Steve Cooper Mike van der Hoorn

Swansea City eye new home run

28th September 2019
First team

Steve Cooper hopes Swansea City can kick off another unbeaten stand on home soil when they host Reading this afternoon (3pm).

The Swans face the Royals sitting second in the Championship table, level on points with leaders Leeds with eight games in the books this term.

Head coach Cooper has seen his side lose just once in league action, with that reverse coming against Nottingham Forest in their last Liberty fixture.

That ended a 14-match run with a league defeat in SA1, Swansea’s best such run of form since making the move to the Liberty Stadium from the Vetch in 2005.

It was the first time a Championship side had left Swansea with three points in 2019, and Cooper is keen to get back to winning ways on home turf at the first possible opportunity.

The Swans squad celebrate a goal

“Of course we want to start another home run,” he said.

“But, it’s like I said while our last run was ongoing, just because you’re winning at home on a run doesn’t mean you’re going to win every game.

“We do enjoy playing at home and we want to make the most of it, but it’s not simply a case of turning up and winning.

“We have to perform well and be focused in on that game and that challenge.

“There’s nothing like having the crowd behind you. It’s where you want to be and we have to make the most of being at home.”

Swansea face a Reading side who have had a mixed start to the new season.

Jose Gomes

The Royals picked up positive results against Cardiff, West Brom and Huddersfield, but have lost their last three against Charlton, Middlesbrough and Blackburn.

“They’re a technical team. I actually think they’ve been better than their results have shown,” said Cooper of Jose Gomes’ side.

“They play from the back and through the lines and, if you let them do that, they’re a dangerous team.

“I think what I’ve learned is that every game is a challenge in one way or another and this will be a different one and we have to be at our maximum.”