Charlton Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper | We showed all sides of our game

2nd October 2019
First team

Steve Cooper felt Swansea City had shown all sides of their game in seeing off Charlton to move top of the Championship at The Valley.

The Swans had to come from behind after Jonathan Leko had capitalised on a loose clearance to fire the Addicks into the lead after just 66 seconds.

That left the visitors facing an uphill battle at a ground where their previous victory had come in 1980, against a side who had lost one of their last 22 home league games.

But Yan Dhanda’s first goal since the opening day of last season soon levelled matters, before Andre Ayew turned in a Matt Grimes corner.

Charlton launched a late onslaught, but the Swans bravely held on to leapfrog Leeds at the summit of the standings.

“It’s a good three points, that’s for sure,” said head coach Cooper.

Charlton cele

“It was a really good atmosphere, you can see the fans get behind their team. It’s a club that’s used to winning.

“We gave ourselves a difficult start by going 1-0 down so early, so to reply as we did and give a performance like that is pleasing because we had to show all sides of the game.

“We played with possession, trying to build our way up. We played some really good stuff, working our way up the pitch with good identity.

“We scored a good first goal in terms of how we worked it, and likewise for the corner where it was great to score of a set-piece.

“Then in the latter stage there is an onslaught, but I cannot remember Freddie having to make a save so it shows we want to deal with what is coming up against us and we are proud to do it.”