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We Gave Ourselves A Mountain To Climb - Cooper

19 October 2021

A photograph of Barrow Manager, Mark Cooper Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
Barrow boss Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper admitted his frustration at seeing his side held to a draw by Scunthorpe United at The Dunes Hotel Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The Bluebirds boss admitted that there wasn’t the tempo in the players’ performance during a lacklustre first half but felt they did more than enough to win the game with the way they improved after the break.

After conceding just before the break, Barrow enjoyed 80% of the second half possession and had more than 20 shots on goal, finally levelling things up through Robbie Gotts ten minutes from time.

“It should have been all three points when you look at the second half,” Cooper told iFollow.

“We totally dominated in the second half, but we had given ourselves a mountain to climb by conceding a rubbish goal from a corner again, just like had happened against Orient here. We need to be tougher defensively.

“Scunthorpe are fighting for their lives, and they have come and put everyone behind the ball – what you can’t do is give them a leg up and goal start because then they have something to hold on to.

“The wind was a factor in the first half, but we were a bit slow with our possession. I was convinced that if we could get to half time at 0-0 then we would win the game, but we didn’t.

“I had to change it at half time to make us be able to pass the ball a bit quicker and we went out and dominated in the second half, and we should win the game comfortably.

“We’ve hit the bar, we’ve hit the post twice, we’ve missed a penalty, we’ve had shots and crosses fly past, but the goal we conceded just before half time has cost us.”

Click here now to watch the full post-match video interview with Mark Cooper.


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