Cooper won't let Swansea be negative

29 July 2020 18:00:41 GMTPlus10

Swansea boss Steve Cooper says his side won't be playing for a draw ahead of their Championship playoff semi-final second-leg against Brentford. 

The Swans take a slim 1-0 lead to Griffin Park after an eventful first contest against the Bees.

Andre Ayew missed a penalty for Swansea, before Rico Henry was sent off for Brentford and Ayew made up for his mishap by scoring a late winner.

Of course a draw would be good, but we won't be playing for it.

Steve Cooper

That narrow advantage means that a draw would be good enough for the Welsh side to progress to the playoff final, where either Fulham or rivals Cardiff will await.

Wednesday's clash will also be the final competitive game to be played at the 116-year-old Griffin Park before Brentford move with Swansea out to ruin the farewell for the Bees.

Despite a stalemate being enough of Swansea to book their place at Wembley, Cooper has no plans to take a negative approach.

"We are going to treat the game as if it's 0-0," Cooper said. "I think it's a dangerous game if you don't do that.

"Of course a draw would be good, but we won't be playing for it. I don't know how you do that. It's not in our mentality to sit back.

"That's part and parcel of football and getting over the line, but that's not the way we want to go."

Swansea finished 11 points adrift of the Bees in the regular season but the Liberty Stadium outfit will be hoping their positive attitude will see them fly through the tie.

Brentford are 1.53 to win in 90 minutes with Cooper’s side rated 5.75 chances, while the draw 4.33. Swansea are 1.95 to qualify for the playoff final with the home side 1.80 shots.

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