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Cooper considers shape shifting with Pritchard out
SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper is considering altering the shape of his side against Bristol City in the absence of Alex Pritchard.
The diminutive winger, so impressive in recent matches, is suspended for the local derby after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign in the 3-2 defeat at Wolves last weekend.
With Dany N’Guessan fully fit after a groin injury, Cooper is likely to partner the former Millwall man with Nile Ranger up top in a front two, leaving Ryan Mason in the hole behind the strikers and Massimo Luongo, Ryan Harley and Yaser Kasim completing a midfield diamond.
Town have used the formation on several occasions this term towards the end of games, and while he was non-commital when questioned about the proposed switch of shape yesterday, Cooper accepted it was possible.
He told the Advertiser: “We are tempted, it’s something we’re thinking about. But we won’t finalise that until (Friday).
“We have to encourage our full-backs to get even further forward to create that width. It’s something we’re thinking about.
“We went to two up front for the last 20 minutes at Wolves and played probably even better. You have to be able to change and adapt. You can’t just have one system.
“We’ve moved to two up top later on in games and looked quite effective.”
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