Cooper criticises ref after defeat

Last Updated: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:23

Swindon manager Mark Cooper felt Nathan Thompson was unlucky to be sent off against Notts County.

Thompson was one of two Town players to be dismissed, along with Troy Archibald-Henville, late on in the 2-0 defeat at Meadow Lane.

The game erupted into a mass brawl with Archibald-Henville given a red card for an off-the-ball swipe at Jimmy Spencer, and Thompson also sent off after collecting a second yellow.

Cooper said: ""Nathan tried to get in between a few of the players and he hasn't raised his hands.

"The referee was just guessing and it was pretty much pot luck who got booked. I wouldn't give them the pleasure of reporting them because it doesn't make any difference. I just hope the assessors were here to see it."

Alan Sheehan's first-half strike and Callum McGregor's stoppage-time effort sealed a third win in four games for Notts and ended Swindon's outside hopes of sneaking into the play-off places.

On the match itself, Cooper added: "We gave it a right go at the end but credit to Notts because they were fighting for their lives.

"They were right at it and we expected that. Full credit to them because they deserved it in the end.

"I just didn't think we produced enough in the final third of the pitch. Deep down we knew we were always chasing the play-offs and that it would require a twist of fate, but I am delighted with the way we have ended the season."

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