Steve Cooper | It's a missed opportunity

17th April 2021
First team
Steve Cooper Wycombe

Steve Cooper was pleased with the character his side showed against Wycombe Wanderers, but admitted he felt the draw at the Liberty Stadium was a missed opportunity for Swansea City.

The Swans had trailed 2-0 to the Chairboys after goals early in the second half from Admiral Muskwe and Garath McCleary.

But the home side battled back, with quickfire goals from Jamal Lowe and Liam Cullen setting up a grandstand finish.

But in a frantic and frenetic seven minutes of stoppage time neither side could find a winner.

The result moves Swansea to within six points of second-placed Watford, but head coach Cooper knew the Hornets’ defeat at Luton meant a chance to trim the deficit to just four points with four games remaining had gone.

“In a way you are happy with the point, but disappointed not to have won. I think it was a missed opportunity for us,” he said.

“The objective today was to win, we are at home, we have played well in our previous two games.

“We knew they needed to win today too, and we felt there would be enough space and gaps for us to go and hurt them.

Wycombe home Cooper

“We did not play well enough in the first half with the ball, our positional play wasn’t quite right in the middle of the pitch.

“Because of that we didn’t make enough passes and didn’t get up the pitch, and it had a knock-on effect.

“We tried to sort that out at half-time, but the start to the second half was really poor and disappointing. They were two soft goals, and in that period we did not do the non-negotiables you have to do.

“Saying that, at 2-0 down the players showed a lot of heart, courage and good play to get back in the game, and we should not lose sight of that.

“In the end it leaves you with mixed emotions. The result could have been worse, but we created enough chances to score more than two.

“We had enough chances to win the game.”