Cooper | I've seen Rhian score that goal hundreds of times

18th January
First team
Wigan Rhian Brewster

It may have been the first time the Liberty had seen Rhian Brewster find the net, but for Steve Cooper there was a real sense of deja vu watching the striker open his Swansea City account in the win over Wigan.

The Swans were 1-0 down when the Liverpool forward ran on to a pass from fellow new arrival Conor Gallagher, before blasting a powerful left-footed drive into the corner of the net.

It made the 19-year-old the first player born in the 21st century to get on the scoresheet for the Swans, and the teenager was a lively presence throughout, receiving a standing ovation when substituted late on.

Head coach Cooper was keen to share the credit rather than focus on individuals, he felt there were a number of positives around the display of the Swans number 19.

And he revealed how the clever movement and emphatic finish was a replay of a goal he saw many, many times when working with Brewster in the Liverpool and England set-ups.

“Strikers love scoring, it was a really good finish,” said Cooper.

“I’ve seen him score hundreds of them during my time with Liverpool and with the national team.

Wigan Rhian Brewster

“That little power run in behind and the quick finish. It will not do him any harm, it will build his confidence and he will realise he will have to make those runs and make those opportunities for players to make those passes.

“That’s how we want to play.

“In terms of it lifting pressure on him, I like the players to be under pressure, as top players thrive on pressure moments.

“He is a young boy. He is loving life in Swansea, the fans have been great with him and he wants to give a bit back. He knows that’s important.

“Today you could see his work-rate, the amount of time he presses the centre-backs and blocks balls. He works hard, that’s him.

“He was getting tired and that’s why we made the change late on.

“But today was not about an individual, this season everything we do is as a team and together. We were a real unit today in terms of team and supporters, we came together and made it a good day.”