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Steve Cooper | We should have gone on to win

19th October 2019
First team

Steve Cooper was left with a feeling of dissatisfaction after seeing Swansea City held to a draw at Barnsley.

The Swans extended their unbeaten away run to eight games at Oakwell, but had looked on course for three points when Andre Ayew’s third goal in as many games gave them the lead with 23 minutes to play.

But the lead lasted just three minutes as Alex Mowatt slotted home the equaliser.

The result saw the Swans climb to third in the Championship table, but Cooper was disappointed to see the Swans relinquish a lead for the third time in the last four games.

“I know the game went a certain way, obviously Barnsley had some decent chances in the first half and we felt it might be an untidy game with the circumstances here with the change of manager,” he said.

Barnsley Steve Cooper

“We planned for them to be something different from what they were. They were a lot more direct than what they have been previously, slowing the game down and using long throws.

“But we had prepared for something like that, and we talked about trying to get on the ball but stay in the game.

“We felt the last 30 minutes would be for us to go and win the game, so we go 1-0 having missed a couple of sitters beforehand and then we have conceded at a really poor time.

“So, I guess it leaves you with a feeling of dissatisfaction as we should have gone on and won the game, not drawn it.”