Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has slammed the ‘contentious’ tackle which forced defender Mike van der Hoorn off the pitch last night, in his side’s 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town in the Championship.
The travelling Swans took the lead through Jay Fulton midway through the second-half and held the lead up until five minutes from half-time, when Karlan Ahearne-Grant scored his 10th of the season.
It was a back-and-forth game and one that turned nasty at times – Cooper was left angered by a tackle on defender Mike van der Hoorn from Huddersfield’s Frazier Campbell, which forced the Dutchman off at half time.
Speaking to Dai Sport after the game, Cooper gave an update on van der Hoorn’s injury:
“It is too early to say on Mike. It was a contentious tackle, we had a respectful discussion between the two benches about what it should have been. It did not go our way, and he did not come out for the second half.”
Both Cooper and Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley were reeling at some of the refereeing last night. Many Swansea fans feel that Campbell should’ve seen red for his tackle on van der Hoorn, whilst Trevor Chalobah did see red for the Terriers with five minutes to go.
“I thought it could have been a really good football match tonight, but I just think it didn’t get going because of some interesting decisions for both teams.
“Apart from the absolute clear red card that was given, I think me and Danny will both feel aggrieved by some decisions. I think we can both feel a bit hard done by.”
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The point keeps Swansea in the top-six but they’re now six points off the automatic promotion spots, and seven from leaders West Brom.
Cooper’s side looked to be recapturing their best form before the international break but a loss at home to Millwall and a point at Huddersfield looks to have slowed them down again.
Van der Hoorn has arguably been Swansea’s most important player this season, and Cooper really doesn’t need an injury to him – it was a poor challenge from Campbell and on another day it could’ve been a straight red card.
Both managers were undone by some refereeing decisions last night but, in the end, a draw was probably a fair result. Swansea now have two days rest before they host Fulham on Friday night.