Cooper backs Ward to come back firing

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Town captain Darren Ward was rested against Bristol City Town captain Darren Ward was rested against Bristol City

DARREN Ward will come back stronger from being rested for the trip to Bristol City, according to Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper.

Ward, who had made 55 appearances for the Robins prior to Saturday’s goalless draw at Ashton Gate, was left out of the matchday 18 by Cooper at the weekend as the Town boss felt his captain was looking a little jaded after a long run in the side.

Cooper said the 35-year-old was understandably frustrated at being omitted but he backed the defender to make the most of his week off.

“I just felt after recent games he looked a little bit tired,” said Cooper. “He’s played 55 games this season, which is an awful lot, and I felt he needed to be taken out of the firing line. We’ve brought Jack in who’s done well today.

“Of course it’s hard because he’s a respected professional and he’s a good man but my job is to do the best for the team.

“I spoke to Darren and obviously he’s not going to be happy about it but he took it and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger.”

With Ward missing, Cooper handed the captain’s armband to Nathan Thompson – an obvious decision according to the Swindon manager.

“I think when you’re looking for somebody else as captain you don’t look past him and his brother (Louis) because they love Swindon, they love the club and you can tell what it means to them to play for the club,” he said.

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7:14am Mon 17 Mar 14

california andy says...

Please no more Ward. Nice man, decent professional, but past his sell-by. He has been the weak link in the defence all season long. Time to hang the boots up and take up coaching.
Please no more Ward. Nice man, decent professional, but past his sell-by. He has been the weak link in the defence all season long. Time to hang the boots up and take up coaching. california andy
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7:45am Mon 17 Mar 14

umpcah says...

There`s not a Town fan who would reinstate Darren after Saturday`s defence shuffle. I cannot understand why Coops cant see what everyone else can see ! I`m sure Darren is a nice man and a decent professional but Father Time has caught up with him and he`s now too slow to perform as he used to. Hang `em up Darren !
There`s not a Town fan who would reinstate Darren after Saturday`s defence shuffle. I cannot understand why Coops cant see what everyone else can see ! I`m sure Darren is a nice man and a decent professional but Father Time has caught up with him and he`s now too slow to perform as he used to. Hang `em up Darren ! umpcah
  • Score: 7

7:57am Mon 17 Mar 14

Graham8181 says...

Cooper needs to man up and tell him there is no longer a starting place in the side for him
Cooper needs to man up and tell him there is no longer a starting place in the side for him Graham8181
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10:08am Mon 17 Mar 14

London Red says...

To be fair to Cooper - this is not a STFC issue but seen at clubs all over the country
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It is very rare a club captain is tossed on the scrapheap!
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Yes Ward does need resting but with Troy being out we could hardly have gone with Hall and Branco all year
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Now Troy is back he has that possibility
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Think a decision is going to be made in the summer and Ward will hang up his boots - hopefully he will remain as a coach as he is a great role model for the lads
To be fair to Cooper - this is not a STFC issue but seen at clubs all over the country . It is very rare a club captain is tossed on the scrapheap! . Yes Ward does need resting but with Troy being out we could hardly have gone with Hall and Branco all year . Now Troy is back he has that possibility . Think a decision is going to be made in the summer and Ward will hang up his boots - hopefully he will remain as a coach as he is a great role model for the lads London Red
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12:33pm Mon 17 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Eat more nuts and lettuce leaves
Eat more nuts and lettuce leaves smirg kcab
  • Score: 1

6:46pm Mon 17 Mar 14

dazzastfc says...

umpcah wrote:
There`s not a Town fan who would reinstate Darren after Saturday`s defence shuffle. I cannot understand why Coops cant see what everyone else can see ! I`m sure Darren is a nice man and a decent professional but Father Time has caught up with him and he`s now too slow to perform as he used to. Hang `em up Darren !
FUNNY THAT as I sad this at the start of the season and got roasted for it
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: There`s not a Town fan who would reinstate Darren after Saturday`s defence shuffle. I cannot understand why Coops cant see what everyone else can see ! I`m sure Darren is a nice man and a decent professional but Father Time has caught up with him and he`s now too slow to perform as he used to. Hang `em up Darren ![/p][/quote]FUNNY THAT as I sad this at the start of the season and got roasted for it dazzastfc
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9:19pm Tue 18 Mar 14

alchafreds says...

california andy wrote:
Please no more Ward. Nice man, decent professional, but past his sell-by. He has been the weak link in the defence all season long. Time to hang the boots up and take up coaching.
yea somewhere else
[quote][p][bold]california andy[/bold] wrote: Please no more Ward. Nice man, decent professional, but past his sell-by. He has been the weak link in the defence all season long. Time to hang the boots up and take up coaching.[/p][/quote]yea somewhere else alchafreds
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