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SWINDON TOWN: Away form puts pressure on home displays
MARK Cooper has conceded that Swindon Town’s poor record away from home is putting the onus on his side to continue picking up maximum points at the County Ground.
The Robins have taken just one point from a possible 15 on the road this term, while a 2-2 draw with Gillingham is the only blot on Town’s copybook on home soil, with each of the other three games in Wiltshire ending in Swindon’s favour.
Tranmere are the visitors tomorrow in a clash Cooper recognises his team must win to make up for the dismal display at Preston last weekend.
He told the Advertiser: “The away form is putting pressure on our home form, which is not ideal. We’re trying to look at that and put something in place where we’re not as easy to get at away from home.
“But we have to concentrate on the home game first, which is Saturday. The away form is putting big pressure on our home form and we have to be switched on because if you’re not at it for any amount of time in this league you get stung.
“I don’t think it’s belief. We may be a little bit easier to play against away from home and maybe we have to give teams more respect when we go away.
“I thought at MK Dons we played very well, up until the sending-off. I thought that was a nailed-on three points. I thought we played well at Peterborough. For me it’s two performances, Shrewsbury and Preston, and the rest have been good.
“However, we’re fully aware the away results need to change.”
While Tranmere possess one of the leakiest defences in the division, having conceded 20 goals in League One so far this campaign, Cooper wants his players to keep focused on their own strengths and weaknesses rather than worrying about others’.
“I think it’s important we focus on what we do at home because we’ve played very well at home and I think we’ve got a reasonable home record,” he said.
“I think without being disrespectful to Tranmere it’s about what we do. We’ll make the players aware of Tranmere’s threats but if we do what we do well we’ll be a threat and difficult to stop.
“If we play how we can play and how we have played at home then we can be a threat for any team.”
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