Mark Cooper didn't blast his players at half-time knowing his side could turn it around

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mark Cooper puts his arm around Nathan Byrne after Town's 3-2 win at Vale Park Mark Cooper puts his arm around Nathan Byrne after Town's 3-2 win at Vale Park

MARK Cooper didn’t deal out the hairdryer treatment to his Swindon Town players despite his side facing a 2-0 half-time deficit at Vale Park at the weekend and then saw his softly, softly approach pay huge dividends.

Goals from Doug Loft and Tom Pope handed Port Vale a handsome lead over Town at the break but Swindon came out in the second period and turned the game around with efforts from Nile Ranger, Alex Pritchard and Nathan Byrne.

Cooper revealed after the match that he restrained himself from laying into his squad at the interval, after watching them produce one of their better performances away from home this season. And the players proved him right by securing their first victory on the road since November 12.

“We said at half-time keep going because we were playing well and we were outstanding in the second half and totally dominated, and deserved to win the game,” he said.

“I think when you’ve got a lot of young players you can’t jump up and down and rant and rave because you’d frighten them to death. We just tried to encourage them to play football and we had the steel at the back with Troy and Darren. Nathan Thompson and Nathan Byrne were outstanding today.

“We knew we had a solid base behind us for the second half, although we conceded two goals. I don’t know how we conceded. Once we got the first we went from strength to strength.

“I think if you’re going to win at 2-0 down you need an earlier one. We had chances before that but we got a great one – a great ball from Pritch and a great header from Ranger. Then he goes through and he should equalise and hits the bar. We hit the post and you think it’s not going to come but obviously we keep playing and we get the goal.”

Cooper was particularly pleased with Pritchard, who operated in a wing role and played a part in all three goals. And he was delighted with the way his players adapted to the wet and windy conditions at Vale Park as well as a soft playing surface .

“He (Pritchard) doesn’t score them enough but he has the ability,” he said. “He gets us in the game at 2-2 with a free-kick and then there’s a great move and Byrney comes from left-back to get the winner.

“The two frontmen today were a real handful and if you ask the Port Vale defenders they’ll tell you they were a handful to play against. That’s what you want from your frontmen.

“We knew the conditions weren’t going to be great and it’s probably not ideal for the way we like to pass from the back through the midfield. We knew if we had a target today to play we off we could and that’s what we did.”

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7:12am Mon 10 Feb 14

Since 1950 says...

Twice in a week 'The Comeback Kids'. Well done lads. A great effort again.

COYR!
Twice in a week 'The Comeback Kids'. Well done lads. A great effort again. COYR! Since 1950
  • Score: 15

7:46am Mon 10 Feb 14

LeGod says...

Fantastic performance and great come back and a good week after being down 2-0 in two games.
Well done MC and the players and for me a good starting team that looks well balanced and has good technical players and players with power and pace just what we want.
Fantastic performance and great come back and a good week after being down 2-0 in two games. Well done MC and the players and for me a good starting team that looks well balanced and has good technical players and players with power and pace just what we want. LeGod
  • Score: 12

7:50am Mon 10 Feb 14

stranglers says...

This is what man/women management is all about MC, for you to judge which approach & when to use it, well done, a good decision that paid dividends. Great win particularly coming from 2 down. More off the same please, keep it going.
This is what man/women management is all about MC, for you to judge which approach & when to use it, well done, a good decision that paid dividends. Great win particularly coming from 2 down. More off the same please, keep it going. stranglers
  • Score: 11

8:39am Mon 10 Feb 14

smirg kcab says...

Great comeback AGAIN but should we really need to be 2-0 to get a response ?
Adams said they gifted us 3 thought ours looked bigger gifts.
3 valuable point tho, credit to all, and playing ranger and smith uptop about time.
Great comeback AGAIN but should we really need to be 2-0 to get a response ? Adams said they gifted us 3 thought ours looked bigger gifts. 3 valuable point tho, credit to all, and playing ranger and smith uptop about time. smirg kcab
  • Score: 8

8:48am Mon 10 Feb 14

harley red says...

2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????
2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ???? harley red
  • Score: -13

10:56am Mon 10 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

harley red wrote:
2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????
Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????[/p][/quote]Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these. Swindon1984
  • Score: -7

11:21am Mon 10 Feb 14

Stilloyal says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
harley red wrote:
2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????
Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.
I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses

We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace..

I wonder how any minus's for this post.?
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????[/p][/quote]Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.[/p][/quote]I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.? Stilloyal
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Vintage Trouble says...

Two of the worst pitches of the season and two very good results. And these were supposed to be our downfall!
Two of the worst pitches of the season and two very good results. And these were supposed to be our downfall! Vintage Trouble
  • Score: 7

1:41pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
harley red wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????
Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.
I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.?
Cheers - none for you but I'm on minus four - amazing considering there was nothing slanderous, personally insulting or accusatory, just a gentle reminder to people that maybe they shouldn't be so quick to judge, and offering an opinion on the previous couple of matches. But then talking football isn't what some on here are interested in I guess.

I'm going to have to use the +/- thing as a guide for myself, the more minuses the better from what I've seen. Verbally assaulting other people or making stuff up about the club is fine but offering rational opinions in a polite way is out of bounds by the looks of it. Crazy.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????[/p][/quote]Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.[/p][/quote]I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.?[/p][/quote]Cheers - none for you but I'm on minus four - amazing considering there was nothing slanderous, personally insulting or accusatory, just a gentle reminder to people that maybe they shouldn't be so quick to judge, and offering an opinion on the previous couple of matches. But then talking football isn't what some on here are interested in I guess. I'm going to have to use the +/- thing as a guide for myself, the more minuses the better from what I've seen. Verbally assaulting other people or making stuff up about the club is fine but offering rational opinions in a polite way is out of bounds by the looks of it. Crazy. Swindon1984
  • Score: 11

2:14pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Stilloyal says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
harley red wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????
Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.
I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.?
Cheers - none for you but I'm on minus four - amazing considering there was nothing slanderous, personally insulting or accusatory, just a gentle reminder to people that maybe they shouldn't be so quick to judge, and offering an opinion on the previous couple of matches. But then talking football isn't what some on here are interested in I guess.

I'm going to have to use the +/- thing as a guide for myself, the more minuses the better from what I've seen. Verbally assaulting other people or making stuff up about the club is fine but offering rational opinions in a polite way is out of bounds by the looks of it. Crazy.
Think you are dead right there buddy., I've given you a plus anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????[/p][/quote]Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.[/p][/quote]I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.?[/p][/quote]Cheers - none for you but I'm on minus four - amazing considering there was nothing slanderous, personally insulting or accusatory, just a gentle reminder to people that maybe they shouldn't be so quick to judge, and offering an opinion on the previous couple of matches. But then talking football isn't what some on here are interested in I guess. I'm going to have to use the +/- thing as a guide for myself, the more minuses the better from what I've seen. Verbally assaulting other people or making stuff up about the club is fine but offering rational opinions in a polite way is out of bounds by the looks of it. Crazy.[/p][/quote]Think you are dead right there buddy., I've given you a plus anyway. Stilloyal
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Winchester Man says...

What a fabulous result, and performance .... it takes something special to come back to win after being 2-0 down. Brilliant play lads!
I just wished I had been there!

The only away game I've been to this season was at Crawley, where I was spitting feathers cos it was obvious that Crawley were so so average, and if we'd played with even half an attacking intent, we would have won.

It's great to be playing twin strikers again (well done getting Smithy!), it's the only way.

Please, please Mark Cooper ..... don't again jeopardise league points for the JPT, like you did v Oldham. We are ONLY interested in going for the top 6 in the league, it means everything, JPT means nothing. And, yes, I say that as someone who, regardless, would take the same 10 people to see Swin v Chesterfield as two years ago.
What a fabulous result, and performance .... it takes something special to come back to win after being 2-0 down. Brilliant play lads! I just wished I had been there! The only away game I've been to this season was at Crawley, where I was spitting feathers cos it was obvious that Crawley were so so average, and if we'd played with even half an attacking intent, we would have won. It's great to be playing twin strikers again (well done getting Smithy!), it's the only way. Please, please Mark Cooper ..... don't again jeopardise league points for the JPT, like you did v Oldham. We are ONLY interested in going for the top 6 in the league, it means everything, JPT means nothing. And, yes, I say that as someone who, regardless, would take the same 10 people to see Swin v Chesterfield as two years ago. Winchester Man
  • Score: 5

4:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

hertz says...

Admit as a manager you need to know when to use the haidryer and when to give them a cuddle , but dont tell us the poor lambs are too young for a kick up the rear , some lads at 18 are being shouted at every day in military basic training and its for their own survval . COYR
Admit as a manager you need to know when to use the haidryer and when to give them a cuddle , but dont tell us the poor lambs are too young for a kick up the rear , some lads at 18 are being shouted at every day in military basic training and its for their own survval . COYR hertz
  • Score: -4

4:04pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Fernham Red says...

Average age of the starting line up was 23.3 years old, the subs just 20.0. Old man Ward really bucks that number too!

I, for one, am willing to let these young lads ride their ups and downs and support them all the way: It's a pleasure to be part of the STFC roller coaster this season - no matter where it takes us.

Coops - good man yerself!
Average age of the starting line up was 23.3 years old, the subs just 20.0. Old man Ward really bucks that number too! I, for one, am willing to let these young lads ride their ups and downs and support them all the way: It's a pleasure to be part of the STFC roller coaster this season - no matter where it takes us. Coops - good man yerself! Fernham Red
  • Score: 6

4:44pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
harley red wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????
Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.
I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.?
Cheers - none for you but I'm on minus four - amazing considering there was nothing slanderous, personally insulting or accusatory, just a gentle reminder to people that maybe they shouldn't be so quick to judge, and offering an opinion on the previous couple of matches. But then talking football isn't what some on here are interested in I guess. I'm going to have to use the +/- thing as a guide for myself, the more minuses the better from what I've seen. Verbally assaulting other people or making stuff up about the club is fine but offering rational opinions in a polite way is out of bounds by the looks of it. Crazy.
Think you are dead right there buddy., I've given you a plus anyway.
Haha, cheers.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????[/p][/quote]Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.[/p][/quote]I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.?[/p][/quote]Cheers - none for you but I'm on minus four - amazing considering there was nothing slanderous, personally insulting or accusatory, just a gentle reminder to people that maybe they shouldn't be so quick to judge, and offering an opinion on the previous couple of matches. But then talking football isn't what some on here are interested in I guess. I'm going to have to use the +/- thing as a guide for myself, the more minuses the better from what I've seen. Verbally assaulting other people or making stuff up about the club is fine but offering rational opinions in a polite way is out of bounds by the looks of it. Crazy.[/p][/quote]Think you are dead right there buddy., I've given you a plus anyway.[/p][/quote]Haha, cheers. Swindon1984
  • Score: -4

6:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

red white says...

Winchester Man wrote:
What a fabulous result, and performance .... it takes something special to come back to win after being 2-0 down. Brilliant play lads!
I just wished I had been there!

The only away game I've been to this season was at Crawley, where I was spitting feathers cos it was obvious that Crawley were so so average, and if we'd played with even half an attacking intent, we would have won.

It's great to be playing twin strikers again (well done getting Smithy!), it's the only way.

Please, please Mark Cooper ..... don't again jeopardise league points for the JPT, like you did v Oldham. We are ONLY interested in going for the top 6 in the league, it means everything, JPT means nothing. And, yes, I say that as someone who, regardless, would take the same 10 people to see Swin v Chesterfield as two years ago.
I agree i can't afford bleedin Wembley!

Or rather getting bled by Wembley.
[quote][p][bold]Winchester Man[/bold] wrote: What a fabulous result, and performance .... it takes something special to come back to win after being 2-0 down. Brilliant play lads! I just wished I had been there! The only away game I've been to this season was at Crawley, where I was spitting feathers cos it was obvious that Crawley were so so average, and if we'd played with even half an attacking intent, we would have won. It's great to be playing twin strikers again (well done getting Smithy!), it's the only way. Please, please Mark Cooper ..... don't again jeopardise league points for the JPT, like you did v Oldham. We are ONLY interested in going for the top 6 in the league, it means everything, JPT means nothing. And, yes, I say that as someone who, regardless, would take the same 10 people to see Swin v Chesterfield as two years ago.[/p][/quote]I agree i can't afford bleedin Wembley! Or rather getting bled by Wembley. red white
  • Score: 2

6:38pm Mon 10 Feb 14

smirg kcab says...

Sky sports breaking news Man U want to take ward on loan to put some grit into there defence
Sky sports breaking news Man U want to take ward on loan to put some grit into there defence smirg kcab
  • Score: 4

10:56pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Oxon-Red says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
harley red wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????
Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.
I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.?
Cheers - none for you but I'm on minus four - amazing considering there was nothing slanderous, personally insulting or accusatory, just a gentle reminder to people that maybe they shouldn't be so quick to judge, and offering an opinion on the previous couple of matches. But then talking football isn't what some on here are interested in I guess.

I'm going to have to use the +/- thing as a guide for myself, the more minuses the better from what I've seen. Verbally assaulting other people or making stuff up about the club is fine but offering rational opinions in a polite way is out of bounds by the looks of it. Crazy.
Think you are dead right there buddy., I've given you a plus anyway.
Chaps,

Rarely vote + or - and they don't really bother me. Suspect the minuses might be due to the "plough the CG pitch remark" which both of you seemed to support. Do you really believe that ?

Harley seems to be related to someone from the Wimbledon Crazy Gang as all he seems to support is a hoof upfield, he rarely writes more than one sentence and is often offensive in his remarks. He does have a point about getting the ball forward quicker (at times) but do you really want to see the Malpas style return ?

We have good players that are comfortable on the ball and we can usually keep the ball whilst probing for the opening. They are young and have needed at times to move the ball faster or mix it with the longer ball, two games I know but is this now happening ! As I said we usually keep the ball well and IMO the home games we have performed in poorly have been when we have not kept the ball. If you really want to play on a ploughed field then perhaps we should encourage Troy to pick the ball up and run with it.

COYMR

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????[/p][/quote]Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.[/p][/quote]I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.?[/p][/quote]Cheers - none for you but I'm on minus four - amazing considering there was nothing slanderous, personally insulting or accusatory, just a gentle reminder to people that maybe they shouldn't be so quick to judge, and offering an opinion on the previous couple of matches. But then talking football isn't what some on here are interested in I guess. I'm going to have to use the +/- thing as a guide for myself, the more minuses the better from what I've seen. Verbally assaulting other people or making stuff up about the club is fine but offering rational opinions in a polite way is out of bounds by the looks of it. Crazy.[/p][/quote]Think you are dead right there buddy., I've given you a plus anyway.[/p][/quote]Chaps, Rarely vote + or - and they don't really bother me. Suspect the minuses might be due to the "plough the CG pitch remark" which both of you seemed to support. Do you really believe that ? Harley seems to be related to someone from the Wimbledon Crazy Gang as all he seems to support is a hoof upfield, he rarely writes more than one sentence and is often offensive in his remarks. He does have a point about getting the ball forward quicker (at times) but do you really want to see the Malpas style return ? We have good players that are comfortable on the ball and we can usually keep the ball whilst probing for the opening. They are young and have needed at times to move the ball faster or mix it with the longer ball, two games I know but is this now happening ! As I said we usually keep the ball well and IMO the home games we have performed in poorly have been when we have not kept the ball. If you really want to play on a ploughed field then perhaps we should encourage Troy to pick the ball up and run with it. COYMR COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 0

11:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Di kanny oh says...

Great results two in a week and what comebacks a sure sign that Cooper is getting through to the players and love the bit from him that only hard workers will get into the team. No room for shirkers in football teams and looks like the penny is dropping for a few players. I must say the squad looks mighty impressive and with the new signings and injured players returns we have a superb squad of players. Seems the players want to give the play offs a good go and if they keep up the performances of the last two games then who knows but somehow I do not think we are capable of putting a run together but any club that does could find themselves right up there.
Great results two in a week and what comebacks a sure sign that Cooper is getting through to the players and love the bit from him that only hard workers will get into the team. No room for shirkers in football teams and looks like the penny is dropping for a few players. I must say the squad looks mighty impressive and with the new signings and injured players returns we have a superb squad of players. Seems the players want to give the play offs a good go and if they keep up the performances of the last two games then who knows but somehow I do not think we are capable of putting a run together but any club that does could find themselves right up there. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Swindon1984 wrote:
harley red wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????
Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.
I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.?
Cheers - none for you but I'm on minus four - amazing considering there was nothing slanderous, personally insulting or accusatory, just a gentle reminder to people that maybe they shouldn't be so quick to judge, and offering an opinion on the previous couple of matches. But then talking football isn't what some on here are interested in I guess. I'm going to have to use the +/- thing as a guide for myself, the more minuses the better from what I've seen. Verbally assaulting other people or making stuff up about the club is fine but offering rational opinions in a polite way is out of bounds by the looks of it. Crazy.
Think you are dead right there buddy., I've given you a plus anyway.
Chaps, Rarely vote + or - and they don't really bother me. Suspect the minuses might be due to the "plough the CG pitch remark" which both of you seemed to support. Do you really believe that ? Harley seems to be related to someone from the Wimbledon Crazy Gang as all he seems to support is a hoof upfield, he rarely writes more than one sentence and is often offensive in his remarks. He does have a point about getting the ball forward quicker (at times) but do you really want to see the Malpas style return ? We have good players that are comfortable on the ball and we can usually keep the ball whilst probing for the opening. They are young and have needed at times to move the ball faster or mix it with the longer ball, two games I know but is this now happening ! As I said we usually keep the ball well and IMO the home games we have performed in poorly have been when we have not kept the ball. If you really want to play on a ploughed field then perhaps we should encourage Troy to pick the ball up and run with it. COYMR COYMR
Nope, don't really believe ploughing the county ground is a good idea, but then I seriously doubt Harley does either - I read it as we did well in poor conditions, and a tongue in cheek remark to follow it up. No different than say, looking at the Leeds game over the weekend, where the wind helped both of their goals in, and jokingly saying "bet they hope they play in a hurricane every week!" or words to that effect. Think some are far too sensitive if they took that as a real opinion.

And that's sort of my point - think some will use the +/- thing purely on who has made the comment, rather than in support of what they've said. Harley's wound me up a few times by making sweeping statements that I have completely disagreed with, but I'm not going to knock him when he says something sensible - if people do that they shouldn't be surprised if the silly comments continue.

As far as our style of play is concerned, I'm all in favour of it - playing passing, possession football is fantastic. And when it works for us, it's brilliant. When it doesn't work we look like school boys out there (i.e. trying to pass out of defence, getting caught in possession and gifting goals).

The defending is still a bit ropey at times but what's been really encouraging over the past couple of games is when we have gone behind our heads haven't dropped and we've ground out a result. Definitely an improvement.
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: 2 very good results on bad pitches , and with the 2big men up front and Dany joining in , also 4-4-2 perhaps cooper is learning as there was a lot less tippy tippy football . Maybe we should plough the pitch at the county ground ????[/p][/quote]Another minus five for no good reason, think some on here should really read what's been said before marking people down. Anyway, very good result and an important game, needed at least a draw to keep in contention. Agree with grim as well up to a point, not so much at the weekend but definitely against Peterborough, we put ourselves in an awkward position and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Would be nice if we could start games stronger and shore up the back a bit but won't be complaining as long as we keep getting results like these.[/p][/quote]I agree with both these great posts , some people should read these posts properly and digest what is actually written before their negative responses We were on top throughout on Saturday so why would any manager give his players the hairdryer ? we were just being unlucky and it was a matter of time before we scored. I will praise Cooper though for finally going 4-4-2 and attacking with pace.. I wonder how any minus's for this post.?[/p][/quote]Cheers - none for you but I'm on minus four - amazing considering there was nothing slanderous, personally insulting or accusatory, just a gentle reminder to people that maybe they shouldn't be so quick to judge, and offering an opinion on the previous couple of matches. But then talking football isn't what some on here are interested in I guess. I'm going to have to use the +/- thing as a guide for myself, the more minuses the better from what I've seen. Verbally assaulting other people or making stuff up about the club is fine but offering rational opinions in a polite way is out of bounds by the looks of it. Crazy.[/p][/quote]Think you are dead right there buddy., I've given you a plus anyway.[/p][/quote]Chaps, Rarely vote + or - and they don't really bother me. Suspect the minuses might be due to the "plough the CG pitch remark" which both of you seemed to support. Do you really believe that ? Harley seems to be related to someone from the Wimbledon Crazy Gang as all he seems to support is a hoof upfield, he rarely writes more than one sentence and is often offensive in his remarks. He does have a point about getting the ball forward quicker (at times) but do you really want to see the Malpas style return ? We have good players that are comfortable on the ball and we can usually keep the ball whilst probing for the opening. They are young and have needed at times to move the ball faster or mix it with the longer ball, two games I know but is this now happening ! As I said we usually keep the ball well and IMO the home games we have performed in poorly have been when we have not kept the ball. If you really want to play on a ploughed field then perhaps we should encourage Troy to pick the ball up and run with it. COYMR COYMR[/p][/quote]Nope, don't really believe ploughing the county ground is a good idea, but then I seriously doubt Harley does either - I read it as we did well in poor conditions, and a tongue in cheek remark to follow it up. No different than say, looking at the Leeds game over the weekend, where the wind helped both of their goals in, and jokingly saying "bet they hope they play in a hurricane every week!" or words to that effect. Think some are far too sensitive if they took that as a real opinion. And that's sort of my point - think some will use the +/- thing purely on who has made the comment, rather than in support of what they've said. Harley's wound me up a few times by making sweeping statements that I have completely disagreed with, but I'm not going to knock him when he says something sensible - if people do that they shouldn't be surprised if the silly comments continue. As far as our style of play is concerned, I'm all in favour of it - playing passing, possession football is fantastic. And when it works for us, it's brilliant. When it doesn't work we look like school boys out there (i.e. trying to pass out of defence, getting caught in possession and gifting goals). The defending is still a bit ropey at times but what's been really encouraging over the past couple of games is when we have gone behind our heads haven't dropped and we've ground out a result. Definitely an improvement. Swindon1984
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