Cooper thinks defence will be key against Coventry

Back-line thinking for Swindon chief

Back-line thinking for Swindon chief

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

THE defence will be key to getting any result against Coventry on Saturday according to County Ground chief Mark Cooper.

Town chalked up their first clean sheet of the season against Crewe last weekend but then conceded four goals against Brighton on Tuesday night - albeit with caveats for the injuries sustained.

Last season Swindon kept 13 clean sheets and conceded 71 goals in all competitions. So far this term the record is nine conceded in six games. That’s slightly up on the goals-per-game average from last season but drawing from a small pool and includes the Brighton result which was not under normal circumstances.

However the slips from Town’s backline on Tuesday have obviously concerned Cooper who made a point to stress his team must improve in that department.

“For me the central battle is always about keeping the ball out of the net,” he said.

“We kept a clean sheet on Saturday then we conceded four the other night, albeit we had eight men on the pitch towards the end who could run.

“We still conceded four goals that were avoidable. So we have to make sure we concentrate on making sure we defend a little bit better.

“When our back’s against the wall we (make sure) don’t make rash decisions in our defending, we stand up we don’t dive in, in the box. When crosses come in the box we make sure we don’t leave men free, we mark them. That’s where games are won and lost.”

Injuries may stretch Cooper’s squad to the limit, but he insisted his side would still be competitive.

“Steven (Pressley, Coventry manager) will be rubbing his hands together with the effort we put in the other night, with the amount of injuries and suspensions.

“It’s a little bit frustrating because it was such a good performance from us that we’re going to be missing four players out of that team.

“We’re going to try and get the best team we can on the pitch and give Coventry a real test.”

The overhaul of the Sky Blues’ playing staff during the summer had not gone unnoticed by Cooper but he felt confident in he knew what to expect from Steven Pressley’s team.

“They’re different in personnel but very similar in structure in the terms of the way they play the game.

“They like to play football. They like to press the opposition, that hasn’t changed. We don’t get too het up in worrying too much about other teams.

“We give them full respect and make our players aware of what there threats are we try and concentrate what we’re going to do.”

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7:05am Fri 29 Aug 14

the wizard says...

A testing time for not only Cooper and the available players but also the cue for real supporters to get behind the team and management and support the club as a whole. Time for differences of opinion to be shelved for the greater good and to show real support for what promises to be team full of potential once the additional players have arrived, After the commitment shown so far I think the guys deserve at least that.
A testing time for not only Cooper and the available players but also the cue for real supporters to get behind the team and management and support the club as a whole. Time for differences of opinion to be shelved for the greater good and to show real support for what promises to be team full of potential once the additional players have arrived, After the commitment shown so far I think the guys deserve at least that. the wizard
  • Score: 26

7:43am Fri 29 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

the wizard wrote:
A testing time for not only Cooper and the available players but also the cue for real supporters to get behind the team and management and support the club as a whole. Time for differences of opinion to be shelved for the greater good and to show real support for what promises to be team full of potential once the additional players have arrived, After the commitment shown so far I think the guys deserve at least that.
So another 2,000 will come due to reading your post? Don't think so
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: A testing time for not only Cooper and the available players but also the cue for real supporters to get behind the team and management and support the club as a whole. Time for differences of opinion to be shelved for the greater good and to show real support for what promises to be team full of potential once the additional players have arrived, After the commitment shown so far I think the guys deserve at least that.[/p][/quote]So another 2,000 will come due to reading your post? Don't think so smirg kcab
  • Score: -19

9:41am Fri 29 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

Exactly Grim!
Exactly Grim! The Jockster
  • Score: -5

10:49am Fri 29 Aug 14

old town robin says...

I would hardly say the goal Ince scored was avoidable, I don't like to see us concede any goals, but that one was very special and I doubt he could repeat it again.

It'a all very well Cooper saying the defence has to improve, true, but they are playing with the formation he chooses, whether that is right or wrong is not the question, the high line is an invitation for the opposition to couner attack and play it over the top and then it's just a matter of who's fastest and get there first. It has resulted in 3 penalties, two sending off's for late tackles from behind and numerous yellow cards, plus 3 of the other goals conceded were as a result of direct play also over the top. I'm all for the 3 man defence with a sweeper, but whether it's wise to use Wes in that role is debatable.

There is no doubt the extra man has helped with the high percentage of possession we have enjoyed, but it has come at a price of conceding "avoidable" goals. For me it's down to Cooper to set up a defence plan to combat whatever the opposition has to offer. I don't think he is thorough enough with the details of the strengths and weaknesses we face and how they play. so it's no surprise we get exploited from time to time, so rather than blaming the players, he needs to get his act together first

We have been waiting for over a month for him and Power to get this much needed centre half in and whilst understanding it's more of a reluctance of Premier league clubs not wanting to loan their players out to suit our needs, i can't help feeling we could have done a little bit more than just bringing in Brad Smith and Josh lelan.

Good news is the clock and the tannoys are working again and there is a presence of plod around the ground, so bills are being paid from the saving of a small squad.
I would hardly say the goal Ince scored was avoidable, I don't like to see us concede any goals, but that one was very special and I doubt he could repeat it again. It'a all very well Cooper saying the defence has to improve, true, but they are playing with the formation he chooses, whether that is right or wrong is not the question, the high line is an invitation for the opposition to couner attack and play it over the top and then it's just a matter of who's fastest and get there first. It has resulted in 3 penalties, two sending off's for late tackles from behind and numerous yellow cards, plus 3 of the other goals conceded were as a result of direct play also over the top. I'm all for the 3 man defence with a sweeper, but whether it's wise to use Wes in that role is debatable. There is no doubt the extra man has helped with the high percentage of possession we have enjoyed, but it has come at a price of conceding "avoidable" goals. For me it's down to Cooper to set up a defence plan to combat whatever the opposition has to offer. I don't think he is thorough enough with the details of the strengths and weaknesses we face and how they play. so it's no surprise we get exploited from time to time, so rather than blaming the players, he needs to get his act together first We have been waiting for over a month for him and Power to get this much needed centre half in and whilst understanding it's more of a reluctance of Premier league clubs not wanting to loan their players out to suit our needs, i can't help feeling we could have done a little bit more than just bringing in Brad Smith and Josh lelan. Good news is the clock and the tannoys are working again and there is a presence of plod around the ground, so bills are being paid from the saving of a small squad. old town robin
  • Score: 5

11:43am Fri 29 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

old town robin wrote:
I would hardly say the goal Ince scored was avoidable, I don't like to see us concede any goals, but that one was very special and I doubt he could repeat it again.

It'a all very well Cooper saying the defence has to improve, true, but they are playing with the formation he chooses, whether that is right or wrong is not the question, the high line is an invitation for the opposition to couner attack and play it over the top and then it's just a matter of who's fastest and get there first. It has resulted in 3 penalties, two sending off's for late tackles from behind and numerous yellow cards, plus 3 of the other goals conceded were as a result of direct play also over the top. I'm all for the 3 man defence with a sweeper, but whether it's wise to use Wes in that role is debatable.

There is no doubt the extra man has helped with the high percentage of possession we have enjoyed, but it has come at a price of conceding "avoidable" goals. For me it's down to Cooper to set up a defence plan to combat whatever the opposition has to offer. I don't think he is thorough enough with the details of the strengths and weaknesses we face and how they play. so it's no surprise we get exploited from time to time, so rather than blaming the players, he needs to get his act together first

We have been waiting for over a month for him and Power to get this much needed centre half in and whilst understanding it's more of a reluctance of Premier league clubs not wanting to loan their players out to suit our needs, i can't help feeling we could have done a little bit more than just bringing in Brad Smith and Josh lelan.

Good news is the clock and the tannoys are working again and there is a presence of plod around the ground, so bills are being paid from the saving of a small squad.
Best goal I have ever seen at the c/g.
And it came from our throw in down Stratton bank.
That's what makes the game very special from witnessing the worst side I've seen to the best goal I've seen all within 4 days
Coymr
[quote][p][bold]old town robin[/bold] wrote: I would hardly say the goal Ince scored was avoidable, I don't like to see us concede any goals, but that one was very special and I doubt he could repeat it again. It'a all very well Cooper saying the defence has to improve, true, but they are playing with the formation he chooses, whether that is right or wrong is not the question, the high line is an invitation for the opposition to couner attack and play it over the top and then it's just a matter of who's fastest and get there first. It has resulted in 3 penalties, two sending off's for late tackles from behind and numerous yellow cards, plus 3 of the other goals conceded were as a result of direct play also over the top. I'm all for the 3 man defence with a sweeper, but whether it's wise to use Wes in that role is debatable. There is no doubt the extra man has helped with the high percentage of possession we have enjoyed, but it has come at a price of conceding "avoidable" goals. For me it's down to Cooper to set up a defence plan to combat whatever the opposition has to offer. I don't think he is thorough enough with the details of the strengths and weaknesses we face and how they play. so it's no surprise we get exploited from time to time, so rather than blaming the players, he needs to get his act together first We have been waiting for over a month for him and Power to get this much needed centre half in and whilst understanding it's more of a reluctance of Premier league clubs not wanting to loan their players out to suit our needs, i can't help feeling we could have done a little bit more than just bringing in Brad Smith and Josh lelan. Good news is the clock and the tannoys are working again and there is a presence of plod around the ground, so bills are being paid from the saving of a small squad.[/p][/quote]Best goal I have ever seen at the c/g. And it came from our throw in down Stratton bank. That's what makes the game very special from witnessing the worst side I've seen to the best goal I've seen all within 4 days Coymr smirg kcab
  • Score: 0

11:55am Fri 29 Aug 14

smirg kcab says...

He back line is being sorted now by Marcus Cassidy.
He back line is being sorted now by Marcus Cassidy. smirg kcab
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Fri 29 Aug 14

the wizard says...

Its funny really, but no sorry I got that wrong, its sad. Not so long ago we had a player merry go round like never seen before. Players came and went, some I have no recall of at all, some were totally wasted and trained on their own, others were just cast off. That entire scenario cost this club not only huge amounts of basically wasted money but also the man seen as our Savior, and we finished up in the league little better than when he arrived.

Now we have somebody without the financial clout, he hasn't tried to hide that and emergency loans coupled with his prudent signings and lean budgets and yet here is the same dawn chorus moaning and complaining like they always have, about one thing or another. It seems that all the years that they have attended games has not taught the experience of how to wait and be patient, its always a doom and gloom experience, and I dare say the like of them in the stands constantly wittering their diatribe of doom, gloom and despondency is also a contributing factor of diminished crowds at games.
I'm quite convinced that some do not know the true meaning of "Supporting your club". Yes some will say they have been going for years (and moaning all the way no doubt) others say they have season tickets, others will proclaim all sorts of stats, but I severely question their agenda. Supporting the club doesn't mean, an excuse for getting out of the house and away from the missus and kids, its means what its says and seeing and trying to be part of the bigger picture of "supporting your club", and that should also involve trying to support a chairman/owner who is trying to do much on a budget of not a lot, because he wants the club to be to a point self sustaining, and all the sarcasm in the world aint going to change that, but should the club fold these self same judges will be the very first in line with cutting comments. I think they were all made for each other, just hope they get stuck in a lift together. I was going to say in a burning building, but that would be too good for some, so I wont.
Its funny really, but no sorry I got that wrong, its sad. Not so long ago we had a player merry go round like never seen before. Players came and went, some I have no recall of at all, some were totally wasted and trained on their own, others were just cast off. That entire scenario cost this club not only huge amounts of basically wasted money but also the man seen as our Savior, and we finished up in the league little better than when he arrived. Now we have somebody without the financial clout, he hasn't tried to hide that and emergency loans coupled with his prudent signings and lean budgets and yet here is the same dawn chorus moaning and complaining like they always have, about one thing or another. It seems that all the years that they have attended games has not taught the experience of how to wait and be patient, its always a doom and gloom experience, and I dare say the like of them in the stands constantly wittering their diatribe of doom, gloom and despondency is also a contributing factor of diminished crowds at games. I'm quite convinced that some do not know the true meaning of "Supporting your club". Yes some will say they have been going for years (and moaning all the way no doubt) others say they have season tickets, others will proclaim all sorts of stats, but I severely question their agenda. Supporting the club doesn't mean, an excuse for getting out of the house and away from the missus and kids, its means what its says and seeing and trying to be part of the bigger picture of "supporting your club", and that should also involve trying to support a chairman/owner who is trying to do much on a budget of not a lot, because he wants the club to be to a point self sustaining, and all the sarcasm in the world aint going to change that, but should the club fold these self same judges will be the very first in line with cutting comments. I think they were all made for each other, just hope they get stuck in a lift together. I was going to say in a burning building, but that would be too good for some, so I wont. the wizard
  • Score: 2

3:30pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Swindon1984 says...

the wizard wrote:
Its funny really, but no sorry I got that wrong, its sad. Not so long ago we had a player merry go round like never seen before. Players came and went, some I have no recall of at all, some were totally wasted and trained on their own, others were just cast off. That entire scenario cost this club not only huge amounts of basically wasted money but also the man seen as our Savior, and we finished up in the league little better than when he arrived. Now we have somebody without the financial clout, he hasn't tried to hide that and emergency loans coupled with his prudent signings and lean budgets and yet here is the same dawn chorus moaning and complaining like they always have, about one thing or another. It seems that all the years that they have attended games has not taught the experience of how to wait and be patient, its always a doom and gloom experience, and I dare say the like of them in the stands constantly wittering their diatribe of doom, gloom and despondency is also a contributing factor of diminished crowds at games. I'm quite convinced that some do not know the true meaning of "Supporting your club". Yes some will say they have been going for years (and moaning all the way no doubt) others say they have season tickets, others will proclaim all sorts of stats, but I severely question their agenda. Supporting the club doesn't mean, an excuse for getting out of the house and away from the missus and kids, its means what its says and seeing and trying to be part of the bigger picture of "supporting your club", and that should also involve trying to support a chairman/owner who is trying to do much on a budget of not a lot, because he wants the club to be to a point self sustaining, and all the sarcasm in the world aint going to change that, but should the club fold these self same judges will be the very first in line with cutting comments. I think they were all made for each other, just hope they get stuck in a lift together. I was going to say in a burning building, but that would be too good for some, so I wont.
To be honest if someone wants to go to the county ground every week because it's something to do and gets them out of the house I don't have a problem with that - it's a passtime after all, it is something to do on a a Saturday, and having paid their money they have a right to voice their views. It's the people who say we're ****, and they won't go to the matches cause we're ****, although how they can have an opinion one way or the other escapes me as by their own admission they haven't seen the game.

Grim for example - don't always agree with him but he's perfectly entitled to an opinion as I know he's actually watching the football week in week out.

Himandher - always whinging but is quite open in saying he doesn't bother going to watch the town and has no intention of doing so.

Yes, it'd be nice if everyone who came to the county ground stood and sang for ninety minutes but as long as they're abiding by the rules of the ground, it's up to them if they want to grumble or sit in silence. After all, a moaner or an ultra enthusiastic supporter will show up exactly the same in the attendance figures (i.e. one bum on a seat) and will be paying the cub the same amount of money. They're both supporting in their own way.

Let's all do what we can - and that varies from person to person - to support the club. Don't want to get into arguments over who's the biggest fan.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Its funny really, but no sorry I got that wrong, its sad. Not so long ago we had a player merry go round like never seen before. Players came and went, some I have no recall of at all, some were totally wasted and trained on their own, others were just cast off. That entire scenario cost this club not only huge amounts of basically wasted money but also the man seen as our Savior, and we finished up in the league little better than when he arrived. Now we have somebody without the financial clout, he hasn't tried to hide that and emergency loans coupled with his prudent signings and lean budgets and yet here is the same dawn chorus moaning and complaining like they always have, about one thing or another. It seems that all the years that they have attended games has not taught the experience of how to wait and be patient, its always a doom and gloom experience, and I dare say the like of them in the stands constantly wittering their diatribe of doom, gloom and despondency is also a contributing factor of diminished crowds at games. I'm quite convinced that some do not know the true meaning of "Supporting your club". Yes some will say they have been going for years (and moaning all the way no doubt) others say they have season tickets, others will proclaim all sorts of stats, but I severely question their agenda. Supporting the club doesn't mean, an excuse for getting out of the house and away from the missus and kids, its means what its says and seeing and trying to be part of the bigger picture of "supporting your club", and that should also involve trying to support a chairman/owner who is trying to do much on a budget of not a lot, because he wants the club to be to a point self sustaining, and all the sarcasm in the world aint going to change that, but should the club fold these self same judges will be the very first in line with cutting comments. I think they were all made for each other, just hope they get stuck in a lift together. I was going to say in a burning building, but that would be too good for some, so I wont.[/p][/quote]To be honest if someone wants to go to the county ground every week because it's something to do and gets them out of the house I don't have a problem with that - it's a passtime after all, it is something to do on a a Saturday, and having paid their money they have a right to voice their views. It's the people who say we're ****, and they won't go to the matches cause we're ****, although how they can have an opinion one way or the other escapes me as by their own admission they haven't seen the game. Grim for example - don't always agree with him but he's perfectly entitled to an opinion as I know he's actually watching the football week in week out. Himandher - always whinging but is quite open in saying he doesn't bother going to watch the town and has no intention of doing so. Yes, it'd be nice if everyone who came to the county ground stood and sang for ninety minutes but as long as they're abiding by the rules of the ground, it's up to them if they want to grumble or sit in silence. After all, a moaner or an ultra enthusiastic supporter will show up exactly the same in the attendance figures (i.e. one bum on a seat) and will be paying the cub the same amount of money. They're both supporting in their own way. Let's all do what we can - and that varies from person to person - to support the club. Don't want to get into arguments over who's the biggest fan. Swindon1984
  • Score: 4

7:25pm Fri 29 Aug 14

dazzastfc says...

You have to laugh...
Cooper states that er must do this and that in defence but so far this season we have not done it...
Are defence formation is shocking Wes being are sweeper and this goes to prove once again that Cooper is not a football manager...
playing pretty football YES being able To play and work other systems and formations NOT A HOPE IN HELL....
GUARANTEED Tomorrow we will play exactly the same formation as we have all season
You have to laugh... Cooper states that er must do this and that in defence but so far this season we have not done it... Are defence formation is shocking Wes being are sweeper and this goes to prove once again that Cooper is not a football manager... playing pretty football YES being able To play and work other systems and formations NOT A HOPE IN HELL.... GUARANTEED Tomorrow we will play exactly the same formation as we have all season dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

10:00pm Fri 29 Aug 14

The Jockster says...

the wizard wrote:
Its funny really, but no sorry I got that wrong, its sad. Not so long ago we had a player merry go round like never seen before. Players came and went, some I have no recall of at all, some were totally wasted and trained on their own, others were just cast off. That entire scenario cost this club not only huge amounts of basically wasted money but also the man seen as our Savior, and we finished up in the league little better than when he arrived.

Now we have somebody without the financial clout, he hasn't tried to hide that and emergency loans coupled with his prudent signings and lean budgets and yet here is the same dawn chorus moaning and complaining like they always have, about one thing or another. It seems that all the years that they have attended games has not taught the experience of how to wait and be patient, its always a doom and gloom experience, and I dare say the like of them in the stands constantly wittering their diatribe of doom, gloom and despondency is also a contributing factor of diminished crowds at games.
I'm quite convinced that some do not know the true meaning of "Supporting your club". Yes some will say they have been going for years (and moaning all the way no doubt) others say they have season tickets, others will proclaim all sorts of stats, but I severely question their agenda. Supporting the club doesn't mean, an excuse for getting out of the house and away from the missus and kids, its means what its says and seeing and trying to be part of the bigger picture of "supporting your club", and that should also involve trying to support a chairman/owner who is trying to do much on a budget of not a lot, because he wants the club to be to a point self sustaining, and all the sarcasm in the world aint going to change that, but should the club fold these self same judges will be the very first in line with cutting comments. I think they were all made for each other, just hope they get stuck in a lift together. I was going to say in a burning building, but that would be too good for some, so I wont.
Very profound but totally irrelevant of course, ,84 is spot on, why shouldn't folk just use going to games as a release valve? Comments from the stands causing attendances to drop? Don't think so - far more likely to be any or several of the well documented reasons aired on here recently.
You allude to the AB era/Pdc etc money wasted and that we are basically back where we were? Whose to say that had that not happened we wouldn't be in the conference by now? Basically haven't we just treaded water and using your "be patient" philosophy we're faced with numerous seasons of more of the same surely?
If people want to voice their opinions which you may not like or agree with then you just have to put up with the fact that unlike yourself not everyone who contributes to these forums or "whinges"at games sees LP as the Messiah who will ultimately deliver the promised land of the championship.
Time to accept that folk have many differing viewpoints and ways of expressing themselves than you might do.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Its funny really, but no sorry I got that wrong, its sad. Not so long ago we had a player merry go round like never seen before. Players came and went, some I have no recall of at all, some were totally wasted and trained on their own, others were just cast off. That entire scenario cost this club not only huge amounts of basically wasted money but also the man seen as our Savior, and we finished up in the league little better than when he arrived. Now we have somebody without the financial clout, he hasn't tried to hide that and emergency loans coupled with his prudent signings and lean budgets and yet here is the same dawn chorus moaning and complaining like they always have, about one thing or another. It seems that all the years that they have attended games has not taught the experience of how to wait and be patient, its always a doom and gloom experience, and I dare say the like of them in the stands constantly wittering their diatribe of doom, gloom and despondency is also a contributing factor of diminished crowds at games. I'm quite convinced that some do not know the true meaning of "Supporting your club". Yes some will say they have been going for years (and moaning all the way no doubt) others say they have season tickets, others will proclaim all sorts of stats, but I severely question their agenda. Supporting the club doesn't mean, an excuse for getting out of the house and away from the missus and kids, its means what its says and seeing and trying to be part of the bigger picture of "supporting your club", and that should also involve trying to support a chairman/owner who is trying to do much on a budget of not a lot, because he wants the club to be to a point self sustaining, and all the sarcasm in the world aint going to change that, but should the club fold these self same judges will be the very first in line with cutting comments. I think they were all made for each other, just hope they get stuck in a lift together. I was going to say in a burning building, but that would be too good for some, so I wont.[/p][/quote]Very profound but totally irrelevant of course, ,84 is spot on, why shouldn't folk just use going to games as a release valve? Comments from the stands causing attendances to drop? Don't think so - far more likely to be any or several of the well documented reasons aired on here recently. You allude to the AB era/Pdc etc money wasted and that we are basically back where we were? Whose to say that had that not happened we wouldn't be in the conference by now? Basically haven't we just treaded water and using your "be patient" philosophy we're faced with numerous seasons of more of the same surely? If people want to voice their opinions which you may not like or agree with then you just have to put up with the fact that unlike yourself not everyone who contributes to these forums or "whinges"at games sees LP as the Messiah who will ultimately deliver the promised land of the championship. Time to accept that folk have many differing viewpoints and ways of expressing themselves than you might do. The Jockster
  • Score: 4
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