Steve Cooper delighted with winning Swansea City start

3rd August 2019
First team
Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper was delighted to get off to a winning start as Swansea City head coach after watching his side come from behind to beat Hull 2-1 on the opening day of the season.

Cooper’s first game in charge did not begin as he would have hoped as Kamil Grosicki’s shot deflected into the Swansea net off Daniel Batty.

The Swans dominated possession and territory but trailed at the break, only to turn the game on its head by scoring twice in the first four minutes of the second half.

Borja Baston levelled as he headed in a Jay Fulton flick, before Mike van der Hoorn netted what proved to be the winner from a Nathan Dyer cross.

And the Swans boss was pleased to see an improved second-half performance get its reward as the hosts extended their unbeaten run at the Liberty to 12 league games.

“Obviously I am delighted to get the three points and I felt we were good for it in the end,” he said.

Mike van der Hoorn

“Falling behind early at home is never an easy scenario, especially in the first game of the season.

“We were just okay in that first half. I was not too bothered about being 1-0 down.

“I know the longer it goes the more it is an issue, but we controlled all the game we just did not play to the levels we want to play and can play at.

“Even though we dominated possession I felt we could have been a lot firmer in our attacking play. We could have played forward a lot quicker and there were lots of spaces we could have exploited and we did not do it quick enough.

“So we didn’t even mention the scoreline at half-time, it was more a case of saying ‘We are doing okay lads, and we are better than that.

“We gave them some simple messages and they got back to the level they should be at fairly quickly and we were more than good for the result.”