Cooper hails quality of Swans’ Luton winner

13th March
First team
Conor Hourihane

Steve Cooper hailed the class of Yan Dhanda and Conor Hourihane after the pair combined for Swansea City’s winner at Luton Town.

There were less than three minutes on the clock when Dhanda got the better of Matty Pearson and showed composure to beat two men by the byline and pull it back to the penalty spot.

Hourihane was arriving, and he steered a low shot into the net for his fifth Swansea goal since arriving on loan from Aston Villa.

“Yan showed great quality and awareness in a tight situation, it was a touch of class and you fancy Conor in those situations,” said Cooper, after the 1-0 victory.

“He is at a level where you expect him to score, we had the one good moment there to get him on the ball and he took it.”

The head coach was without defender Marc Guehi at Kenilworth Road after the defender picked up a groin injury in midweek.

Marc Guehi

And Cooper says it is possible the on-loan Chelsea defender will miss further games.

“I think he will be out for a little while, it is still settling down. It’s a fatigue muscle injury, so it is inconclusive (in terms of exactly how long recovery will take) at the moment,” he said.

“Marc has had a brilliant season. He is 20 and playing centre-back in the Championship, so playing at the level he has is a credit to him.

“He will be chomping at the bit to get back, because he just wants to play.

“But Joel Latibeaudiere came in today and I thought was excellent in a difficult game.”