Head coach Cooper hails "heart and soul" display

10th August 2019
Steve Cooper

Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper hailed his side for showing “heart and soul” to make sure they left Pride Park with a hard-earned point.

The Swans played out a goalless draw with Phillip Cocu’s Rams, as keeper Freddie Woodman saved a Martyn Waghorn penalty during the opening half.

The visitors had chances of their own they did not make the most of, with Mike van der Hoorn heading wide what was their clearest sight of goal.

And, while Cooper was frustrated his side had not made more of several promising attacking situations, he was pleased with how they had dug in late on to get a result.

“We wanted to win the game and we expected to win the game today, because in the gameplan there were opportunities to do that and the game proved to go that way,” said the Swans boss.

Matt Grimes

“So, we are disappointed we did not create more chance because we got into positions where we could create chances and final ball let us down too many times.

“So there are mixed feelings about our offensive play, particularly when we broke the line in midfield  but it’s a decent point.

“We were good off the ball at times, we were good with our high press and forced them into areas we wanted them to go into and nicked the ball. That’s what we felt we could exploit.

“But there was a good atmosphere here after a good win Monday, it’s their first home game, and the crowd were right behind them even if we made them quite quiet after the game settled first half.

Borja Baston

“And we showed a bit of heart and soul late on. Freddie saved a penalty, which was justice for an average decision.

“We now move on to Northampton.”