Christmas Day off for Town stars

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Town boss Mark Cooper Town boss Mark Cooper

SWINDON Town’s players will enjoy Christmas Day off this year, as Mark Cooper tries to teach his squad the importance of responsibility in their chase for a play-off place.

Cooper, who was delighted with the way his team stood up to the test of Coventry on Saturday as Town came from behind to win 2-1, will not hold training the day before the Robins make the trip to Brentford for a crucial League One clash.

He is confident his players will be sensible, but just to make sure he joked about keeping Nile Ranger hostage until the visit to Griffin Park.

“They’re going to have Christmas Day off. I’m going to trust them,” Cooper said. “Nile’s staying at my house, the missus and kids are not too happy but we’re going to lock him in the spare room, feed him under the door just to make sure he behaves himself.”

Goals from Yaser Kasim and Miles Storey gave Swindon all three points on Saturday, and Cooper was pleased with the way his players applied themselves in the final third of the game to force a result.

“I would have kissed anyone that was near me at the end. It’s brilliant, it’s why you’re in the game – for moments like that. It’s such a high to come back and win like that right at the end. Brilliant,” he said.

Special praise was reserved for Nicky Ajose, who played as a wing forward, a wing-back and even a full-back during a pulsating 90 minutes of football at the County Ground.

“Nicky ended up playing wing-back and that’s what he does, he just runs,” said Cooper. “He’ll do whatever you ask him to do. If I threw this table up in the air and asked him to volley it he’d do it, that’s the kind of kid he is.

“If you can get 10 or 11 of them in your team you aren’t going to go far wrong. They’re good footballers but they have to show more responsibility, especially when we go away from home.

“We’re going to go and play, maybe we have to go and just attack and try to win 5-3 or 5-4. It’s not fantastic for me because on the sideline it’s heart attack time, but it’s great for the supporters and he players enjoy playing like that.”

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6:07am Mon 23 Dec 13

U REDS says...

Nile Ranger having Christmas day with Mark Cooper. Fair play.
Nile Ranger having Christmas day with Mark Cooper. Fair play. U REDS

7:05am Mon 23 Dec 13

We are PANTS says...

This team is so much better when it attacks.. If we were to win just a third of the away games by adopting this approach then I for one would love it... That away game at Wolves was something really rather special and not many teams would be able to cope with their goal being bombarded like that...
Brentford away could be a real "Christmas cracker"...
This team is so much better when it attacks.. If we were to win just a third of the away games by adopting this approach then I for one would love it... That away game at Wolves was something really rather special and not many teams would be able to cope with their goal being bombarded like that... Brentford away could be a real "Christmas cracker"... We are PANTS

7:18am Mon 23 Dec 13

Fernham Red says...

Having a manager making personal sacrifices for his team - the difference between a good manager and a great one? Thanks Mark for sharing the Turkey with Nile! Merry Christmas to you both!
Having a manager making personal sacrifices for his team - the difference between a good manager and a great one? Thanks Mark for sharing the Turkey with Nile! Merry Christmas to you both! Fernham Red

8:24am Mon 23 Dec 13

mossy282 says...

get a grip, that was said with tongue in cheek!
get a grip, that was said with tongue in cheek! mossy282

10:59am Mon 23 Dec 13

Fernham Red says...

Unless I'm mistaken he IS staying with MC; though arguably not under lock and key. Please correct me somebody if I got this message wrong over what we've heard this past week.
Unless I'm mistaken he IS staying with MC; though arguably not under lock and key. Please correct me somebody if I got this message wrong over what we've heard this past week. Fernham Red

5:07pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Psychedelic Syd says...

I'm not convinced it wasn't tongue in cheek - MC has quite a sense of humour. Ranger for all his off the field indiscretions is fantastic for us when he plays. Sometimes I feel as fans we should give him more vocal encouragement to show our appreciation of his skills, he's a young lad and I'm sure would blossom still more if he was made more aware of how highly us supporters rate him. It might also make him more inclined to stay if he avoids a sentence.
I'm not convinced it wasn't tongue in cheek - MC has quite a sense of humour. Ranger for all his off the field indiscretions is fantastic for us when he plays. Sometimes I feel as fans we should give him more vocal encouragement to show our appreciation of his skills, he's a young lad and I'm sure would blossom still more if he was made more aware of how highly us supporters rate him. It might also make him more inclined to stay if he avoids a sentence. Psychedelic Syd

5:13pm Mon 23 Dec 13

smirg kcab says...

Fernham Red wrote:
Unless I'm mistaken he IS staying with MC; though arguably not under lock and key. Please correct me somebody if I got this message wrong over what we've heard this past week.
With ranger tattooed on his forehead I wonder if they will play
Who am I? And I wonder how many guesses it takes?
[quote][p][bold]Fernham Red[/bold] wrote: Unless I'm mistaken he IS staying with MC; though arguably not under lock and key. Please correct me somebody if I got this message wrong over what we've heard this past week.[/p][/quote]With ranger tattooed on his forehead I wonder if they will play Who am I? And I wonder how many guesses it takes? smirg kcab

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