Get involved! Send photos, video, news & views. Text WILTS GAZETTE to 80360 or email us
SWINDON TOWN: Cooper overjoyed by striking options
MARK Cooper is getting excited about the possibility of playing four up front at MK Dons this weekend.
The Swindon Town manager enjoyed a prolific final week in the summer transfer window, acquiring Dany N’Guessan from Millwall, free agent Mohamed El Gabas and Peterborough frontman Nicky Ajose on loan.
With four days left of the window, the Robins looked a little light in the striking department, with just Miles Storey pushing Nile Ranger for the starting berth.
Now, however, Cooper is spoilt for choice and although he’s unlikely to make any changes to the team which beat Crewe 5-0 last weekend, he’s getting somewhat giddy about the potential line-up he could field.
“They give me options where, if things aren’t going right, we can change it,” he said. “We can play two up, we can play three up, we can play four up if we want. They give us something that we’ve not had a lot of.
“We played one up and got five last week, so who knows. It’s not as easy as that, but when you need to change games you need to have the options off the bench.
“Ajose and N’Guessan will be in the squad and we’re still waiting for international clearance for El Gabas.”
Cooper is wary of MK Dons, whose style he knows is very similar to that of his own side.
“They’ve got quite a settled team, they’ve got a way of playing, they’ve got some good players, they’ve got some experienced players and they’ve been doing it a bit longer than us,” he said.
“It will be a really tough game for us. It’s on TV and hopefully the players can respond to that. Nearly every test we’ve set for them so far they’ve come through and I’m hoping they can show people on Saturday what we’re really trying to do.
“I’ve done a couple of coaching courses with Karl, I know him quite well. He’s obviously done well at Milton Keynes.
“They always seem to get a couple of good loan players in, they’ve got the lad from Chelsea - Bamford - in and they took Danny Green from Charlton. They have a specific way of playing, they can be very dangerous on the day and I’m sure they’ll be vying for promotion again this year.
“They try to pass the ball, they try to play and wait til you switch off. I wouldn’t say they’re dissimilar to us.”
Cooper’s only injury worry is Alex Smith, who is still struggling with a shin problem.
Comments are closed on this article.