MARK Cooper can see his Swindon Town side “growing in belief and confidence”.
The Robins completed the first month of the new campaign having suffered just one defeat, while they recorded their first away victory in League One at Bradford City on Saturday.
As a result, Cooper’s men are sitting pretty in sixth place after half a dozen games and most of the pre-season pessimism has evaporated from the Town fanbase.
However, what’s pleased the Swindon manager the most is the mental toughness, application and calmness under pressure displayed by his players.
“It’s gone pretty well. I’m pleased. I’m a little frustrated in that we could have had three or four more points but you can’t have everything so I’m pleased. I think the boys are growing in belief and confidence,” he said.
“The more games they play the more experienced they become and they know how to deal with certain situations in a game. When they’re under pressure they seem to be able to deal with it a little bit better now.
“They slow the game down when they need to or realise they might not be able to go forward and come back – little bits and pieces.”
Cooper has found that opposition teams are adapting their own games and styles to try to counter Town’s free-flowing, passing football – a compliment in itself.
“Bradford tried to stop us playing out. They put three up on our three centre-backs from our goal-kicks and tried to stop us playing out,” said the Swindon boss.
“A lot of teams change for us and that’s respect for the players. We have to work it out if we do. Maybe they get a bit worried with our midfield players and try to flood that a little bit.”