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SWINDON TOWN: Willo takes nothing from Shrews loss
STRIKER Andy Williams insisted Swindon were unable to take any positives from Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Shrewsbury, before joining the calls for Mark Cooper to be given the manager’s job full-time.
The former Yeovil man didn’t manage a shot as the Robins failed to seriously trouble the Shrews despite playing some attractive football at times, as two individual errors at the back led to their downfall.
Williams admitted the players not only let themselves down but also the vocal travelling support, but was also disappointed the squad were not able to help caretaker boss Cooper’s cause ahead of today’s meeting with the club’s board which will determine whether or not he is handed the job full-time.
“It was very frustrating, because at Peterborough on the opening day we obviously lost 1-0 but we came away with some credit for ourselves, but there was nothing positive to take from this game,” he said.
“We kept the ball for the first five minutes, but we pretty much gave them the first goal and continued to do similar things during the game after that.
“We let ourselves down first and foremost but also the travelling fans, and also Coops (Cooper) because we want him to be our gaffer and we’re not really helping him with performances like this.
“We just want some stability and he’s been here since last season, and we know him well enough now and he’s been doing some really good sessions and we are starting to gel nicely.
“That didn’t show on the pitch and we need to sit down and throw out the excuses each and every one of us must have for the way we played and put it right.
“We didn’t feel Shrewsbury were a better team than us and that’s the most disappointing thing.”
Williams agreed with Cooper after the caretaker boss described Town’s performance as being fitting of a charity match, and was especially frustrated with his own display after not managing a shot in the 90 minutes.
“It was almost like an end-of-season clash with nothing to play for for either team,” he said.
“It’s very frustrating and we need to put it right, but thankfully we have a whole week to work on it now in training and sort things for our next home game.
“It’s not make or break at this stage of the season, but we have a week now where we can work on things to get ready for the Saturday game.
“We thought we could go to Shrewsbury and show the league what we could do, but we didn’t really turn up and that’s very frustrating.
“I was massively disappointed with my own performance and I need to put that right, and I’ve gone through yet another game without getting a shot which isn’t healthy for a striker.”
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