,” he said.

“We’re going to try to get even better, we’re going to try to keep on dominating the football but the name of the game is putting the ball in the back of the net.

“It’s brilliant football again. We’ve played some brilliant football this year and I’m not sure many teams will have come here and produced that kind of football performance.

“That’s what we’re trying to do. We’re a work in progress but if we keep playing like that we’re on the right tracks.”

Cooper opted for a tight, four-man midfield in Cheshire, with Louis Thompson, Yaser Kasim, Harley and Massimo Luongo operated in a diamond and he was pleased with how effective the formation was.

“It was a diamond – Massimo Luongo playing behind two strikers,” he said. “We felt we could get Massimo on the ball in behind their midfield, which we did time and time again. The overriding factor is we should have won the game.”

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7:42am Mon 3 Mar 14

mossy282 says...

I am sick to death of hearing "we are a work in progress" the same lame excuse week after week. I do not comment on here very often but think Cooper has run out of ideas of how to win games a long time ago.

Not much point in getting rid of him now, but Power has to have a good long look at our manager at the end of the season. If we are to progress I think it wil be without Mr Cooper?
I am sick to death of hearing "we are a work in progress" the same lame excuse week after week. I do not comment on here very often but think Cooper has run out of ideas of how to win games a long time ago. Not much point in getting rid of him now, but Power has to have a good long look at our manager at the end of the season. If we are to progress I think it wil be without Mr Cooper? mossy282
  • Score: -3

8:02am Mon 3 Mar 14

mancrobin says...

mossy282 wrote:
I am sick to death of hearing "we are a work in progress" the same lame excuse week after week. I do not comment on here very often but think Cooper has run out of ideas of how to win games a long time ago.

Not much point in getting rid of him now, but Power has to have a good long look at our manager at the end of the season. If we are to progress I think it wil be without Mr Cooper?
Completely disagree. All the evidence shows that you need patience to build a high performing team in any circumstances and particularly when working with youngsters. MC has not been here for a full season yet.

It is acceptable to keep calling this a work in progress. On Saturday's evidence the progress is good and MC is progressing too.

Patience and realistic expectations is what is needed not a change the manager every 5 minutes merry go round.
[quote][p][bold]mossy282[/bold] wrote: I am sick to death of hearing "we are a work in progress" the same lame excuse week after week. I do not comment on here very often but think Cooper has run out of ideas of how to win games a long time ago. Not much point in getting rid of him now, but Power has to have a good long look at our manager at the end of the season. If we are to progress I think it wil be without Mr Cooper?[/p][/quote]Completely disagree. All the evidence shows that you need patience to build a high performing team in any circumstances and particularly when working with youngsters. MC has not been here for a full season yet. It is acceptable to keep calling this a work in progress. On Saturday's evidence the progress is good and MC is progressing too. Patience and realistic expectations is what is needed not a change the manager every 5 minutes merry go round. mancrobin
  • Score: 7

11:33am Mon 3 Mar 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

quite frankly his comment is absolute tosh,i was there and crewe were the worst team ive seen this season.they are bottom 4 for a reason!,we still couldn't score!.he sticks murphy(youth team winger?)up top with young inexperienced smith and ignores waldon,francis who are centre-forwards!.luo
ngo did have a good game as well as Harley yet again.this team is no where near anything we were lucky to witness under glenn and ossie!!engage ur brain puppet cooper b4 making silly statements when we just about clung onto a point in the end.
quite frankly his comment is absolute tosh,i was there and crewe were the worst team ive seen this season.they are bottom 4 for a reason!,we still couldn't score!.he sticks murphy(youth team winger?)up top with young inexperienced smith and ignores waldon,francis who are centre-forwards!.luo ngo did have a good game as well as Harley yet again.this team is no where near anything we were lucky to witness under glenn and ossie!!engage ur brain puppet cooper b4 making silly statements when we just about clung onto a point in the end. uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: -4

11:34am Mon 3 Mar 14

bolton80 says...

How about just stop moaning and get on supporting the club, management and players

man up and accept it is work in progress
How about just stop moaning and get on supporting the club, management and players man up and accept it is work in progress bolton80
  • Score: 3

3:34pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

uruguay whitey the red wrote:
quite frankly his comment is absolute tosh,i was there and crewe were the worst team ive seen this season.they are bottom 4 for a reason!,we still couldn't score!.he sticks murphy(youth team winger?)up top with young inexperienced smith and ignores waldon,francis who are centre-forwards!.luo ngo did have a good game as well as Harley yet again.this team is no where near anything we were lucky to witness under glenn and ossie!!engage ur brain puppet cooper b4 making silly statements when we just about clung onto a point in the end.
Would agree with one point you've made there, inasmuch as it would be nice to see Murphy on the wing where he's recognised as playing and well thought of. Obvously we're light up front currently but still have enough cover not to have to play people out of position. That and Pritchard being out, surely it would be more sensible to play Murphy in Pritchard's position out wide?
[quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: quite frankly his comment is absolute tosh,i was there and crewe were the worst team ive seen this season.they are bottom 4 for a reason!,we still couldn't score!.he sticks murphy(youth team winger?)up top with young inexperienced smith and ignores waldon,francis who are centre-forwards!.luo ngo did have a good game as well as Harley yet again.this team is no where near anything we were lucky to witness under glenn and ossie!!engage ur brain puppet cooper b4 making silly statements when we just about clung onto a point in the end.[/p][/quote]Would agree with one point you've made there, inasmuch as it would be nice to see Murphy on the wing where he's recognised as playing and well thought of. Obvously we're light up front currently but still have enough cover not to have to play people out of position. That and Pritchard being out, surely it would be more sensible to play Murphy in Pritchard's position out wide? Swindon1984
  • Score: 1

8:59pm Mon 3 Mar 14

dazzastfc says...

bolton80 wrote:
How about just stop moaning and get on supporting the club, management and players

man up and accept it is work in progress
So what sort of team do you think will be here next season then ???
IF we are a team that is work in progress..WHAT WILL IT BE NEXT SEASON
.When all the players that are here on a season long loan have gone back to there clubs....
How can we be a work in progress with so many loan players..?????
PLUS with the budget being cut again next season it will be the same as this one..
[quote][p][bold]bolton80[/bold] wrote: How about just stop moaning and get on supporting the club, management and players man up and accept it is work in progress[/p][/quote]So what sort of team do you think will be here next season then ??? IF we are a team that is work in progress..WHAT WILL IT BE NEXT SEASON .When all the players that are here on a season long loan have gone back to there clubs.... How can we be a work in progress with so many loan players..????? PLUS with the budget being cut again next season it will be the same as this one.. dazzastfc
  • Score: 0

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