Date:Tuesday February 18 2014
Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper is frustrated that one mistake cost his side a visit to Wembley.
Former Posh manager Mark Cooper failed at the final hurdle to get his Robins side to Wembley and was frustrated at the end of the match, which was decided by a penalty shoot-out, after one mistake cost his side a trip to Wembley: "I thought we did enough to win the game. We missed the chance to go 2-0 up and kill the game. We made one mistake in the game and it led to the goal.
"The players gave everything. We played some good football but it wasn't to be. I think we had the better chances - you give Assombalonga one chance and he's going score.
"In these one-off games you hope the luck goes your way, but it didn't. We've now got to use this to propel us into the play-offs.
"We've got a lot of disappointed young men in the changing room. My job now is to lift them, get their chins off the floor and get them ready for a tough game at Leyton Orient on Saturday.
"We'll re-group on Thursday and get something in place and count how many fit bodies we've got for the weekend. The boys did really well tonight and I'm proud of them. I thought they played some really good football at times and we were unfortunate not to go through.
"I thought the supporters were magnificent. I would like to thank them for getting behind the team like they did last night. We didn't deserve to go out but the atmosphere was fantastic. I hope they stick with us now for the rest of the season."
Lapse In Concentration Proves Costly
Robins goalkeeper Wes Foderingham was downbeat after the defeat by Posh and disappointed at how they let Posh "back in"!
"Looking at the game itself, it was disappointing how we let them back in. I felt we controlled most of the game but didn't concentrate for 90 minutes.
"I think we defended well and broke quickly but a lack of concentration and a sloppy goal; that's what cost us. We started really well and I thought it looked like a good, composed performance, just that one slip-up has cost us."
Foderingham had done his homework before the match though as he`d looked into the penalty taking exploits of various Posh players: "I felt like I needed to do a job. I did my homework beforehand and it paid off for one of them but you don't get the rub of the green sometimes."
Robins Fans Comments
Below is a selection of comments on the match from the Robins fans:
I don't normally criticise Cooper and up until this point I haven't felt the need to but I think he got it badly wrong in the 2nd half last night.
Firstly we should never have sat so deep hoping one goal would be enough, with the firepower Boro have we were always going to need to score at least 2. We were trying to hold onto a one goal lead for 45 minutes, far too much respect was paid to them. A 2nd goal for us would have killed the tie and sometimes the best form of defence is attack.
Secondly he should have made changes at the 60 minute mark. We started to look really tired quite early into the 2nd half as Posh began to take a stranglehold on the game but instead he waited and waited and waited until the inevitable happened, they scored and then he made 2 changes! You don't need to have coaching badges to work out that had been coming.
Cannot fault the players effort they really did the club proud, penalties are a lottery so no blame attached to Mass or Tijane either, just wish it was us going to Wembley instead as I cannot see us going via the playoffs.
I can pretty much take or leave Cooper, but in defence of last night:
Despite allowing them possession further up the field in the second half we were dealing with Peterborough pretty comfortably until the mistake, which no tactical tinkering by Cooper could have foreseen or prevented.
As for not making the substitutions earlier, well it's easy to see why he was prepared to leave N'Guessan on as long as he did when the only change available was sticking Gladwin up there. I'd have been tempted to leave him on for the full 90 minutes, however tired he was, he's the sort who'd run himself into the ground willingly.
It was always going to be a tough half when they had the likes of McCann and McQuoid to bring on, injuries and suspension really hampered us and all things considered, we were very unlucky.
Just watched the highlights on Sky and tbh we looked far better than them in most respects which I did not think so during the match itself, it is strange how one views a game.
Could not see definitely whether it was a pen from the Arkells but looked and on TV there was no doubt. Just not going to be our season methinks but will take play-offs if they can be achieved.
I thought we looked better balanced with Pritchard on the right and Murphy on the left, but once we scored Cooper changed them over and I didn't think we looked quite so menacing going forward after that.
Better side for 70 mins with their only real threat by crosses from the right. If we got the pen and nunguesson looked before shooting wide then it would have been game over.
Thought it was a shit game though and if they are two sides chasing promotion then that is one piss poor division.
Pritchards quality and Thompsons tenacity the only positives for me.
For a game where both keepers hardly had a shot to save I enjoyed it - fuckwit officials notwithstanding.
Thought the defence played well but we were obviously lacking up front.
Looked to me as if we're playing like the away side.
People really need to think back to the doom and gloom before season's start and realise we've had a decent season (to date).
Cooper's turned out to be a decent manager and the loanees have, by and large, looked good.
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