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Cooper bemoans penalty calls

Mark Cooper bemoaned the concession of the two penalties that undid his depleted Swindon side in a 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient.

Swindon were suffering with suspensions and injuries were further weakened when Wes Foderingham pulled out in the warm-up with a tight hip and groin leaving Tyrell Belford to make his league debut.

The 19-year-old pulled off a series of saves while also riding his luck on occasions that included a shot from Chris Dagnall that struck a post.

It took two penalties converted by Lloyd James to beat him. The first came after 41 minutes after Moses Odubajo had been fouled and the second was conceded six minutes after the interval when David Mooney was felled.

"You can't make two challenges like we did, give two penalties away and expect to win games of football," said Cooper.

"The worse thing about giving them away is that we've not really made Orient work for it.

"When you do that against a team that is riding high at the top of the league, they take advantage of it.

"You go in one-nil down and their tales are up.

"I didn't think there was too much danger in the first-half apart from a ridiculous tackle which gives them a penalty just before half-time and which gave them the ascendancy.

"In the first 20 minutes of the second-half, we weren't very good and then when it's two-nil and the game is over, we start to play a little bit.

"We didn't threaten their goal enough, a way that we want to play and that's what we are trying to do, frustrating although as it might be it seems. But we try to stick to it.

"We did have a depleted squad you could see with the team we picked."