Training ground work is starting to show on pitch says Cooper

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

MARK Cooper thinks the work his players have been doing on training ground to improve their attacking movement is beginning to pay dividends.

When Raphael Branco forced Stephen Bywater into a mistake for the late equaliser against Gillingham on Tuesday night it came on the end of a long passing move, that showed great patience so deep into the game.

After last Saturday’s defeat to Crawley, Cooper had his players in on Sunday to get them moving the ball with more purpose in the final third and they have continued to do that this week.

As Swindon prepare to take on Crewe tomorrow the fans will be expecting the home side to pick up the win and the manager wants his side to continue to show the dominance they demonstrated in their four previous games.

“We’re going to do more (work) today. We maybe need to be a little bit quicker around the final third, maybe get a few more balls into the danger area.” Cooper said at his pre-match press conference yesterday.

“When you have that much possession you can see the other team dropping back and dropping back, starting to get tired, that what’s happened at the end and that’s why we got the goal (against Gillingham),”

“The fans will be expecting us to win, of course we’re at home and people will expect us to win.

“It’s alright saying we’re at home and we’re playing a team that’s just been beaten at home, you’ve actually got to go and do it.

“You’ve got to perform properly collectively and as individuals, with and without the ball. If you do that and it’s your day you have a chance of winning the game.

“It’s two teams that are both young and energetic and want to play football, so we’re hoping it’s an open and entertaining game.”

Individual errors rather than defensive flaws have cost the Robins most so far this season. That comes with their more adventurous style of play but Cooper is fully aware those mistakes cannot become a habit.

“We’re at our most vulnerable, it seems to me, when we have the ball and the ball turns over, we lose it and we’re in transition. That’s when we become vulnerable, so that’s what we’re working on.

“I think it’s concentration that when we’re attacking that we are switched on that if the ball does turn over that we know it might be a big long ball over the top that we might have to deal with better than we have done.”

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6:25am Fri 22 Aug 14

Scribblemilk says...

I for one love this style of play, and whilst I still think we are short of the attacking and defensive players to compete for promotion at present, I'm happy with the way we are playing, long may it continue.
I for one love this style of play, and whilst I still think we are short of the attacking and defensive players to compete for promotion at present, I'm happy with the way we are playing, long may it continue. Scribblemilk
  • Score: 50

7:21am Fri 22 Aug 14

Since 1950 says...

Agree with Scribblemilk, I also love to see our kind of football. However, when we play the high line, as we are doing, the we put ourselves at risk of a breakaway or a route one punt if we give the ball away. We've given away points already because of this. It's a risk playing that kind of football with so many inexperienced players.
By the way, where are the Lads training these days?
COYR!
Agree with Scribblemilk, I also love to see our kind of football. However, when we play the high line, as we are doing, the we put ourselves at risk of a breakaway or a route one punt if we give the ball away. We've given away points already because of this. It's a risk playing that kind of football with so many inexperienced players. By the way, where are the Lads training these days? COYR! Since 1950
  • Score: 16

8:07am Fri 22 Aug 14

old town robin says...

Quite a good pre-match interview, think Cooper got everything right in what he says, I accept it's great to get crosses in quicker, but we still need someone to get on the end of them, Smithy did that against the Irons and Hatters, but for whatever the reason he had no joy at Crawley and Gillingham and we had nobody on the bench that plays that type of game. Think we still need to get another striker in although I do think Williams will come good this season, it's a long 9 months and we will have to have more than these two to call on or the goals could dry up.

Bassam has said individual errors have cost us points and that is true for the penalty and Fodders mis-kick to hit Turnbull, but for the other 3 Cooper acknowledges there is a flaw in our set-up as we have been punished holding a high line of defence and as a direct result we have left ourselves vulnerable to the punt over the top. he says they're working on it, but I don't think the problem can be completely resolved until we get the long awaited centre back in, only 8 days to go until the window closes, so one would hope we will see one or two new faces before long.
Quite a good pre-match interview, think Cooper got everything right in what he says, I accept it's great to get crosses in quicker, but we still need someone to get on the end of them, Smithy did that against the Irons and Hatters, but for whatever the reason he had no joy at Crawley and Gillingham and we had nobody on the bench that plays that type of game. Think we still need to get another striker in although I do think Williams will come good this season, it's a long 9 months and we will have to have more than these two to call on or the goals could dry up. Bassam has said individual errors have cost us points and that is true for the penalty and Fodders mis-kick to hit Turnbull, but for the other 3 Cooper acknowledges there is a flaw in our set-up as we have been punished holding a high line of defence and as a direct result we have left ourselves vulnerable to the punt over the top. he says they're working on it, but I don't think the problem can be completely resolved until we get the long awaited centre back in, only 8 days to go until the window closes, so one would hope we will see one or two new faces before long. old town robin
  • Score: 6

9:54am Fri 22 Aug 14

itslove says...

We are slowly getting it right . Offence and defence in equal proportions . Need a decent defender and a centre forward though and badly if we are to get into the top 6 . It needs to be done now we are already dropping vital points .
We are slowly getting it right . Offence and defence in equal proportions . Need a decent defender and a centre forward though and badly if we are to get into the top 6 . It needs to be done now we are already dropping vital points . itslove
  • Score: 5

11:08am Fri 22 Aug 14

the wizard says...

Good to see football, easy on the eye going forward although a few heart stopping moments in defense. That said we are playing good attractive football, and its good to see the positive comments supporting Cooper, not only from the players over the last couple of weeks but the gathering of some good support from the fan base. A very difficult task given the scenario which he has to function under, and one which he continues to do very well.
Good to see football, easy on the eye going forward although a few heart stopping moments in defense. That said we are playing good attractive football, and its good to see the positive comments supporting Cooper, not only from the players over the last couple of weeks but the gathering of some good support from the fan base. A very difficult task given the scenario which he has to function under, and one which he continues to do very well. the wizard
  • Score: 10

12:57pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Vintage Trouble says...

When we lose the ball we should be swarming straight on the opposition and not backing off. Foul them if necessary and take the card if it comes. This is how Barca did it, obviously to great effect.
When we lose the ball we should be swarming straight on the opposition and not backing off. Foul them if necessary and take the card if it comes. This is how Barca did it, obviously to great effect. Vintage Trouble
  • Score: 3

1:44pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

"Individual errors rather than defensive flaws..."

How are individual errors not defensive flaws? Let's not pu55yfoot around it. We are weak at the back. Anyway, when Louis Thompson was the last man and the central defenders were nowhere to be seen how was that an individual error? When people start talking about individual errors it's usually the sign of a struggling side. We've just lost 5 points from two games we apparently dominated. If we gloss over that with the old "individual errors" cliché, we're kidding ourselves and could be in for a rude awakening.
"Individual errors rather than defensive flaws..." How are individual errors not defensive flaws? Let's not pu55yfoot around it. We are weak at the back. Anyway, when Louis Thompson was the last man and the central defenders were nowhere to be seen how was that an individual error? When people start talking about individual errors it's usually the sign of a struggling side. We've just lost 5 points from two games we apparently dominated. If we gloss over that with the old "individual errors" cliché, we're kidding ourselves and could be in for a rude awakening. Oi Den!
  • Score: -1

2:04pm Fri 22 Aug 14

jfl says...

Oi Den! wrote:
"Individual errors rather than defensive flaws..." How are individual errors not defensive flaws? Let's not pu55yfoot around it. We are weak at the back. Anyway, when Louis Thompson was the last man and the central defenders were nowhere to be seen how was that an individual error? When people start talking about individual errors it's usually the sign of a struggling side. We've just lost 5 points from two games we apparently dominated. If we gloss over that with the old "individual errors" cliché, we're kidding ourselves and could be in for a rude awakening.
Were you at the match? The three central defenders had gone up for the corner and LT was the defensive cover.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: "Individual errors rather than defensive flaws..." How are individual errors not defensive flaws? Let's not pu55yfoot around it. We are weak at the back. Anyway, when Louis Thompson was the last man and the central defenders were nowhere to be seen how was that an individual error? When people start talking about individual errors it's usually the sign of a struggling side. We've just lost 5 points from two games we apparently dominated. If we gloss over that with the old "individual errors" cliché, we're kidding ourselves and could be in for a rude awakening.[/p][/quote]Were you at the match? The three central defenders had gone up for the corner and LT was the defensive cover. jfl
  • Score: 3

2:15pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

jfl wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
"Individual errors rather than defensive flaws..." How are individual errors not defensive flaws? Let's not pu55yfoot around it. We are weak at the back. Anyway, when Louis Thompson was the last man and the central defenders were nowhere to be seen how was that an individual error? When people start talking about individual errors it's usually the sign of a struggling side. We've just lost 5 points from two games we apparently dominated. If we gloss over that with the old "individual errors" cliché, we're kidding ourselves and could be in for a rude awakening.
Were you at the match? The three central defenders had gone up for the corner and LT was the defensive cover.
No, I wasn't. So whose was the individual error? Thompson's? Committing all three central defenders to attack, when we knew were likely to get a long punt at us, doesn't seem like an individual error - unless it was the manager's.
[quote][p][bold]jfl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: "Individual errors rather than defensive flaws..." How are individual errors not defensive flaws? Let's not pu55yfoot around it. We are weak at the back. Anyway, when Louis Thompson was the last man and the central defenders were nowhere to be seen how was that an individual error? When people start talking about individual errors it's usually the sign of a struggling side. We've just lost 5 points from two games we apparently dominated. If we gloss over that with the old "individual errors" cliché, we're kidding ourselves and could be in for a rude awakening.[/p][/quote]Were you at the match? The three central defenders had gone up for the corner and LT was the defensive cover.[/p][/quote]No, I wasn't. So whose was the individual error? Thompson's? Committing all three central defenders to attack, when we knew were likely to get a long punt at us, doesn't seem like an individual error - unless it was the manager's. Oi Den!
  • Score: -4

4:19pm Fri 22 Aug 14

mike1990 says...

Oi Den! wrote:
jfl wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
"Individual errors rather than defensive flaws..." How are individual errors not defensive flaws? Let's not pu55yfoot around it. We are weak at the back. Anyway, when Louis Thompson was the last man and the central defenders were nowhere to be seen how was that an individual error? When people start talking about individual errors it's usually the sign of a struggling side. We've just lost 5 points from two games we apparently dominated. If we gloss over that with the old "individual errors" cliché, we're kidding ourselves and could be in for a rude awakening.
Were you at the match? The three central defenders had gone up for the corner and LT was the defensive cover.
No, I wasn't. So whose was the individual error? Thompson's? Committing all three central defenders to attack, when we knew were likely to get a long punt at us, doesn't seem like an individual error - unless it was the manager's.
The first goal was an individual error by Fodds, he just booted it, when should have played it into touch for a throw in, but i agree our defence is weak and we must get a top defender in or we will concede a lot of goals this season.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jfl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: "Individual errors rather than defensive flaws..." How are individual errors not defensive flaws? Let's not pu55yfoot around it. We are weak at the back. Anyway, when Louis Thompson was the last man and the central defenders were nowhere to be seen how was that an individual error? When people start talking about individual errors it's usually the sign of a struggling side. We've just lost 5 points from two games we apparently dominated. If we gloss over that with the old "individual errors" cliché, we're kidding ourselves and could be in for a rude awakening.[/p][/quote]Were you at the match? The three central defenders had gone up for the corner and LT was the defensive cover.[/p][/quote]No, I wasn't. So whose was the individual error? Thompson's? Committing all three central defenders to attack, when we knew were likely to get a long punt at us, doesn't seem like an individual error - unless it was the manager's.[/p][/quote]The first goal was an individual error by Fodds, he just booted it, when should have played it into touch for a throw in, but i agree our defence is weak and we must get a top defender in or we will concede a lot of goals this season. mike1990
  • Score: 0

8:25pm Fri 22 Aug 14

dazzastfc says...

We all know we have a weak defence..
So what does cooper do YES A SIMPLE 3 man defence were even the manager said we get in trouble with a simple ball over the top plus we also get in trouble with easy ball through the middle...
and no this is not a pop its a fact
We all know we have a weak defence.. So what does cooper do YES A SIMPLE 3 man defence were even the manager said we get in trouble with a simple ball over the top plus we also get in trouble with easy ball through the middle... and no this is not a pop its a fact dazzastfc
  • Score: -3

8:35pm Fri 22 Aug 14

dazzastfc says...

MARK Cooper thinks the work his players have been doing on training ground to improve their attacking movement is beginning to pay dividends...

SO when we fruck up your FINALY admitting its your fault as YOU train and work on formations and tell the players how and where and what system to play...
MARK Cooper thinks the work his players have been doing on training ground to improve their attacking movement is beginning to pay dividends... SO when we fruck up your FINALY admitting its your fault as YOU train and work on formations and tell the players how and where and what system to play... dazzastfc
  • Score: -4

8:36pm Fri 22 Aug 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

I blame Cooper for the trouble in the Middle East as he is to blame for everything Swindon Town it appears.

Doing a fantastic job despite all the circumstances.
Cooper mend the sound system or I will be calling for your head.
I blame Cooper for the trouble in the Middle East as he is to blame for everything Swindon Town it appears. Doing a fantastic job despite all the circumstances. Cooper mend the sound system or I will be calling for your head. TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 4

8:50pm Fri 22 Aug 14

alchafreds says...

mike1990 wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
jfl wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
"Individual errors rather than defensive flaws..." How are individual errors not defensive flaws? Let's not pu55yfoot around it. We are weak at the back. Anyway, when Louis Thompson was the last man and the central defenders were nowhere to be seen how was that an individual error? When people start talking about individual errors it's usually the sign of a struggling side. We've just lost 5 points from two games we apparently dominated. If we gloss over that with the old "individual errors" cliché, we're kidding ourselves and could be in for a rude awakening.
Were you at the match? The three central defenders had gone up for the corner and LT was the defensive cover.
No, I wasn't. So whose was the individual error? Thompson's? Committing all three central defenders to attack, when we knew were likely to get a long punt at us, doesn't seem like an individual error - unless it was the manager's.
The first goal was an individual error by Fodds, he just booted it, when should have played it into touch for a throw in, but i agree our defence is weak and we must get a top defender in or we will concede a lot of goals this season.
yep as we did last
[quote][p][bold]mike1990[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jfl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: "Individual errors rather than defensive flaws..." How are individual errors not defensive flaws? Let's not pu55yfoot around it. We are weak at the back. Anyway, when Louis Thompson was the last man and the central defenders were nowhere to be seen how was that an individual error? When people start talking about individual errors it's usually the sign of a struggling side. We've just lost 5 points from two games we apparently dominated. If we gloss over that with the old "individual errors" cliché, we're kidding ourselves and could be in for a rude awakening.[/p][/quote]Were you at the match? The three central defenders had gone up for the corner and LT was the defensive cover.[/p][/quote]No, I wasn't. So whose was the individual error? Thompson's? Committing all three central defenders to attack, when we knew were likely to get a long punt at us, doesn't seem like an individual error - unless it was the manager's.[/p][/quote]The first goal was an individual error by Fodds, he just booted it, when should have played it into touch for a throw in, but i agree our defence is weak and we must get a top defender in or we will concede a lot of goals this season.[/p][/quote]yep as we did last alchafreds
  • Score: 0

10:14pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

The point I was making about defensive failings, whether individual or not, is that they are all part of team performance, just like moments of individual and team brilliance. If somebody scores a great individual goal, nobody says "If he hadn't scored that great goal, we wouldn't have won".
The point I was making about defensive failings, whether individual or not, is that they are all part of team performance, just like moments of individual and team brilliance. If somebody scores a great individual goal, nobody says "If he hadn't scored that great goal, we wouldn't have won". Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

10:16pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Oi Den! says...

And I don't blame Mark Cooper either. I'm sure he would sign a good lower division defender or two if he had the chance.
And I don't blame Mark Cooper either. I'm sure he would sign a good lower division defender or two if he had the chance. Oi Den!
  • Score: -1

8:20am Sat 23 Aug 14

dazzastfc says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
I blame Cooper for the trouble in the Middle East as he is to blame for everything Swindon Town it appears.

Doing a fantastic job despite all the circumstances.
Cooper mend the sound system or I will be calling for your head.
He would be doing a great job IF he could learn how to run a team with the bases of a good defence instead of a very flat back 3..

Scoring goals will win games BUT you wont win many with a skoddy defence..
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: I blame Cooper for the trouble in the Middle East as he is to blame for everything Swindon Town it appears. Doing a fantastic job despite all the circumstances. Cooper mend the sound system or I will be calling for your head.[/p][/quote]He would be doing a great job IF he could learn how to run a team with the bases of a good defence instead of a very flat back 3.. Scoring goals will win games BUT you wont win many with a skoddy defence.. dazzastfc
  • Score: 1

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