Cooper hails mental toughness of Andre Ayew

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Swansea City head coach Steve Cooper has lavished praise on Andre Ayew as the Ghanaian international picked himself up shortly after missing a penalty to score a late winner against Brentford in their Championship play-off semi-final at Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Ayew failed to convert from the penalty spot in the second half but 16 minutes later scored his 18th goal of the season with nine minutes remaining on the clock to ensure that Swansea head into Wednesday’s second leg at Griffin Park with a 1-goal advantage.

“Andre has missed a penalty, but brushed it off and raised his game even more, and it came off with the goal,” said Cooper.

“His mentality is of the highest order, to brush off the disappointing return from a penalty where you fancied him. To have such an impact and score the goal tells you everything about the mentality he has,” – Cooper. Picture: Swansea City. 

Cooper says the missed penalty somehow affected Ayew in a positive way as the midfielder raised his game.

“He is really important for us, and what is more impressive with his goalscoring record is that for a lot of the season he has played out wide, and not through the middle.

“Before Rhian came here, he was our main hope for being a goal scorer, and he has lived up to the level of player we know he is,” added the Swansea coach.

“It means we have a small advantage, but it is only an advantage if we use it. We will recover and prepare as we do normally. Nothing changes. We will speak about how to improve and, as far I am concerned, it will be 0-0 and we go to play as normal.”

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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