Brentford Kristoffer Peterson

Steve Cooper | We have to stand up and be counted

22nd October 2019
First team

Steve Cooper says Swansea City need to stand up and be counted and produce a response following defeat to Brentford.

The Swans suffered a 3-0 defeat at the Liberty on Tuesday night, with Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbuemo netting either side of Jake Bidwell’s own goal.

It was far from ideal preparation for Sunday’s upcoming South Wales derby clash against Cardiff City as the Swans winless run on home turf extended to four games.

While the manner of the defeat was very different to the late losses suffered against Nottingham Forest and Stoke, head coach Cooper has challenged his players to deal with the hurt and get back on track at the first available opportunity.

“Tonight was different to previous games, where we conceded late on. I don’t think it’s a pattern in terms of how games have gone,” he said.

Brentford Mike van der Hoorn

“We particularly fell short with our defending throughout the pitch, not just in the back four and around our goal.

“If you do that you concede goals and we got punished for it.

“I said to the players in the dressing room, it is done, it is disappointing and it hurts.

“We’ve let ourselves down in the game. But we have two options; we either sulk and cry, or we get on with it. We have to do the latter.

“We will look at ourselves. Their first and third goals were great finishes, but we put ourselves in those situations.

“We will not look to blame people but we have to stand up and be counted, and that’s what we’ll do.”