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SWINDON TOWN: Louis' apology to caretaker boss
TEENAGE midfielder Louis Thompson was quick to apologise to caretaker manager Mark Cooper on behalf of the Swindon squad following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury.
Town never really got going as they slipped to defeat in Shropshire, which put a dent in Cooper’s claim to take the job full-time ahead of today’s meeting with the Town board where his fate will be confirmed.
Thompson is keen to see Cooper handed the position permanently and was disappointed he and his teammates were unable to aide their boss’s cause.
“We want to help the gaffer out as much as we can because he helps us and it’s right to return the favour,” he said.
“We didn’t do that and we can only apologise, but I think he’s done enough and I hope he gets the job so we can build.
“We’ve had him from the start of pre-season and we’ve bonded as a team, and the start of the season has been good and we’ve surprised a few people.
“He instils confidence in the team because we’re a young squad and I think we will come good although we haven’t scored enough goals. We play good football, and he’s instilled that in us.”
Thompson, who came on as a second-half replacement for Yaser Kasim at Greenhous Meadow, admitted Town lacked rhythm in Shropshire.
"We're not used to that having started the season well, but there was no purpose and no zip like we have had before," he said.
"In the second half we were better than the first, but it just wasn't to be for us and it's hard to take.
"We're a good passing team with good technical ability in the squad, but we just need to stick to our guns in the next game and work that little bit harder.
“It was an unsavoury performance, but we have to move on now. We haven’t got the size to knock it up to the front man and get around him, so we need to keep it on the floor and have confidence and belief in ourselves which we lacked at Shrewsbury.”
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