Swindon Town boss doesn't fear high-flying Brentford

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

SWINDON boss Mark Cooper insisted his side will travel to Griffin Park on Boxing Day with no fear despite facing League One’s form team at the site of last season’s play-off semi-final heartbreak.

Town lost a dramatic penalty shootout on their last visit to Brentford in May after the second leg of the rollercoaster tie finished 3-3 and now return to face a Bees team which has won nine of their last 10 games to sit third in the table.

Brentford could go top of League One with victory over the Robins but Cooper is determined to go out and attack Mark Warburton’s in-form side and insisted any bad memories of last season’s crushing loss will not be a major factor.

“When you go away from home and you play against the form team in the league you have to give them respect but we can’t take away too much from our strength which is clearly letting players go out and attack,” he said.

“We have to make sure we’re in the game to win it and we’re not too far behind by half-time but we won’t change too much and we are going to try and go out and attack.

“I said last week we needed to go out there and try and win 15 games to get in the play-offs and that’s now 14 (following Saturday’s 2-1 win over Coventry), so we’re going to try and tick another one off that list.

“It (the play-off loss) was last season and it was a long time ago but all I know is we have a lot of young players with fantastic ability and if they are at it and decide to play they can put in some very good performances. I’ve not heard any of them talk about the game last season at all to be honest because it’s a fresh group with a lot of new players so there’s no fear there.

“Their ability is unquestioned and if we can strike a balance between defence and attack then they can go as far as they want.”

Cooper is likely to have Nathan Thompson available again with the defender now recovered from a chest infection, while Ryan Mason is over a virus.

Injured duo Tijane Reis and Troy Archibald-Henville are now back in full training and are pencilled in to play a development game at the beginning of January.

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5:46am Tue 24 Dec 13

perth red says...

Have a great Christmas, and an even better Boxing Day everyone. Best wishes from a warm and sunny Perth.
Have a great Christmas, and an even better Boxing Day everyone. Best wishes from a warm and sunny Perth. perth red

6:16am Tue 24 Dec 13

U REDS says...

Got a feeling we will take out Brentford. They are due a defeat and us an away win. Merry Christmas to everyone.
Got a feeling we will take out Brentford. They are due a defeat and us an away win. Merry Christmas to everyone. U REDS

6:25am Tue 24 Dec 13

the wizard says...

Hope all of you guys have a wonderful Christmas and a magnificent New Year. I wish you all good health and wealth and a great time watching The Town whether it be at home or away. A special mention to the traveling supporters, where ever you go, I wish you all a safe journey and greatly respect what you do.

All the very best chaps.
Hope all of you guys have a wonderful Christmas and a magnificent New Year. I wish you all good health and wealth and a great time watching The Town whether it be at home or away. A special mention to the traveling supporters, where ever you go, I wish you all a safe journey and greatly respect what you do. All the very best chaps. the wizard

6:34am Tue 24 Dec 13

Chish and Fips says...

Happy Xmas to one and all, lets hope for another good win on Boxing Day too.
Happy Xmas to one and all, lets hope for another good win on Boxing Day too. Chish and Fips

7:46am Tue 24 Dec 13

Since 1950 says...

3 points in Santa's sack on boxing day would make my Christmas.

Respect to the travelling fans on Thursday. Best away support in the league bar none!

Have a good one All.

COYR!
3 points in Santa's sack on boxing day would make my Christmas. Respect to the travelling fans on Thursday. Best away support in the league bar none! Have a good one All. COYR! Since 1950

7:49am Tue 24 Dec 13

Robinonfire says...

Fast forwards will take out Brentford......Range
r & Storey from the start.
Fast forwards will take out Brentford......Range r & Storey from the start. Robinonfire

8:06am Tue 24 Dec 13

jayden says...

Have a good Christmas all fellow posters , hope we finish the year in style and keep all our players in Jan and + a few ready foe next season when we rise again. Swindon till I die of under cooked turkey.
Have a good Christmas all fellow posters , hope we finish the year in style and keep all our players in Jan and + a few ready foe next season when we rise again. Swindon till I die of under cooked turkey. jayden

9:11am Tue 24 Dec 13

hertz says...

We will be there Thursday , we splashed out on some posh tickets but have to be there 9:30 . It will be worth it I am sure . Happy Christmas Posters :0)
We will be there Thursday , we splashed out on some posh tickets but have to be there 9:30 . It will be worth it I am sure . Happy Christmas Posters :0) hertz

9:20am Tue 24 Dec 13

mrwoo says...

kksksks
kksksks mrwoo

9:22am Tue 24 Dec 13

mrwoo says...

lets hope he plays at least one forward.

Huge game for me, staying in Brentford with my young lady who is a Bees season ticket holder. Can feel a domestic coming on!

Comon Swindon!
lets hope he plays at least one forward. Huge game for me, staying in Brentford with my young lady who is a Bees season ticket holder. Can feel a domestic coming on! Comon Swindon! mrwoo

9:22am Tue 24 Dec 13

Rebel_phish says...

Just hoping for a minimum of 2 points from the next 2 games, but if the lads are focused, then 3 off Brentford will be very jolly indeed. Don't know if Miles should start, but him and Nile look a good combination.

Off Topic.
Predictions League
The details of the Brentford game haven't been put up yet so until they are the questions can be found on the Coventry thread. You can post your answers there

http://www.thisisswi
ndontownfc.co.uk/new
s/10884669.PREDICTIO
NS_LEAGUE__Swindon_T
own_v_Coventry_City
Just hoping for a minimum of 2 points from the next 2 games, but if the lads are focused, then 3 off Brentford will be very jolly indeed. Don't know if Miles should start, but him and Nile look a good combination. Off Topic. Predictions League The details of the Brentford game haven't been put up yet so until they are the questions can be found on the Coventry thread. You can post your answers there http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/new s/10884669.PREDICTIO NS_LEAGUE__Swindon_T own_v_Coventry_City Rebel_phish

9:41am Tue 24 Dec 13

ging999 says...

mrwoo wrote:
lets hope he plays at least one forward.

Huge game for me, staying in Brentford with my young lady who is a Bees season ticket holder. Can feel a domestic coming on!

Comon Swindon!
Not quite so bad for me. I'm taking 4 along with me....all Londoners but I've persuaded them to support STFC.
[quote][p][bold]mrwoo[/bold] wrote: lets hope he plays at least one forward. Huge game for me, staying in Brentford with my young lady who is a Bees season ticket holder. Can feel a domestic coming on! Comon Swindon![/p][/quote]Not quite so bad for me. I'm taking 4 along with me....all Londoners but I've persuaded them to support STFC. ging999

9:44am Tue 24 Dec 13

the wizard says...

I see Sherwood has been appointed the boss at Spurs until 2015,



http://www.bbc.co.uk
/sport/0/football/25
501608

Hopefully this will give us some stability.
I see Sherwood has been appointed the boss at Spurs until 2015, http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/25 501608 Hopefully this will give us some stability. the wizard

9:48am Tue 24 Dec 13

Rebel_phish says...

the wizard wrote:
I see Sherwood has been appointed the boss at Spurs until 2015,



http://www.bbc.co.uk

/sport/0/football/25

501608

Hopefully this will give us some stability.
Was thinking that last night when it was announced. Don't know how many of the loanees will stay come January though.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: I see Sherwood has been appointed the boss at Spurs until 2015, http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/25 501608 Hopefully this will give us some stability.[/p][/quote]Was thinking that last night when it was announced. Don't know how many of the loanees will stay come January though. Rebel_phish

9:52am Tue 24 Dec 13

Oxon-Red says...

the wizard wrote:
I see Sherwood has been appointed the boss at Spurs until 2015,



http://www.bbc.co.uk

/sport/0/football/25

501608

Hopefully this will give us some stability.
Our mate Rambo is there too. Does he have a soft spot for Town ?

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: I see Sherwood has been appointed the boss at Spurs until 2015, http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/25 501608 Hopefully this will give us some stability.[/p][/quote]Our mate Rambo is there too. Does he have a soft spot for Town ? COYMR Oxon-Red

10:06am Tue 24 Dec 13

The Jockster says...

Rebel_phish wrote:
the wizard wrote:
I see Sherwood has been appointed the boss at Spurs until 2015,



http://www.bbc.co.uk


/sport/0/football/25


501608

Hopefully this will give us some stability.
Was thinking that last night when it was announced. Don't know how many of the loanees will stay come January though.
Get ready to say goodbye to Bongo, Twinkletoes, Stonemason & the Cat! -his move to Bournemouth is already a done deal I'm told!
[quote][p][bold]Rebel_phish[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: I see Sherwood has been appointed the boss at Spurs until 2015, http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/25 501608 Hopefully this will give us some stability.[/p][/quote]Was thinking that last night when it was announced. Don't know how many of the loanees will stay come January though.[/p][/quote]Get ready to say goodbye to Bongo, Twinkletoes, Stonemason & the Cat! -his move to Bournemouth is already a done deal I'm told! The Jockster

10:21am Tue 24 Dec 13

mossy282 says...

Will be sunning myself on a beach in Mexico until the New Year, so a happy Xmas and New Year to all STFC fans. Always like going to Brentford as it is an easy trip but won't miss the trek to Bradford, nice ground but lousy curries!

Will be looking forward to the Posh match as my first in 2014
Will be sunning myself on a beach in Mexico until the New Year, so a happy Xmas and New Year to all STFC fans. Always like going to Brentford as it is an easy trip but won't miss the trek to Bradford, nice ground but lousy curries! Will be looking forward to the Posh match as my first in 2014 mossy282

10:33am Tue 24 Dec 13

swwindon61uk says...

Got my tickets for the game yesterday and it surely has to be attack to stand any chance of winning.
Ranger and Ajose is a good combination but personally i prefer Ranger and N'Guessen as they seem to work very well together.
Got my tickets for the game yesterday and it surely has to be attack to stand any chance of winning. Ranger and Ajose is a good combination but personally i prefer Ranger and N'Guessen as they seem to work very well together. swwindon61uk

11:06am Tue 24 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

swwindon61uk wrote:
Got my tickets for the game yesterday and it surely has to be attack to stand any chance of winning. Ranger and Ajose is a good combination but personally i prefer Ranger and N'Guessen as they seem to work very well together.
Have to agree, with the best will in the world I reckon it'll be a miracle if we keep a clean sheet even if (or maybe especially if) we set out to defend. Attack is the way forward, putting pressure on them at every opportunity.

Anyway, let's hope for a good game and a safe trip home, merry Christmas!
[quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: Got my tickets for the game yesterday and it surely has to be attack to stand any chance of winning. Ranger and Ajose is a good combination but personally i prefer Ranger and N'Guessen as they seem to work very well together.[/p][/quote]Have to agree, with the best will in the world I reckon it'll be a miracle if we keep a clean sheet even if (or maybe especially if) we set out to defend. Attack is the way forward, putting pressure on them at every opportunity. Anyway, let's hope for a good game and a safe trip home, merry Christmas! Swindon1984

11:16am Tue 24 Dec 13

Cleuso says...

The Jockster wrote:
Rebel_phish wrote:
the wizard wrote:
I see Sherwood has been appointed the boss at Spurs until 2015,



http://www.bbc.co.uk



/sport/0/football/25



501608

Hopefully this will give us some stability.
Was thinking that last night when it was announced. Don't know how many of the loanees will stay come January though.
Get ready to say goodbye to Bongo, Twinkletoes, Stonemason & the Cat! -his move to Bournemouth is already a done deal I'm told!
By Joe butler ????
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rebel_phish[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: I see Sherwood has been appointed the boss at Spurs until 2015, http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/25 501608 Hopefully this will give us some stability.[/p][/quote]Was thinking that last night when it was announced. Don't know how many of the loanees will stay come January though.[/p][/quote]Get ready to say goodbye to Bongo, Twinkletoes, Stonemason & the Cat! -his move to Bournemouth is already a done deal I'm told![/p][/quote]By Joe butler ???? Cleuso

12:14pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Rgbargee says...

swwindon61uk wrote:
Got my tickets for the game yesterday and it surely has to be attack to stand any chance of winning.
Ranger and Ajose is a good combination but personally i prefer Ranger and N'Guessen as they seem to work very well together.
I prefer Ranger and Miles Storey. They would surely be another Rowlands/Mayes combo, given time.
[quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: Got my tickets for the game yesterday and it surely has to be attack to stand any chance of winning. Ranger and Ajose is a good combination but personally i prefer Ranger and N'Guessen as they seem to work very well together.[/p][/quote]I prefer Ranger and Miles Storey. They would surely be another Rowlands/Mayes combo, given time. Rgbargee

12:22pm Tue 24 Dec 13

ciclosporindorset says...

Now come on JB may not be liked by the odd one or two on here but he does come out with some really valuable insights and news stories. Actually I fully expect 3 of the 4 mentioned will move, just a feeling, nothing concrete like whatJoey knows.
Happy Xmas from the Lakadeep Sea.
Now come on JB may not be liked by the odd one or two on here but he does come out with some really valuable insights and news stories. Actually I fully expect 3 of the 4 mentioned will move, just a feeling, nothing concrete like whatJoey knows. Happy Xmas from the Lakadeep Sea. ciclosporindorset

12:29pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Oi Den! says...

Rgbargee wrote:
swwindon61uk wrote:
Got my tickets for the game yesterday and it surely has to be attack to stand any chance of winning.
Ranger and Ajose is a good combination but personally i prefer Ranger and N'Guessen as they seem to work very well together.
I prefer Ranger and Miles Storey. They would surely be another Rowlands/Mayes combo, given time.
Still not convinced about Storey but would certainly like to see him given a chance. He did look very sharp as soon as he came on against Coventry. Ranger... given time? Had a little chuckle at that one.
[quote][p][bold]Rgbargee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: Got my tickets for the game yesterday and it surely has to be attack to stand any chance of winning. Ranger and Ajose is a good combination but personally i prefer Ranger and N'Guessen as they seem to work very well together.[/p][/quote]I prefer Ranger and Miles Storey. They would surely be another Rowlands/Mayes combo, given time.[/p][/quote]Still not convinced about Storey but would certainly like to see him given a chance. He did look very sharp as soon as he came on against Coventry. Ranger... given time? Had a little chuckle at that one. Oi Den!

12:34pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Rgbargee says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Rgbargee wrote:
swwindon61uk wrote:
Got my tickets for the game yesterday and it surely has to be attack to stand any chance of winning.
Ranger and Ajose is a good combination but personally i prefer Ranger and N'Guessen as they seem to work very well together.
I prefer Ranger and Miles Storey. They would surely be another Rowlands/Mayes combo, given time.
Still not convinced about Storey but would certainly like to see him given a chance. He did look very sharp as soon as he came on against Coventry. Ranger... given time? Had a little chuckle at that one.
WOOPS..... no pun intended.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rgbargee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: Got my tickets for the game yesterday and it surely has to be attack to stand any chance of winning. Ranger and Ajose is a good combination but personally i prefer Ranger and N'Guessen as they seem to work very well together.[/p][/quote]I prefer Ranger and Miles Storey. They would surely be another Rowlands/Mayes combo, given time.[/p][/quote]Still not convinced about Storey but would certainly like to see him given a chance. He did look very sharp as soon as he came on against Coventry. Ranger... given time? Had a little chuckle at that one.[/p][/quote]WOOPS..... no pun intended. Rgbargee

12:53pm Tue 24 Dec 13

dazzastfc says...

HAPPY XMAS EVERYONE and yes even you miserable moaning old codgers.

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD ONE
HAPPY XMAS EVERYONE and yes even you miserable moaning old codgers. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD ONE dazzastfc

1:10pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Red & White Dragon says...

A VERY mery Christmas to all Swindon fans. Especially thoes who post on here. Not been able to make a single game this season so all the comments on here are much valued (Well most of them!!) . Wish you all the very best for the new year.
A VERY mery Christmas to all Swindon fans. Especially thoes who post on here. Not been able to make a single game this season so all the comments on here are much valued (Well most of them!!) . Wish you all the very best for the new year. Red & White Dragon

3:09pm Tue 24 Dec 13

subbuteoles says...

100,000 homes in the South without power!. Glad we got POWER at STFC. Have a Happy Christmas and New Year everyone. STFC TIL I DIE.
100,000 homes in the South without power!. Glad we got POWER at STFC. Have a Happy Christmas and New Year everyone. STFC TIL I DIE. subbuteoles

3:20pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Rebel_phish says...

Merry Christmas to everyone.

I emailed Sam yesterday with the details of the Predictions League Boxing Day match. Unfortunately he has not put up a separate page for people to post.

I have put the questions on the last page used ie the Coventry game, so please post your entries there.

Link

http://www.thisisswi
ndontownfc.co.uk/new
s/10884669.PREDICTIO
NS_LEAGUE__Swindon_T
own_v_Coventry_City/
Merry Christmas to everyone. I emailed Sam yesterday with the details of the Predictions League Boxing Day match. Unfortunately he has not put up a separate page for people to post. I have put the questions on the last page used ie the Coventry game, so please post your entries there. Link http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/new s/10884669.PREDICTIO NS_LEAGUE__Swindon_T own_v_Coventry_City/ Rebel_phish

3:38pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Di kanny oh says...

Wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and an even better New Year and lets all hope 2014 is STFC,s big push up the league and its the red and white of Swindon Town at Wembley in the paint pot final.
Wish everyone a fantastic Christmas and an even better New Year and lets all hope 2014 is STFC,s big push up the league and its the red and white of Swindon Town at Wembley in the paint pot final. Di kanny oh

4:59pm Tue 24 Dec 13

dazzastfc says...

jayden wrote:
Have a good Christmas all fellow posters , hope we finish the year in style and keep all our players in Jan and + a few ready foe next season when we rise again. Swindon till I die of under cooked turkey.
Have a good one ya mad arse...

SWINDON TILL WE DIE
[quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: Have a good Christmas all fellow posters , hope we finish the year in style and keep all our players in Jan and + a few ready foe next season when we rise again. Swindon till I die of under cooked turkey.[/p][/quote]Have a good one ya mad arse... SWINDON TILL WE DIE dazzastfc

5:57pm Tue 24 Dec 13

the wizard says...

Dunno if you have seen this,

Paolo Di Canio rejects Lazio speculation

from here,

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/sport/0/football/25
504311
Dunno if you have seen this, Paolo Di Canio rejects Lazio speculation from here, http://www.bbc.co.uk /sport/0/football/25 504311 the wizard

6:21pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Swindonian63 says...

Seasons greetings to you all.

Let's stick it to those Bees, we owe them one!

:-)
Seasons greetings to you all. Let's stick it to those Bees, we owe them one! :-) Swindonian63

6:53pm Tue 24 Dec 13

jayden says...

dazzastfc wrote:
jayden wrote:
Have a good Christmas all fellow posters , hope we finish the year in style and keep all our players in Jan and + a few ready foe next season when we rise again. Swindon till I die of under cooked turkey.
Have a good one ya mad arse...

SWINDON TILL WE DIE
Have a great x mas Dazza big meet up soon I hope with you and Steve .
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: Have a good Christmas all fellow posters , hope we finish the year in style and keep all our players in Jan and + a few ready foe next season when we rise again. Swindon till I die of under cooked turkey.[/p][/quote]Have a good one ya mad arse... SWINDON TILL WE DIE[/p][/quote]Have a great x mas Dazza big meet up soon I hope with you and Steve . jayden

9:49pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Steve. Brentford says...

jayden wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
jayden wrote: Have a good Christmas all fellow posters , hope we finish the year in style and keep all our players in Jan and + a few ready foe next season when we rise again. Swindon till I die of under cooked turkey.
Have a good one ya mad arse... SWINDON TILL WE DIE
Have a great x mas Dazza big meet up soon I hope with you and Steve .
Merry Chrismas boys and girls enjoy your family, food, fun and football,
and once you have had enough of that, the feuding fighting and some more football.
[quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: Have a good Christmas all fellow posters , hope we finish the year in style and keep all our players in Jan and + a few ready foe next season when we rise again. Swindon till I die of under cooked turkey.[/p][/quote]Have a good one ya mad arse... SWINDON TILL WE DIE[/p][/quote]Have a great x mas Dazza big meet up soon I hope with you and Steve .[/p][/quote]Merry Chrismas boys and girls enjoy your family, food, fun and football, and once you have had enough of that, the feuding fighting and some more football. Steve. Brentford

11:35pm Tue 24 Dec 13

The Jockster says...

ciclosporindorset wrote:
Now come on JB may not be liked by the odd one or two on here but he does come out with some really valuable insights and news stories. Actually I fully expect 3 of the 4 mentioned will move, just a feeling, nothing concrete like whatJoey knows.
Happy Xmas from the Lakadeep Sea.
Mmm! But I'm not JB Ciclo!
[quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: Now come on JB may not be liked by the odd one or two on here but he does come out with some really valuable insights and news stories. Actually I fully expect 3 of the 4 mentioned will move, just a feeling, nothing concrete like whatJoey knows. Happy Xmas from the Lakadeep Sea.[/p][/quote]Mmm! But I'm not JB Ciclo! The Jockster

4:53am Wed 25 Dec 13

ciclosporindorset says...

The Jockster wrote:
ciclosporindorset wrote:
Now come on JB may not be liked by the odd one or two on here but he does come out with some really valuable insights and news stories. Actually I fully expect 3 of the 4 mentioned will move, just a feeling, nothing concrete like whatJoey knows.
Happy Xmas from the Lakadeep Sea.
Mmm! But I'm not JB Ciclo!
Sorry to disappoint but I was speaking to Cleuso!
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: Now come on JB may not be liked by the odd one or two on here but he does come out with some really valuable insights and news stories. Actually I fully expect 3 of the 4 mentioned will move, just a feeling, nothing concrete like whatJoey knows. Happy Xmas from the Lakadeep Sea.[/p][/quote]Mmm! But I'm not JB Ciclo![/p][/quote]Sorry to disappoint but I was speaking to Cleuso! ciclosporindorset

8:38am Wed 25 Dec 13

The Jockster says...

Maybe you were but it was me that indicated certain players might be leaving not JB which was what your post implied- or I thought it did - no matter a minor detail - merry Christmas and I'll be there cheering the boys to 3 points hopefully tomorrow!
Maybe you were but it was me that indicated certain players might be leaving not JB which was what your post implied- or I thought it did - no matter a minor detail - merry Christmas and I'll be there cheering the boys to 3 points hopefully tomorrow! The Jockster

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