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Cooper content with scrappy win

Wednesday 06 December 2017
FGR Media

Mark Cooper cracks a smile at Swindon

Mark Cooper said he was happy to get an ugly win at Swindon Town that saw his side progress in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Chances were at a minimum for the visitors to the County Ground, Alex Iacovitti heading wide in the first half from a corner before Reece Brown forced a fine save from Lawrence Vigouroux in the second half.

Christian Doidge proved to be the difference on the night when he latched onto Brown’s pass in the 80th minute to claim the 1-0 victory.

“I’m pleased with the result, it keeps our little run going,” said Cooper.

“It was a rubbish game, not a lot of quality. I think one of the bits of quality was the goal.

“Sometimes you have to take things when you sometimes don’t deserve it and move on to the next thing.

“You know when you are playing against Swindon that they are going to put lots of crosses in the box and we’ve got to stop them or defend the cross which we’ve not done really well this season but we did tonight.

“Hopefully that is a starting point for us.”

Doidge took his goal tally to 10 goals in his last seven outings with his late strike and Cooper was impressed with the 26-year-old on a difficult night up top.

“He had one sniff at goal tonight and took it,” he added.

“It was a great bit of play and a great reverse pass from Reece Brown and Doidgey was on hand to slide it in.”

Rovers saw Charlie Cooper play his first minutes since picking up his knee injury against Coventry as he came on at half-time while Manny Monthe also started as he continues to serve a three-game suspension in the league and Mark Cooper saw it as a good game to give some a run out whilst still naming a strong team.

“I wasn’t using tonight as a training session but it enabled us to get some more minutes into players,” he said.

“Manny needed the game with him being suspended. Obviously he is still suspended for one more game in the league which is a bizarre situation.

“Charlie Cooper had 45 minutes, back into it and Jordan Stevens got another half an hour under his belt.

“It was good to get some minutes into the boys who needed it. They will be in Wednesday morning preparing and recovering from tonight’s game ready for Grimsby.”

FGR are now into the last 16 of the competition, the draw for which will take place live on TalkSport at 12.30pm on Friday, December 7.

The fixtures are scheduled to take place the week commencing January 8.


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