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Poor Start Gave Us Mountain To Climb - Cooper

29 January 2022

A photograph of Barrow Manager Mark Cooper Kieran Riley (MI News & Sport)
Barrow boss Mark Cooper
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Poor Start Gave Us Mountain To Climb - Cooper

29 January 2022

Mark Cooper admitted that his side were made to pay for a poor start against Newport County though he thought their improvement in the final hour was deserving of a point at Rodney Parade.

Two quickfire goals from County’s in-form front man Dom Telford saw the hosts 2-0 up inside the first 13 minutes and it was always likely to be a mountain to climb for Cooper’s men after that.

However, The Bluebirds showed great spirit in the second half to pull a goal back when Jason Demetriou put through his own net and were left feeling a little aggrieved not to get a result by the final whistle.

“We started very, very poorly,” Cooper told iFollow.

“We knew they had a long throw, so we talked about not putting it out of play but in the first minute we kicked it straight out and gave them a throw-in, which they launched into our box, and we didn’t defend the second phase.

“Obviously, we were struggling after a minute then conceded a second, giving away possession in the middle of the pitch and then letting their man of the moment come inside to score so it was a poor start.

“After 20 minutes, I felt like we started to play, and we should have had at least one goal back before half time and then had some great chances in the second half.

“We should have got something out of the game because our performance in the second half was very good. I thought we probably deserved something on the back of that.”

Click here now to watch our full post-match video interview with Mark Cooper on iFollow.

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