Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper to seek referee's advice

Mark Cooper
Mark Cooper's Swindon have lost only once in their opening five League One games

Swindon manager Mark Cooper has revealed he wants to use a local referee during training sessions in order to improve his team's discipline.

Brothers Nathan and Louis Thompson have been shown red cards this season, while Jordan Turnbull and Yaser Kasim have both picked up three yellow cards each.

"We do need to improve," 45-year-old Cooper told BBC Wiltshire.

"We're looking at bringing in a local referee in, to give us advice in training as to how we approach things."

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Swindon's 87 yellow cards in League One last season was the second highest total, and their seven red cards was the joint-second highest in the division.

However, former Town chairman Jed McCrory complained to the Football League last term about them being "bullied" by over-physical teams, and he asked referees for protection.

But Cooper has addressed on-field behaviour with his current group of players, who have already earned 11 bookings and two red cards from their opening seven games.

"On the Friday before the first game, I got the two Thompson brothers together to have a serious meeting, saying: 'We've got to stop this rashness, in terms of tackling'," he said.

"They said: 'Yes, gaffer, no problem'. Ten minutes into the first game and Nathan's in straight away. I just don't know if you can take it out of them.

"With Nathan, he's usually looking after his little brother and Louis looking after his big brother."

Tenth-place Swindon return to action in League One on Saturday when they travel to Bradford City.

Listen in full to Swindon boss Mark Cooper's fans' phone-in on BBC Wiltshire via this link, available on BBC iPlayer until Thursday, 18 September.

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