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We Have To Keep Pushing Ourselves - Cooper

21 January 2022

A photograph of Barrow boss Mark Cooper Ivan Yordanov (MI News & Sport)
Barrow boss Mark Cooper
Club News

We Have To Keep Pushing Ourselves - Cooper

21 January 2022

Mark Cooper has challenged his players to put together a run of form which can blast them away from the League Two danger zone as they prepare for back-to-back games on home soil.

The Bluebirds put further distance between themselves and the bottom two with a fine victory last time out on the road against Colchester United and now Cooper is looking for more.

They welcome in-form Mansfield Town to The Dunes Hotel Stadium this weekend in what will be the first action on home soil since New Year’s Day and the Barrow boss says his players cannot wait to get going.

“We want to follow up that Colchester win back at home,” Cooper told iFollow.

“I am sure there will be a big crowd and good atmosphere, so we want to build on what we did last week by getting another win at home now.

“I have said to our players this week that if we can win three or four on the trot then we’ll be looking at an entirely different end to the season.

“Of course, we want to make sure we get enough points that we’re not involved in a scrap at the end, so if we can do that early then different things can open up.

“That’s what we’ve got to be looking at - we’ve got to test ourselves and we’ve got to believe.”

This weekend’s opponents arrive on the back of a brilliant sequence of results which has seen them charge up from 23rd in the League Two table to seventh ahead of Saturday.

Nigel Clough’s men have won nine of their last ten and will be looking for a seventh consecutive league win when they travel to Cumbria, but Cooper has insisted that they won’t have it all their own way on Saturday.

“Since we went there and won in October, they have had an incredible run,” he told us.

“I think I said after the game that once they got their players fit and got a win on the board they would be flying, and it’s proved to be the case, so we know it’s going to be a really tough game.

“We’re playing pretty well though, and they will know that, so it will be a tough game for them too.

“I think we play better against the better opposition; we seem to rise to the occasion and let’s hope that’s the case again on Saturday.”

Click here to watch our pre-match video interview with Mark Cooper in full on iFollow Barrow.

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