Thrilled Steve Cooper says Swansea City dressing room as loud as it has ever been as he praises desire after gritty Nottingham Forest win

Steve Cooper admits the Swansea City dressing room was the liveliest it has been after a game this season following the dramatic 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

The fixture at the Liberty Stadium looked destined to end goalless until Connor Roberts headed home Jake Bidwell’s cross three minutes from time.

Swansea’s victory – coupled with Brentford’s loss to Queens Park Rangers – means Cooper’s side are just one point off the Championship’s top two spots while they boast two games in hand over the Bees and league leaders Norwich City.

And Cooper said his players were ecstatic after overcoming Chris Hughton’s men in south Wales.

“Buzzing. It’s [dressing room] as loud as it’s been because they probably agree with everything I’m saying. Let them enjoy it,” he said.

Swansea struggled to threaten against a Forest side that went into the match having lost just one of their last 11 league outings.

But Roberts’ header – his third goal of the campaign – saw the Swans stretch their unbeaten league run to nine games.

It was almost a carbon copy of his header in the reverse fixture at The City Ground in November, with Swansea completing a treble of victories over Forest this season following their FA Cup triumph against the same opposition in January.

And Cooper admits Swansea must improve against Huddersfield Town at the weekend, although he was thrilled with the attitude his players show when it came to grinding out a victory over Forest.

“Great cross, great header, but beyond that, look at the desire from both of them to get into those areas,” he added.

“That is one thing I can’t fault tonight. When you don’t play so well, it’s easy to get a bit frustrated, lose a bit of concentration, confidence or whatever. There wasn’t any of that.

“It was ‘OK, we’re not at our most fluid tonight, let’s roll our sleeves up and make sure we do everything we can to win the game.

“I’m not going to sit here and say we were brilliant in the game, because in parts of the performance we weren’t, especially with the ball, at times we struggled to get our positioning right on the pitch and play with enough rhythm and intensity, especially in the first half.

“I just thought the game was heading towards a 0-0 draw. Forest are a really good team in good form. They’ve got loads of experienced and talented players.

“We just felt, in the second half, we had to make some tactical changes, get some more attacking players on and get some width and hope things would turn a little bit, and it didn’t really, but in the end, we managed to create a good moment to go and win the game.

“Delighted with the win and knowing that we will need to play better in the next game.”

Swansea return to action against Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon.


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