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"We'll have to be at our best," says Cooper

Thursday 11 January 2018
FGR Media

Mark Cooper

Manager Mark Cooper is looking to build on last Saturday’s win when he takes his Forest Green Rovers side to his old stomping ground.

Rovers travel to Swindon Town on the back of a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Port Vale that lifted them out of the bottom two in the process.

With the new signings having gelled seamlessly into the side, Cooper says the mood in the camp has been lifted and hopes to carry that into Saturday’s game, with a few players having been rested in mid-week.

“It’s always good to get three points, especially the position we were in. It gives us a lift, gets us out of the bottom two and with the addition of the new signings it makes it feel a whole lot better,” he said.

“Reuben, Farrend and Gavin couldn’t play on Tuesday being cup tied and we rested Doidgey and Lee Collins as well, we didn’t want to take any risks.

“They are in good shape and should be nice and fresh for this weekend.

"We played really well last Saturday. Defensively we were really sound and we had some decent moments in attack so (the line-up) won't be too different from that.

"There still might be a couple of signings before the weekend but it remains to be seen if we put them in the team straight away or not."

Despite having already brought in six new signings, with the addition of Haydn Hollis earlier this week, Cooper has admitted it has been a difficult transfer window.

“It’s difficult. We always knew it would be difficult and you have to work really hard,” he explained.

“You think you have someone in and then at the last minute; someone else comes in for them and they go somewhere else.

“We’d prefer to sign players permanently but then you’ve got to persuade them that we’re not going to get relegated, we’ll be fine, and it’s a difficult market to work in.

"You can't just have one transfer target, you have a list of many. We're working really hard to try and make additions to the squad so that come the end of April we aren't kicking ourselves that we haven't done enough.”

Cooper returns to familiar surroundings when they travel to Swindon on Saturday but says the game will not hold any more meaning for him as a result.

The return fixture ended in a 2-0 defeat for FGR at The New Lawn as Cooper said their experience showed but with more experienced heads brought in since then, he is hoping for a better outcome but knows they will need to be at their best.

"It's still three points. It's a game that we want to win and we want to follow on from last Saturday," he added.

"Swindon is a big club in League Two, a big crowd, big stadium. They will be hoping to get the points to try and get back in the play-off picture and we need the three points for a different reason.

“They have some experienced players and they just waited for us to make those mistakes that day.

“They’ve had some good results. They beat Notts County a couple of weeks ago, they won away at Barnet and we are aware it is going to be a tough game. We’ll have to play as well as we did last week to get any points.”

"Hopefully it's not too far for our fans to travel and they go there in their numbers.”


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Last updated: Tue 24 Apr 2018 21:48 pm