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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper keen to keep his cup heroes grounded
SWINDON boss Mark Cooper will be quick to remind his young squad of their darker days as he bids to bring them back down to earth following Tuesday’s shock win at QPR.
Goals from Nile Ranger and Alex Pritchard were enough for the superb Robins to beat the big spending Championship side at Loftus Road, but with Saturday’s League One clash with Crewe looming large the Town boss is keen for his players to focus.
The new Town manager will be quick to remind his players of their poor performance in the 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury in preparation for Saturday’s game at the County Ground, leaving the youngsters with no doubts over what is required from them.
“We’ll have to make sure they don’t (get carried away), and we’ve had a word with them and told them what we expect from them,” he said.
“We get back to work straight away in order to prepare for the next game, because that’s the most important thing for us now, and we have to make sure we’re really prepared for Saturday.
“We have to remind them of Shrewsbury and things like that, and remembering results and performances like that will soon bring them back down to earth.
“As soon as slack off and switch off this game as a terrible habit of biting you on the backside, and we need to be chasing the players in the right way and ensure they’re fully prepared.”
Cooper was impressed with the performance of young defender Grant Hall during the victory over Steve McClaren’s side, and is hoping the taste of such a big victory will leave the 21-year-old wanting more.
“Grant’s a fantastic prospect who has never played senior football before, and has only been on the bench a couple of times for Brighton before going to Tottenham and then playing development football.
“He’s not played many games in senior football, and he’s a fantastic prospect who couldn’t have a better teacher alongside him than Darren Ward.
“Hopefully this will make him realise he wants more of it and help him improve.”
Cooper also remains hopeful of adding a striker to his squad before Monday’s deadline.
“Lee and Jed and myself are trying to get someone in because we were crying out to get someone on who could effect the game with Miles near the end, and we’re always hopeful,” he said.
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