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Cooper: I'm not pleased

7 September 2013

MANAGER Mark Cooper spoke to the media after Town’s 1-1 draw at MK Dons.

On the result.
I’m not pleased. If we had had eleven men then we would have won the game. MK Dons are a very good side but we could have killed the game off in the first half. Then the referee decides to get involved. I’m disappointed for the supporters and for Alex Pritchard and Nile Ranger who had to come off. I know that we passed the ball but its disappointing that we’re talking about the sending off rather than the football. 

On the red card
It’s never a sending off. If we have sending offs like that then we’ll be playing five-a-side football. He (Byrne) made a genuine attempt to get the ball – the lad has prodded the ball away and Nath has put his foot there. Afterwards I said to the referee “I thought you were hasty and didn’t give yourself time to think about it.”

On the first half
We had a plan. We knew they like to pass the ball and we tried to catch them on the break. If we had been better with the ball we could have scored one or two more. He’s got that (ability) Alex (Pritchard) and hopefully there will be more to come. 

On the second half
We defended fantastically well and we had a real good shape to us. We had to make sure we were still a threat and kept two up. If you stick with one then you invite pressure and we felt it was important that we had a threat. They know what’s expected of them and they kept their shape the last half hour. It was unfair because we had to defend when we had to attack and that’s why I’m disappointed.

On Dany N’Guessan
He looked a handful and could have won it for us - I thought he was going to cut inside and curl it inside the post. He’s strong and he’s a handful.

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