Cooper content after tough Petersfield test

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

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MARK Cooper was pleased with the test faced by his Swindon Town players at Petersfield last night, as the Robins won 5-2 in their latest pre-season friendly.

Two goals apiece from Michael Smith and Will Randall, and one from George Barker, sealed a comfortable victory for Town, as Cooper fielded 17 different players at Love Lane.

Among their number were youngsters Randall, Lee Marshall and Curtis Da Costa, as well as Josue Antonio – and the Swindon manager was content by what he saw from his young charges.

“The players are getting fitter. Obviously the pitch wasn’t great so it was difficult to get the ball moving as much as we might have liked. In spells we played some really good football,” he said, “You can see we’re a couple of centre-halves short and everyone knows that, and we’re trying to get someone in but the players who played stood in admirably. I was pleased with it.

“There were no injuries, it was a good workout and we had a couple of kids off the conveyor belt.

“When they’re young boys it’s important you try to help them. They have to learn really quickly. I know I’ll probably get some stick for saying they’re young but they are young and we’re having to work with them morning, noon and night to help them get the basics.

“They’re learning and there’s some exciting kids coming through.”

Randall’s performance drew particular praise from Cooper, who said: “He’s got a knack of being able to take the ball in space, run at people and score goals. It’s not a bad knack to have at 17 years of age. I’m sure there’s more to come from him.”

Finally, the Town boss was happy with Barker’s display on his return from injury, saying: “We didn’t want to take any chances and turn his knock into a long-term injury, but he needed the run-out.”

Andy Williams missed the game with an infected toe, Yaser Kasim was absent due to nerve damage in his foot and Ben Gladwin was also not involved. Williams and Gladwin are expected to feature against Eastleigh on Thursday night but Kasim remains a doubt.

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6:18am Wed 16 Jul 14

Fernham Red says...

There are a lot more positives to take from this game than negatives:
Positives:
1) The first team is beginning to shape up nicely and no apparent major injuries (barring Tijane?)
2) Smith has clearly maintained his eye for goal
3) Luongo has come back supercharged
4) We've won 3 out of 3, which if nothing else shows there is a good team spirit.
5) Our youngsters seem to be outperforming the triallists which is an encouraging sign ahead of the new season
6) Will Randall - at this rate a Premier league team will come in and take him of our hands in a hurry - could he be the solution the the 'Pritchard gap'? Hope he gets his chance against Saints and/or Leeds
7) Barker scoring, though it's early days yet - could be another good sign for the start of he season. LW rates him highly.
8) Barthram could be due for his first full season on the pitch after that last performance.
9) Talk of the conveyor belt of talent really demonstrates the future (& present) focus of the club.
10) MC abundantly aware of the 'gap at the back'

Negatives:
1) The 'gap at the back' still needs filling - hopefully Stephens can bring his mate Jordan Turnball with him to form a CB pairing?! Or is there still some life in the Jamie Turley rumour.
2) We let in a couple of goals, though admittedly one was a superb free-kick and the second against our 2nd string players.
3) Doesn't look like we'll be signing any triallists as things stand (no word from MC on that at any rate) - Vandesompele and Kalinga the only 2 remaining (plus Rodgers, of course)
4) Would like to see Williams & Smith getting more time together as a partnership before the season kicks off for real.
5) no talk of a new Centre forward coming in (it could be MC and LP are happy with what we have)
6) Tijane - no news whatsoever, we could do with an update as we need a winger for the new season and would be good to know if he's going to make it or not.
7) Agombar - Mr. Anonymous - never played for us competitively, currently injured and (I was surprised to learn) still has a current contract with us. Would love to get the low down on that one. I don't think he's bad, good or indifferent - just simply no idea what the story is (particularly as we showed the door to so many others recently).
There are a lot more positives to take from this game than negatives: Positives: 1) The first team is beginning to shape up nicely and no apparent major injuries (barring Tijane?) 2) Smith has clearly maintained his eye for goal 3) Luongo has come back supercharged 4) We've won 3 out of 3, which if nothing else shows there is a good team spirit. 5) Our youngsters seem to be outperforming the triallists which is an encouraging sign ahead of the new season 6) Will Randall - at this rate a Premier league team will come in and take him of our hands in a hurry - could he be the solution the the 'Pritchard gap'? Hope he gets his chance against Saints and/or Leeds 7) Barker scoring, though it's early days yet - could be another good sign for the start of he season. LW rates him highly. 8) Barthram could be due for his first full season on the pitch after that last performance. 9) Talk of the conveyor belt of talent really demonstrates the future (& present) focus of the club. 10) MC abundantly aware of the 'gap at the back' Negatives: 1) The 'gap at the back' still needs filling - hopefully Stephens can bring his mate Jordan Turnball with him to form a CB pairing?! Or is there still some life in the Jamie Turley rumour. 2) We let in a couple of goals, though admittedly one was a superb free-kick and the second against our 2nd string players. 3) Doesn't look like we'll be signing any triallists as things stand (no word from MC on that at any rate) - Vandesompele and Kalinga the only 2 remaining (plus Rodgers, of course) 4) Would like to see Williams & Smith getting more time together as a partnership before the season kicks off for real. 5) no talk of a new Centre forward coming in (it could be MC and LP are happy with what we have) 6) Tijane - no news whatsoever, we could do with an update as we need a winger for the new season and would be good to know if he's going to make it or not. 7) Agombar - Mr. Anonymous - never played for us competitively, currently injured and (I was surprised to learn) still has a current contract with us. Would love to get the low down on that one. I don't think he's bad, good or indifferent - just simply no idea what the story is (particularly as we showed the door to so many others recently). Fernham Red
  • Score: 7

7:53am Wed 16 Jul 14

Red Tuareg says...

Only getting up from West Sussex coast for four or five games per season it was interesting to see some of the fringe players in action last night. I thought Barker looked lively with bags of confidence to take players on and Barthram also looked useful. However I thought Massimo showed his class even considering the opposition and would be crying shame to lose him. Louis and Nathan B also looking sharp
Only getting up from West Sussex coast for four or five games per season it was interesting to see some of the fringe players in action last night. I thought Barker looked lively with bags of confidence to take players on and Barthram also looked useful. However I thought Massimo showed his class even considering the opposition and would be crying shame to lose him. Louis and Nathan B also looking sharp Red Tuareg
  • Score: 2

8:01am Wed 16 Jul 14

avo says...

If we cannot produce footballers who at the age of 17/18 are ready for first team football then you really have to question the whole approach to coaching youngsters in this country.
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As for youngsters making mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, even the so called seniors in any team. Young does not automatically equal mistake. Nor is it exclusive.
If we cannot produce footballers who at the age of 17/18 are ready for first team football then you really have to question the whole approach to coaching youngsters in this country. . As for youngsters making mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, even the so called seniors in any team. Young does not automatically equal mistake. Nor is it exclusive. avo
  • Score: 3

8:03am Wed 16 Jul 14

old town robin says...

It was mentioned LP was at the game last night taking a look at Rodgers no doubt, hopefully it was a stop over on his way to Southampton to sign a couple of centre backs. 25 days to go and counting.
It was mentioned LP was at the game last night taking a look at Rodgers no doubt, hopefully it was a stop over on his way to Southampton to sign a couple of centre backs. 25 days to go and counting. old town robin
  • Score: 0

8:25am Wed 16 Jul 14

KeithMorganRules says...

Fernham Red wrote:
There are a lot more positives to take from this game than negatives:
Positives:
1) The first team is beginning to shape up nicely and no apparent major injuries (barring Tijane?)
2) Smith has clearly maintained his eye for goal
3) Luongo has come back supercharged
4) We've won 3 out of 3, which if nothing else shows there is a good team spirit.
5) Our youngsters seem to be outperforming the triallists which is an encouraging sign ahead of the new season
6) Will Randall - at this rate a Premier league team will come in and take him of our hands in a hurry - could he be the solution the the 'Pritchard gap'? Hope he gets his chance against Saints and/or Leeds
7) Barker scoring, though it's early days yet - could be another good sign for the start of he season. LW rates him highly.
8) Barthram could be due for his first full season on the pitch after that last performance.
9) Talk of the conveyor belt of talent really demonstrates the future (& present) focus of the club.
10) MC abundantly aware of the 'gap at the back'

Negatives:
1) The 'gap at the back' still needs filling - hopefully Stephens can bring his mate Jordan Turnball with him to form a CB pairing?! Or is there still some life in the Jamie Turley rumour.
2) We let in a couple of goals, though admittedly one was a superb free-kick and the second against our 2nd string players.
3) Doesn't look like we'll be signing any triallists as things stand (no word from MC on that at any rate) - Vandesompele and Kalinga the only 2 remaining (plus Rodgers, of course)
4) Would like to see Williams & Smith getting more time together as a partnership before the season kicks off for real.
5) no talk of a new Centre forward coming in (it could be MC and LP are happy with what we have)
6) Tijane - no news whatsoever, we could do with an update as we need a winger for the new season and would be good to know if he's going to make it or not.
7) Agombar - Mr. Anonymous - never played for us competitively, currently injured and (I was surprised to learn) still has a current contract with us. Would love to get the low down on that one. I don't think he's bad, good or indifferent - just simply no idea what the story is (particularly as we showed the door to so many others recently).
I believe I read that Agombar's father is an associate of Jed. I doubt we will see him play even if he is fit and/or good enough.
[quote][p][bold]Fernham Red[/bold] wrote: There are a lot more positives to take from this game than negatives: Positives: 1) The first team is beginning to shape up nicely and no apparent major injuries (barring Tijane?) 2) Smith has clearly maintained his eye for goal 3) Luongo has come back supercharged 4) We've won 3 out of 3, which if nothing else shows there is a good team spirit. 5) Our youngsters seem to be outperforming the triallists which is an encouraging sign ahead of the new season 6) Will Randall - at this rate a Premier league team will come in and take him of our hands in a hurry - could he be the solution the the 'Pritchard gap'? Hope he gets his chance against Saints and/or Leeds 7) Barker scoring, though it's early days yet - could be another good sign for the start of he season. LW rates him highly. 8) Barthram could be due for his first full season on the pitch after that last performance. 9) Talk of the conveyor belt of talent really demonstrates the future (& present) focus of the club. 10) MC abundantly aware of the 'gap at the back' Negatives: 1) The 'gap at the back' still needs filling - hopefully Stephens can bring his mate Jordan Turnball with him to form a CB pairing?! Or is there still some life in the Jamie Turley rumour. 2) We let in a couple of goals, though admittedly one was a superb free-kick and the second against our 2nd string players. 3) Doesn't look like we'll be signing any triallists as things stand (no word from MC on that at any rate) - Vandesompele and Kalinga the only 2 remaining (plus Rodgers, of course) 4) Would like to see Williams & Smith getting more time together as a partnership before the season kicks off for real. 5) no talk of a new Centre forward coming in (it could be MC and LP are happy with what we have) 6) Tijane - no news whatsoever, we could do with an update as we need a winger for the new season and would be good to know if he's going to make it or not. 7) Agombar - Mr. Anonymous - never played for us competitively, currently injured and (I was surprised to learn) still has a current contract with us. Would love to get the low down on that one. I don't think he's bad, good or indifferent - just simply no idea what the story is (particularly as we showed the door to so many others recently).[/p][/quote]I believe I read that Agombar's father is an associate of Jed. I doubt we will see him play even if he is fit and/or good enough. KeithMorganRules
  • Score: 0

8:42am Wed 16 Jul 14

Fernham Red says...

KeithMorganRules wrote:
Fernham Red wrote:
There are a lot more positives to take from this game than negatives:
Positives:
1) The first team is beginning to shape up nicely and no apparent major injuries (barring Tijane?)
2) Smith has clearly maintained his eye for goal
3) Luongo has come back supercharged
4) We've won 3 out of 3, which if nothing else shows there is a good team spirit.
5) Our youngsters seem to be outperforming the triallists which is an encouraging sign ahead of the new season
6) Will Randall - at this rate a Premier league team will come in and take him of our hands in a hurry - could he be the solution the the 'Pritchard gap'? Hope he gets his chance against Saints and/or Leeds
7) Barker scoring, though it's early days yet - could be another good sign for the start of he season. LW rates him highly.
8) Barthram could be due for his first full season on the pitch after that last performance.
9) Talk of the conveyor belt of talent really demonstrates the future (& present) focus of the club.
10) MC abundantly aware of the 'gap at the back'

Negatives:
1) The 'gap at the back' still needs filling - hopefully Stephens can bring his mate Jordan Turnball with him to form a CB pairing?! Or is there still some life in the Jamie Turley rumour.
2) We let in a couple of goals, though admittedly one was a superb free-kick and the second against our 2nd string players.
3) Doesn't look like we'll be signing any triallists as things stand (no word from MC on that at any rate) - Vandesompele and Kalinga the only 2 remaining (plus Rodgers, of course)
4) Would like to see Williams & Smith getting more time together as a partnership before the season kicks off for real.
5) no talk of a new Centre forward coming in (it could be MC and LP are happy with what we have)
6) Tijane - no news whatsoever, we could do with an update as we need a winger for the new season and would be good to know if he's going to make it or not.
7) Agombar - Mr. Anonymous - never played for us competitively, currently injured and (I was surprised to learn) still has a current contract with us. Would love to get the low down on that one. I don't think he's bad, good or indifferent - just simply no idea what the story is (particularly as we showed the door to so many others recently).
I believe I read that Agombar's father is an associate of Jed. I doubt we will see him play even if he is fit and/or good enough.
Thanks KMR, I recall something similar now - all the more surprising we haven't heard any news of his impending departure. There has been plenty of opportunity - maybe he is simply a brilliant player held back by injury. We can all live in hope - he'd be like yet another new signing alongside Williams, Barker & (hopefully) Tijane.
[quote][p][bold]KeithMorganRules[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fernham Red[/bold] wrote: There are a lot more positives to take from this game than negatives: Positives: 1) The first team is beginning to shape up nicely and no apparent major injuries (barring Tijane?) 2) Smith has clearly maintained his eye for goal 3) Luongo has come back supercharged 4) We've won 3 out of 3, which if nothing else shows there is a good team spirit. 5) Our youngsters seem to be outperforming the triallists which is an encouraging sign ahead of the new season 6) Will Randall - at this rate a Premier league team will come in and take him of our hands in a hurry - could he be the solution the the 'Pritchard gap'? Hope he gets his chance against Saints and/or Leeds 7) Barker scoring, though it's early days yet - could be another good sign for the start of he season. LW rates him highly. 8) Barthram could be due for his first full season on the pitch after that last performance. 9) Talk of the conveyor belt of talent really demonstrates the future (& present) focus of the club. 10) MC abundantly aware of the 'gap at the back' Negatives: 1) The 'gap at the back' still needs filling - hopefully Stephens can bring his mate Jordan Turnball with him to form a CB pairing?! Or is there still some life in the Jamie Turley rumour. 2) We let in a couple of goals, though admittedly one was a superb free-kick and the second against our 2nd string players. 3) Doesn't look like we'll be signing any triallists as things stand (no word from MC on that at any rate) - Vandesompele and Kalinga the only 2 remaining (plus Rodgers, of course) 4) Would like to see Williams & Smith getting more time together as a partnership before the season kicks off for real. 5) no talk of a new Centre forward coming in (it could be MC and LP are happy with what we have) 6) Tijane - no news whatsoever, we could do with an update as we need a winger for the new season and would be good to know if he's going to make it or not. 7) Agombar - Mr. Anonymous - never played for us competitively, currently injured and (I was surprised to learn) still has a current contract with us. Would love to get the low down on that one. I don't think he's bad, good or indifferent - just simply no idea what the story is (particularly as we showed the door to so many others recently).[/p][/quote]I believe I read that Agombar's father is an associate of Jed. I doubt we will see him play even if he is fit and/or good enough.[/p][/quote]Thanks KMR, I recall something similar now - all the more surprising we haven't heard any news of his impending departure. There has been plenty of opportunity - maybe he is simply a brilliant player held back by injury. We can all live in hope - he'd be like yet another new signing alongside Williams, Barker & (hopefully) Tijane. Fernham Red
  • Score: 1

10:18am Wed 16 Jul 14

Oi Den! says...

Young Harry seems to appear and get a contract, regardless of his ability, wherever his old man surfaces. He was of course in the background when McCrory got his mitts on our club. He's been seen at Hereford, which Agombar snr (Tommy) now owns and has upset the fans so much that many of them see liquidation and the formation of a new club as the only option.

Incidentally, it's come to light that Jed McCrory had meetings with Hereford Council earlier this year, to "explore" the leases on Hereford's ground. All this was happening while he allegedly believed he was still the owner of STFC. There is some very interesting stuff on the bullsnews site about Mr Agombar and his association with McCrory and others.
Young Harry seems to appear and get a contract, regardless of his ability, wherever his old man surfaces. He was of course in the background when McCrory got his mitts on our club. He's been seen at Hereford, which Agombar snr (Tommy) now owns and has upset the fans so much that many of them see liquidation and the formation of a new club as the only option. Incidentally, it's come to light that Jed McCrory had meetings with Hereford Council earlier this year, to "explore" the leases on Hereford's ground. All this was happening while he allegedly believed he was still the owner of STFC. There is some very interesting stuff on the bullsnews site about Mr Agombar and his association with McCrory and others. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

10:29am Wed 16 Jul 14

Micky Hazard says...

That picture was taken at Northampton - cracking little 100-mile round trip that was :-)
That picture was taken at Northampton - cracking little 100-mile round trip that was :-) Micky Hazard
  • Score: 0

11:17am Wed 16 Jul 14

Fernham Red says...

Hmmmm, the plot thickens......very odd as he doesn't appear on the official website and I'm not sure his transfer in was even disclosed officially last season. So it's as though he never arrived and/or ever had a contract. I hope Sam can do some more digging.............
......
Hmmmm, the plot thickens......very odd as he doesn't appear on the official website and I'm not sure his transfer in was even disclosed officially last season. So it's as though he never arrived and/or ever had a contract. I hope Sam can do some more digging............. ...... Fernham Red
  • Score: 0

12:36pm Wed 16 Jul 14

The Jockster says...

Fernham Red wrote:
There are a lot more positives to take from this game than negatives:
Positives:
1) The first team is beginning to shape up nicely and no apparent major injuries (barring Tijane?)
2) Smith has clearly maintained his eye for goal
3) Luongo has come back supercharged
4) We've won 3 out of 3, which if nothing else shows there is a good team spirit.
5) Our youngsters seem to be outperforming the triallists which is an encouraging sign ahead of the new season
6) Will Randall - at this rate a Premier league team will come in and take him of our hands in a hurry - could he be the solution the the 'Pritchard gap'? Hope he gets his chance against Saints and/or Leeds
7) Barker scoring, though it's early days yet - could be another good sign for the start of he season. LW rates him highly.
8) Barthram could be due for his first full season on the pitch after that last performance.
9) Talk of the conveyor belt of talent really demonstrates the future (& present) focus of the club.
10) MC abundantly aware of the 'gap at the back'

Negatives:
1) The 'gap at the back' still needs filling - hopefully Stephens can bring his mate Jordan Turnball with him to form a CB pairing?! Or is there still some life in the Jamie Turley rumour.
2) We let in a couple of goals, though admittedly one was a superb free-kick and the second against our 2nd string players.
3) Doesn't look like we'll be signing any triallists as things stand (no word from MC on that at any rate) - Vandesompele and Kalinga the only 2 remaining (plus Rodgers, of course)
4) Would like to see Williams & Smith getting more time together as a partnership before the season kicks off for real.
5) no talk of a new Centre forward coming in (it could be MC and LP are happy with what we have)
6) Tijane - no news whatsoever, we could do with an update as we need a winger for the new season and would be good to know if he's going to make it or not.
7) Agombar - Mr. Anonymous - never played for us competitively, currently injured and (I was surprised to learn) still has a current contract with us. Would love to get the low down on that one. I don't think he's bad, good or indifferent - just simply no idea what the story is (particularly as we showed the door to so many others recently).
Fernham brief and to the point :( The only thing that matters is what we do against Scunny. Pre season games against varying levels of opposition simply cannot be taken as a yardstick as to how we are going to perform on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury - we still don't even have a clue as to what our starting line up will be - and people can come on here and hypothothise to their hearts content about who will start so all this speculation seems pretty pointless.
[quote][p][bold]Fernham Red[/bold] wrote: There are a lot more positives to take from this game than negatives: Positives: 1) The first team is beginning to shape up nicely and no apparent major injuries (barring Tijane?) 2) Smith has clearly maintained his eye for goal 3) Luongo has come back supercharged 4) We've won 3 out of 3, which if nothing else shows there is a good team spirit. 5) Our youngsters seem to be outperforming the triallists which is an encouraging sign ahead of the new season 6) Will Randall - at this rate a Premier league team will come in and take him of our hands in a hurry - could he be the solution the the 'Pritchard gap'? Hope he gets his chance against Saints and/or Leeds 7) Barker scoring, though it's early days yet - could be another good sign for the start of he season. LW rates him highly. 8) Barthram could be due for his first full season on the pitch after that last performance. 9) Talk of the conveyor belt of talent really demonstrates the future (& present) focus of the club. 10) MC abundantly aware of the 'gap at the back' Negatives: 1) The 'gap at the back' still needs filling - hopefully Stephens can bring his mate Jordan Turnball with him to form a CB pairing?! Or is there still some life in the Jamie Turley rumour. 2) We let in a couple of goals, though admittedly one was a superb free-kick and the second against our 2nd string players. 3) Doesn't look like we'll be signing any triallists as things stand (no word from MC on that at any rate) - Vandesompele and Kalinga the only 2 remaining (plus Rodgers, of course) 4) Would like to see Williams & Smith getting more time together as a partnership before the season kicks off for real. 5) no talk of a new Centre forward coming in (it could be MC and LP are happy with what we have) 6) Tijane - no news whatsoever, we could do with an update as we need a winger for the new season and would be good to know if he's going to make it or not. 7) Agombar - Mr. Anonymous - never played for us competitively, currently injured and (I was surprised to learn) still has a current contract with us. Would love to get the low down on that one. I don't think he's bad, good or indifferent - just simply no idea what the story is (particularly as we showed the door to so many others recently).[/p][/quote]Fernham brief and to the point :( The only thing that matters is what we do against Scunny. Pre season games against varying levels of opposition simply cannot be taken as a yardstick as to how we are going to perform on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury - we still don't even have a clue as to what our starting line up will be - and people can come on here and hypothothise to their hearts content about who will start so all this speculation seems pretty pointless. The Jockster
  • Score: -1

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