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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper wary of Shrews threat
CARETAKER boss Mark Cooper is expecting opposite number Graham Turner to come up with something special when Swindon travel to Shrewsbury tomorrow.
The Robins have won one of their opening two League One games courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Stevenage last Saturday, but in contrast the Shropshire side are without either a point or a goal from their first two matches.
Coupled with that, the Shrews have also lost a number of key players to injuries, although full-back James Tavernier and on-loan striker Akwasi Asante are in line to return.
Cooper as gone head-to-head with Turner on a number of occasions during his time as manager of Kettering, Peterborough and Darlington, and knows the experienced campaigner is capable of producing something from the most difficult of situations.
“I’ve managed teams against his when he was at Hereford and they always play good football, and he’s a very knowledgeable guy in terms of the game and you have to learn off people like that,” he said.
“I won’t tell him what I’ve managed to learn because he might then stop it, but his teams always come up with something different you’re not expecting and they always play good football. He also always seems to find a player from somewhere.
“They’ve had a couple of injuries although I would fully imagine (James) Tavernier and Akwasi (Asante) to be fit and play, and I would fully expect maybe a couple of new signings in as well.”
Asked whether his Robins are facing injury-hit Shrewsbury at a good time, Cooper said: “I think we will only know after the game, whether we have won or if we’ve lost.
“I know they are actively trying to sign some new players and Graham Turner always seems to find a player from somewhere, so we will be expecting a thoroughly difficult game at Shrewsbury.
“We approach every game the same and do the same level or preparation, and we aren’t expecting any favours from anyone.”
Town will again be without midfielder Ryan Mason who is still recovering from a hamstring injury, but winger Alex Pritchard is likely to be in contention to play.
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