Steve Cooper frustrated after Forest draw

15th July 2020
First team
Nottingham Forest (A) Cooper

Steve Cooper was left with a sense of frustration after seeing Swansea City lead twice at Nottingham Forest but emerge with only a point to show for their efforts.

The Swans simply flew out of the traps at the City Ground, taking an early lead through Rhian Brewster and threatening to add to their tally.

But Sammy Ameobi levelled from Forest’s first real attack, and then hammered home a second equaliser after the break to cancel out an Andre Ayew penalty.

The result leaves Swansea – who had Kyle Naughton sent off late on - three points off the play-off places with two games of the season remaining.

Cooper acknowledged the performance and result were positive, but with the close nature of the battle for the top six he knew how big a win could have been for the Swans.

“To come here, which this season has been one of the toughest away games, lead twice and not win is frustrating, to be honest,” said the Swans boss.

“We started the game really well, we were good for the 1-0 lead and I thought we could have got another and taken the initiative.

Nottingham Forest (A) Naughton red card

“Then the first time they have had any passage of play, they have scored.

“We got ourselves back in front by getting in areas we thought we could hurt them, and they looked nervous around their box.

“We’ve gone 2-1 up, and then we just wanted the game to carry on as it was, although we knew that would be tough.

“If you look at it, Forest have scored something like 87 per cent of their goals through either Lewis Grabban or shots from outside the box.

“That was something that was in our gameplan, so for them to score from two shots outside the box is frustrating for myself and the players.

“Usually if you come here, play some of the football we did, and get that result you would be satisfied.

“It’s just the timing of it, but I cannot ask for any more effort or commitment from the players and it was a good game where both sides looked to play.

“It’s just frustrating we have led twice and not won.”

Off