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Swindon Town not at the races - Mark Cooper

1 February 2014

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper felt Oldham Athletic's desire to win was greater than that of his Town team after seeing the Robins lose 1-0 at a windswept County Ground..

Jonathan Grounds hit a 73rd-minute winner to give the Latics a deserved 1-0 victory.

The left wing-back finished off a neat move initiated by the influential Gary Harkins. He set up substitute Jon Stead, who joined the Latics in a last-minute January transfer window move, but his shot was blocked and Grounds fired home the rebound.

It was Oldham's first away win since late November and dented the play-off hopes of out-of-sorts Swindon, who finished the match with 10 men after half-time sub Troy Archibald-Henville was dismissed late on for a second yellow card offence.

"I could put the conditions up as an excuse. It wasn't a pretty day for football, but the difference between the teams was that they wanted it a little bit more than we did,`` said Cooper.

"It was a disappointing performance by us. Whether we had next week's Johnstone's Paint Trophy semi-final tie at Peterborough on our minds, I don't know.

"But we're just outside the play-offs, so league points are vitally important, especially when you are playing at home.``

Cooper felt that one of the few positives that came from Swindon's performance was that of Archibald-Henville.

"I thought he was outstanding when he came on - and now he'll be suspended," said Cooper.

"We wanted to give him pitch time and he did really well after replacing Darren Ward."

Oldham boss Lee Johnson felt the win was reward for his side's recent displays.

"We deserved that - not only on the strength of our performance today, but the way we've been playing lately without just rewards," said Johnson.

"The conditions were pretty awful out there, but we dug in and battled it out.

"It was a heartening display all round."


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