Steve Cooper | The support we have in such hard times is real motivation
Steve Cooper and his Swansea City players will use the recollection of the sterling support they received at Ashton Gate last season as motivation for today’s clash with Bristol City.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, there will again be no supporters present as the Swans and the Robins lock horns.
When the sides met 12 months ago there were 2,300 members of the Jack Army crammed into the away end as the teams played out a goalless draw.
Cooper and the Swans’ squad have also been kept abreast of the vast numbers who have been following them via the club’s SwansTV Live service since football resumed during lockdown.
And the head coach admits the knowledge that so many are right behind the club during such difficult times only adds to the desire to represent them proudly on the pitch.
“The last game we played there was one of the highlights of the season,” said Cooper of last season’s visit to Ashton Gate.
“I know we didn’t win the game, but it was about the passion of the supporters. We really felt it that day.
“We know it’s a big game and an important game for the club. I’ve constantly reminded the players about the times we are in.
“Players and staff are reminded constantly about how life is at the moment, and the importance we can have in putting smiles on faces.
“I get told about the number of supporters using the streaming service, and the numbers are massive.
“We need them to know that is a real motivation to do our best. We’re all supporters at heart, and we know we’re lucky to be doing what we’re doing.”