Cooper frustrated by 'sloppy' goals
5:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
MARK Cooper was left frustrated that his Town side conceded two sloppy goals at Gillingham in a match that he felt should have been over by half-time.
Swindon conceded in the ninth minute when Danny Kedwell pounced after Wes Foderingham’s clearance rebounded off Jordan Turnbull, and while Andy Williams levelled before half-time, another error allowed the hosts to take the lead once more through Kortney Hause before Raphael Branco’s 89th-minute leveller last night.
And while Cooper was pleased with the near-perfect display with the ball, he knows that his side have to improve defensively as a unit if they are to start getting wins under their belts, “Tonight I thought that we were nearly perfect with the ball, I’m not sure many teams an get much better than that in terms of possession and playing football,” Cooper told the Advertiser. “But we do have stuff to work on as a defensive unit.
“I think when you are on the training ground they tend to get it right with no pressure, but when come out there is crowd and they are getting tested. It is not just the defenders remember, the midfielders have to defend with and without the ball.
“It is something that we have to get right, but anyone who saw play tonight will say ‘tell you what, they ain’t a bad football team.’ “I think when you have that much possession maybe the boys behind the ball switch off in concentration.
“That is something we have to keep showing them and talking about, I’ll take the blame for that, it is up to me to work with them to get that right.”
Cooper is hoping that he will have some new faces in his squad before Saturday’s County Ground clash with Crewe Alexandra.
“Everyone knows we want another centre back and after another forward,” Cooper said. “We have got four or five that we are tracking.
“We’re just waiting for them to come to fruition, we are not going for people that don’t suit the way we play.
“We have got certain targets to pursue, we are just waiting for phone calls to say yes we can have them or no we can’t - I know Lee (Power) is working hard with that.”
Town will assess the extent of Massimo Luongo’s hamstring problem today after he came off late in the game at Priestfield.
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