SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper branded his side’s dramatic 1-0 victory over table-topping Bristol City “an outstanding spectacle”.
Town ended City’s unbeaten start to the League One season and moved into the automatic promotion places thanks to Michael Smith’s excellent late strike at the County Ground – and Cooper said afterwards that he didn’t want to game to end.
The Swindon boss said: “I think it was an outstanding spectacle. I thought the atmosphere was tremendous. I loved every minute of it. I didn’t really want it to end. To hear our fans singing like that was hairs on the back of your neck time.
“The players had to show a different side. When the referee sends Wade Elliott off in the early moments it changes the game. We have to wait and wait and wait, don’t get caught on the counter attack and produce a bit of brilliance, which Michael Smith did.
“Everybody who’s seen us play knows we’re a possession based team and we need to be patient. Second half I thought we were brilliant.”
Speaking of Smith’s goal – a wonderful solo effort which saw the Geordie wriggle free of three challenges before slotting home, Cooper said: “I thought it was an unbelievable good. A fantastic finish and it was worthy of winning any game. The celebrations were fantastic.”