Steve Cooper denies “added pressure“ at home despite fourth loss of the season at the Liberty Stadium

Steve Cooper. Image courtesy of Swansea City

by Cole Martin 

STEVE Cooper insisted Swansea’s poor home record was not down to momentum, even though his side fell to a dreary 1-0 defeat to Millwall.

A superb free-kick from the lively Jed Wallace was the difference between the two sides, in what was a below-par performance from the Swans.

The loss was Swansea’s fourth of the season, and they have all come on home soil, but Cooper downplayed the significance of the bad form, due to the unpredictability of the Championship.

“It’s difficult to pay too much attention to form as this league is so indifferent week in, week out.

“It isn’t a good return, those four home losses, I know that, but I don’t think it’s momentum, we didn’t come into this game thinking we’re at home and there’s added pressure.”

His side also missed out on an opportunity to close the gap on the top-two placed teams, West Brom and Leeds, who could only manage respective draws.

“We’ll always take a look at ourselves first, and we all know back in the dressing room that we weren’t at the level today, not in any area of the pitch, so it’s a disappointing day.

“The players know too many parts of our game were not where they should be in terms of our performance levels, and if you do that, unless you’re really lucky, you won’t win games.”

The Swans are now tasked with a fixture congestion as they’ve been handed another two games over the next six days, and the Welshman could be forced into some rare squad rotations, after fielding the exact same starting lineup for the previous four matches.

Cooper’s men will take a long trip up to Yorkshire on Tuesday to face 19th placed Huddersfield, before hosting promotion rivals Fulham next Friday evening.

“We’ve got more than 11 players. We’ve got a squad that are all capable of playing in the team, in the way we want to play and playing well,” said Cooper.

“As always, we need to pick the right team for the game in front of us, and that’ll be the same for Tuesday night.”