Swindon Town: Mark Cooper takes blame for 'under par' performance

Mark Cooper
Mark Cooper has been in charge of Swindon since 2013

Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper took the blame for this side's "under par" display against Gillingham on Tuesday.

The Robins slumped to a 3-0 home defeat and are now 12 points behind League One leaders Bristol City, having won just one of their last six games.

"It was one of those evenings when we just had too many players under par," Cooper told BBC Wiltshire.

"The dressing room is very, very quiet. I'll take the blame for tonight because I might have picked the wrong team."

Swindon are fourth but are just two points behind second-placed Preston, who drew at home to Doncaster on Tuesday, with now third-placed Milton Keynes Dons losing at home to Chesterfield.

Wayward Robins
Swindon had 11 shots against Gillingham but failed to register a single effort on target.

"No matter what we tried, it was just not good enough," said Cooper.

"We gambled, but I don't think we'd have scored if we'd have been sat here until tomorrow night.

"We tried to change it, freshen the strikers up, but it was just a bad, bad evening. Things can't stay the same for Saturday after that performance.

"Somewhere along the line, the young players have to mature as people if they want to get to where they want to be.

"If you have four or five players under par, you can't win the game."