Connor's commitment summed up our mentality, says Cooper

29th November 2020
First team
Connor Roberts

Steve Cooper believes the commitment Connor Roberts showed to score Swansea City’s winner at Nottingham Forest epitomised the team's performance.

Roberts scored the only goal at the City Ground, his first of the season, when he showed the greater desire to beat Sammy Ameobi to a high ball and divert the ball into the far corner.

The impact of the ball left the Wales international nursing a black eye, but he did not mind a bit as the Swans made it seven points from a possible nine since the international break.

And they also kept a seventh clean sheet in just 14 league games so far this term.

“I thought Connor’s goal epitomised the performance today,” he said.

“Our wing-back was in the opposition box jumping over a 6ft 4in player, banging his face and heading the ball into the goal.

“I’m not surprised because that’s Connor. I thought that was a really good example of our mentality today. He showed it there, but I thought everybody was the same.

Connor Roberts

“I think he’s going to have a black eye from it, which will be nice for him, but we want our wing-backs in the box; we want them being a threat.

“Jake (Bidwell) and Connor are constantly in the box and crossing the ball for each other. They’re both brilliant professionals and it’s not luck that they’re that fit to recover and go again; they take pride in what they do.

“But they’re not on their own; I could go through all the team. They’re a great group to work with and they’ve shown it today on a big stage.

“Since we came back after the lockdown, Connor’s been excellent and he’s in a really good place. His challenge now is to keep it going. We’re 14 games in and there are plenty of games to go.”