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We Will Give It Everything - Cooper

28 January 2022

A photograph of Barrow boss Mark Cooper Will Matthews (MI News & Sport)
Barrow boss Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper has insisted that perseverance is key for The Bluebirds as they look to get back on track when they travel to high-flying Newport County this weekend.

Consecutive home defeats to Mansfield Town and Salford City served to frustrate the Barrow boss but he is adamant that his players are not too far away from turning a corner with their form.

Cooper knows there are areas that need sharpening up if they are to climb the League Two table and has urged his players to keep fighting for each other as they head for South Wales on Saturday.

“We have to keep on going,” Cooper told us.

“We have to keep on the front foot and maintain our intensity because there wasn’t a lot wrong in the performance against Salford on Tuesday.

“We’re just missing that little bit of quality in the final third of the pitch, but we defended quite well, and a mistake cost us for the first goal so we will dust ourselves down and be ready for Saturday.”

They face a Newport side who have won three games in a row to move into the final automatic promotion spot near the top of the League Two table.

The Exiles have shrugged off the departure of long-serving boss Michael Flynn in October to maintain a push towards League One and Cooper knows that a big challenge awaits The Bluebirds at Rodney Parade.

“We’ve been quite good away from home recently so we’re looking forward to Saturday,” Cooper commented.

“It’s a big opportunity for us against a strong team who are in good form at the moment so it will be good to test ourselves.

“Flynny had done a remarkable job with them over a number of years, and they were very unlucky not to have got promoted, but James Rowberry has come in and he and Wayne Hatswell have kept it going.

“They have had a good run recently and fair play to them, so we know that means it will be a tough game but there isn’t a lot wrong with us so we will approach the game with belief.

“We were very good in the game against Newport earlier in the season, especially in the second half when it was probably one of our best displays.

“If we can play at that level again this weekend then we will certainly take some beating but it’s League Two, it’s unpredictable and anyone can beat anyone, so we will go there and have a right good go.”

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