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SWINDON TOWN: JPT rule frustrates Cooper
MARK Cooper has hit out at the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy rule which prevents clubs from making wholesale changes to their starting line-ups, branding the guidelines “ridiculous”.
The Swindon Town manager will only be allowed to make five alterations to the side which began the 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers on Saturday when Plymouth Argyle visit the County Ground in the JPT southern section second round this evening.
Nathan Thompson’s absence through suspension means one of those slots is already taken and, with many of his players carrying niggles, Cooper feels it unfair that he is not permitted to rotate his squad as he sees fit for the clash.
He told the Advertiser: “I think it’s ridiculous. If you’ve got a squad why can’t you use it? If you’ve got 22 players why can’t you play 11 one week and 11 the next?
“Who’s to say that the players you’re bringing in are weaker? You’ve got an argument that if Chelsea were in, how could you say that one XI is stronger than the other?
“I think it’s a ridiculous rule and if you register your squad at the start of the season you should be able to play whatever side you want but we can’t.
“I would think it was brought in not to undervalue the competition and to make sure people play as strong a team as possible, but for me it’s a grey area.”
Despite his objections to the competition’s rules, Cooper still views the JPT as a credible way of bolstering the club’s coffers and enhancing the feel-good factor around the County Ground.
“It gives us a chance to bring revenue in, it gives us a chance to get to Wembley,” he said. “The more games you win, as you’ll have heard a thousand times, the more confidence you get.If we can win another game of football that will take us into the Rotherham game full of confidence.
“I see every game as a chance to win and any chance to get to Wembley can’t to sniff at.
“If you win it it’s a lot of money, it’s definitely worth thinking about.”
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