Mark Cooper has said he believes the “controlled” style of play he is introducing to Yeovil Town will lead to his side creating more chances.

There were grumbling among some of the 3,300+ crowd at Huish Park for Tuesday night’s 2-1 home win over Truro City as the team stuck to the tactics when they were behind and entering the closing stages of the game.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s home game with Maidstone United, Cooper said that coach Marcus Stewart had told the players to show patience during the half-time break in midweek.

Talking to the media on Thursday, the manager said: “It is the way I feel we can dominate teams with the ball and we had spells the other night, but when we did go backwards or sideways there was negativity.

That is fine but (the fans) have to realise we are trying to wear the opposition out and I could turn round and say in the last ten minutes a lot of the Truro team were walking and they could not cover the distances which led to us scoring both goals.

We are going to continue to try and dominate teams with the ball, we have a lot of work to do, but we will get better.

Mark Cooper in discussion with captain Josh Staunton during the 2-1 home win over St Albans City. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

He added: “I think the players have to inspire the fans, but at the minute we feel at the minute that if we have seven or eight passes, the next one we have to bash forward because the crowd are (getting restless).

But we need to be patient at times because teams are going to come here and put a lot of bodies behind the ball.

If we just bash the ball up to the forwards, they have more bodies than us there, so we have to draw the opposition out for us to create better chances.

We will continue to try and do that, we don’t want to bore the pants off everyone but we want to try and be a bit more controlled which I think will lead to us having better chances.”

The boss said that defender Morgan Williams had undergone treatment for a dead leg suffered in the first half against Truro which made him a doubt for the weekend’s home match.

He also revealed midfielder Jordan Stevens, who recently returned to training, had undergone a scan recently.

Cooper said: “He is probably not as far ahead as we thought, but we are talking days rather than week.

But what we want to do is make sure that once he is back he is fit for the rest of the season and we don’t lose him again because he is going to be a massive player for us.”


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Essex glover
11 months ago

Nice to actually see the manager with a smile on his face.Reasonably good start to the season lads,keep it up!