Losing the lead is no laughing matter

George Baldock's late goal beat Town on Saturday

George Baldock's late goal beat Town on Saturday

First published in STFC News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor

THERE is an old joke about not letting certain football teams take your dog for a walk because they can’t hold on to the lead.

But it is no laughing matter for Swindon Town as they have seen their hopes of a place in the play-offs this May all but disappear because they have let winning positions slip from their grasp.

On Saturday they were 1-0 up against MK Dons and lost 2-1, they drew 1-1 at Crewe despite taking the lead and against Crawley they were pegged back after Nathan Byrne’s opener.

“We have been in positions where we have had chances to kill the games off and be comfortable, but we have not,” Town boss Mark Cooper said.

“We have stayed at 1-0 and you are panicking that the next time that the ball goes into your box it will lead to a goal.

“Soon or later the penny has to drop and they have to realise what they need to do to see a game out.

“If they get the ball they have to keep they can’t keep giving it back to the other team.

“We have to make sure that whoever’s job it is to mark a player from corner that they mark him and don’t score him.

“We have to make sure when we ask our full-backs to show the wide players down the line they do that and don’t show them inside like what led to the winning goal on Saturday.

“When players become tired they forget things or there are concentration lapses.”

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6:37am Tue 11 Mar 14

grove red says...

The best form of defence is to attack mr cooper not sit back and try to hold out for a 1-0 we cant do it.
The best form of defence is to attack mr cooper not sit back and try to hold out for a 1-0 we cant do it. grove red
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7:24am Tue 11 Mar 14

who am i says...

sooner or later the penny might drop with the manger, so how i doubt it.
sooner or later the penny might drop with the manger, so how i doubt it. who am i
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9:38am Tue 11 Mar 14

umpcah says...

We have to make sure that whoever’s job it is to mark a player from corner that they mark him and don’t score him. SCORE HIM ?

“We have to make sure when we ask our full-backs to show the wide players down the line they do that and don’t show them inside like what led to the winning goal on Saturday. DONT SHOW THEM INSIDE ?
We have to make sure that whoever’s job it is to mark a player from corner that they mark him and don’t score him. SCORE HIM ? “We have to make sure when we ask our full-backs to show the wide players down the line they do that and don’t show them inside like what led to the winning goal on Saturday. DONT SHOW THEM INSIDE ? umpcah
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11:18am Tue 11 Mar 14

stanharlands6shirt says...

All the above detail, marking/picking up your player, showing a player down the line and not allowing them to move inside etc, are all the coaches and managers training ground basics.
If the coach or manager, week after week is unable to get those basics right and carried out by what are a talented group of individuals, then I would suggest that Mr Power looks closely at the coaching/managing staff because if they cannot get their message across then they are not up to the job.
All the above detail, marking/picking up your player, showing a player down the line and not allowing them to move inside etc, are all the coaches and managers training ground basics. If the coach or manager, week after week is unable to get those basics right and carried out by what are a talented group of individuals, then I would suggest that Mr Power looks closely at the coaching/managing staff because if they cannot get their message across then they are not up to the job. stanharlands6shirt
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12:46pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Swindon1984 says...

stanharlands6shirt wrote:
All the above detail, marking/picking up your player, showing a player down the line and not allowing them to move inside etc, are all the coaches and managers training ground basics. If the coach or manager, week after week is unable to get those basics right and carried out by what are a talented group of individuals, then I would suggest that Mr Power looks closely at the coaching/managing staff because if they cannot get their message across then they are not up to the job.
True enough - football should be about getting the basics right before trying to play "proper" football as this regime calls it. I would love to see some of the slick passing that's been sporadic this season appear a bit more regularly, but it's the errors this year that have cost us, not lack of ability. Marking, closing down players quickly, pushing up the line after clearing a corner rather than sitting in the eighteen yard box inviting pressure, getting forward on the break to support the man in possession, they're all simple things that all teams, good bad and ugly should be doing, but have often been missing from our team this season. Get the team organised and doing the simple things right, then play.
[quote][p][bold]stanharlands6shirt[/bold] wrote: All the above detail, marking/picking up your player, showing a player down the line and not allowing them to move inside etc, are all the coaches and managers training ground basics. If the coach or manager, week after week is unable to get those basics right and carried out by what are a talented group of individuals, then I would suggest that Mr Power looks closely at the coaching/managing staff because if they cannot get their message across then they are not up to the job.[/p][/quote]True enough - football should be about getting the basics right before trying to play "proper" football as this regime calls it. I would love to see some of the slick passing that's been sporadic this season appear a bit more regularly, but it's the errors this year that have cost us, not lack of ability. Marking, closing down players quickly, pushing up the line after clearing a corner rather than sitting in the eighteen yard box inviting pressure, getting forward on the break to support the man in possession, they're all simple things that all teams, good bad and ugly should be doing, but have often been missing from our team this season. Get the team organised and doing the simple things right, then play. Swindon1984
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