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Sport Beaming Steve Cooper praises Swansea City's desire as he reveals take on controversial penalty at Stoke City

02:39  04 march  2021
02:39  04 march  2021 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

Thrilled Steve Cooper says Swansea City dressing room as loud as it has ever been as he praises desire after gritty Nottingham Forest win

  Thrilled Steve Cooper says Swansea City dressing room as loud as it has ever been as he praises desire after gritty Nottingham Forest win Swansea City dug deep and kept going until the end against Nottingham Forest and were rewarded right at the death The fixture at the Liberty Stadium looked destined to end goalless until Connor Roberts headed home Jake Bidwell's cross three minutes from time.

Steve Cooper praised the attitude and desire of his side, particularly wing-backs Connor Roberts and Jake Bidwell, after they snatched a dramatic late victory over Nottingham Forest. Bidwell swung in a deep cross from the left, and Roberts arrived at the back post to leap above Yuri Ribeiro and power home a header in the And Cooper was pleased with how his side kept going in search of a winner, and the energy shown by his two wide men. “It was a great cross and great header but, beyond that, look at the energy and the desire from the pair of them to get into those areas,” said the head coach.

Steve Cooper insists Swansea City have to keep their focus tightly trained on the things they can control in tonight’ s meeting with Stoke City , and over the remainder of the season. And, with his side still very much having their fortunes within their own grasp, head coach Cooper has underlined the importance of looking no further than the next game and the next opportunity to perform. “This will be a tough one because Stoke have a really strong squad of players, that have experience and talent,” he said.

Steve Cooper lavished praise on his Swansea City players for sticking to their principles to claim a dramatic victory at Stoke City.

The Championship contest at the bet365 Stadium looked destined to end level after Connor Roberts cancelled out Nick Powell's early strike.

But Andre Ayew struck his 11th goal of the campaign from the penalty spot deep into injury time to earn Swansea all three points in Staffordshire.

It came after a sustained period of pressure from the visitors after Conor Hourihane had replaced Jamal Lowe.

And Cooper was hugely impressed with the desire of his players to keep plugging away to ensure they earned a first away win over Stoke in two decades.

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Head coach Steve Cooper paid tribute to his youthful defence after Swansea City began the new Championship season with a 1-0 win at Preston North End. Joe Rodon, Marc Guehi and Ben Cabango formed an inexperienced back three in front of 23-year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman. And as Woodman claimed a first clean sheet of the season, a debut goal from Morgan Gibbs-White was enough to give the Swans three points.

Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper praises Joe Rodon and says he is among the best centre-halves in the Championship. "It' s given everyone else a boost because he is a very popular lad." Rodon impressed in his first start since October as Swansea drew 1-1 at Preston North End on Saturday having made his return as a second half substitute in the defeat at Stoke on 25 January. Cooper praised Rodon, who has won four caps for Wales, for his hard work during his spell on the sidelines.

"You never give up and you keep going. That's what happened," said the Swansea head coach.

"We got a chance with the penalty in the end. We passed our way up the pitch, we had our wide centre-backs getting in the box to try and create.

"It's not forcing the game, it's trying to keep going and, in the end, even though it's more or less the last kick of the game, we did it well.

"They've got as much resource in this squad as anybody in the league, maybe apart from the teams that came down from the Premier League.

"We're up against one of the strongest squads, regardless of league position or form. You come up against Stoke at any time, it's going to be a really tough game.

"But we played well tonight. We had a difficult start to the game with a goal that can sometimes happen with the way we play, but we stuck to the plan, got back in the game and scored an excellent goal with a fantastic cross from Ryan and just as good a finish from Connor.

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Steve Cooper felt Swansea City were denied an away win at Bristol City by a penalty which should not have been given. Swansea were on course for victory until Nahki Wells' 83rd-minute spot-kick cancelled out Jamal Lowe' s goal. Referee Oliver Langford deemed that Connor Roberts had brought Swansea felt Robins forward Semenyo tumbled over Roberts after the Wales international slipped as he tried to deal with Chris Brunt' s floated free-kick. Cooper ' s side had gone ahead through Lowe' s 51st-minute goal and there was little sign of an equaliser until West Midlands official Langford awarded the

Head coach Steve Cooper believes new signings Aldo Kalulu and Sam Surridge will boost Swansea City ’ s attacking variety after the pair sealed season-long loan moves. And Cooper revealed that as soon as the Swans became aware of his availability, they quickly made their interest known. “I know there has been a lot of interest from English clubs in Aldo over the last couple of years to the extent where he had a decision to make before he joined Basel,” said Cooper .

"We stuck to the plan. It ebbed and flowed a bit in the second half, but we were the team in the last 15-20 minutes that were wanting to win the game, and we did."

Stoke boss Michael O'Neill was less than impressed with referee David Webb's decision to award Swansea a spot-kick at the death.

But Cooper admits his initial reaction to the collision between Kyle Naughton and Jack Clarke was that the Swans deserved a penalty.

"I'll be honest, I haven't seen it back on the TV," he said.

"I thought it was a penalty at the time, particularity with it being Kyle Naughton and him being a defender, he's usually defending those situations."

Victory means Swansea now trail Brentford and Watford by just a point while they boast two games in hand over the Bees and the Hornets.

Swansea return to action against Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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Swansea City find themselves in a glorious position ahead of their games with Bournemouth and Cardiff City before the international break . Steve Cooper's men are level on points with second placed Watford ahead of their clashes with Bournemouth and Cardiff City this week. And while performances of late haven't been free-flowing nor particularly easy on the eye, the reality of the position Swansea are in must be hitting home with just 11 matches to go. Conor Hourihane's fifth goal for the club earned the Swans a 1-0 win over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

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