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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper hails Murphy's bow
MARK Cooper was impressed by young Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy on his Swindon Town debut at Port Vale on Saturday.
Murphy, recruited on an initial one-month loan deal from the Premier League club, came off the bench just after the hour at Vale Park and produced a performance of strength, pace and trickery which bodes well for his stay in Wiltshire.
Town boss Cooper now knows he has options at his disposal to play a formation using out-and-out wingers, especially given Tijane Reis enjoyed a brief run-out at the end of the game after being out of action with a knee injury since mid-August.
“Young Jacob Murphy came in and showed glimpses of real pace and attacking threat,” said Cooper.
“We’ve got a few options now and it bodes well for the rest of the season.
“He’s rapidly quick and he’ll give us a threat carrying the ball up the pitch.
“With him and Pritch playing wide you’ve got a chance.
“It was nice to see Tijane back.
“We’ve got competition.
“We can go and play 4-4-2 and with those two up front we’ve got options.”