Western Mail

Swans lack composure... but hope to have Ayew back for run-in

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STEVE Cooper admits Swansea City lacked the composure required as they were ultimately beaten by Queens Park Rangers at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.

The Swans started on the front foot and created numerous chances in the first half – with Wayne Routledge going the closest to netting for the hosts when his deflected strike hit the post.

However, the Rs also caused problems and saw Ilias Chair twice hit the frame of Freddie Woodman’s goal.

They took control of the contest in the second half and secured all three points as Lyndon Dykes struck in the final minute of play after a blunt 45 from Swansea in the final third.

And Cooper says Swansea’s ball retention was well off it in the second half which gave QPR the platform to nab a late winner.

“For sure we’re disappoint­ed. I think the missed chances in the first half have ended up costing us on the basis that we’ve ended up conceding,” he said.

“I think if somebody said we’re going to create as many good chances as that in one half [first half] we’d be more than happy. We’d have expected to have taken at least one.

“We didn’t manage to create as much in the second half because we didn’t manage the ball in the game well enough. We turned it over too much and lacked a bit of composure.

“When you do that, you give up territory, and in the end allow QPR to get into areas where they can create and score, and that’s what they’ve done late on.”

The Swans were without top scorer Andre Ayew in the loss to Mark Warburton’s men.

And Cooper has confirmed the Ghana internatio­nal looks set to miss the clash with Reading at the weekend, although he could return to face Derby County in the final home game of the regular season six days’ later.

“He’s out with a hamstring injury. It’s a grade one,” added the head coach.

“Unlikely for Reading, hopefully OK for Derby. It could have been worse. Hamstring injuries can be nasty and it could have ruled him out for the remainder of the season, but it won’t do that.

“Whether he’s ready for Sunday, we’ll have to see in a few days or so.”

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