Striker set to be a big part of Cooper's plans

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Andy Williams Andy Williams

MARK Cooper has praised Andy Williams’s mental toughness during his long rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.

Williams, who looks set to lead the line for Swindon Town in League One this season, was packed off on loan to Yeovil Town in the early weeks of last season but returned to the County Ground in the autumn when he suffered cruciate ligament damage.

The 27-year-old frontman could have been forgiven, therefore, from taking things lightly when he returned to the Town squad for pre-season training but Cooper has revealed that the former Bristol Rovers man has showed plenty of heart and character, and that there are no obvious lasting psychological side-effects of his time on the treatment table.

Cooper said: “He’s trained every session, looks really fit and really strong and he’s been flying in training. Most League One teams would know he’s got something to offer if we play two up front.

“He’s very strong mentally. The physio hasn’t had to chase him at all, he’s just one that goes and does his work. At the end of the season he was flying. He’s had a couple of weeks off and then straight back into it, and I’ve not seen any sign of him letting up or pulling out of tackles. I’ve got no worries he’ll be flying come August 9.

“I think he was a little bit of a whipping boy for the manager who was here then (Paolo Di Canio). At the start of last season, when we decided we were going to play one up front, it just wasn’t suited to what Andy gives and with it looking like we’ll probably play two up front it will probably suit him.

“I think he’ll do great.

“It’s what we’ve been working on so far. Always we have something in the back of our mind that we can work on and resort to if that doesn’t work. It doesn’t have to be a three; it can be a two with a midfield player playing in between them as a sweeper. It’s very flexible.”

Meanwhile, Cooper anticipates some transfer activity at the County Ground during the second half of July.

“I think June is always a quiet month. With most clubs, not a lot of business is done in June,” he said. “When you get into July it starts moving and the closer you get to the end of July and the beginning of August, things start to speed up. We’ll be no different. I’m sure that over the next few weeks there’ll be a couple of players coming in and maybe a couple leaving.”

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6:50am Tue 15 Jul 14

Fernham Red says...

I like the sound of 4-4-2 for this season. When we had a man like Nile up front he could plough a lone furrow and hold his own. I think MC is acknowledging that we'll need more of a duo dynamic up front and complimentary/contra
sting styles of Smith and Williams could, and should, work well. They will need a lot of work in training and pre-season to build a partnership to see them through the season. Shearer-Sutton style telepathy isn't born overnight and it is all about communication and body language.

A couple in, maybe a couple out, eh? This is broadly in line with the message we've been hearing so far - but unless MC is a master of understatement - I suspect the announcements of (hopefully) Stephens and Smith (and/or possibly Turley) in defence might mark the end of our transfer activity.

The outs are clearly Ward and Harley.

It looks as though Waldon and Barker may well get a lot of bench time and substitute appearances this year as the language here suggests our no.9 and no.10 shirts already have Williams & Smith printed on them, and no real news or rumours that we are actively looking for another striker.

A smaller squad by far this season, but looks like a lot of the (even younger) youngsters will be given a chance to fill any gaps that arise through injury/suspension (Jones, Da Costa, Randall, Walsh, Antonio).

Would like an update on the Injury status of Tijane (it's all gone rather quiet) and Barker (hopefully nothing serious) and Agombar (also his contractual status with us). Hopefully Sam and team can dig a little deeper in this area for us.
I like the sound of 4-4-2 for this season. When we had a man like Nile up front he could plough a lone furrow and hold his own. I think MC is acknowledging that we'll need more of a duo dynamic up front and complimentary/contra sting styles of Smith and Williams could, and should, work well. They will need a lot of work in training and pre-season to build a partnership to see them through the season. Shearer-Sutton style telepathy isn't born overnight and it is all about communication and body language. A couple in, maybe a couple out, eh? This is broadly in line with the message we've been hearing so far - but unless MC is a master of understatement - I suspect the announcements of (hopefully) Stephens and Smith (and/or possibly Turley) in defence might mark the end of our transfer activity. The outs are clearly Ward and Harley. It looks as though Waldon and Barker may well get a lot of bench time and substitute appearances this year as the language here suggests our no.9 and no.10 shirts already have Williams & Smith printed on them, and no real news or rumours that we are actively looking for another striker. A smaller squad by far this season, but looks like a lot of the (even younger) youngsters will be given a chance to fill any gaps that arise through injury/suspension (Jones, Da Costa, Randall, Walsh, Antonio). Would like an update on the Injury status of Tijane (it's all gone rather quiet) and Barker (hopefully nothing serious) and Agombar (also his contractual status with us). Hopefully Sam and team can dig a little deeper in this area for us. Fernham Red
  • Score: 6

7:03am Tue 15 Jul 14

ctown_red says...

After all the doom and gloom over the past few months, i am starting to feel very positive about this coming season, i am sure we will improve on last season. Good to see Cooper praising Williams, who i think will have a stormer of a season along with Luongo, just hope we can keep hold of the latter.
Nothing but admiration for Coops for what he has done over the past 12 months, done a sterling job on the field with what he has had to put up with off it.
In Cooper i trust COYR
After all the doom and gloom over the past few months, i am starting to feel very positive about this coming season, i am sure we will improve on last season. Good to see Cooper praising Williams, who i think will have a stormer of a season along with Luongo, just hope we can keep hold of the latter. Nothing but admiration for Coops for what he has done over the past 12 months, done a sterling job on the field with what he has had to put up with off it. In Cooper i trust COYR ctown_red
  • Score: 15

7:28am Tue 15 Jul 14

SN1Red says...

Fernham Red wrote:
I like the sound of 4-4-2 for this season. When we had a man like Nile up front he could plough a lone furrow and hold his own. I think MC is acknowledging that we'll need more of a duo dynamic up front and complimentary/contra

sting styles of Smith and Williams could, and should, work well. They will need a lot of work in training and pre-season to build a partnership to see them through the season. Shearer-Sutton style telepathy isn't born overnight and it is all about communication and body language.

A couple in, maybe a couple out, eh? This is broadly in line with the message we've been hearing so far - but unless MC is a master of understatement - I suspect the announcements of (hopefully) Stephens and Smith (and/or possibly Turley) in defence might mark the end of our transfer activity.

The outs are clearly Ward and Harley.

It looks as though Waldon and Barker may well get a lot of bench time and substitute appearances this year as the language here suggests our no.9 and no.10 shirts already have Williams & Smith printed on them, and no real news or rumours that we are actively looking for another striker.

A smaller squad by far this season, but looks like a lot of the (even younger) youngsters will be given a chance to fill any gaps that arise through injury/suspension (Jones, Da Costa, Randall, Walsh, Antonio).

Would like an update on the Injury status of Tijane (it's all gone rather quiet) and Barker (hopefully nothing serious) and Agombar (also his contractual status with us). Hopefully Sam and team can dig a little deeper in this area for us.
Reis is not injured as far as I'm aware. The reason why they are quiet because he came out of injury and played that peterborough game and messed up and hasnt played since
[quote][p][bold]Fernham Red[/bold] wrote: I like the sound of 4-4-2 for this season. When we had a man like Nile up front he could plough a lone furrow and hold his own. I think MC is acknowledging that we'll need more of a duo dynamic up front and complimentary/contra sting styles of Smith and Williams could, and should, work well. They will need a lot of work in training and pre-season to build a partnership to see them through the season. Shearer-Sutton style telepathy isn't born overnight and it is all about communication and body language. A couple in, maybe a couple out, eh? This is broadly in line with the message we've been hearing so far - but unless MC is a master of understatement - I suspect the announcements of (hopefully) Stephens and Smith (and/or possibly Turley) in defence might mark the end of our transfer activity. The outs are clearly Ward and Harley. It looks as though Waldon and Barker may well get a lot of bench time and substitute appearances this year as the language here suggests our no.9 and no.10 shirts already have Williams & Smith printed on them, and no real news or rumours that we are actively looking for another striker. A smaller squad by far this season, but looks like a lot of the (even younger) youngsters will be given a chance to fill any gaps that arise through injury/suspension (Jones, Da Costa, Randall, Walsh, Antonio). Would like an update on the Injury status of Tijane (it's all gone rather quiet) and Barker (hopefully nothing serious) and Agombar (also his contractual status with us). Hopefully Sam and team can dig a little deeper in this area for us.[/p][/quote]Reis is not injured as far as I'm aware. The reason why they are quiet because he came out of injury and played that peterborough game and messed up and hasnt played since SN1Red
  • Score: -1

7:52am Tue 15 Jul 14

London Red says...

SN1Red wrote:
Fernham Red wrote:
I like the sound of 4-4-2 for this season. When we had a man like Nile up front he could plough a lone furrow and hold his own. I think MC is acknowledging that we'll need more of a duo dynamic up front and complimentary/contra


sting styles of Smith and Williams could, and should, work well. They will need a lot of work in training and pre-season to build a partnership to see them through the season. Shearer-Sutton style telepathy isn't born overnight and it is all about communication and body language.

A couple in, maybe a couple out, eh? This is broadly in line with the message we've been hearing so far - but unless MC is a master of understatement - I suspect the announcements of (hopefully) Stephens and Smith (and/or possibly Turley) in defence might mark the end of our transfer activity.

The outs are clearly Ward and Harley.

It looks as though Waldon and Barker may well get a lot of bench time and substitute appearances this year as the language here suggests our no.9 and no.10 shirts already have Williams & Smith printed on them, and no real news or rumours that we are actively looking for another striker.

A smaller squad by far this season, but looks like a lot of the (even younger) youngsters will be given a chance to fill any gaps that arise through injury/suspension (Jones, Da Costa, Randall, Walsh, Antonio).

Would like an update on the Injury status of Tijane (it's all gone rather quiet) and Barker (hopefully nothing serious) and Agombar (also his contractual status with us). Hopefully Sam and team can dig a little deeper in this area for us.
Reis is not injured as far as I'm aware. The reason why they are quiet because he came out of injury and played that peterborough game and messed up and hasnt played since
The FLIC reporter said Tijane, Barker and Agmobar all missed Yate and Supermarine due to injury. That is what he is referring too
[quote][p][bold]SN1Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fernham Red[/bold] wrote: I like the sound of 4-4-2 for this season. When we had a man like Nile up front he could plough a lone furrow and hold his own. I think MC is acknowledging that we'll need more of a duo dynamic up front and complimentary/contra sting styles of Smith and Williams could, and should, work well. They will need a lot of work in training and pre-season to build a partnership to see them through the season. Shearer-Sutton style telepathy isn't born overnight and it is all about communication and body language. A couple in, maybe a couple out, eh? This is broadly in line with the message we've been hearing so far - but unless MC is a master of understatement - I suspect the announcements of (hopefully) Stephens and Smith (and/or possibly Turley) in defence might mark the end of our transfer activity. The outs are clearly Ward and Harley. It looks as though Waldon and Barker may well get a lot of bench time and substitute appearances this year as the language here suggests our no.9 and no.10 shirts already have Williams & Smith printed on them, and no real news or rumours that we are actively looking for another striker. A smaller squad by far this season, but looks like a lot of the (even younger) youngsters will be given a chance to fill any gaps that arise through injury/suspension (Jones, Da Costa, Randall, Walsh, Antonio). Would like an update on the Injury status of Tijane (it's all gone rather quiet) and Barker (hopefully nothing serious) and Agombar (also his contractual status with us). Hopefully Sam and team can dig a little deeper in this area for us.[/p][/quote]Reis is not injured as far as I'm aware. The reason why they are quiet because he came out of injury and played that peterborough game and messed up and hasnt played since[/p][/quote]The FLIC reporter said Tijane, Barker and Agmobar all missed Yate and Supermarine due to injury. That is what he is referring too London Red
  • Score: 0

8:18am Tue 15 Jul 14

smirg kcab says...

2 upfront?
Just goes to show m.c do read these forums,
2 upfront? Just goes to show m.c do read these forums, smirg kcab
  • Score: -9

8:49am Tue 15 Jul 14

Steaming-in says...

Why jump to the conlusion that it will be a 4-4-2 just because Coops says he'll be playing 2 up top?

He's said before that he needs to play 5 in midfield to accommodate Kasim so, on that basis, I've a feeling we''ll be seeing 3 at the back at times next season.
Why jump to the conlusion that it will be a 4-4-2 just because Coops says he'll be playing 2 up top? He's said before that he needs to play 5 in midfield to accommodate Kasim so, on that basis, I've a feeling we''ll be seeing 3 at the back at times next season. Steaming-in
  • Score: 3

10:20am Tue 15 Jul 14

Oi Den! says...

smirg kcab wrote:
2 upfront?
Just goes to show m.c do read these forums,
Grim, I think most of us prefer to see 2 up front. Whether it's best or not depends on the players you've got. Cooper got some very unlikely wins last season by playing pretty negative football. I doubt we could have finished as high as eighth if we'd played with two strikers, as the midfield and defence weren't strong enough to cope without that extra body. Often very boring to watch but I'd say the season was a tactical triumph for Cooper with the players he had to work with.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: 2 upfront? Just goes to show m.c do read these forums,[/p][/quote]Grim, I think most of us prefer to see 2 up front. Whether it's best or not depends on the players you've got. Cooper got some very unlikely wins last season by playing pretty negative football. I doubt we could have finished as high as eighth if we'd played with two strikers, as the midfield and defence weren't strong enough to cope without that extra body. Often very boring to watch but I'd say the season was a tactical triumph for Cooper with the players he had to work with. Oi Den!
  • Score: 4

12:45pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Swindon1984 says...

Steaming-in wrote:
Why jump to the conlusion that it will be a 4-4-2 just because Coops says he'll be playing 2 up top? He's said before that he needs to play 5 in midfield to accommodate Kasim so, on that basis, I've a feeling we''ll be seeing 3 at the back at times next season.
Agreed - as it's not looking likely we're getting any more wide players in it could be left to Byrne / N Thompson to play the wing back roles, three centre backs and two up top (Smith/Williams). Lot of work will need to be done over the next few weeks to get the side to gel.
[quote][p][bold]Steaming-in[/bold] wrote: Why jump to the conlusion that it will be a 4-4-2 just because Coops says he'll be playing 2 up top? He's said before that he needs to play 5 in midfield to accommodate Kasim so, on that basis, I've a feeling we''ll be seeing 3 at the back at times next season.[/p][/quote]Agreed - as it's not looking likely we're getting any more wide players in it could be left to Byrne / N Thompson to play the wing back roles, three centre backs and two up top (Smith/Williams). Lot of work will need to be done over the next few weeks to get the side to gel. Swindon1984
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

London Red says...

352/532 and even 343 was played for the last 10 or so games and I expect us to play that again this season
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He also made the comment about 4 at the back and a midfielder playing sweeper - which seems to be on trail so far with Kasim in the back 3
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Thompson also has been playing in the back 3 - not sure if that is a perm thing or just why we wait on Stephens?
352/532 and even 343 was played for the last 10 or so games and I expect us to play that again this season . He also made the comment about 4 at the back and a midfielder playing sweeper - which seems to be on trail so far with Kasim in the back 3 . Thompson also has been playing in the back 3 - not sure if that is a perm thing or just why we wait on Stephens? London Red
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Steaming-in says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
Steaming-in wrote:
Why jump to the conlusion that it will be a 4-4-2 just because Coops says he'll be playing 2 up top? He's said before that he needs to play 5 in midfield to accommodate Kasim so, on that basis, I've a feeling we''ll be seeing 3 at the back at times next season.
Agreed - as it's not looking likely we're getting any more wide players in it could be left to Byrne / N Thompson to play the wing back roles, three centre backs and two up top (Smith/Williams). Lot of work will need to be done over the next few weeks to get the side to gel.
As LR also says (although he's got 'thumbs down' for some reason) Nathan T could also play in the back 3. He played there in the Crawley game at home and played really well.

I'm not convinced about Naths ability going forward (i.e. going past players and his delivery into the box) to be a great wing-back. I'm not saying he's not a great player before I get pelters, just that I think he's better defensively and right full-back is his strongest position.
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steaming-in[/bold] wrote: Why jump to the conlusion that it will be a 4-4-2 just because Coops says he'll be playing 2 up top? He's said before that he needs to play 5 in midfield to accommodate Kasim so, on that basis, I've a feeling we''ll be seeing 3 at the back at times next season.[/p][/quote]Agreed - as it's not looking likely we're getting any more wide players in it could be left to Byrne / N Thompson to play the wing back roles, three centre backs and two up top (Smith/Williams). Lot of work will need to be done over the next few weeks to get the side to gel.[/p][/quote]As LR also says (although he's got 'thumbs down' for some reason) Nathan T could also play in the back 3. He played there in the Crawley game at home and played really well. I'm not convinced about Naths ability going forward (i.e. going past players and his delivery into the box) to be a great wing-back. I'm not saying he's not a great player before I get pelters, just that I think he's better defensively and right full-back is his strongest position. Steaming-in
  • Score: 1

2:34pm Tue 15 Jul 14

The Jockster says...

Cooperman has talked the talk but can Wilma walk the walk?
Cooperman has talked the talk but can Wilma walk the walk? The Jockster
  • Score: -2

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