Swansea City secured a second-straight win in the Championship at the weekend, with a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic – have Steve Cooper’s side finally returned to their best form?
When Swansea City sat top of the Championship after eight games, winning seven of them and drawing the other, it was hard to see them putting a foot wrong all season under their new coach, Steve Cooper.
The appointment garnered little attention from the media but Swans fans were quietly confident of the mild-mannered, casual-looking Cooper being a success story in South Wales.
His work in the youth set-ups of the England national side outlined the club’s vision of producing and developing quality youngsters, whilst working on a minimal budget at the same time.
The board were hailed for the appointment after the start they made, but questions were soon asked when Swansea’s form dropped and for a brief spell, the club fell out of the top-six altogether.
Swansea went the whole of September without a win and had only won one of seven league games before the Welsh derby last month.
That derby though, the visit of Neil Warnock’s Cardiff to the Liberty Stadium was Cooper’s best day yet as a manager, when his side claimed the spoils with a 1-0 win which set them up nicely for the trip to the DW Stadium at the weekend.
Paul Cook’s Wigan are a team who on their day, can beat anyone. They’ve pulled off upsets against Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic this season, but Cooper’s Swansea remained vigilant and secured the win to take them 3rd in the Championship – level on points with Preston in 1st and Leeds in 2nd.
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The overall performance for Swansea though wasn’t amazing, and it was only for their two shots on target throughout the whole game finding the back of the net that gave them the points.
A clinical away performance nonetheless, but it certainly wasn’t a performance that they’d compare to their earlier form of the season.
As Cooper settles into the role at Swansea, their blistering start seems more anomalous. Commendable it was and it’s set them up to go on and push for an unprecedented promotion this season – but Swansea will need much better performances than that if they’re to remain in the top spots come May.