Hornchurch defender Cooper gutted with Sudbury defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:00 20 February 2018

Nathan Cooper of Hornchurch and Timothy Monsheju of Heybridge contest a header (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Nathan Cooper of Hornchurch and Timothy Monsheju of Heybridge contest a header (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch defender Nathan Cooper reveals the squad is gutted to suffer a 1-0 defeat to AFC Sudbury on Saturday.

The Urchins four game winning streak was brought to a halt thanks to a Joe Whight penalty in the 75th minute and stopped them extending their lead at the top of the Bostik North at the Wardale Williams Stadium.

“As a team we’re gutted to have come back from the long trip without any points,” Cooper said.

“I’ve just watched the video of the penalty and you can see why us players were so angry with the decision.

“We didn’t play to our best but I still believe we deserved something.”

The former Romford defender admits there were not many positives to take from the match other than a few returning from injury.

“Not many positives to take from the game but it was good to see a few of the boys back who have been injured in the previous games.

“We have a small squad so as soon as you pick up one or two injures it does really affect the balance of the squad but we know we’ve got what it takes to continue pushing on in the league.”

Cooper has created a strong partnership with both Kenzer Lee and captain Elliot Styles this campaign.

But the centre-back did admit he has to adapt his game slightly to partner them as Styles was brought in to replace Lee against Sudbury.

“Both Elliot and Kenzer are great centre backs, I work well with both of them but I do have to adapt my game slightly when switches from each player.

“That’s only because they have different styles of play.”

Hornchurch confirmed manager Jimmy McFarlane suffered a stroke in the early hours of Monday morning and is currently being treated at Romford’s Queens Hospital.

“I’d like to wish our gaffer Jimmy Mac a speedy recovery, not only a great man but a great manager,” Cooper said.

“All the players are gutted about the news and we have said that we are winning this league for him.”


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