Cooper questions motivation of some of his Blues team-mates

Shaun Cooper. Joe Pepler
Shaun Cooper. Joe Pepler
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Shaun Cooper slammed Pompey’s first-half horror show which led to their end-of-season downfall and admitted: It wasn’t good enough.

The Blues lost 3-2 on the final day at Shrewsbury, as they signed off from League One following their relegation.

It was a nightmare first-half display from Guy Whittingham’s side as they gave a jaded performance.

They went in two goals down at the break and it got worse when they fell 3-0 behind in the 56th minute.

Cooper pulled no punches about the display and questioned the motivation of some of his team-mates.

The 29-year-old was adamant the level of performance simply wasn’t good enough.

Cooper said: ‘The first-half we didn’t do enough and were massively disappointed about that.

‘We had it all to do after that but came out second half and did better.

‘It wasn’t enough, though.

‘I don’t find it hard getting up for a game like this.

‘I want to win every game I play in.

‘Maybe for some of the others it’s a bit different but not for me.

‘The following was outstanding, so that adds to the disappointment of the first half.

‘Once it’s done it’s done, so we came out and tried to put it right but it wasn’t enough.’

A defeat brought down the curtain on a promising finale to the League One campaign which had seen Pompey lose just two of their past 11 games going into Saturday’s clash.

Now it remains to be seen what will happen to the current squad of players in terms of their futures.

Cooper is anticipating a major turnover in players in the coming months.

He said: ‘We’ve been on a decent run and have to carry that into next season.

‘It’s bound to be a totally different squad. We have to see what players come in.

‘I don’t think anyone knows how it’s going to go. It all remains to be seen.’

Cooper now becomes a free agent after his deal with parent club Crawley came to a close.

He’s looking to get his future resolved sooner rather than later but has not had a firm offer from Pompey yet.

Cooper said: ‘There’s been nothing concrete yet.

‘Now the season’s out of the way, I’m sure all of those things will be dealt with and then made official.

‘I’m a free agent now so we’ll see what happens.

‘I’ve enjoyed the second half of my stay here. It’s a fantastic club to be at, that’s for sure.

‘It’s the biggest club outside of the Championship.

‘Pompey will certainly attract a lot of players. It’s going to be a busy summer and nobody knows who will be here or not.

‘It’s disappointing getting relegated even when you consider the circumstances.

‘It still hurts and it’s disappointing to end how we did.

‘But I’ve enjoyed being here.

‘No-one wants to have an uncertain future, so the quicker it can get sorted the better.’

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