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SWINDON TOWN: Abbott thanks Cooper for Archibald-Henville deal
11:55am Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
CARLISLE United manager Greg Abbott has revealed a debt of gratitude to Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper following the signing of “colossus” Troy Archibald-Henville.
Abbott believes Cooper did the Blues a favour by loaning them the defender last week because of a gesture Carlisle made when the Robins manager was at Darlington.
The payback came in the form of a welcome clean-sheet at Brentford in which Archibald-Henville enjoyed an impressive United debut.
Abbott said: “I have to commend Mark Cooper. I think he looked after us because we looked after Darlington when they were in a mess.
“We went over and didn’t take any money out of a pre-season friendly there.
“I think Coops remembered that. Without him the deal wouldn’t have happened.”
Abbott described how he had driven to Archibald-Henville’s house on Friday afternoon to ensure the big centre-half was in the side for the Griffin Park game.
He admitted the 24-year-old was reluctant to join the Cumbrians at first but had since become a vital addition.
“I’m not sure Troy was over-keen at first because he wants to get in Swindon’s team,” Abbott added.
“But Coops said it would be good for him. And since we met him he has been great.
“There wasn’t a centre-half in the Premier League, Championship or League One who wasn’t playing regular football that I didn’t contact.
“We finally got the breakthrough with Troy and he was commendable in the game.
“He couldn’t have had any tougher opponents than Brentford’s strikers but he was magnificent. He will be better for the game, will train hard this week and hopefully kick on.”
It was former Spurs trainee Archibald-Henville’s first game for nine months after a knee injury halted his progress at Swindon.
“It was great to be back playing,” he said. “It was tough and I was blowing a bit towards the end but I loved it.
“I want to get fit, play games and help the club move forward.”