Swansea City manager Steve Cooper faced the press today ahead of his side’s game against Millwall in the Championship this weekend, and the 39-year-old discussed the congested schedule that lies ahead.
The Championship resumes with Fulham v QPR tomorrow and Swansea will feature on Saturday.
They host Gary Rowett’s Millwall side in South Wales, as they look to continue their fine start under new management.
Swansea will also look to continue their mini-revival, having won two of the last three following their major dip in form through September and October.
Speaking to the media in South Wales today, Cooper spoke about his side’s upcoming fixture list:
“We’ve got a heavy schedule. You can be on the wrong end of a schedule some time. I don’t think it’s unfair but it’s still something you have to deal with. We’re not going to moan about it, but it is something we’ll have to prepare. We’ve got three tough games.
“I don’t think we’ll be using just 11 players and we have to think through this one a little more carefully. It’s been topsy-turvy but we always plan at least a month ahead.”
The visit of Millwall is the first of three games in six days for Swansea – next week they travel to Huddersfield before hosting Fulham at the weekend.
The game against Fulham has been selected for TV coverage, meaning Cooper’s side will have a day less rest than the other sides in the division.
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“I don’t think we want to be that club that moans about it,” said Cooper on the Fulham game being aired. “We don’t play for 11 days and I’m not keen on that either truth be told. I think Fulham have played a few Friday games.
“They might not have players back from internationals so I think it’s swings and roundabouts. We want games on TV, and if it messes around with the schedule you’ve just got to deal with it.”
Every manager in the Championship is aware of how testing the fixture list can be at times and Swansea have been dealt a blessing and a curse with their game against Fulham being selected for Sky coverage.
Fans love to see their team on TV but it means that Swansea will average a game every two days over the next week. It’ll be a good test for Cooper and his Swansea side, and their true colours will surely be revealed at the end of next week.