Steve Cooper | We showed a good attitude, there were plenty of positives

9th January 2021
First team
Steve Cooper Stevenage

Steve Cooper praised his players for showing a good attitude as a much-changed Swansea City beat Stevenage 2-0 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Wayne Routledge and Viktor Gyokeres scored early in each half to set the Swans on their way, while Freddie Woodman saved a late penalty at the Lamex Stadium.

It keeps Swansea’s good run of form going, while they picked up a seventh clean sheet in nine games, on an afternoon where Cameron Evans and Oli Cooper made their debuts, while Kyle Naughton and George Byers returned from injury.

“The objective was always to win and be in the next round. We prepared as normal,” said Cooper.

Viktor Gyokeres goal Stevenage

“We changed the team and we appreciated that might mean it was not a free-flowing display given we had players making their debuts, players who had not played much, and players slightly out of position.

“So, to think we have won 2-0 away from home is positive, and there were lots of positives to take from the game.

“Was it always as free flowing as we would have liked? No. But we did think the game might go a bit like that, and we showed a good attitude.

“We scored two good goals, got a clean sheet and we are in the next round, which is exciting.”