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Town to stick with passing game
MARK Cooper insisted the Swindon Town squad will stick to their footballing principles despite Saturday’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury.
Despite keeping the ball for long periods the Robins never looked like finding the net at Greenhous Meadow, and were twice punished for individual errors as Adam Reach and Tom Bradshaw converted chances to ensure the home side took all three points.
Town have committed to playing an expansive passing game with a young squad this season, and Cooper, who will today find out whether or not he will be given the manager’s job permanently, insisted one defeat will not change the club’s approach.
“We won’t panic and we will stick to what we believe in,” he said.
“We need to pass the ball quicker and we have to be more of a threat in the final third of the pitch,” he said.
“If I panic, they panic, so I have to stay calm.
“Yes, it wasn’t good enough, but we’re not going to change the philosophy of how we want to play and we will have young players who will make mistakes.
“I think naturally mistakes will happen, and the supporters have stuck with them so far and I’m sure they will continue to do so over the coming weeks.”
Cooper was quick to admit his players didn’t threaten the Shrewsbury goal enough to warrant taking any points from Shropshire, but thought his side could have given themselves a chance if they had been able to take advantage of a clutch of opportunities at the start of the second period.
“The Shrewsbury strikers were a handful and were very physical, but we didn’t threaten anywhere near enough in the final third,” he said.
“At the start of the second half I think we came out well, and if we could have nicked something there it would have been game on, but we didn’t and had a couple of half chances and didn’t ask enough questions of the Shrewsbury defence.
“I think the players know it wasn’t good enough, and we have to put that right this week.
“They know from me that it wasn’t good enough, but it’s important to take a step back and stay as calm as you can and watch the footage of the game to see what went wrong.”
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