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SWINDON TOWN: Players must deal with great expectations
MANAGER Mark Cooper has told his Swindon Town players that they will have to learn to deal with increased levels of expectation around the club as they continue to rise the League One rankings.
Town sit seventh in the division ahead of tonight’s visit of Notts County after an opening two months of the term which has surpassed what many anticipated in terms of both results and quality of football, from a young team put together over the summer.
Cooper knows all about the ups and downs of the game, however, and he has urged his squad to keep battling to prove they deserve to be on the third tier’s top table.
“That’s the game, one minute you’re up and the next minute you’re down. It’s snakes and ladders football,” he said. “That’s why everybody loves the game and we have to make sure that we keep fighting, which is the biggest thing I took from the game on Saturday.
“That was one question mark I had in my mind and in one game the players answered it. But we have to keep fighting, we have to stay in the game. If we can stay in games for long enough, away from home and at home, I think we have the players on the pitch and in the squad to hurt teams.”
Though Cooper is likely to revert to 4-3-3 for the home clash with Notts, he raved about the 3-5-2 which worked so effectively in the 4-0 victory at Rotherham last time out.
“We had to do something because we weren’t really getting anywhere with the way we were going about it,” he said. “We were close at Wolves and Peterborough, we could have nicked something at Preston, but we weren’t getting anywhere.
“You can’t keep burying your head in the sand and hoping it will come. We chose to do something a couple of weeks ago, worked on it for two weeks, played it in the JPT with a couple of different personnel and it worked okay on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Football League chairman Greg Clarke will be in attendance at tonight’s match.
Swindon chairman Jed McCrory recently wrote to Clarke’s governing body asking them to take a look at the decisions of referees in matches involving his side this season.
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