Huddersfield away Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper | We did not do the basics

20th February 2021
First team

Steve Cooper said Swansea City paid the price for not doing the basics as they fell to a 4-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town.

The sides were level at the break at the John Smith’s Stadium after Conor Hourihane’s free-kick cancelled out Fraizer Campbell’s opener.

But Lewis O’Brien netted in the 48th minute to restore the home side’s lead, with Duane Holmes adding a quickfire brace before the 55-minute mark had been reached.

And matters only got worse for the Swans when Jordan Morris – on as a half-time substitute – was stretchered off after landing awkwardly controlling a lofted pass.

“It was a tough and disappointing afternoon, and we only have ourselves to blame,” said Cooper.

“We were off with the basics today, both with and without the ball, and in the end if you don’t do those it can cost you. That’s what happened.

Huddersfield away Steve Cooper

“The goals we conceded were good finishes, but the areas they got into were things we had worked on to try and prevent.

“We knew it was coming, so that is disappointing.

“The way we started the second half meant the changes we made did not have the impact we desired, and the game was quickly out of sight.

“It was uncharacteristic of us, but if you don’t do the basics you run the risk of what happened. It’s not a complicated one to work out.”