Cooper won't change tact for play-off run

25 July 2020 18:20:52 GMTPlus10

Swansea manager Steve Cooper said his team will be sticking with their footballing principles as they prepare for their Championship playoff semi-final against Brentford.

The Swans squeezed into the top six with a 4-1 win at Reading on the final night of the regular season, pipping Nottingham Forest on goal difference as they lost 4-1 at home to Stoke.

Copper said he was not only delighted with the result but also with the way his team went about getting the required goals against the Royals.

Their arch-rivals Cardiff and Fulham make up the playoff quartet and the Swans will face Brentford on Sunday night before the return in London, which will be the last game ever played at Griffin Park.

The Bees missed the chance to claim automatic promotion as they lost their final two matches, going down 2-1 to Barnsley on Wednesday, but they had been in great form before then, winning seven straight.

Rather than focus on the potential of the Bees, Cooper is keen to focus on his own team and how they could achieve an unlikely return to the top flight.

Cooper said: "We've never changed our way of playing, we've stuck to our plan and you saw that the other night.

"We needed three goals in 20 minutes, and I can't remember a long booted ball.

"Every goal we scored was the way we play, and that pleases me as much as anything.

"So it's good times, and we need to thrive on it and enjoy it. There’s everything to go for.

"We're definitely in a good place, not just obviously the way we secured the play-off place, but we feel since we've returned that, bar one game, we've played really well."

Swansea are 3.80 to win Sunday’s first leg against Brentford, who are 2.05 to take a first leg advantage. The draw is available at 3.30.

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