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Cooper still chasing sixth spot

Manager Mark Cooper insists Swindon Town will keep fighting for a play-off spot despite losing to Peterborough.

The Robins are seven points behind Peterborough who currently occupy the final play-off spot after beating automatic promotion chasers Brentford 1-0 at the County Ground.

Louis Thompson's first-half goal sealed the win. Thompson coolly fired past David Button after 45 minutes after Jonathan Douglas had given the ball away.

The home side should have taken the lead earlier but Michael Smith saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Button.

Cooper said: "We're still outsiders in trying to reach the play-offs - but we'll give it our best shot."

On the match itself, he said: "It was a proper game, a bit like a cup final. Neither team left anything in the tank.

"Our benches were up and down and you could see what was at stake. Brentford were very powerful, you can see why they are second in the league, and over-power a lot of sides.

"They have a lot of experienced players who know what they are doing. I fully expect them to go up and hold their own in the Championship.

"I thought in the first half we played particularly well - after we'd sorted ourselves out at the back.

"But we gave away far too much possession in the second half. Our lack of ball retention put us under a lot of unnecessary pressure. Our boys, once they got into the lead, had that mindset that they weren't going to let it go."