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Friday 15 November 2002
Catching up with Coops

Kevin Cooper had the following to say to supporters ahead of the Seagrave Haulage Premier Challenge Cup match against Southall:

"Southall are a very physical side and it will be a tough tie. With all the big games coming up, I am being rested tomorrow. And to be honest I'm looking forward to putting my feet up in the main stand and maybe having a burger with the fans, especially considering the way they play.

"Terry pulled me aside yesterday and told me. So I'm just going to do the warm up, but the guys that are in the squad are more than capable of winning through. There will still be seven or so of the first team in action, but Terry wants to give a chance to a few others so that's fair enough. Personally, I'm just looking forward to Wednesday. We have to think about that first before we can even consider the Wallingford game. Feltham are doing well and it would mean nothing to us if we go up to there place next Saturday having lost Wednesday. That's not to take anything away from tomorrow's game. We take every game seriously. The club's been on a great run and we want to keep that going."

And what about the imminent return of captain Joe Sheerin?

"Joe is a class player and the team benefits from having him in the squad. He's recovered a lot quicker than most people thought he would and I suspect he may even get a chance tomorrow. But it's a matter of making sure he doesn't return too soon and it may be better for the club that he waits until the Wallingford game.

"I returned from my injury too soon earlier in the year and it was difficult for me. The fans would have seen that too as I was clearly under-par, but with the injuries we had at the time we had no choice. Now I'm fully fit and flying.

"I've scored 10 in the last seven and I feel every time I get a chance I can put it away. I've been scoring for fun recently and I hope to keep that going especially over the next week. It will give Terry a bit of a selection dilemma with Ali, Joe and myself. Ali and Joe are very different type of players. Me and Ali have been playing well and I'm getting to understand his play a lot better. I have adapted to pick up his knockdowns and that's paid off. But me and Joe had developed a great understanding before he got injured. We seem to gel really well. He plays the ball to feet a lot more and that benefits my game. But to be honest whoever plays up front I'm confident they can get the goals."