Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper | Resilience a good trait for Swansea City

13th August
First team

Steve Cooper commended the resilience of his Swansea City side after they again came from behind to book their place in the second round of the Carabao Cup against Northampton.

The Swans – who saw four players make first-team debuts as Ben Cabango, Ben Wilmot, Jordan Garrick and Kees de Boer all featured – had trailed when Matt Warburton fired the Cobblers ahead.

But Andre Ayew came off the bench to nod in the leveller, before George Byers beat former Swan David Cornell from distance to put the hosts ahead.

And Ayew then sealed the win as he completed a sequence of three Swansea goals in seven minutes.

It follows on from Swansea’s come-from-behind win over Hull on the opening day of the league season.

Andre Ayew

And, while Cooper would prefer his side not to need to produce fightbacks on a regular basis, he was happy with the attitude and application shown to turn the game around.

“It's not the plan for us to fall behind, I can assure you of that,” he said.

“But the fact we are showing resilience and not giving up and not hiding away is a good trait, although maybe not conceding and winning games is another one as well.

“Respect to Northampton, they scored a good goal but it's a game I think we should have controlled a lot better.

“Quite frankly it took going 1-0 down to really get the rhythm and intensity we wanted from the start.

“Fortunately we equalised fairly quickly and put the game to bed even quicker after that.”

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