Town lacked grit in defeat - Cooper

Town lacked grit in defeat - Cooper

Town lacked grit in defeat - Cooper

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MARK Cooper questioned the desire of some of his Swindon Town players after they limped to a 1-0 home defeat to Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

Missing Yaser Kasim, Jay McEveley, Alex Pritchard and Ryan Mason, Town never got into any kind of rhythm against an unexceptional Oldham side and ended up with nothing to show for their efforts after Jonathan Grounds secured the Latics all three points with his 73rd-minute winner.

In his post-match media briefing, Cooper highlighted an absence of grit and determination in the Robins’ ranks.

“We made some changes with Wednesday, being sensible about it, but the team we picked had more than enough to win today,” he said.

“It’s taught me that one or two players are able to talk a good game but can’t follow it up on the pitch.

“On days like that you have to roll your sleeves up and grind a result out and we didn’t do that. We started playing when we were 1-0 down. If we’d have played the rest of the game like we did the last 15 minutes we probably would have won.

“The lack of desire was the frustrating thing. It was more a day for grinding out a result. We manage to do that against Peterborough, Shrewsbury and Coventry but we didn’t do that today.

“As a club we have chosen to play a certain way. Sometimes, and especially on days like today, it doesn’t work and we have to be patient, we have to wait because it’s a project, it’s a work in progress and it will take time.”

Town will have the chance to make amends when they visit Peterborough United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy southern section area final first leg on Wednesday and Cooper thinks the possibility of earning a place at Wembley should be all the motivation his players need.

“They’ve got a carrot of getting to Wembley,” he said. “They’ve got two games to get themselves to Wembley and if that’s not enough then I don’t know what is.”

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6:09am Mon 3 Feb 14

port de soller says...

funny never coopers fault,it´s about time he took this job serious??after allall it was handed to him on a plate.
Yes players are also partly to blame but he is the Manager so so do the job or walk
funny never coopers fault,it´s about time he took this job serious??after allall it was handed to him on a plate. Yes players are also partly to blame but he is the Manager so so do the job or walk port de soller
  • Score: 1

6:28am Mon 3 Feb 14

jedthered says...

Cooper in my eyes is doing fine, but, in conditions like saturday it was never going to be a passing game and we should have lumped the ball uo to Ranger(should have been playing from the start) then work from there. I know its against the clubs policy to play the long ball, but when needs must, you have to look for different options. At the moment the conditions that we are playing in, as seen by our last few performances home and away, are not suited to our playing style, and to be honest we have played c**p. for the last few games.
Looking ahead to the Posh game , it seems their pitch is sodden and with a hell of a lot of rain expected over the next few days i've a feeling this game is going to be postponed
The way i look at things at the moment is that we need a minimum of 12 points to be safe from relegation, once we have those points in the bag then we can reasses where our season is going.
COYR
Cooper in my eyes is doing fine, but, in conditions like saturday it was never going to be a passing game and we should have lumped the ball uo to Ranger(should have been playing from the start) then work from there. I know its against the clubs policy to play the long ball, but when needs must, you have to look for different options. At the moment the conditions that we are playing in, as seen by our last few performances home and away, are not suited to our playing style, and to be honest we have played c**p. for the last few games. Looking ahead to the Posh game , it seems their pitch is sodden and with a hell of a lot of rain expected over the next few days i've a feeling this game is going to be postponed The way i look at things at the moment is that we need a minimum of 12 points to be safe from relegation, once we have those points in the bag then we can reasses where our season is going. COYR jedthered
  • Score: 1

7:46am Mon 3 Feb 14

stranglers says...

jedthered wrote:
Cooper in my eyes is doing fine, but, in conditions like saturday it was never going to be a passing game and we should have lumped the ball uo to Ranger(should have been playing from the start) then work from there. I know its against the clubs policy to play the long ball, but when needs must, you have to look for different options. At the moment the conditions that we are playing in, as seen by our last few performances home and away, are not suited to our playing style, and to be honest we have played c**p. for the last few games.
Looking ahead to the Posh game , it seems their pitch is sodden and with a hell of a lot of rain expected over the next few days i've a feeling this game is going to be postponed
The way i look at things at the moment is that we need a minimum of 12 points to be safe from relegation, once we have those points in the bag then we can reasses where our season is going.
COYR
Cooper doing fine????????????????
????????????????????
????????????????????
????????? WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]jedthered[/bold] wrote: Cooper in my eyes is doing fine, but, in conditions like saturday it was never going to be a passing game and we should have lumped the ball uo to Ranger(should have been playing from the start) then work from there. I know its against the clubs policy to play the long ball, but when needs must, you have to look for different options. At the moment the conditions that we are playing in, as seen by our last few performances home and away, are not suited to our playing style, and to be honest we have played c**p. for the last few games. Looking ahead to the Posh game , it seems their pitch is sodden and with a hell of a lot of rain expected over the next few days i've a feeling this game is going to be postponed The way i look at things at the moment is that we need a minimum of 12 points to be safe from relegation, once we have those points in the bag then we can reasses where our season is going. COYR[/p][/quote]Cooper doing fine???????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ????????? WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! stranglers
  • Score: -4

8:06am Mon 3 Feb 14

jedthered says...

stranglers wrote:
jedthered wrote: Cooper in my eyes is doing fine, but, in conditions like saturday it was never going to be a passing game and we should have lumped the ball uo to Ranger(should have been playing from the start) then work from there. I know its against the clubs policy to play the long ball, but when needs must, you have to look for different options. At the moment the conditions that we are playing in, as seen by our last few performances home and away, are not suited to our playing style, and to be honest we have played c**p. for the last few games. Looking ahead to the Posh game , it seems their pitch is sodden and with a hell of a lot of rain expected over the next few days i've a feeling this game is going to be postponed The way i look at things at the moment is that we need a minimum of 12 points to be safe from relegation, once we have those points in the bag then we can reasses where our season is going. COYR
Cooper doing fine???????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ????????? WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!
Ffor a man with his hands tied, yes, he has been told by Power what type of football he has to play, and the type of players we have got means that we play a certain way. With the conditions at the moment we are struggling to play our usual game.. Just go back a few months, every one was saying what great football we were playing, i.e. wolves , rotherham and crewe, and noone on here would say a bad word about Cooper, and those who did were quickly shouted down, But then as always Swindon have aways had fickle fans,
[quote][p][bold]stranglers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jedthered[/bold] wrote: Cooper in my eyes is doing fine, but, in conditions like saturday it was never going to be a passing game and we should have lumped the ball uo to Ranger(should have been playing from the start) then work from there. I know its against the clubs policy to play the long ball, but when needs must, you have to look for different options. At the moment the conditions that we are playing in, as seen by our last few performances home and away, are not suited to our playing style, and to be honest we have played c**p. for the last few games. Looking ahead to the Posh game , it seems their pitch is sodden and with a hell of a lot of rain expected over the next few days i've a feeling this game is going to be postponed The way i look at things at the moment is that we need a minimum of 12 points to be safe from relegation, once we have those points in the bag then we can reasses where our season is going. COYR[/p][/quote]Cooper doing fine???????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ????????? WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Ffor a man with his hands tied, yes, he has been told by Power what type of football he has to play, and the type of players we have got means that we play a certain way. With the conditions at the moment we are struggling to play our usual game.. Just go back a few months, every one was saying what great football we were playing, i.e. wolves , rotherham and crewe, and noone on here would say a bad word about Cooper, and those who did were quickly shouted down, But then as always Swindon have aways had fickle fans, jedthered
  • Score: 7

8:19am Mon 3 Feb 14

Kingseleven says...

jedthered wrote:
stranglers wrote:
jedthered wrote: Cooper in my eyes is doing fine, but, in conditions like saturday it was never going to be a passing game and we should have lumped the ball uo to Ranger(should have been playing from the start) then work from there. I know its against the clubs policy to play the long ball, but when needs must, you have to look for different options. At the moment the conditions that we are playing in, as seen by our last few performances home and away, are not suited to our playing style, and to be honest we have played c**p. for the last few games. Looking ahead to the Posh game , it seems their pitch is sodden and with a hell of a lot of rain expected over the next few days i've a feeling this game is going to be postponed The way i look at things at the moment is that we need a minimum of 12 points to be safe from relegation, once we have those points in the bag then we can reasses where our season is going. COYR
Cooper doing fine???????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ????????? WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!
Ffor a man with his hands tied, yes, he has been told by Power what type of football he has to play, and the type of players we have got means that we play a certain way. With the conditions at the moment we are struggling to play our usual game.. Just go back a few months, every one was saying what great football we were playing, i.e. wolves , rotherham and crewe, and noone on here would say a bad word about Cooper, and those who did were quickly shouted down, But then as always Swindon have aways had fickle fans,
What club doesn't. Swindon fans are no more fickle than any other clubs !! Saturday was a disaster and we've had a few along the way. I'm still keeping the faith as were still in the right half of the table. A new money man ( genuine ) and a new CB on my wish list.
[quote][p][bold]jedthered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stranglers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jedthered[/bold] wrote: Cooper in my eyes is doing fine, but, in conditions like saturday it was never going to be a passing game and we should have lumped the ball uo to Ranger(should have been playing from the start) then work from there. I know its against the clubs policy to play the long ball, but when needs must, you have to look for different options. At the moment the conditions that we are playing in, as seen by our last few performances home and away, are not suited to our playing style, and to be honest we have played c**p. for the last few games. Looking ahead to the Posh game , it seems their pitch is sodden and with a hell of a lot of rain expected over the next few days i've a feeling this game is going to be postponed The way i look at things at the moment is that we need a minimum of 12 points to be safe from relegation, once we have those points in the bag then we can reasses where our season is going. COYR[/p][/quote]Cooper doing fine???????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????? ????????? WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Ffor a man with his hands tied, yes, he has been told by Power what type of football he has to play, and the type of players we have got means that we play a certain way. With the conditions at the moment we are struggling to play our usual game.. Just go back a few months, every one was saying what great football we were playing, i.e. wolves , rotherham and crewe, and noone on here would say a bad word about Cooper, and those who did were quickly shouted down, But then as always Swindon have aways had fickle fans,[/p][/quote]What club doesn't. Swindon fans are no more fickle than any other clubs !! Saturday was a disaster and we've had a few along the way. I'm still keeping the faith as were still in the right half of the table. A new money man ( genuine ) and a new CB on my wish list. Kingseleven
  • Score: 5

8:54am Mon 3 Feb 14

Billy hunt 65 says...

Cooper out... Power out ... Attendances falling no interest.. Flat on a match day... Get Dicanio back but tell him he can only have £200 to spend :)
Cooper out... Power out ... Attendances falling no interest.. Flat on a match day... Get Dicanio back but tell him he can only have £200 to spend :) Billy hunt 65
  • Score: 0

10:56am Mon 3 Feb 14

old town robin says...

it’s a work in progress and it will take time.” How many more times is he going to trot out with this same old excuse.

Yes, as a team we were poor, but I would have more respect for Cooper if he held his hand up, take responsibility and say how his screw ups were as much to blame as the team performance, Why does he not admit hat he picked an understrength team against a team it would seem that he had not done his homework on. His tactics were schoolboy stuff,, his substitutions were baffling to say the least and the worst pat of all, it's not within his DNA to motivate them from the dugout. It's no good reading the riot act at them in the dressing room after the game, how is that going to change things.

You can own a brand new car, but if the driver is useless, the chances are sooner or later, he/she are going to have a prang and you can't blame the car for that.
it’s a work in progress and it will take time.” How many more times is he going to trot out with this same old excuse. Yes, as a team we were poor, but I would have more respect for Cooper if he held his hand up, take responsibility and say how his screw ups were as much to blame as the team performance, Why does he not admit hat he picked an understrength team against a team it would seem that he had not done his homework on. His tactics were schoolboy stuff,, his substitutions were baffling to say the least and the worst pat of all, it's not within his DNA to motivate them from the dugout. It's no good reading the riot act at them in the dressing room after the game, how is that going to change things. You can own a brand new car, but if the driver is useless, the chances are sooner or later, he/she are going to have a prang and you can't blame the car for that. old town robin
  • Score: 1

5:14pm Mon 3 Feb 14

alchafreds says...

old town robin wrote:
it’s a work in progress and it will take time.” How many more times is he going to trot out with this same old excuse.

Yes, as a team we were poor, but I would have more respect for Cooper if he held his hand up, take responsibility and say how his screw ups were as much to blame as the team performance, Why does he not admit hat he picked an understrength team against a team it would seem that he had not done his homework on. His tactics were schoolboy stuff,, his substitutions were baffling to say the least and the worst pat of all, it's not within his DNA to motivate them from the dugout. It's no good reading the riot act at them in the dressing room after the game, how is that going to change things.

You can own a brand new car, but if the driver is useless, the chances are sooner or later, he/she are going to have a prang and you can't blame the car for that.
danny n'guessan, miles storey, kassim, ranger cant get a start in that team
and what does barthram have to do to get a game unreal cooper absolutely unreal
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: it’s a work in progress and it will take time.” How many more times is he going to trot out with this same old excuse. Yes, as a team we were poor, but I would have more respect for Cooper if he held his hand up, take responsibility and say how his screw ups were as much to blame as the team performance, Why does he not admit hat he picked an understrength team against a team it would seem that he had not done his homework on. His tactics were schoolboy stuff,, his substitutions were baffling to say the least and the worst pat of all, it's not within his DNA to motivate them from the dugout. It's no good reading the riot act at them in the dressing room after the game, how is that going to change things. You can own a brand new car, but if the driver is useless, the chances are sooner or later, he/she are going to have a prang and you can't blame the car for that.[/p][/quote]danny n'guessan, miles storey, kassim, ranger cant get a start in that team and what does barthram have to do to get a game unreal cooper absolutely unreal alchafreds
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