SWINDON TOWN: Cooper doesn't expect Football League rap over JPT rules (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper doesn't expect Football League rap over JPT rules
SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper does not expect to incur the wrath of the Football League following the late withdrawal of Wes Foderingham from the Robins side which faced Plymouth in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.
Goalkeeper Foderingham was taken ill during the warm-up at the County Ground and had to be replaced in the starting line-up by Tyrell Belford, meaning Cooper made six alterations from the team which began the clash with Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
JPT rules are in place to prevent managers making wholesale alterations to their sides for the competition, but Cooper does not think he has broken those requirements.
JPT rule 7.3 states: “A club must include in its starting line-up at least six out of the 11 players who started the club fixture immediately preceding or following the relevant Johnstone’s Paint Trophy fixture; or a club must include in its starting line up at least six out of the 11 players who have made the most starting appearances in league and domestic cup competitions fixtures during that season.“ Cooper told the Advertiser: “I’m not too worried about that. I think Plymouth only named five players that started on Saturday.
“There are loads of different rules. If six of them play on Saturday it’s okay to play only five or you can have somebody who’s played 75 per cent of the games so far. Work that one out.“ Meanwhile, Cooper praised defender Grant Hall for what he regarded as one of the on-loan Spurs man’s most accomplished performances of the season.
Hall was solid at the back and impressed with his distribution, which included a terrific crossfield pass to set up Jack Barthram’s equaliser.
“With the ball he was fantastic,” said the Town boss. There were some fantastic passes in between the lines. He’s still learning the game, he’s still a young boy, this is his first taste of senior football.
“We need to get him better defensively but he needs to learn and along with Darren if he keeps playing and listening to Darren then he will get better.”
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