Steve Cooper wary of Hatters' home form

21st December 2019
First team
Blackburn Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper expects Swansea City’s away record to face another intriguing test when his side visit Luton Town this afternoon (3pm).

Defeat at West Brom a fortnight ago saw the Swans’ unbeaten away record – the longest lasting run in the EFL – come to an end.

Their fortunes on their travels have conjured 17 points, the same tally as their home record, with Cooper’s men targeting a fifth victory on the road.

They head to Kenilworth Road today to face a Luton side that sit just two points off the relegation zone.

But the Hatters have proved tricky opposition on home turf, with 14 of their 20 points having been amassed at Kenilworth Road.

And despite having lost eight of their last 10 Championship matches, Graeme Jones has overseen two victories in their last two matches on home soil.

Steve Cooper

“At home, they’ve picked up three-quarters of their points,” said the Swans head coach.

“If they’re at their best, it tends to be there. We need to be ready.

“It’s a cliché but there isn’t a game in this league that you don’t have to be ready for in every aspect.”

Cooper’s side go into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Liberty.

That ended a run of six games without a win for the Swans, while it was only their second win in SA1 since the end of October.

And Cooper insists his side must use the confidence gained from that result in order to push on in the upcoming away games with Luton and Brentford.

Jake Bidwell

“The general feeling after the game was that it was about time, and that it had been a long time coming,” he added.

“It was three points and a win at home, which we definitely wanted. It was important for the supporters to walk out of the stadium with a win and something positive to talk about.

“But when the dust settles, you get on with your work and it’s made us motivated to make sure we win there again, and win our next two away games.

“We want to use it as motivation to jump forward.”