McEveley’s ‘getting better’

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Jay McEveley Jay McEveley

AT 29 years old, Jay McEveley is “getting better and better” in the eyes of Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper.

The Scouser, who has 34 appearances for the Robins this season, has been recently moved into a holding midfield role by Cooper and the Town boss has been delighted by the way McEveley has adapted to his new position.

While he has had to deal with knee troubles, time out of the game and the stresses and strains of rehabilitation, Cooper believes McEveley is reaping the benefits of his hard work.

He said: “I think he’s getting better and better, you know, I think his performances have been brilliant. He made the goal for us at the end (on Friday), he’s a great lad, a great professional and he’s got a lot to offer as well.

“I think he’s enjoyed what we’ve done this year and the way we played - it’s new even to people like Jay. He’s really enjoyed it.”

The formation employed by Swindon in the victories over Brentford and Coventry City - a fluid 3-4-3 with McEveley and Nathan Thompson shifting between defensive midfield roles in attack and their traditional full-back positions in defence - has laid a solid foundation for wins over two of the best footballing sides in League One.

Cooper is delighted that all the effort put in on the training ground appears to be paying dividends, saying: “It takes a lot of work. Initially we’ve got to start with the back three, to make sure they mark on the right channel.

“The two wide ones in the four are naturally full-backs so they give us the defensive stability when we’ve got the ball, and Pritchard and Byrne has got license to move into each other’s position when one moves out.

“It’s difficult to play against and it takes a lot of work.”

Five wins in seven matches have led to Swindon fans renewing their dreams of promotion and the calls for Cooper’s head have slowly drifted away.

Cooper said: “As a football manager you know if you lose two games everyone wants you to get the sack. It’s just the culture and the society we live in - because of social media and the phone-ins. Hopefully the majority can see what we’re trying to do.

“We’re trying to put the football club on a stable with Lee, the football we’re trying to play and the young players at the club.”

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8:41am Mon 21 Apr 14

old town robin says...

Could Cooper heaping praise on Jay, be a hint he wants him here next season? I think he's done well since recovering from his knee problems and if a new contract is on the table i hope he does stay.
Could Cooper heaping praise on Jay, be a hint he wants him here next season? I think he's done well since recovering from his knee problems and if a new contract is on the table i hope he does stay. old town robin
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12:09pm Mon 21 Apr 14

mancrobin says...

Yes, after watching his abysmal display at Preston, I have been mightily impressed with Jay's improving performances.

He'd already be written in to my first team squad for next season.
Yes, after watching his abysmal display at Preston, I have been mightily impressed with Jay's improving performances. He'd already be written in to my first team squad for next season. mancrobin
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8:44am Tue 22 Apr 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

He's been outstanding in my opinion, at least give him another 1-2 years?
Hope we can, puts his body on the line for this club and gets nothing but stick, deserves more praise.
He's been outstanding in my opinion, at least give him another 1-2 years? Hope we can, puts his body on the line for this club and gets nothing but stick, deserves more praise. GiulianoGrazioli
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