Steve Cooper and Mike Marsh

Steve Cooper | We showed great character

27th January 2021
First team

Steve Cooper was proud of the character of his Swansea City team as they recovered from a man and a goal down to earn a valuable point against Brentford.

The Swans had trailed late on at the Liberty as Tariqe Fosu-Henry headed the Bees ahead shortly after Kyle Naughton had received a second yellow card.

But they found a way to emerge with a positive result and preserve their unbeaten run as Conor Hourihane netted his first Swansea goal with a free-kick that flew over David Raya and into the far corner of the net.

The result ensures the Swans climb back to second in the table, and they are now unbeaten in eight games, and have not lost in 11 games at the Liberty.

“I think in the end we take a point, although that was not our objective,” said Cooper.

“Our objective was to win, I thought it was an okay game until the red card.

Conor Hourihane

“They had a good chance that Freddie saved, but there were not many chances in the game and both sides got into good positions without really hurting each other.

“Then we had the red card and went a goal down, and we showed great character to get back in the game.

“We showed good resilience to get a point, and we will move on with it.

“The whole team put a shift in, as they always do, that is no surprise.

“You have to show heart and soul, when you are down to 10 men and trying to see it out for a point you have to defend well, and we did that.”