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Cooper Fumes At Merstham Defeat

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Jim Cooper, manager of Ryman League Premier Division club Metropolitan Police, gave his thoughts on Saturday’s defeat to Merstham

Cooper said: “It was yet another inept, lacklustre display from us which led to another home defeat.

“We were absolutely awful from the first minute through to the 90th and although we were missing players, that is no excuse for way we performed (or didn’t).

“If I am honest, we were lucky to have only been beaten by the two-goal margin. Merstham yet again defied their lowly league position and showed that they are in Gav MacPherson’s and my opinion a top eight or nine team. The work that their players put into the game in comparison to ours was light years ahead. This was my main gripe, regardless if players are having an off day in possession of the ball, the very least that players should offer is work rate and that should at the very least match the opposition. We were also out battled and clearly the game meant much more to their players than our own.

“We still need three points and to be honest, I cannot see where they are going to come from. The past four games have shown that we are very light, especially going forward and strangely we`re gifting goals to the opposition.

“Both goals on Saturday were avoidable. For the first goal, we lost possession in central midfield too cheaply and then Brannon Daly spills the ball into the path of Tom Kavanagh to slot home. The second goal from a corner was smashed home by Will Salmon for an own goal but the marking at the corner was very poor.

“We may bring one or two players in the next couple of days to freshen things up a bit. It was good to see Ryan James play again though and there may be another returnee in time for this coming Saturday’s game at Folkestone Invicta”.

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