Steve Cooper | We feel hard done by, it's tough to take

24th October 2020
First team
Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper felt his Swansea City had been hard done by as a controversial late penalty denied them victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The Swans had been on course for all three points courtesy of Jamal Lowe’s excellent finish early in the second half.

However, they were pegged back when Nahki Wells scored from the spot with eight minutes remaining, after referee Oliver Langford decided Connor Roberts had fouled Antoine Semenyo.

The decision looked harsh as Roberts slipped as the players tussled at a set-piece, with Semenyo then falling over him.

The game ended 1-1, and while it extended Swansea’s unbeaten away record, Cooper was frustrated not to be leaving BS3 with more than a point.

“The lads are really disappointed with a point because of the nature of the equaliser and the decision on the penalty,” said the head coach.

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“I thought it was a decent game, I liked our performance coming away from home and being as positive as we were, and committing bodies forward when we could.

“We got the opener, it was a great finish from Jamal, and we looked comfortable.

“I thought we would go and on and win the game and score another goal rather than seeing the game out.

“Then, when a decision like that is made, it’s hard to keep your mouth shut on it, to be honest.

“That decision, there is nothing you can do to make it better. There’s nothing you can coach or say or do in preparation to make that better.

“It’s so hard to get points in this league, so to get a decision like that when we were so comfortable in the game, it’s a difficult one to take, to be honest.

“It doesn’t feel like a good point, we feel a bit hard done by, but we have to take the positives from the game.

“We looked very mature as a team today, we are growing all the time. We have to dust ourselves down and get ready for the next one.”