Football - Cooper hails strength in depth

Manager Mark Cooper believes Swindon's 2-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory at home to Plymouth illustrates his side's squad strength.

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Swindon boss Mark Cooper (PA Sport)

Cooper left the likes of Nile Ranger, Dany N'Guessan and Wes Foderingham out of his starting line-up.

And the 2012 runners-up still had too much for their League Two opponents as strikes from teenager Jack Barthram and Peterborough loanee Nicky Ajose cancelled out Andre Blackman's early effort.

Cooper said: "It was good in that we managed to change a few things around and still get through the tie.

"It wasn't our most scintillating performance but Plymouth made it difficult for us.

"I thought we could have been three or four goals to the good in the first half. It was a good finish by Ajose and the first goal was outstanding as well."

The only downside for Swindon was the sight of goalscorer Barthram being carried off on a stretcher midway through the second half.

Cooper said: "We think Jack has strained an abdominal muscle after slipping. It is probably too early to say how long he will be out for."

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