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Steve Cooper rues missed chances after defeat

27th February 2021
First team

Steve Cooper rued his side’s failure to take their chances as Swansea City suffered a rare home defat against Bristol City.

The Swans had complete control of the game in the opening half, and only a string of saves from Robins goalkeeper Daniel Bentley prevented them opening up a handy lead.

They did open the scoring 10 minutes into the second half through an Andre Ayew penalty, but the Swans are guilty of uncharacteristic areas that allowed the visitors back into the contest.

Nahki Wells finished a counter-attack to equaliser before Kasey Palmer scored direct from a corner to give them the lead.

Antoine Semenyo then netted their third goal in stoppage time after charging down a Freddie Woodman clearance.

And Cooper, while pleased with the quality of the football his side produced in possession, was left frustrated that they had not made more of their dominance, or managed the game better when ahead.

Bristol City home Andre Ayew

“In the first half the game should have been doing and dusted and we should have been two or three goals up, at least,” said the Swansea head coach.

“We didn’t take our chances but still managed to start the second half just as well and we had complete dominance in the game.

“It was a one-sided affair, we went 1-0 up but we did not handle it well, which is something we have done really well this year. It was unlike us.

“Freddie has made a couple of mistakes for the second and third goals, but he has been brilliant for us since he has come through the door.

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“The first goal is the disappointing one because it was completely against the run of play, and it was completely against the message at half-time.

“That was not to fall for playing through the middle - when Bristol City were clearly offering us the sides and we were getting so much joy down there - and getting done on the counter-attack from a turnover.

“So, for that to happen was disappointing. They got their tails up a bit and were probably ready to take a draw, but it did not unravel that way.

“We were as good as we have been first half, and I won’t lose sight of that. We want to play like that to win games, it’s just a pity we were not three goals up at half-time.”