Wigan Sam Surridge

Steve Cooper | Impact of substitutes shows strength of collective

2nd November 2019
First team

Steve Cooper felt the contribution of Swansea City’s substitutes in victory at Wigan underlined the strength and togetherness of his squad.

Connor Roberts and Sam Surridge combined for the latter to head home a stoppage-time winner at the DW Stadium as the Swans claimed a 2-1 victory.

The visitors had led through Nathan Dyer’s first goal of the season, before Kieffer Moore pegged them back from the spot.

Both sides had opportunities to clinch the win, but it was the Swans who showed the clinical edge to maintain their unbeaten away record.

And Cooper praised the collective effort, and the attitude and application of all involved.

“It’s a great goal for Sam, and it’s a wonderful assist from Connor Roberts too,” said the head coach.

Wigan Nathan Dyer cele

“You can only start 11 on any given day, but we're very much about the squad mentality.

“We train everybody every single day whether they've been in the last team or we're planning on putting them in the next team, we train them the same because we believe everyone will play a part.

“So, they made an important contribution, but let's not forget the boys who did start, they did a really good job.

“Sam and Connor should get the headlines for the winner, but I think that's a really good example of players who are not in the starting line-up on a particular day still being willing to make a difference and showing we have quality through the squad.”