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Cooper proud of his Robins

11 August 2013

Swindon caretaker manager Mark Cooper admitted he was proud of his players after Massimo Luongo's first-half goal gave them a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stevenage at The County Ground.

Luongo, one of four Tottenham academy players on the Swindon books, scored from 20 yards as Swindon dominated the first half.

Stevenage goalkeeper Steve Arnold saved well from midweek hero Andy Williams in the 15th minute and then did well to keep out a first-half header from Grant Hall.

Darren Ward headed over the Stevenage goal and Williams failed with two other opportunities.

But Cooper was pleased with the way his team dominated the first half, even if Stevenage came back soundly after the break.

Cooper said:'' We were getting 'oles' at one stage from the crowd as they appreciated our passing game but that sort of thing gets me worried at 0-0.

''I didn't want us to be taking the Micky. But our goal was fantastic. We will be playing that back to the players to show them that is what we are after.

''The players have grasped what we are trying to achieve with both hands and they are getting better every game. The goal was breath-taking in the way we moved it.

''We tried to move the ball around in the second half but we did not do as well. We defended resolutely and the biggest frustration was that we did not score more.

''The performance was no surprise in the way we played. We will only get better.''

Stevenage had chances to level in the second half but Greg Tansley headed over from 10 yards and Dani Lopez failed to connect with another headed opportunity from four yards.

Manager Graham Westley said:''We were disappointing in the first half and not as sophisticated as I would have liked.

''I might take some of the blame for not changing things around a little earlier but our second-half performance deserved a point.

''I thought Swindon's goal took a deflection. I certainly do not expect Steve Arnold to be beaten from that distance.

''I was pretty certain the ball hit a player and moved away from our goalkeeper.

''We had the chances to level. From close distance you have got to put them away but overall I was pleased with the improvement.

''Greg Tansley should have done better with his chance, he knows that, but on such incidents matches are won and lost.''


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