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We Looked So Comfortable - Cooper

21 August 2021

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Barrow boss Mark Cooper
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We Looked So Comfortable - Cooper

21 August 2021

Mark Cooper couldn’t hide his disappointment after seeing his side beaten 2-1 by Harrogate Town despite taking a first half lead at The EnviroVent Stadium.

Offrande Zanzala’s close-range finish on 17 minutes put The Bluebirds in the driving seat and they rarely looked threatened by their hosts as they produced a strong display on the road.

However, individual mistakes after the break were to cost Barrow dear as Town came back to claim three points and leave Cooper frustrated.

“I felt really comfortable in the game,” he told iFollow.

“At half time I said to the players that it was about making good decisions because good decisions will get us though and bad decisions will mean we don’t get a result – and that cost us the points.

“We had chances and the front players have to be more ruthless but, if I am being honest, I couldn’t see Harrogate scoring until their first goal.

“When that goes in, you need to regroup and be diligent, but we tried to be clever in the middle of the pitch when we’re being pressed, and it’s turned over and it’s a goal.

“At this level, mistakes win and lose you games because nearly every goal is a mistake.

“The fans were great but when they’re like that we have to give them something to go home with – and when we were that comfortable in the game, we should have.”

Look out for our full post-match video interview with Mark Cooper on iFollow Barrow soon.

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