Town boss frustrated by officials again

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mark Cooper Mark Cooper

MARK Cooper was once again frustrated by the quality of officiating on show as his Swindon Town side slipped up at Carlisle United.

Referee Nigel Miller became the pantomime villain amongst both sets of supporters at Brunton Park with a series of bizarre decisions, as Gary Madine’s 37th-minute strike settled the game in favour of the home side.

After the match, Cooper – who has been critical of refereeing standards throughout the League One season – told the Advertiser of his frustrations at some of the calls made by Miller.

He said: “I just told him. He was up there with Preston (at home).

“It was up there with the worst I’ve seen.

“He gave a free-kick when Alex Smith kicked the ball out of play right in front of the fourth official.

“The fourth official is laughing, telling him he made a mistake and he’s saying ‘no, that’s a foul’.

“I said to the fourth official ‘what’s the point in you being there, you might as well go and sit in the changing room’.

“It happens every week now. You end up laughing about it and trying not to let it get to you too much.”

Town’s players were left to contemplate their first defeat in five outings during a six-hour coach trip back to Wiltshire on Saturday night but Cooper felt that experience would benefit his young squad.

When asked what the overriding emotion was in the wake of the loss, he said: “Frustration because we should have won the game.

“It’s part of their education.

“They have to learn.

“Next time they come here they’ve got to make sure they win.

“They had enough chances and enough opportunities.”

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9:10am Mon 7 Apr 14

The Jockster says...

Same old rhetoric from Cooperman - they have to learn- they're a young side - they're work in progress. Well MC they should have meant quite a bit by now given the number of silly goals and bookings we've given away over the course of the season. I'll be pleased next season if the bookings total is down because it might mean that the midfield in particular have learnt to keep their traps shut. To try and blame the officials may well be a cause for frustration but it's no excuse just because the performance was up to scratch.
Same old rhetoric from Cooperman - they have to learn- they're a young side - they're work in progress. Well MC they should have meant quite a bit by now given the number of silly goals and bookings we've given away over the course of the season. I'll be pleased next season if the bookings total is down because it might mean that the midfield in particular have learnt to keep their traps shut. To try and blame the officials may well be a cause for frustration but it's no excuse just because the performance was up to scratch. The Jockster
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9:12am Mon 7 Apr 14

The Jockster says...

"Should have learnt!! Not meant!
"Should have learnt!! Not meant! The Jockster
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9:28am Mon 7 Apr 14

The Jockster says...

Wasn't up to scratch - memo to self must learn to type properly!
Wasn't up to scratch - memo to self must learn to type properly! The Jockster
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4:03pm Mon 7 Apr 14

LeGod says...

The officials in the league are absolutely shocking i have to agree with Cooper on that but that cant be used as an excuse for alot of our stupid bookings this season most of which have been for back chat to the ref which they want players to do to book them and unless our players are totally thick you would have thought they would have learnt by now. Some of the decsions referees and linesmen have given during games are absolutley laughable and how they get things so blatantly wrong sometimes is beyond belief.
A good referee goes unnoticed during a game but im sure alot of them love being in the limelight and enjoy winding the crowds up with some of there ridiculous decisions. The job they do is a tough job but they make some very basic errors sometimes and when they are only a couple of yards away from an incident.
Alot of what gets punished in our league goes unpunished in the premier league take Fellani's two deliberate elbows this weekend both probably in this league would have been sending off offences and depending on your reputation can also effect the refs decision which they will deny but im sure it happens.
If cooper was as good at motivating our team for away games like he does when critcising the refs etc we may have got more points on the board and not lost so many games.
To be fair to him i think he has dont ok this season when you consider he was thrown in at the deep end with alot of players not having a pre season, no strikers at the start of the season and a young team as well and a poor defence for most of the season and being 8th is a fairly good return but as i have already stated on here if we had sorted the central defensive partnership earlier we would have been comfortably in the play offs, but having said that if we were and did go up we would need quite a few changes to this squad to survive in the next league up.
For all those criticising Cooper be careful what you wish for as our yellow belly chavvy friends up the road let Wilder go and unbeleivably brought Waddock in and have now slipped to eigth in the league which is absolutely great to see and outside the play offs and all the top sides to play as well.
and hopefully they carry on their poor run of form.
So all in all its been an ok season for us but lets kick on next season and there really is no reason why we cant and secure at least a minimum of a play off place.
I think alot of fans are going to see what happens in the summer if the wage bill is being cut further as Power is telling us or is that just to get the high earners off the wage bill but leave the nucleus of this squad in tact because if we do and get the right additions we could be a very good team.
The officials in the league are absolutely shocking i have to agree with Cooper on that but that cant be used as an excuse for alot of our stupid bookings this season most of which have been for back chat to the ref which they want players to do to book them and unless our players are totally thick you would have thought they would have learnt by now. Some of the decsions referees and linesmen have given during games are absolutley laughable and how they get things so blatantly wrong sometimes is beyond belief. A good referee goes unnoticed during a game but im sure alot of them love being in the limelight and enjoy winding the crowds up with some of there ridiculous decisions. The job they do is a tough job but they make some very basic errors sometimes and when they are only a couple of yards away from an incident. Alot of what gets punished in our league goes unpunished in the premier league take Fellani's two deliberate elbows this weekend both probably in this league would have been sending off offences and depending on your reputation can also effect the refs decision which they will deny but im sure it happens. If cooper was as good at motivating our team for away games like he does when critcising the refs etc we may have got more points on the board and not lost so many games. To be fair to him i think he has dont ok this season when you consider he was thrown in at the deep end with alot of players not having a pre season, no strikers at the start of the season and a young team as well and a poor defence for most of the season and being 8th is a fairly good return but as i have already stated on here if we had sorted the central defensive partnership earlier we would have been comfortably in the play offs, but having said that if we were and did go up we would need quite a few changes to this squad to survive in the next league up. For all those criticising Cooper be careful what you wish for as our yellow belly chavvy friends up the road let Wilder go and unbeleivably brought Waddock in and have now slipped to eigth in the league which is absolutely great to see and outside the play offs and all the top sides to play as well. and hopefully they carry on their poor run of form. So all in all its been an ok season for us but lets kick on next season and there really is no reason why we cant and secure at least a minimum of a play off place. I think alot of fans are going to see what happens in the summer if the wage bill is being cut further as Power is telling us or is that just to get the high earners off the wage bill but leave the nucleus of this squad in tact because if we do and get the right additions we could be a very good team. LeGod
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