Cooper praises "throwback" Cabango after Coventry winner

24th February 2021
First team
Ben Cabango cele

Steve Cooper believes “throwback” Ben Cabango’s heading ability in both boxes is proving a real asset for Swansea City after the defender scored the winner against Coventry City.

The Wales international rose to nod in Conor Hourihane’s cross early in the second half to set the Swans on the way to a 1-0 victory and three valuable points.

It was his fourth goal of the season, but Cabango also defended superbly as the hosts held out a late rally from the Sky Blues at the Liberty Stadium.

And head coach Cooper was fulsome in his praise of the 20-year-old, as well as his fellow defenders as the Swans racked up a 17th clean sheet of the season.

“It’s a bonus having a player like that. It’s not a coincidence he gets goals, it’s good technique,” said Cooper.

Ben Cabango

“It was a brilliant delivery, one that Alan Tate had highlighted before. It worked to a tee, but it was down to the quality of the delivery from Conor and the desire of Benny to go and win the header. 

 “He’s a bit of a throwback as a centre-half. Quite rightly, people will write about the goal, but he played really well tonight and he’s having a really good season for us – as are Marc, Benno, Kyle and Joel who came on tonight. 

“They are a handful, those Coventry strikers. We have seen what they’ve done to other teams – both the level of player they are and the experience and physicality they have. 

“Our boys dealt really comfortably with that tonight, which tells me they are making really good progress.”