Cooper calling on experience ahead of derby day

Swansea City

Steve Cooper says he has called on some Swansea greats for advice ahead of his first Welsh derby against Cardiff on Sunday.

A draw against Barnsley is all Cooper’s side have to show from their last three outings, with home defeats against Stoke and Brentford seeing them slip down to ninth in the Championship standings.

In fairness, that is still only four points off leaders West Brom but getting back to winning ways away at Cardiff would certainly not be unpopular.

The 39-year-old took charge at the Liberty Stadium over the summer and knows this fixture well, having been born down the road in Pontypridd.

To get extra insight, he has spoken to some club icons to provide an additional feel for the fixture.

Sporting director Leon Britton and assistant coach Alan Tate have plenty of experience of the clash to fall back on. Both were part of the Swans team that won promotion to the Premier League in 2011 under Brendan Rodgers and the Northern Irishman has also been consulted.

Cooper has also spoken to the experienced duo of Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge to gain as much knowledge available to him as he aims to enact the perfect plan on derby day.

“I don’t want the day to come and go and think ‘We should have done this differently’ or ‘I wish I had known this’,” he said. “It does not mean everything will be perfect but we want to give ourselves the best chance.

“Because we have those people involved in the club, you have to speak to them.”