SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper is not expecting to add any more new faces to his squad before the end of the January transfer window.
Cooper told the Advertiser last night that he has missed out on one potential acquisition, though he would not name the player in question, and he is not anticipating the chance to bring in anyone else ahead of Friday’s 11pm deadline.
Town were previously understood to lining up a deal for Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo but it appears Cooper will now have to settle for the options he already has as he tries to coax the Robins towards a League One play-off place – something he is more than happy to do.
“We were chasing somebody but I believe that person will now be joining another club,” he said after watching his side draw 1-1 at Walsall last night.
“We had a list and we’ve tried our hardest.
“What we’re not going to do is bankrupt the football club and put it in the same situation it was in the summer. I’m content to keep working with the guys we’ve got.
“I’m probably not too confident that we will do anything now before the window shuts.
“We’ve got a bunch of extremely talented young men who are getting better every day and we’re still working with them.”
Michael Smith scored his third goal in two matches for Town since joining from Charlton last week to earn Swindon a point at Walsall, after Romaine Sawyers had fired the Saddlers in front.
“I’m pleased we’ve come away and got something against a team who are going really well,” said Cooper.
“We were expected to take a battering but we battled well and we’re pleased with a point.
“We can’t go away and play exactly like we do at home and you have to ride your luck a little, but we did that and we are pleased with a point.
“We came here to win but we’ve stopped the rot and we need to beat Oldham now.
“Our changes worked and we’ve done it a few times, like at Rotherham, and it’s worked again.
“Michael’s (Smith) got off to a good start and hopefully the fans are taking to him and he’s showing he can make a career out the game.”