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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper lauds players after Alex win
FOLLOWING the midweek defeat of QPR in the Capital One Cup, Mark Cooper had feared that his players might be suffering from a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show syndrome’ when they face Crewe on Saturday.
The Swindon Town boss was therefore delighted to watch his squad completely outplay Alex and score five times to hand him his first league win as full-time manager.
A hat-trick from Ryan Mason plus a goal apiece from Nile Ranger and Massimo Luongo left Cooper beaming post-match.
He said: “I thought it was excellent from start to finish. In the first 10 to 15 minutes I thought we were trying to feel them out a little bit, but for the rest of the game I thought the players, the staff and the supporters were fantastic.
“It’s a fantastic day for us and hopefully we continue to win people over. People are really starting to talk about the players.
“It was about the way we moved across the pitch and the most pleasing thing is what we are working on in training is coming to fruition. The group of players that we’ve got, the whole squad, is still looking for more.
“They want more answers, more ideas and they’re a really good bunch to work with. Today they were fantastic.
“I think the biggest worry was it being after the Lord Mayor’s Show, after the other night, but it certainly wasn’t the case. We tried to guard against that, we gave the players a light couple of days’ training because we wanted them fresh today and we were aware of how much QPR took our of their legs.
“I can’t give them enough compliments today, I thought they were fantastic.
“It’s all about the movement and getting people moving and running off and with the ball. That’s the key thing.
“It’s alright passing the ball but you’ve got to move as well and from start to finish they were really top draw.”
Cooper reserved special praise for Mason, who scored his first career hat-trick in his first 90-minute appearance for the Robins.
“He is a fantastic player and we’ve not had him fit yet,” he said.
“He came towards the end of pre-season and he was still trying to find his fitness. He was injured against Torquay and he’s nearly there now with his fitness.”
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