MARK Cooper described his side’s 1-0 victory over high-flying Preston this evening as ‘incredible’ before praising the maturity of his side’s defensive display.
Andy Williams struck with six minutes of normal time remaining to seal the victory over a tight, organised, Preston side, on a night where Town looked solid at the back and impressive going forward.
Cooper was thoroughly pleased with what he described as a dominant performance, which he also felt answered a few of Town’s critics following the loss at MK Dons on Saturday.
“I thought it was an outstanding dominant performance, I thought we dominated possession from start to finish and our young players showed some maturity,” Cooper said.
“Ben Gladwin came in at the last minute as Nathan Byrne failed a fitness test and got an assist from the goal and I thought it was an incredible performance.
“If you dominate possession you are going to get chances, the keeper made two top class saves from Michael Smith and then we created a good chance for super sub Willo.
“The players took a bit of stick on Saturday but we’ve shown we can defend and I think we have one of the best defensive records in the league.”
Jordan Turnbull, Jack Stephens and Nathan Thompson all drew praise from Cooper, as they saw off Preston pressure to keep Town in the contest and then secure the win.
“The one thing I asked for was that when we come under pressure, don’t succumb,” he said.
“You have to see pressure off and weather the storm, and we’ve not been great at that, but we did tonight which was important because they score 90 per cent of their goals from crosses.
“Jordan Turnbull looked like a seasoned centre-half tonight, Jack Stephens was outstanding and Nathan was great between them.”