Loan watch - Swindon special
09 October 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper has hailed the influence of our on-loan trio.
Defender Grant Hall, and midfielders Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard, are all on a season-long loan with the League One club, and boss Cooper says all three lads are making tremendous progress, having featured regularly for the Robins since August.
“They’ve settled in well,” said Cooper. “Obviously it’s different playing League One games to the development games they’ve been used to, so they’ve done really well.
“They’ve all contributed to the start we’ve had this season.”
Swindon currently sit 11th in League One, with four wins, two draws and four defeats from their 10 games played so far.
Last night (Tuesday), they made progress in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, coming from behind to beat League Two side Plymouth Argyle 2-1 in the Southern Section First Round.
Both Grant and Alex retained their places in the side after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers – Grant providing the assist for Jack Barthram to equalise for Town after Andre Blackman’s deflected shot found the net and put Plymouth in front. Alex then played his part in the build-up to Nicky Ajose’s winner early in the second half.
So far, Ryan, who is currently sidelined with an injury, has bagged four goals for Swindon, including a hat-trick against Crewe Alexandra at the end of August, while Alex has netted twice – once in the Capital One Cup – and boss Cooper believes that’s far from the extent of the lads’ contributions this season.
“Ryan Mason, when he’s been fit, has done well. He’s been a big miss for us recently.
“Grant Hall sets a lot of our attacks off, as he uses the ball very well, and I still think there’s more to come from Pritch. I think he can score more goals, he’s done well.”
Cooper also spoke highly of the loan system, which allows youngsters such as Grant, Ryan and Alex to gain first team experience at a high standard of football.
“It has worked for us this year. We’ve managed to get three good players, and it’s given us a good base.”