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PRE-MATCH | Brandon Cooper: "We focus on us and hopefully as the season goes on we'll still be winning games"

24 November 2020

Brandon Cooper says the Exiles will not be getting ahead of themselves after extending their lead at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table on Saturday.

Cooper was part of another strong defensive showing in the clash against Port Vale as County kept their sixth clean sheet of the season.

The Swansea City loanee has become an integral part of Michael Flynn’s defensive set up since his arrival and has already made 16 appearances this season in what has been an impressive start from the Exiles.

But the defender says his team-mates won't be getting carried away as they prepare to welcome Walsall to Rodney Parade on Tuesday.

"It’s a positive for the fans but we’ve just got to look at it game by game like we are doing," said Cooper.

"Every game we are trying to get the three points. We focus on us, we focus on the next game and hopefully as the season goes on, we’ll still be winning games. That’s all we can do."

The win against the Valiants on Saturday kicked off a busy period for County with back-to-back home games against Walsall and Salford - on Tuesday and Saturday respectively - coming up.

And Cooper is hopeful his team-mates can continue their 100% league home record against the Saddlers and build on the momentum gained from Saturday's win.

"We look forward to Tuesday and if we get three points again it would be brilliant.

"It’s going to be another tough one against Walsall so hopefully we can go and have another good game.

"Like you’ve seen every game so far there has not been one easy game. We have scored late on in a lot of games.

"I think you’ve always got to earn the right in these games in League Two to play and to get your chances.”

The 20-year-old was rewarded for his strong showings for County with a spot in the Wales Under-21s during the recent international break.

Cooper relished the opportunity and made two appearances after featuring against Moldova and Germany.

“It was great and I’ve had a lot of minutes this season," he added.

"It’s all learning, it’s all making me a better player and the more I can put myself in those situations the better.”

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