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We believe the gaps will open up for us, insists Swindon Town manager Cooper

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

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Iraq international Yaser Kasim was the star of the show for Swindon as they breezed past struggling Crewe at the County Ground.

Kasim, 23, who boss Mark Cooper snapped up from Brighton last summer, scored a cracking goal and produced an all-round impressive display as the Robins dominated from start to finish.

Kasim got the hosts off and running with curling free-kick which flew into the net during the first half, an effort which delighted boss Cooper.

He said: "Yaser's lost about 25 balls at our training ground and I've got nettle rashes from fetching them, but all the practise has been well worth it.

"His free-kick was a great finish and he was outstanding again. We had opportunities to make it 2-0 earlier, but football doesn't always work like that.

"We kept going and in the end scored a lovely goal."

Cooper also felt his side were worthy victors on a day when the Robins eased into the early Sky Bet League One play-off positions, while Crewe slipped to their fourth defeat in four games played so far this term.

The Robins boss added: "To be honest, I thought we were comfortable. It was a different kind of display because we had to be patient.

"Crewe gave us the respect and didn't give us any space to get in behind. Teams like that, or any team for that matter, are not going to come here and make it easy for us.

"However, I didn't feel we were ever in trouble throughout the 90 minutes. We totally dominated the game again."

Ben Gladwin and Andy Williams had already been thwarted by super saves from Crewe goalkeeper Ben Garratt before the Robins took the lead after 34 minutes.

It was then that Kasim curled his exquisite free-kick into the top corner as Garratt could do little to try to keep the effort out.

The momentum continued in the second half as Michael Smith nodded against the underside of the crossbar as Swindon continued to dominate proceedings.

The three points were sealed with 13 minutes to go as Williams drove home a low shot to beat a despondent Garratt.

The victory sets up the Robins perfectly for Tuesday night's tasty home Capital One Cup second round clash against Championship high-fliers Brighton & Hove Albion (7.45pm).

Cooper added: "When you have possession stats like we have, opposing teams get worried about being pulled all over the pitch.

"We believe in what we're doing here and, in the end, the gaps will open up for us.

"After this latest win, we've started the season well. The table makes decent reading and we can go in to Tuesday's cup game with a lot of confidence."

Crewe boss Steve Davis saluted goalkeeper Garratt after he prevented an even heavier defeat.

Downbeat Davis said: "We know what Ben is capable of. He made some really good saves and we do rate him highly. He had a good game."

Swindon: Foderingham, N Thompson, Turnbull, Branco, Byrne, Gladwin (Barker 90), Kasim, L Thompson, B Smith (Barthram 82), M Smith, Williams. Not Used: Lelan, Waldon, Belford, Marshall, Holland.

Goals: Kasim 34, Williams 77.

Crewe: Garratt, Tootle, Ray, Dugdale, Guthrie, Turton, Grant, Ness (Atkinson 35), Waters, Haber (Oliver 84), Molyneux (Inman 84). Not Used: Shearer, Saunders, Nolan, Leigh.

Attendance: 6,530.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey).

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