Momentum is key ahead of play-offs, says Steve Cooper

30th April
First team
Steve Cooper Norwich

Steve Cooper wants Swansea City to use their two remaining league games to build momentum going into the Championship play-offs.

The Swans face Derby County, who are involved in a relegation battle, and already-promoted Watford in their remaining Championship fixtures.

Having sealed their place in the play-offs last week courtesy of a 2-2 draw at Reading, the Swans are jostling with Brentford, Bournemouth and Barnsley for order of positions.

Cooper’s side are on 77 points – seven points more than last season’s tally after 46 games – along with the Cherries and Tykes, though Thomas Frank’s Brentford sit on 81 points.

And the Swans boss is hoping his team can use their next two games as a way of boosting confidence and performance levels ahead of the play-offs.

Andre Ayew and Jake Bidwell

“We want to use these two games to finish strongly and pick up points,” said Cooper, who took charge of his 100th game for the Swans in the recent draw at Reading.

“We’ve already got seven more points than what we had last season, with two games left to play.

“We want to try and add to that in the games coming up, starting with Derby at the Liberty.

“It’s been a tough season playing against teams with bigger budgets and squads, but we’ve kept competing and that’s credit to these players.

“It’s an ambition and objective for the club to get back to the Premier League. It was always going to be very tough this year, but we’re going for it. Anything is possible.”

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