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Coops Pays Tribute To The Players

Coops Pays Tribute To The Players

Manager Colin Cooper was looking for a reaction from the players following on from our six match losing streak, and he certainly got that last night when we came from behind to take an invaluable three points against Morecambe.

The win does wonders for us with only two games remaining as we are now safe from relegation owing to the run in those below us face. With Northampton, Bristol Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers all on 47 points, given that Wycombe host Rovers in the next fixture not enough of them can ensure maximum points to push us into the drop zone.

Speaking to the Official Site following two second half goals from the 'Jacks', Cooper said.

'Even though Morecambe went a goal ahead, we were trying to create things despite it being very compact in the first half. It felt at half time we would create more chances and the question was whether we were good enough to go on and win the game.'

Of course, we were also reduced to ten men but as can often be the case, the gaffer admitted that rather than hamper us, he thought it galvanised us and the senior players in the team at that point just rose and helped grab the game 'by the scruff of the neck'.

'My job is to make decisions, sometimes I get them right, sometimes I get them wrong but I think I can say that I can hold my hands up and say I got them right.'

Having held his hands up previously to things he could've done differently, he earned that.

'Both Jacks were the heroes in terms of scoring the goals that won us the game, but every one of the players were heroes and I don't say that lightly.'

Cooper also had praise for the fans who embraced the 'Pack the Park' initiative and almost 5000 were in attendance for the crunch game.

'I think we got around 1500 more than we have been which is great and if we've done something to encourage some of those to come back then it's all the better. The fans gave us that extra impetus and if those extra fans can come back then it's more the merrier as far as I'm concerned. There were plenty of reasons for them to come and watch again.'

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday April 22 2014
Time: 10:28AM

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