Cooper goes ballistic after 2-0 lead is surrendered
16 April 2005
Tamworth extended their unbeaten run to 10 games, while already relegated Farnborough haven't won in the league now for 23, but Manager Mark Cooper was not happy that his side surrendered a two goal advantage at Cherrywood Road.
Tris Whitman scored the first of his brace on 11 minutes latching onto a poor back pass to round the 'keeper and slot home. And four minutes later Dave Morrison played a lovely ball in from a corner that Whitman flicked in past Craig Holloway.
But less than a minute after the restart the home side had pulled one back, through Lloyd Blackman's turn and right foot shot that caught the Lambs napping.
Sekani Simpson saw his header cleared off the line early in the second half and Whitman had two chances bag his hattrick but was unable to find the back of the net.
At the other end, Farnborough continued to search for an equaliser and forced a total of 15 corners. It was from a 74th minute flag kick that Carl Gibbs eventually stabbed the ball home despite Ryan Price's best efforts, and despite some late Lambs pressure the game ended in a draw.
Cooper, who watched the first half from the stand and spent just a few minutes with his players at half time said after the game, "I went mad at them. We didn't defend. After looking like we were going to cruise to a big victory, we put ourselves under pressure. I told the players that I didn't want the game to turn into a typical 'end of season' affair and Farnborough to their credit came out and played above themselves now that the pressure is off them. We gave them too much room and although I am not happy about the final result, we have kept our unbeaten run going. We need to bring in some players in the close season that will close the gaps that caused this to happen, but we have the nucleus of a good team at the moment and as always the spirit is great.
Cooper fielded the same starting eleven that beat Canvey Island last Saturday but, "Bob Taylor played despite still not being 100% while the other lads on the bench were not fit, so we esentially played with no subs. Chad Sheppard phoned in ill on Friday, Dave Robinson and Karl Rose are still carrying knocks and James Francis was sick before the game started. To say we were down to the bare bones is an understatement."
Tamworth: Price, Adie Smith, Bampton, Redmile, Brown, Ebdon, Marcelle (Taylor 75), Morrison, Simpson, Storer, Whitman.
Subs Not Used: Rose, Robinson, Francis.