Cooper calls on Town fans to bring the noise

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mark Cooper Mark Cooper

MARK Cooper has challenged the Swindon Town fans to drown out Coventry City’s vocal away following this afternoon and help their team establish some festive cheer at the County Ground.

After their unpopular, temporary relocation to Northampton this season, Sky Blues supporters have preferred to follow their side on the road rather than at home, with several thousand making the trek to various League One outposts.

Around 7,000 filled stadium:mk for Coventry’s 3-1 victory over MK Dons last month and Cooper thinks Town’s supporters will have a part to play in keeping the City fans quiet today.

“I think their away games are their home games, really, and it makes it a little easier for them to play away from home,” he said.

“I was speaking to the MK Dons manager (Karl Robinson) and he said the worst thing that happened was they lost the toss and in the second half were playing to 7,000 of their own fans.

“It gave them incredible momentum. They were 1-0 down at half-time and ended up winning 3-1. I’d like the Swindon fans to be nice and vocal on Saturday and try to drown out three or four thousand people. I’m sure they can do it.

“I’m sure if we’ve got seven or eight thousand they can easily drown out three or four thousand. That’s the challenge I’d like to set our fans and our challenge will be trying to keep them quiet on the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Coventry boss Steven Pressley has been impressed with what he’s seen from Town so far this season and is expecting a tough test this afternoon.

“There are different ways to win but our players are used to the system, they understand it and believe in it so we don’t want to change from that,” he said.

“Swindon will be a big test. We've watched them a lot and I’ve been hugely impressed by the manner in which they try to play “They handle the ball really well and they’re the highest-passing side in the league. There aren't many teams whose stats are better than our's but we're third behind them and MK Dons.

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7:50am Sat 21 Dec 13

U REDS says...

They have only sold 1000 tickets. Agreed though we need to crank it up today at home.
They have only sold 1000 tickets. Agreed though we need to crank it up today at home. U REDS

8:00am Sat 21 Dec 13

Rednwhitewalrus699 says...

'Fans call on Cooper to attack this game'
'Fans call on Cooper to attack this game' Rednwhitewalrus699

8:03am Sat 21 Dec 13

Warwickshire Red says...

The local radio here was saying Cov have "almost sold out of their 1600 allocation" with 1150 sold. Disappointing even at £25 which is still a miniscule outlay if you don't attend any games.
The local radio here was saying Cov have "almost sold out of their 1600 allocation" with 1150 sold. Disappointing even at £25 which is still a miniscule outlay if you don't attend any games. Warwickshire Red

8:19am Sat 21 Dec 13

jayden says...

Warwickshire Red wrote:
The local radio here was saying Cov have "almost sold out of their 1600 allocation" with 1150 sold. Disappointing even at £25 which is still a miniscule outlay if you don't attend any games.
+ another £30 to that for travel and food and it + up. Can't say that I blame them after the way the club as treated them.
[quote][p][bold]Warwickshire Red[/bold] wrote: The local radio here was saying Cov have "almost sold out of their 1600 allocation" with 1150 sold. Disappointing even at £25 which is still a miniscule outlay if you don't attend any games.[/p][/quote]+ another £30 to that for travel and food and it + up. Can't say that I blame them after the way the club as treated them. jayden

8:21am Sat 21 Dec 13

jayden says...

Rednwhitewalrus699 wrote:
'Fans call on Cooper to attack this game'
LOL like that .
[quote][p][bold]Rednwhitewalrus699[/bold] wrote: 'Fans call on Cooper to attack this game'[/p][/quote]LOL like that . jayden

8:30am Sat 21 Dec 13

old town robin says...

Warwickshire Red wrote:
The local radio here was saying Cov have "almost sold out of their 1600 allocation" with 1150 sold. Disappointing even at £25 which is still a miniscule outlay if you don't attend any games.
If we only gave them 1600, we won't be opening the bank, pity about that, weather promises to be wet and windy.

Seriously hope the wind doesn't spoil the game and we don't let Jay take any free kicks with the wind behind him. lol
[quote][p][bold]Warwickshire Red[/bold] wrote: The local radio here was saying Cov have "almost sold out of their 1600 allocation" with 1150 sold. Disappointing even at £25 which is still a miniscule outlay if you don't attend any games.[/p][/quote]If we only gave them 1600, we won't be opening the bank, pity about that, weather promises to be wet and windy. Seriously hope the wind doesn't spoil the game and we don't let Jay take any free kicks with the wind behind him. lol old town robin

8:46am Sat 21 Dec 13

bradley red 1 says...

Over to you AND THE PLAYERS then cooper with your formation,tactics,se
t the team up to WIN a game of football and i am sure the fans will respond!!
Over to you AND THE PLAYERS then cooper with your formation,tactics,se t the team up to WIN a game of football and i am sure the fans will respond!! bradley red 1

8:51am Sat 21 Dec 13

LionelHutz says...

It's never as easy as "seven or eight thousand drowning out three or four thousand" because away fans are all congregated together. You only have to look at our trip to Coventry last season when our 3,000 easily outsung their 11,000.

Here's hoping for 3 points to get us back on track.
It's never as easy as "seven or eight thousand drowning out three or four thousand" because away fans are all congregated together. You only have to look at our trip to Coventry last season when our 3,000 easily outsung their 11,000. Here's hoping for 3 points to get us back on track. LionelHutz

8:59am Sat 21 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

LionelHutz wrote:
It's never as easy as "seven or eight thousand drowning out three or four thousand" because away fans are all congregated together. You only have to look at our trip to Coventry last season when our 3,000 easily outsung their 11,000.

Here's hoping for 3 points to get us back on track.
Absolutely correct.
[quote][p][bold]LionelHutz[/bold] wrote: It's never as easy as "seven or eight thousand drowning out three or four thousand" because away fans are all congregated together. You only have to look at our trip to Coventry last season when our 3,000 easily outsung their 11,000. Here's hoping for 3 points to get us back on track.[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct. Swindon1984

9:09am Sat 21 Dec 13

jayden says...

old town robin wrote:
Warwickshire Red wrote:
The local radio here was saying Cov have "almost sold out of their 1600 allocation" with 1150 sold. Disappointing even at £25 which is still a miniscule outlay if you don't attend any games.
If we only gave them 1600, we won't be opening the bank, pity about that, weather promises to be wet and windy.

Seriously hope the wind doesn't spoil the game and we don't let Jay take any free kicks with the wind behind him. lol
Yep don't park in the club car park LOL.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Warwickshire Red[/bold] wrote: The local radio here was saying Cov have "almost sold out of their 1600 allocation" with 1150 sold. Disappointing even at £25 which is still a miniscule outlay if you don't attend any games.[/p][/quote]If we only gave them 1600, we won't be opening the bank, pity about that, weather promises to be wet and windy. Seriously hope the wind doesn't spoil the game and we don't let Jay take any free kicks with the wind behind him. lol[/p][/quote]Yep don't park in the club car park LOL. jayden

10:14am Sat 21 Dec 13

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

The atmosphere at the County Ground would be much better if we opened the Stratton Bank for every game.
We laugh at Oxford United's three-sided ground, but for most of the time our own stadium is effectively the same.
Other clubs in Leagues 1 & 2 have much smaller attendances than ourselves, but still manage to play without completely empty stands.
I know that you cant ignore costs, but surely a few more staff on the turnstiles cant be beyond our resources.
The atmosphere at the County Ground would be much better if we opened the Stratton Bank for every game. We laugh at Oxford United's three-sided ground, but for most of the time our own stadium is effectively the same. Other clubs in Leagues 1 & 2 have much smaller attendances than ourselves, but still manage to play without completely empty stands. I know that you cant ignore costs, but surely a few more staff on the turnstiles cant be beyond our resources. Old-Stager, Hilperton

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