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The main talking points from Cooper’s Swansea City press conference ahead of Blackburn Rovers clash

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Swansea City face fellow play-off chasers Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday as they look to close the gap on the top six. 

Aleksander Mitrovic’s 95th-minute winner in midweek was a frustrating blow for the Swans, who looked destined for a point after Freddie Woodman had saved a penalty moments before.

That result leaves them ninth, four points back from the play-off places, with Rovers one point and one place higher in the table.

A victory for either side could be huge for their play-off aspirations, so it looks set to be a tightly contested clash.

Cooper addressed the press after the result in midweek, here are the main talking points…

On Blackburn

The Swans boss told Wales Online that he was expecting a “tough game” on Saturday and that he was they were disappointed not to win the reverse fixture, suggesting that penalty decisions had gone against them.

He added: “If we can show the fight, desire and pride that we did against Fulham then we’ll give ourselves a chance.”

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On the away support 

More than 1,500 members of the Jack Army travelled to Craven Cottage in midweek and Cooper was quick to heap praise on them.

The Swans boss suggested his fans had “dominated the nose” in West London.

He added: “We are grateful for it, I am and I know the players are too. So, I really want to show them my gratitude.”

On injuries

The Swans will be without a number of players for the trip to Ewood Park, with George Byers and Mike van der Hoorn ruled out for the season, and Wayne Routledge missing with a knee injury.

Cooper revealed that he was optimistic that playmaker Bersant Celina would be available after missing the game in midweek due to sickness.

He said: “He’s struggled for a few days with a sickness bug. It’s not just him being ill, it’s making sure that he doesn’t pass it on to the other players.

“I’ll be led by the doctor on that one, whether he’s back in on Thursday or Friday. We’ll wait and see, but we’re hopeful.”


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