FOOTBALL: Swindon boss Cooper rues soft goals

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper

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SWINDON TOWN manager Mark Cooper was left frustrated for the second time in four days after his side failed to turn possession and territory into three points at Gillingham on Tuesday night.

Town had dominated Crawley Town in similar fashion on Saturday only to be overturned by a smash and grab goal and they needed an 89th-minute equaliser from centre back Raphael Branco to salvage a point from a 2-2 draw at Gillingham in a game which they had bossed for long periods, particularly in a one-sided first half.

“That’s two games that we should have won and we have had to go to the wire and get a point, which was the very least that we deserved,” said Cooper.

“If anyone has watched us, it has been a tremendous performance. On Saturday too, it was very similar.

“But we can’t concede goals like that, we should have killed the game by half-time and that is not being disrespectful to Gillingham.

“Tonight I thought that we were nearly perfect with the ball, I’m not sure many teams can get much better than that in terms of possession and playing football."

Cooper is hopeful of bringing in a defender and a striker before the transfer window closes on Sunday.

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