Bournemouth away Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper | We got what we deserved

16th March
First team

Steve Cooper admitted Swansea City had got what they deserved for not executing well enough in either box in defeat to Bournemouth.

An early goal from Philip Billing and a Joel Latibeaudiere own goal gave the Cherries a two-goal lead at the break at the Vitality Stadium.

The Swans had chances to get back in the game, with Morgan Whittaker forcing Asmir Begovic into a couple of good saves after coming on at half-time.

But Arnaut Danjuma finished a late breakaway to give the home side a 3-0 victory.

And Cooper felt some poor defensive moments and a lack of conviction in the final third were the decisive factors in Swansea’s first defeat in five.

“The first two goals were everything I don’t want the team to be, and the players will know that,” he said.

Bournemouth away Korey Smith

“The first goal is a free cross, no-one is marking in the box and it’s a soft finish.

“The second goal is a first contact off a corner which we do a lot of work on, so if you don’t do those basics well you run the risk of conceding soft goals, and that’s what we did.

“We also got into enough good positions with the ball and did not back ourselves to really be the threat we should be in terms of creating and scoring.

“In the end, we have turned over another ball and given away a soft third goal, which can happen when you have lots of attacking players on the pitch and you are trying to get back into the game.

“We did have chances, Morgan did well and Begovic has made some good saves. There was enough good play between the boxes, but we did not do enough in them.

“You get what you deserve then, don’t you?”