SWINDON TOWN: Cooper's take on Orient defeat

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

SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper lamented the two clumsy tackles which gifted Leyton Orient the two penalties they required to see off the Robins 2-0 on Saturday.

Jamie Reckord brought down Moses Odubajo three minutes before half-time and Troy Archibald-Henville pulled over David Mooney seven minutes after the break to give Lloyd James two free shots from 12 yards, both of which he converted to send the O’s top of League One.

After the game, Cooper criticised his defenders for their recklessness, saying that if Town had managed to keep the game level at 0-0 to half-time the whole shape of the match could have been different.

“I didn’t think there was too much danger in the first half and a ridiculous tackle gives them a penalty just before half-time, which gives them the ascendancy,” he said. “Second half, first 20 minutes we were not very good and then when it’s 2-0 and the game’s over we start to play a little bit.

“Yes, we didn’t threaten their goal enough, but we have a way we want to play and that’s what we’re trying to do – as frustrating as it might be at times, we have a way we’re trying to play and we try to stick to it.

“You can’t make two challenges like we did in the penalty area and give two penalties away, and expect to win games of football.

“The first one, the Orient right winger is facing the stand and our defender tries to tackle him and then Troy has got himself in a muddle and rugby tackled the boy just on the edge or inside the box.

“The worst thing is that we’ve not really made Orient work for it, we’ve given them two goals. When you do that against a team that’s riding high at the top of the league they take advantage of it.

“We got to 43 minutes with a clean sheet and if we get to half-time it’s a totally different game. You go in 1-0 down, their tails are up and ours are down.

“In the first half I thought we were comfortable but we gave them the penalty and that’s all the encouragement they needed.”

With Nile Ranger, Alex Pritchard, Ryan Mason, Grant Hall, Wes Foderingham and Louis Thompson missing through injury and Nathan Thompson and Jay McEveley suspended, Cooper had to field a makeshift team at Brisbane Road.

The likes of Ryan Harley, Jamie Reckord, Ben Gladwin and George Barker were given the chance to impress but couldn’t shift the match in Town’s favour.

“It was difficult with the personnel we have to change the style,” he said. “We didn’t really have any attacking options. Dany N’Guessan’s groin was not right, we couldn’t really risk him and it was difficult to change the style.

“We had a depleted squad, I said that before, I wasn’t looking for excuses but we had a depleted squad, which you could see with the team we picked today.”

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8:35am Sun 23 Feb 14

LeGod says...

Just proved to me watching that yesterday a lot of the players that played yesterday aren't good enough. Orient aren't a good side either but again another two gifted goals as we have done in nearly every away game this season.
If we were in a league for passing it sideways we would be top by miles you have to attack to score and we had one shot on target all game a pathetic performance by us .
Just proved to me watching that yesterday a lot of the players that played yesterday aren't good enough. Orient aren't a good side either but again another two gifted goals as we have done in nearly every away game this season. If we were in a league for passing it sideways we would be top by miles you have to attack to score and we had one shot on target all game a pathetic performance by us . LeGod

8:52am Sun 23 Feb 14

Swindon1984 says...

Would add to that a lack of discipline, a few players have far too many cards.
Would add to that a lack of discipline, a few players have far too many cards. Swindon1984

9:13am Sun 23 Feb 14

sagadude says...

LeGod wrote:
Just proved to me watching that yesterday a lot of the players that played yesterday aren't good enough. Orient aren't a good side either but again another two gifted goals as we have done in nearly every away game this season.
If we were in a league for passing it sideways we would be top by miles you have to attack to score and we had one shot on target all game a pathetic performance by us .
Yes too true, and we cannot attract the players we needed because Power will not listen and change manager.

Wes Thomas
Paddy Madden
Craig Westcarr

All missed.........becau
se Cooper has not got a clue.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Just proved to me watching that yesterday a lot of the players that played yesterday aren't good enough. Orient aren't a good side either but again another two gifted goals as we have done in nearly every away game this season. If we were in a league for passing it sideways we would be top by miles you have to attack to score and we had one shot on target all game a pathetic performance by us .[/p][/quote]Yes too true, and we cannot attract the players we needed because Power will not listen and change manager. Wes Thomas Paddy Madden Craig Westcarr All missed.........becau se Cooper has not got a clue. sagadude

9:51am Sun 23 Feb 14

Redgollum says...

It's a difficult one. These fringe players are obviously not good enough to form the backbone of a side, but any of them would be good enough to come on as sub in case of emergency in a full team. Some are young & still need to get experience, some are just signed as back-up.
But, given the injury & suspension list of the 1st team favourites, what other side could we have put out?
If all our 1st choice players had been available, we cannot afford to have another couple of high wage earners sitting on the bench.
So we have to make do with what we've got.
It's a difficult one. These fringe players are obviously not good enough to form the backbone of a side, but any of them would be good enough to come on as sub in case of emergency in a full team. Some are young & still need to get experience, some are just signed as back-up. But, given the injury & suspension list of the 1st team favourites, what other side could we have put out? If all our 1st choice players had been available, we cannot afford to have another couple of high wage earners sitting on the bench. So we have to make do with what we've got. Redgollum

10:03am Sun 23 Feb 14

Cricklade Reds says...

We have a system, it is. we go away we lose. No plan B. Coopers a muppet but he must be cheap. COYR
We have a system, it is. we go away we lose. No plan B. Coopers a muppet but he must be cheap. COYR Cricklade Reds

10:19am Sun 23 Feb 14

SPIDEY43 says...

JUST LIKE A LOT OF THE FANS HAVE BEEN SAYING
NOT ENOUGH DISIPLINE COOPER YOU ARNT A BAD MANAGER
BUT GET SOME BOTTLE ON GETTING A GRIP 4 MORE YELLOWS YESTERDAY ARE WE GOING FOR A RECORD
JUST LIKE A LOT OF THE FANS HAVE BEEN SAYING NOT ENOUGH DISIPLINE COOPER YOU ARNT A BAD MANAGER BUT GET SOME BOTTLE ON GETTING A GRIP 4 MORE YELLOWS YESTERDAY ARE WE GOING FOR A RECORD SPIDEY43

10:58am Sun 23 Feb 14

Chish and Fips says...

Redgollum wrote:
It's a difficult one. These fringe players are obviously not good enough to form the backbone of a side, but any of them would be good enough to come on as sub in case of emergency in a full team. Some are young & still need to get experience, some are just signed as back-up.
But, given the injury & suspension list of the 1st team favourites, what other side could we have put out?
If all our 1st choice players had been available, we cannot afford to have another couple of high wage earners sitting on the bench.
So we have to make do with what we've got.
Excellent post RG - wish some of the Wrist Slasher Brigade would look at the bigger picture and not the 'Cooper out' tunnel vision perspective.
[quote][p][bold]Redgollum[/bold] wrote: It's a difficult one. These fringe players are obviously not good enough to form the backbone of a side, but any of them would be good enough to come on as sub in case of emergency in a full team. Some are young & still need to get experience, some are just signed as back-up. But, given the injury & suspension list of the 1st team favourites, what other side could we have put out? If all our 1st choice players had been available, we cannot afford to have another couple of high wage earners sitting on the bench. So we have to make do with what we've got.[/p][/quote]Excellent post RG - wish some of the Wrist Slasher Brigade would look at the bigger picture and not the 'Cooper out' tunnel vision perspective. Chish and Fips

11:40am Sun 23 Feb 14

LionelHutz says...

LeGod wrote:
Just proved to me watching that yesterday a lot of the players that played yesterday aren't good enough. Orient aren't a good side either but again another two gifted goals as we have done in nearly every away game this season.
If we were in a league for passing it sideways we would be top by miles you have to attack to score and we had one shot on target all game a pathetic performance by us .
Orient aren't a good side? They're top of the league!
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Just proved to me watching that yesterday a lot of the players that played yesterday aren't good enough. Orient aren't a good side either but again another two gifted goals as we have done in nearly every away game this season. If we were in a league for passing it sideways we would be top by miles you have to attack to score and we had one shot on target all game a pathetic performance by us .[/p][/quote]Orient aren't a good side? They're top of the league! LionelHutz

12:01pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Redgollum says...

C&F,
Well, Cooper ain't a manager, but he is supposed to be a good coach. As I see it, he is given the players we have & make them work together. That is his problem and if he can't do it then he has to go. But, could we get anyone better?
An old mate from Derby said about Brian Clough "He is the best manager, and improved as a coach when they took his teeth out and put seats in"
C&F, Well, Cooper ain't a manager, but he is supposed to be a good coach. As I see it, he is given the players we have & make them work together. That is his problem and if he can't do it then he has to go. But, could we get anyone better? An old mate from Derby said about Brian Clough "He is the best manager, and improved as a coach when they took his teeth out and put seats in" Redgollum

12:55pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Chish and Fips says...

Redgollum wrote:
C&F,
Well, Cooper ain't a manager, but he is supposed to be a good coach. As I see it, he is given the players we have & make them work together. That is his problem and if he can't do it then he has to go. But, could we get anyone better?
An old mate from Derby said about Brian Clough "He is the best manager, and improved as a coach when they took his teeth out and put seats in"
Not to sure if I totally agree with 'ain't a manager' but each to their own, time will tell. I believe he hasn't had the easiest of situations right from the start here, but took it on, and has made mistakes but also got quite a lot right.

I'm puzzled or concerned who we could get in should he leave, or could even attract here, better the devil you know sometimes.
[quote][p][bold]Redgollum[/bold] wrote: C&F, Well, Cooper ain't a manager, but he is supposed to be a good coach. As I see it, he is given the players we have & make them work together. That is his problem and if he can't do it then he has to go. But, could we get anyone better? An old mate from Derby said about Brian Clough "He is the best manager, and improved as a coach when they took his teeth out and put seats in"[/p][/quote]Not to sure if I totally agree with 'ain't a manager' but each to their own, time will tell. I believe he hasn't had the easiest of situations right from the start here, but took it on, and has made mistakes but also got quite a lot right. I'm puzzled or concerned who we could get in should he leave, or could even attract here, better the devil you know sometimes. Chish and Fips

1:17pm Sun 23 Feb 14

harley red says...

How people can find possatives out of another crap performance is beyond me , cooper has to go , his tactics are poor and I get the feeling the players do what they want . We should get a new manager in and play 4-4-2 the players are not good enough to play pass back football as that is the only direction we go . Smith can't get the ball under control often enough so teams break forward and more often cause us problems 3/4 of the season gone and cooper has know idea on how to change things . I need to see something happen ref cooper to leave as I don't think I will renew my season ticket , I just don't look forward to watching the crap cooper and his merry men dish up !!!
How people can find possatives out of another crap performance is beyond me , cooper has to go , his tactics are poor and I get the feeling the players do what they want . We should get a new manager in and play 4-4-2 the players are not good enough to play pass back football as that is the only direction we go . Smith can't get the ball under control often enough so teams break forward and more often cause us problems 3/4 of the season gone and cooper has know idea on how to change things . I need to see something happen ref cooper to leave as I don't think I will renew my season ticket , I just don't look forward to watching the crap cooper and his merry men dish up !!! harley red

3:07pm Sun 23 Feb 14

itslove says...

Playing some rubbish stuff . we cant keep blaming injurys. other teams have them. two days off was a bad idea. these players need coaching. so many silly errors . im sure the players can do it . they just need discipline and a strong manager. cooper does neither . hes on borrowed time . only him to blame. he doesnt change. the players dont fear him . it no good going on loke this.
Playing some rubbish stuff . we cant keep blaming injurys. other teams have them. two days off was a bad idea. these players need coaching. so many silly errors . im sure the players can do it . they just need discipline and a strong manager. cooper does neither . hes on borrowed time . only him to blame. he doesnt change. the players dont fear him . it no good going on loke this. itslove

5:47pm Sun 23 Feb 14

LeGod says...

LionelHutz - i know there top of the league for a few days but there is nothing special about Orient as a team they have had hardly any injuries all season or suspensions and have kept the majority of the same players playing all season.
Even though they are top they are no way a good side that look a top of the league side. We handed the game to them on a plate yet again if those stupid rash tackles hadnt had been done we could have got a draw. I'm not sure the second penalty should have been given as the foul started outside the box and should have been a free kick not a penalty.
Anyway we gave a very poor display the only players to me who came out with credit were Belford, Bryne and Troy (even though he gave the second penalty away) all the rest were poor and not good enough for this level based on yesterday.
LionelHutz - i know there top of the league for a few days but there is nothing special about Orient as a team they have had hardly any injuries all season or suspensions and have kept the majority of the same players playing all season. Even though they are top they are no way a good side that look a top of the league side. We handed the game to them on a plate yet again if those stupid rash tackles hadnt had been done we could have got a draw. I'm not sure the second penalty should have been given as the foul started outside the box and should have been a free kick not a penalty. Anyway we gave a very poor display the only players to me who came out with credit were Belford, Bryne and Troy (even though he gave the second penalty away) all the rest were poor and not good enough for this level based on yesterday. LeGod

9:29pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Winchester Man says...

I'm not quite sure how people on here can say Orient aren't a good side ..... they're top of the league, and have been the best team I've seen down at the County Ground this season (maybe matched by Walsall).

Town had 6 first team players out ..... fans need to get real with their expectations. It was always going to be tough at Orient.

But, I agree with many that Mark Cooper is naturally too defensive. His insistence on playing blanket stifling defence for the 1st hour away from home, and playing just a sole striker so many times away from home .... and even at home! .... drives me nuts. I also take issue with Town's thinking to put JPT before the league - witness the Oldham game.

But, I come back to my original point ...... Town fans need to get proper expectations - this Town side are going to lose matches, and will be well beaten on occasion, but that's when fans should be shouting their support LOUDER. I've missed 3 home games, and with the exception of the Oldham game, I've really enjoyed every one ..... it remains great drama ..... and if you love fottball, and love your team, fans should take defeat with better grace.
I'm not quite sure how people on here can say Orient aren't a good side ..... they're top of the league, and have been the best team I've seen down at the County Ground this season (maybe matched by Walsall). Town had 6 first team players out ..... fans need to get real with their expectations. It was always going to be tough at Orient. But, I agree with many that Mark Cooper is naturally too defensive. His insistence on playing blanket stifling defence for the 1st hour away from home, and playing just a sole striker so many times away from home .... and even at home! .... drives me nuts. I also take issue with Town's thinking to put JPT before the league - witness the Oldham game. But, I come back to my original point ...... Town fans need to get proper expectations - this Town side are going to lose matches, and will be well beaten on occasion, but that's when fans should be shouting their support LOUDER. I've missed 3 home games, and with the exception of the Oldham game, I've really enjoyed every one ..... it remains great drama ..... and if you love fottball, and love your team, fans should take defeat with better grace. Winchester Man

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