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SWINDON TOWN: A 'special' cup tie for Cooper & Co
MARK Cooper and his Swindon Town players are set to go head to head with Jose Mourinho and his galaxy of stars after the Robins were drawn to host Premier League giants Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.
Town were rewarded for their 2-0 victory at QPR on Tuesday with a glamour tie against the men from Stamford Bridge during last night’s third round draw, with the game at the County Ground due to be played in the week beginning September 23.
Speaking to the Advertiser moments after the draw manager Mark Cooper insisted it was a great tie for both his players and the club’s fans, and is relishing his side’s undoubted underdog status on what is bound to be a special night in Wiltshire.
“It’s a brilliant draw for the club and it’s going to be a great occasion for the players and the fans, and you would think it might be a TV game looking at the rest of the draw,” he said.
“Who knows what can happen, very few people gave us any chance going to QPR so this could be another very special night at the County Ground.
“It gives the club a lift, and maybe it will allow Jed (McCrory, chairman) and Lee (Power, director of football operations) to plan a little more because we may have a bit of money coming in.
“It’s a no-lose situation for us because nobody expects you to beat Chelsea, but we’ll do our best.”
While Cooper is excited about the prospect of sharing a touchline with the Special One, the Town boss has called on his players to remain focussed despite the looming prospect of the clash with Chelsea.
“We’ve got a lot of games before that and we have to make sure we navigate through those first, because the real danger is that the players take their minds off the real important issue which is picking up points in the league.
“We have to get that across, but the other tool it gives me is that if they want to play against Chelsea then they have to be playing well in the league.
“It gives me that stick to whip them with.
“I’m sure they’ll all be tweeting each other and talking about it, so they have to make sure they keep playing well for the next three or four games otherwise they won’t be playing.”
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