Cooper admits Town ran out of steam

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mark Cooper Mark Cooper

MARK Cooper accepted that his players looked “out on their feet” during the second half of their 2-1 home defeat to MK Dons on Saturday.

Town controlled much of the opening period at the County Ground and led thanks to Michael Smith’s 18th-minute header but they could not hold onto their lead and saw Antony Kay equalise for the Dons.

The Robins faded badly after half-time and struggled to keep hold of possession in meaningful areas, and the Dons punished their hosts thanks to George Baldock’s stunning late winner.

When asked by the Advertiser whether he too felt his players ran out of energy, Cooper said: “They looked out on their feet. We’ve been very wary of that. It’s their first full season in the senior game, many of them, and they looked very tired.

“We tried to shake it up and put some legs on with Jacob (Murphy) and then Dany (N’Guessan) later on but I agree, they looked very tired.

“I think it becomes more of a mental state - that they’ve played so many games and it’s their first season in senior football and it affects them mentally. That then has a knock-on effect and affects them physically.

“Maybe they’re a little bit edgy at home now, the supporters are a little bit edgy and anxious and I understand that. Maybe, maybe, but we’ve got to be big and brave and try to get on the ball.”

A number of Town fans have now become restless at a streak of six games without a win and five home matches without a victory, and there were even calls for Cooper to be sacked following Saturday’s performance.

Cooper said he understood the frustrations of the fans but again stressed that he would stick by the model implemented by the current ownership of the club as he strives to make Swindon sustainable in the long run.

“I appreciate that but it’s not going to change because that’s the way the owner wants to go – they want to play a style of football that encourages young players to play a certain way and to try to bring young players through. That’s the remit and that’s not going to change,” he said.

“I understand, I know 20 years ago Glenn Hoddle had a similar style of play and I think they appreciated that.”

Of the boos that greeted the final whistle at the weekend, Cooper said: “That’s football and it happens, I fully appreciate that. People pay their money and if they’re not happy they show that but that’s football, you have to deal with that.”

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8:16am Mon 10 Mar 14

itslove says...

Cooper. they were tired. mamby pambies. bless them. they need to try working for a living .
Cooper. they were tired. mamby pambies. bless them. they need to try working for a living . itslove
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8:47am Mon 10 Mar 14

old town robin says...

“We tried to shake it up and put some legs on with Jacob (Murphy) and then Dany (N’Guessan) later on, maybe, we’ve got to be big and brave and try to get on the ball.”

Grow some balls more like it. What a load of twaddle, how can he think he shook thing up, bringing a player on in the 86th minute. It was the midfield he needed to make changes as none of them could pass to a red shirt, lost out on almost all of their tackles and Alan Smith of MK was allowed to show why he was once an England player when he played for Leeds and Utd. That is what you call experience in the team, which we have sadly lacked all season.

I'm very much for the call for changes now, Cooper hasn't got a clue. he can blame it on his remit as much as he likes, but when he's in the dugout he's in charge and should be motivating (which he doesn't), making the changes at the right time (which he doesn't) bringing on a like for like in the last five minutes isn't my idea of shaking things up. It was plain to see we were being overrun in the middle when we clearly could not match them retaining the ball or winning it.

IMO he's a very poor manager and probably better suited for what he came here as which was as an assistant coach. Probably Power won't change things because it suits him to have a coach that does what he's told, but under his stewardship we won't be going anywhere soon. Karl Robinson isn't the first manager this season to outsmart him and he won't be the last, with Kenny Jacket and Clough due here soon, it'll be literally be men against a boy more suited for managing a conference side when it comes to savy and nous a manager that doesn't know how to make changes isn't the right person for management and just maybe one day he'll admit it and take the blame instead of coming up with every other excuse in the book.
“We tried to shake it up and put some legs on with Jacob (Murphy) and then Dany (N’Guessan) later on, maybe, we’ve got to be big and brave and try to get on the ball.” Grow some balls more like it. What a load of twaddle, how can he think he shook thing up, bringing a player on in the 86th minute. It was the midfield he needed to make changes as none of them could pass to a red shirt, lost out on almost all of their tackles and Alan Smith of MK was allowed to show why he was once an England player when he played for Leeds and Utd. That is what you call experience in the team, which we have sadly lacked all season. I'm very much for the call for changes now, Cooper hasn't got a clue. he can blame it on his remit as much as he likes, but when he's in the dugout he's in charge and should be motivating (which he doesn't), making the changes at the right time (which he doesn't) bringing on a like for like in the last five minutes isn't my idea of shaking things up. It was plain to see we were being overrun in the middle when we clearly could not match them retaining the ball or winning it. IMO he's a very poor manager and probably better suited for what he came here as which was as an assistant coach. Probably Power won't change things because it suits him to have a coach that does what he's told, but under his stewardship we won't be going anywhere soon. Karl Robinson isn't the first manager this season to outsmart him and he won't be the last, with Kenny Jacket and Clough due here soon, it'll be literally be men against a boy more suited for managing a conference side when it comes to savy and nous a manager that doesn't know how to make changes isn't the right person for management and just maybe one day he'll admit it and take the blame instead of coming up with every other excuse in the book. old town robin
  • Score: 7

11:06am Mon 10 Mar 14

6degreessouth says...

Clueless, how can young men be tired and all the **** about it being their first season, wake up Cooper you are the manager pull your finger out or p1ss off
Clueless, how can young men be tired and all the **** about it being their first season, wake up Cooper you are the manager pull your finger out or p1ss off 6degreessouth
  • Score: 5

1:07pm Mon 10 Mar 14

badger58 says...

MC stated that we enjoyed the football under Hoddle ...... yes we did and under Ossie but that was exciting to watch not like now all across the middle and then back GOALS win matches nothing else and at the moment we need minimum of 2 each game to do this as we are rarely capable of keeping a clean sheet at the moment still roll on Tuesday COYR !
MC stated that we enjoyed the football under Hoddle ...... yes we did and under Ossie but that was exciting to watch not like now all across the middle and then back GOALS win matches nothing else and at the moment we need minimum of 2 each game to do this as we are rarely capable of keeping a clean sheet at the moment still roll on Tuesday COYR ! badger58
  • Score: 5

2:53pm Mon 10 Mar 14

hertz says...

Oh! FFS keep going on about how young they are then try to tell us they ran out of steam , ok you say being young they may not gel as a team but one thing surely in their favour at a youngage is the abiity to run for 90 minutes .
Oh! FFS keep going on about how young they are then try to tell us they ran out of steam , ok you say being young they may not gel as a team but one thing surely in their favour at a youngage is the abiity to run for 90 minutes . hertz
  • Score: 6

3:02pm Mon 10 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Cross out steam and replace with managers ideas
Cross out steam and replace with managers ideas smirg kcab
  • Score: 1

4:20pm Mon 10 Mar 14

NEWBURYREDS says...

Stop letting them have 2 or 3 days off a week cooper, I know players need rest but look when pdc was here hardly any days off, they never looked tired then
Stop letting them have 2 or 3 days off a week cooper, I know players need rest but look when pdc was here hardly any days off, they never looked tired then NEWBURYREDS
  • Score: 5

5:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

This does annoy me how can players so young be out of steam, they should be able to play 3 games a week !
I will be on my feet for 8 hours tomorrow walking about 10 miles plus an hour to get to work and an hour home but i will still be there supporting these players and i earn considerably less them.
This does annoy me how can players so young be out of steam, they should be able to play 3 games a week ! I will be on my feet for 8 hours tomorrow walking about 10 miles plus an hour to get to work and an hour home but i will still be there supporting these players and i earn considerably less them. swwindon61uk
  • Score: 5

5:19pm Mon 10 Mar 14

itslove says...

If anyone goes to the wolves game it to see wolves. a goodmanager . A good team. proud of the gold shirt. proud of the history. all things we dont have. thats why they are top and we are mid table of a poor lge.
If anyone goes to the wolves game it to see wolves. a goodmanager . A good team. proud of the gold shirt. proud of the history. all things we dont have. thats why they are top and we are mid table of a poor lge. itslove
  • Score: 2

5:29pm Mon 10 Mar 14

swwindon61uk says...

itslove wrote:
If anyone goes to the wolves game it to see wolves. a goodmanager . A good team. proud of the gold shirt. proud of the history. all things we dont have. thats why they are top and we are mid table of a poor lge.
What is their budget and wage bill?
A lot of players would be proud to wear the Wolves shirt at the right price!!
[quote][p][bold]itslove[/bold] wrote: If anyone goes to the wolves game it to see wolves. a goodmanager . A good team. proud of the gold shirt. proud of the history. all things we dont have. thats why they are top and we are mid table of a poor lge.[/p][/quote]What is their budget and wage bill? A lot of players would be proud to wear the Wolves shirt at the right price!! swwindon61uk
  • Score: 0

10:44pm Mon 10 Mar 14

old town robin says...

swwindon61uk wrote:
itslove wrote:
If anyone goes to the wolves game it to see wolves. a goodmanager . A good team. proud of the gold shirt. proud of the history. all things we dont have. thats why they are top and we are mid table of a poor lge.
What is their budget and wage bill?
A lot of players would be proud to wear the Wolves shirt at the right price!!
For god sake 61 wake up and smell the coffee, Stop making excuses for an under achieving manager
[quote][p][bold]swwindon61uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itslove[/bold] wrote: If anyone goes to the wolves game it to see wolves. a goodmanager . A good team. proud of the gold shirt. proud of the history. all things we dont have. thats why they are top and we are mid table of a poor lge.[/p][/quote]What is their budget and wage bill? A lot of players would be proud to wear the Wolves shirt at the right price!![/p][/quote]For god sake 61 wake up and smell the coffee, Stop making excuses for an under achieving manager old town robin
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