Steve Cooper

Cooper pleased with Swansea City progress

20th July
First team

Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper felt his side had made more good progress as they continued their winning run during pre-season with a 3-1 success at Exeter.

A first-half display full of tempo and intensity laid the foundations for the win, with Bersant Celina's brace putting the Swans two goals to the good at the interval.

Nathan Dyer added a third shortly after the break, with Nicky Law's penalty pulling one back for the Grecians.

Swansea now have friendlies against Bristol Rovers and Atalanta remaining before they kick off the Championship season against Hull on August.

And, while Cooper still wants more from his side, he feels they are making good progress,

"I thought it was another step forward in terms of getting to where we want to be by the start of the season," he said.

Exeter celebration

"In the first half particularly I thought we played some excellent stuff. It's the way we want to go this year, dominating possession and playing attractive football that hurts the opposition.

"I felt we did that, we got the two goals and I felt we were capable of scoring more than that.

"So I liked us with the ball in the first half, but I liked us without the ball too, which is going to be a really important aspect to how we do this year.

"We are now showing we have a real intent to get the ball back when we haven't got it, starting with the players high up the pitch.

"But, without sounding too boring, we need to keep building because there are a lot of things we want to get better at ahead of the game in two weeks' time because that will be a different ball game.

"We are into a nice week now. We play Bristol Rovers on Tuesday and then we get back to the Liberty Stadium, which will be nice for everybody against a top opposition.and allow us to be ready for the start of the season against Hull."

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