Town's Bramall Lane nightmare is not discussed

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Town boss Mark Cooper Town boss Mark Cooper

SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper has long since forgotten the experience of his visit to Bramall Lane earlier this season, and he’s not about to remind his players of the miserable trip ahead of the return meeting with Sheffield United tomorrow.

Town lacked incision, creativity and discipline in the first clash between the sides back in December, eventually slipping to a 1-0 defeat, but three and a half months on Cooper is not going to use that performance as a reference point as he prepares the Robins for the arrival of League One’s form side.

He said: “That was months ago, we don’t talk about that. We talk about the positives from the last three games and we show players what can happen if they do things right and what can happen if they don’t.

“We’re concentrating on the positives of the last three games and trying to instil that into them and making sure we give a really good performance on Saturday.

“We didn’t have any strikers for that Sheffield United game. (Nile) Ranger was injured so we went with Ryan Mason as the furthest man forward and it didn’t work, for one reason or another.

“That’s at the back of our minds now - what’s at the forefront is Bristol City, Preston and Tranmere and if we can put bits of each of those performances together we will be a difficult team to play against.”

Town are unbeaten in three matches going into the game this weekend and can achieve their longest run without defeat in League One this term with a win or a draw at the County Ground.

Cooper is unable to define exactly why Swindon’s form has improved significantly of late, not that he’s complaining.

“It’s difficult to pinpoint it,” he said. “I think there was a lot of soul-searching done after the Wolves game when we conceded four goals and didn’t play particularly well in the first half.

“We had a good discussion at half-time in that game and played well in the second half, had a good performance against the odds at Bristol City with 10 men, a very good performance against Preston and not a great performance in terms of dominating the game on Tuesday but one of desire and determination.

“If you can win when you’re not playing as well then that’s a good sign.”

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1:31pm Fri 28 Mar 14

cricklade red says...

Its difficult to pinpoint it , Mr Cooper, I think you know that leaving Wardie out has made all the difference , who are you kidding.
keep up the good work Town . COYR
Its difficult to pinpoint it , Mr Cooper, I think you know that leaving Wardie out has made all the difference , who are you kidding. keep up the good work Town . COYR cricklade red
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4:37pm Fri 28 Mar 14

the wizard says...

From above,

Cooper is unable to define exactly why Swindon’s form has improved significantly of late, not that he’s complaining

Somebody somewhere having a laugh. JC Almighty !

Well for the benefit of those who don't know, firstly Pritchard getting sent off did everyone a favour, as the team bonded and got stuck in for a point, and that bonding proved to be an unforeseen bonus.

Secondly we now have a back pairing which works better than anything we have seen this season.

Thirdly, a lucky, gutsy draw, a win by a penalty, and a win by a way jammy goal do not signal anything great, we have just had a bit of pay back from Lady Luck.

We are still a team that is searching for its early season form, but when Ajose went back to 'Borough that was the turning point along with Ranger-gate. We still have players who will try, players who are far from the finished article, and some still learning how to take their chances.

If we keep our heads tomorrow and focus we can still come away with a point but it will not be easy, the Cloughites have their eyes on that position that nobody else wants. If they don't get it this time, they will be odds-on for next season automatic. Cooper knows the crack, and the limitations of this squad. next season will be different and maybe the addition of players coming in from another Prem club as Power has said. Its all about facing reality and knowing our limitations, accept them and then the wins are even sweeter. We need to be attacking the Town End in the first half as the sun will be low in the second half and in their eyes. Tactics Cooper, tactics.
From above, Cooper is unable to define exactly why Swindon’s form has improved significantly of late, not that he’s complaining Somebody somewhere having a laugh. JC Almighty ! Well for the benefit of those who don't know, firstly Pritchard getting sent off did everyone a favour, as the team bonded and got stuck in for a point, and that bonding proved to be an unforeseen bonus. Secondly we now have a back pairing which works better than anything we have seen this season. Thirdly, a lucky, gutsy draw, a win by a penalty, and a win by a way jammy goal do not signal anything great, we have just had a bit of pay back from Lady Luck. We are still a team that is searching for its early season form, but when Ajose went back to 'Borough that was the turning point along with Ranger-gate. We still have players who will try, players who are far from the finished article, and some still learning how to take their chances. If we keep our heads tomorrow and focus we can still come away with a point but it will not be easy, the Cloughites have their eyes on that position that nobody else wants. If they don't get it this time, they will be odds-on for next season automatic. Cooper knows the crack, and the limitations of this squad. next season will be different and maybe the addition of players coming in from another Prem club as Power has said. Its all about facing reality and knowing our limitations, accept them and then the wins are even sweeter. We need to be attacking the Town End in the first half as the sun will be low in the second half and in their eyes. Tactics Cooper, tactics. the wizard
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5:50pm Fri 28 Mar 14

smirg kcab says...

Ok for you to forget
I/we paid a lot of money for that shaat and still no apology
Ok for you to forget I/we paid a lot of money for that shaat and still no apology smirg kcab
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8:01pm Fri 28 Mar 14

the wizard says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Ok for you to forget
I/we paid a lot of money for that shaat and still no apology
Correct, nothing changes does it
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Ok for you to forget I/we paid a lot of money for that shaat and still no apology[/p][/quote]Correct, nothing changes does it the wizard
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8:17pm Fri 28 Mar 14

cricklade red says...

Number 1 is in defence, all we want is a fooxxxing shot at goal, lets hope we've seen the last of those tactics.
Number 1 is in defence, all we want is a fooxxxing shot at goal, lets hope we've seen the last of those tactics. cricklade red
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