We must finish on a high note

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

MARK Cooper has insisted that he and his Swindon Town players will be determined to put in one final hurrah for the County Ground crowd this weekend, despite their slim play-off hopes being crushed at Meadow Lane on Saturday.

Town’s 2-0 defeat to Notts County ended the Robins’ chances of securing a top-six finish in League One, though Peterborough United’s victory over Shrewsbury Town rendered whatever result Cooper’s men managed against the Magpies redundant.

Now the Swindon boss is faced with the task of motivating his squad for a last-day dead rubber against Rotherham United.

Cooper, though, stressed that he and his playing staff intend to end the season on a high, saying: “I’m fine. I’m ready to go Monday and we’ll try to get a team out on Saturday.

“I’d rather try to go out on a win. We’ve got a chance to do that next week in a real tough opponent in Rotherham. There’s no pressure on us. We’ve just got to try to go out and play and try to get a result.

“We’ll do what we’ve been doing all season – we’ll just prepare properly.”

Swindon have always been the underdogs in the race for sixth place and only a run of six wins in seven matches gave them even a sniff of overhauling Peterborough.

Therefore, Cooper remained philosophical and proud of the fact his young and inexperienced squad have guaranteed at least eighth this term.

He said: “Deep down we always knew we were chasing and it was going to take a twist of fate for us to get into the play-offs. We’re delighted with the way we ended the season and hopefully we’ll put on a good performance next week and be ready for next year.”

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7:28pm Sun 27 Apr 14

umpcah says...

Wonder who will own the club and how many bookings we shall get !
Wonder who will own the club and how many bookings we shall get ! umpcah
  • Score: -5

7:58pm Sun 27 Apr 14

old town robin says...

Cooper said “We’ll do what we’ve been doing all season – we’ll just prepare properly.”

The team has done well at times, but it could have been so much better with more attention to the opposition and better preparation, especially when on the road with away games against bottom of the league teams that we have let drag us down to their level..
Cooper said “We’ll do what we’ve been doing all season – we’ll just prepare properly.” The team has done well at times, but it could have been so much better with more attention to the opposition and better preparation, especially when on the road with away games against bottom of the league teams that we have let drag us down to their level.. old town robin
  • Score: -13

8:01pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Swindonian63 says...

old town robin wrote:
Cooper said “We’ll do what we’ve been doing all season – we’ll just prepare properly.”

The team has done well at times, but it could have been so much better with more attention to the opposition and better preparation, especially when on the road with away games against bottom of the league teams that we have let drag us down to their level..
Quite right, fair comment.
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: Cooper said “We’ll do what we’ve been doing all season – we’ll just prepare properly.” The team has done well at times, but it could have been so much better with more attention to the opposition and better preparation, especially when on the road with away games against bottom of the league teams that we have let drag us down to their level..[/p][/quote]Quite right, fair comment. Swindonian63
  • Score: -6

8:10pm Sun 27 Apr 14

MidlandRobin says...

Finish on a high note? That'll be difficult with this new Ranger story! He's only gone n assaulted a woman. He's such a fool, god have him such a wonderful gift and he's throwing it away, it's a real shame
Finish on a high note? That'll be difficult with this new Ranger story! He's only gone n assaulted a woman. He's such a fool, god have him such a wonderful gift and he's throwing it away, it's a real shame MidlandRobin
  • Score: -29

8:25pm Sun 27 Apr 14

red white says...

I just said what he said on the previous thread!

Great minds and that.
I just said what he said on the previous thread! Great minds and that. red white
  • Score: -3

9:36pm Sun 27 Apr 14

House with no name says...

What's the point - give the youngsters a run out ready for Division two at the end of next season.

It just seems the once proud name of Swindon Town Football Club is yet again being dragged down through bad press, poor leadership, ineffective management and troublesome employees.

How much is the High Court case going to cost the Club?

Successive local Councils have never supported the Club but are quite willing to accept accolades when the club actually does do well - the name Swindon wouldn't be as well known without the football club.

The positive voices of some die hard spectators only give a false message of support to those that currently run the purse strings - What do you want a successful team in the Premiership or an average team going between div 2 and the Conference ????????????

This club knew there was absolutely no chance of promotion a long time ago especially releasing season tickets for the following season back in January -
What's the point - give the youngsters a run out ready for Division two at the end of next season. It just seems the once proud name of Swindon Town Football Club is yet again being dragged down through bad press, poor leadership, ineffective management and troublesome employees. How much is the High Court case going to cost the Club? Successive local Councils have never supported the Club but are quite willing to accept accolades when the club actually does do well - the name Swindon wouldn't be as well known without the football club. The positive voices of some die hard spectators only give a false message of support to those that currently run the purse strings - What do you want a successful team in the Premiership or an average team going between div 2 and the Conference ???????????? This club knew there was absolutely no chance of promotion a long time ago especially releasing season tickets for the following season back in January - House with no name
  • Score: -11

1:28am Mon 28 Apr 14

House with no name says...

OK - You just want a below average football club - and that is exactly what you have !
OK - You just want a below average football club - and that is exactly what you have ! House with no name
  • Score: -9

1:43am Mon 28 Apr 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

if power had been serious about attempting to keep the play-offs chase alive he would surely have addressed the striker issues when ranger got injured and ajose went back,the experienced midfield enforcer we lacked away from home and Darren wards form.
if power had been serious about attempting to keep the play-offs chase alive he would surely have addressed the striker issues when ranger got injured and ajose went back,the experienced midfield enforcer we lacked away from home and Darren wards form. uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: 4

1:47am Mon 28 Apr 14

Rgbargee says...

House with no name wrote:
OK - You just want a below average football club - and that is exactly what you have !
No we have a club that performed above expectations!
Well done everyone at the club for your efforts to give us a team to be proud to support.
Many of us WILL always follow the town as we are true to the word "supporters".
[quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: OK - You just want a below average football club - and that is exactly what you have ![/p][/quote]No we have a club that performed above expectations! Well done everyone at the club for your efforts to give us a team to be proud to support. Many of us WILL always follow the town as we are true to the word "supporters". Rgbargee
  • Score: 12

8:57am Mon 28 Apr 14

the wizard says...

No Thompson and no TAH for the next game, so who is it then that will be taking their places, Ward,???? Hall ????, and in reality that Slug will be rubbing his hands with glee at our lack of discipline, as it opens the door for him to come here and profit from our woe. Total shambles that Cooper has not stopped the rot with Thompson over his sloppy tackles and back chat. he has not progressed this season and his standards have fallen and if the minus guys don't like it, tough, its the truth and his record speaks for itself. Cooper, sort it out, our record this season has been woeful, have you no control ?????.
No Thompson and no TAH for the next game, so who is it then that will be taking their places, Ward,???? Hall ????, and in reality that Slug will be rubbing his hands with glee at our lack of discipline, as it opens the door for him to come here and profit from our woe. Total shambles that Cooper has not stopped the rot with Thompson over his sloppy tackles and back chat. he has not progressed this season and his standards have fallen and if the minus guys don't like it, tough, its the truth and his record speaks for itself. Cooper, sort it out, our record this season has been woeful, have you no control ?????. the wizard
  • Score: -1

9:13am Mon 28 Apr 14

Moonraker1983 says...

So Ranger drags the name of the club through the mud again. He's a great player but obviously needs some kind of counselling to control his drinking/anger issues.

We'd best get shot of him, although now I don't think many clubs will come in for him. If Ravel Morrison could reform himself at West Ham, it's a shame Ranger couldn't do it here.
So Ranger drags the name of the club through the mud again. He's a great player but obviously needs some kind of counselling to control his drinking/anger issues. We'd best get shot of him, although now I don't think many clubs will come in for him. If Ravel Morrison could reform himself at West Ham, it's a shame Ranger couldn't do it here. Moonraker1983
  • Score: 0

9:53am Mon 28 Apr 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

unfortunately the ill discipline starts in the boardroom and filters entirely down and through our club,an absolute shambles!
unfortunately the ill discipline starts in the boardroom and filters entirely down and through our club,an absolute shambles! uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: 2

10:08am Mon 28 Apr 14

buckobassettboy says...

Rgbargee wrote:
House with no name wrote:
OK - You just want a below average football club - and that is exactly what you have !
No we have a club that performed above expectations!
Well done everyone at the club for your efforts to give us a team to be proud to support.
Many of us WILL always follow the town as we are true to the word "supporters".
so if it is above expectations then your expectations must have been for a below average finish.That is exactly what we got from below average club.Poor management-who can dispute that-with a continual power struggle detrimental to the name of STFC,playing Ward and Hall when they were patently not up to the task-ultimately costing us dearly-its all below average in my book.I will always follow the Town but I do not and will not have blinkered views.At the moment we have ill discipline,ill management,no ground to call our own,div 1 dross again.That according to you sir is above expectations.God help us all
[quote][p][bold]Rgbargee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House with no name[/bold] wrote: OK - You just want a below average football club - and that is exactly what you have ![/p][/quote]No we have a club that performed above expectations! Well done everyone at the club for your efforts to give us a team to be proud to support. Many of us WILL always follow the town as we are true to the word "supporters".[/p][/quote]so if it is above expectations then your expectations must have been for a below average finish.That is exactly what we got from below average club.Poor management-who can dispute that-with a continual power struggle detrimental to the name of STFC,playing Ward and Hall when they were patently not up to the task-ultimately costing us dearly-its all below average in my book.I will always follow the Town but I do not and will not have blinkered views.At the moment we have ill discipline,ill management,no ground to call our own,div 1 dross again.That according to you sir is above expectations.God help us all buckobassettboy
  • Score: -3

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