Cooper keeps points target private

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mark Cooper Mark Cooper

MARK Cooper is keeping his points target for the remaining 13 games of his side’s season private, with the Swindon Town manager more interested in seeing the Robins finish 2013/14 with a flourish.

Town currently lie eighth in the League One table with 46 points, six points behind Peterborough United in the final play-off position with just over quarter of the season remaining, and Cooper has a figure in his head of the points haul he believes would propel Swindon into the top six.

However, the 45-year-old isn’t about to divulge that information. Instead, he’d rather see his players up their performance levels.

Even when the Advertiser suggested another eight victories might be enough to secure Town sixth spot, Cooper stayed coy.

He said: “I think it possibly could get you the last place. Of course we’d love to get there but all we’re trying to do is finish the season as strongly as we can and see where it takes us.

“We don’t really talk about (the play-offs), we just talk about the next game. If you start looking too far ahead then you get lost and you can’t see the wood for the trees so we’re just concentrating on the next game.”

Given that the average points total to sneak into sixth place since 2002 is 75 points, even eight victories is unlikely to be enough to lift Swindon into the play-off places.

Presuming they lost the other five games of their run-in, Town would finish the campaign with 70 points - fewer than any of the past 11 sixth-placed sides and they would be 12 points worse off than the 2009/10 sixth-placers Huddersfield.

It remains a long shot and one key element of a successful last two months of the term will be players’ fitness.

“The sports science becomes important - deciding which players are most at risk of long-term injuries, which need a rest, training and things like that,” said Cooper.

“You just try to manage it and try to make sure you don’t do too much training. You make sure you do enough.

“You think with the number of players we’ve got out we don’t want more, so we’re always erring on the side of caution.”

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8:05am Sat 1 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Nil pwaa
Nil pwaa smirg kcab
  • Score: -7

8:07am Sat 1 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Perhaps they could all have a few days off to think about it
Perhaps they could all have a few days off to think about it smirg kcab
  • Score: -4

8:30am Sat 1 Mar 14

6degreessouth says...

Taxiiiiii
Taxiiiiii 6degreessouth
  • Score: -6

9:49am Sat 1 Mar 14

Stilloyal says...

Well I think 54 should be enough but best get 58 to be sure because its tight at the bottom.
Wel'l need ten wins o get in the top six ad that's a big shout, 10 from 13 when we've only manage 13 from 33 thus far and only 2 from the last 11our current form is poor
Well I think 54 should be enough but best get 58 to be sure because its tight at the bottom. Wel'l need ten wins o get in the top six ad that's a big shout, 10 from 13 when we've only manage 13 from 33 thus far and only 2 from the last 11our current form is poor Stilloyal
  • Score: 10

9:50am Sat 1 Mar 14

Robinonfire says...

Just GO COOPER
Just GO COOPER Robinonfire
  • Score: -5

10:20am Sat 1 Mar 14

bradley red 1 says...

The tale of the season keeping things private,cringe every time you make statements like this,please shut the door on your way out.
The tale of the season keeping things private,cringe every time you make statements like this,please shut the door on your way out. bradley red 1
  • Score: 0

10:20am Sat 1 Mar 14

bradley red 1 says...

The tale of the season keeping things private,cringe every time you make statements like this,please shut the door on your way out.
The tale of the season keeping things private,cringe every time you make statements like this,please shut the door on your way out. bradley red 1
  • Score: 0

10:22am Sat 1 Mar 14

bradley red 1 says...

So just how many days a week have the players been training??? 2-3 in my opinion.
So just how many days a week have the players been training??? 2-3 in my opinion. bradley red 1
  • Score: 3

10:34am Sat 1 Mar 14

bluesharpbob says...

I have thought for a couple of months that the town are unlikely to get to the play-offs. I'm not one for criticising the club, because in my opinion the manager and board have done well, all things considered. Despite what some people keep saying about them.

But to qualify for the play-offs they would have to hit something of a purple patch, methinks. That's something despite their, at times, excellent and exciting performances, very early in the season, they haven't done at all this season.

They played some good football, earlier on yes, but never more than about once this season, have they had a run of more than 3 or 4 wins in a row. To get up in the top 6 they'd need a run of 4, 5 or 6 wins, or something that would equate to that before the end of the season.
I have thought for a couple of months that the town are unlikely to get to the play-offs. I'm not one for criticising the club, because in my opinion the manager and board have done well, all things considered. Despite what some people keep saying about them. But to qualify for the play-offs they would have to hit something of a purple patch, methinks. That's something despite their, at times, excellent and exciting performances, very early in the season, they haven't done at all this season. They played some good football, earlier on yes, but never more than about once this season, have they had a run of more than 3 or 4 wins in a row. To get up in the top 6 they'd need a run of 4, 5 or 6 wins, or something that would equate to that before the end of the season. bluesharpbob
  • Score: 4

11:31am Sat 1 Mar 14

Stickshaker says...

Yaadaayada ya!
Yaadaayada ya! Stickshaker
  • Score: 0

8:14pm Sat 1 Mar 14

MARK TITCOMBE says...

ERRR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION ??????

Well that just about sums the idiot up..........

He'd be better off managing a netball team, or Cricket, or Bowls maybe.

GET A GRIP!!!!

YOU KNOW WHERE THE GATE IS.........USE IT AND CLOSE IT!!
ERRR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION ?????? Well that just about sums the idiot up.......... He'd be better off managing a netball team, or Cricket, or Bowls maybe. GET A GRIP!!!! YOU KNOW WHERE THE GATE IS.........USE IT AND CLOSE IT!! MARK TITCOMBE
  • Score: 1

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