Steve Cooper | Win was well deserved

21st December
First team
Andre Ayew

Steve Cooper felt his players got their just rewards after Andre Ayew’s late finish pushed them into the Championship play-offs courtesy of a 1-0 win at Luton Town.

The Swans sealed back-to-back victories as Ayew chested home sub Jay Fulton’s cross in the 82nd minute at Kenilworth Road – a result that sends the Swans up to sixth at the halfway stage of the campaign.

The Swans, who had 20 efforts at goal, looked the more likely to make the breakthrough and Ayew’s finish – which followed a strong penalty appeal for George Byers – handed them a deserved victory.

Steve Cooper

"A well-earned victory, I thought," reflected Cooper.

"I thought we were more than good for the three points because these games are so tight in the Championship.

"I thought we controlled the game from start to finish. This is a ground where the players and supporters have been used to winning and that always gives them a chance.

"I thought we handled coming here really well. It's three points, it's a clean sheet and I can only see positives coming out of the game."

Ayew’s goal took him to double figures for the season, with the vice-captain popping up at the right time to settle this encounter.

It was the Ghanaian’s fourth goal in his last three games, and Cooper was delighted with his performance

"It's an easy finish, but you've got to be there to do that. Andre's got a fantastic knack of being in the right place to score all types of goals.

"I'm just glad he was there today to nod it in. He's showing his experience and know-how game in game out."

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