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Cooper: 'We're ready for whatever comes'

28 July 2020

Swansea City manager Steve Cooper says that despite the magnitude of Wednesday's Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final second leg, his players will be treating it like any other game and will be "ready for whatever comes".

The Swans head to Brentford with a 1-0 advantage, courtesy of Andre Ayew's excellent first-leg strike, and are therefore potentially just 90 minutes from booking their place in the Final at Wembley Stadium.

Speaking ahead of the second leg, which represents the last-ever competitive game at Griffin Park, Cooper says "it's business as usual", and insists his side will be well prepared.

“I’m focused, and getting ready for another game. It’s business as usual," he said.

“I will say that we’re going to treat the game as if it’s 0-0 and prepare as normal, I think it’s a dangerous game if you don’t do that.

“Brentford are obviously a really good team and you can’t take anything for granted, you have to play the game as it is.

"We want to keep clean sheets and score goals and that sounds like a good plan for this one.

“We’ll be ready for whatever comes, and ready to start well ourselves, because that’s just being professional and prepared. The focus is on ourselves and has been all season."

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Swansea came into the Play-Offs with plenty of momentum and confidence after unexpectedly pipping Nottingham Forest to sixth spot on the final day of the regular season.

Now that they're there, Cooper wants his players to relish the occasion and the challenge.

“I’m very excited, I am very focused and I am really enjoying this job," he added.

“I am really enjoying working with these players, these staff and these supporters. It’s a privilege to be part of it.

“You want to thrive on these moments and enjoy these moments. We have been doing that and I hope we can keep that going."

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with updates also available via Twitter (@SkyBetChamp). Kick-off is at 7:45pm.


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