Thomp­son tear­ful as he misses JPT fi­nal

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Paul Nay­lor

NATHAN Thomp­son was re­duced to tears by a scan­dalous sus­pen­sion for Mon­day’s Johnstone’s Paint Tro­phy fi­nal, ac­cord­ing to Swin­don boss Mark Cooper.

The Robins played out a goal­less draw with Colch­ester at the County Ground on Fri­day night, with Sanchez Watt’s red card for the vis­i­tors the ma­jor flash­point.

Thomp­son was booked in the same in­ci­dent – his tenth yel­low card this sea­son, rul­ing the 23year- out of Mon­day night’s south­ern area fi­nal with Peter­bor­ough – but Cooper was livid with the de­ci­sion.

And to add to his frus­tra­tion, he was adamant Swin­don de­served all three points in a rain-af­fected clash that was only given the go-ahead 50 min­utes be­fore kick-off.

“Nathan's gut­ted, he's in tears be­cause he misses the op­por­tu­nity to play in the fi­nal, which shouldn't have been taken away from him,” said Cooper.

“It is one of the worst de­ci­sions I've seen all sea­son. The ref­eree's booked him for adopt­ing an ag­gres­sive at­ti­tude.

“If some­body comes to head-butt you and you put your hands over your face to cover it, if that's adopt­ing an ag­gres­sive at­ti­tude, the po­lice cells in Swin­don will be very full on Satur­day night.

“We to­tally dom­i­nated. We played good foot­ball and the only thing miss­ing was a touch of qual­ity. We de­served to win, no doubt.

“I've just said to the play­ers ‘don't get down, move onto the next one’ and we have got a great game on Mon­day to look for­ward to.”

Swin­don pro­duced 14 shots on goal to Colch­ester’s one, but Alex Pritchard’s long-range ef­fort – palmed away by Sam Walker – was the clos­est they came to scor­ing

Watt was shown a sec­ond yel­low card 20 min­utes from time, for the al­ter­ca­tion with Thomp­son, be­fore Nathan Byrne sent an ef­fort nar­rowly wide of Walker’s post.

Colch­ester boss Joe Dunne backed ref­eree Dar­ren Shel­drake’s de­ci­sion to dis­miss his winger and was happy to set­tle for a tricky point.

“We were ac­tu­ally get­ting Gavin (Massey) ready in the mo­ment that Sanchez got sent off,” he said. “Un­for­tu­nately, that’s foot­ball.

“But I don’t want to see too many more of that. I don’t want my play­ers to be do­ing that.

“He's apol­o­gised to ev­ery­body – the play­ers and fans who have trav­elled. We don't want to see that on the foot­ball pitch, he was frus­trated.

“He'll learn from it and be bet­ter for it, but over­all I can't de­fend him on that I'm afraid.

“Over­all it's a very good point in the cir­cum­stances and con­di­tions.”

STAR MAN NATHA

N BYRNE Swindo

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