Swansea manager praises Ayew

Author: Peter Sarbah
Andre Ayew
Andre Ayew

Swansea City manager, Steve Cooper, has praised Andre Ayew for scoring a brace in their 3-1 win over Northampton in the Carabao Cup at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.

The Black Stars skipper climbed off the bench to score two quick goals to ensure his side progressed to the next stage of the competition.

The victory spared the blushes of the Swans who were down after the 60th minute when Matt Warburton gave the League Two side a shock lead.

But manager Cooper praised Ayew’s work ethics and said it was good because they knew that was exactly what the 30-year-old can do.

"30 minutes, two goals, highly motivated and a good work ethic, it was good," admitted Cooper.

"That's exactly what we know he can do.

The manager explained that Ayew returned from the international break highly motivated and starting him from the bench was to get him back to fitness level ahead of their Championship league campaign.

"He's come back into the club after the international break in very good condition, he looks extremely motivated in training and tonight was about giving him the right amount of minutes to help him get right back up to the fitness levels to play in the league campaign.

"A positive night in a number of ways with his inclusion."

The goals were the Ayew’s first for the Swans in 1,185 days, with his last strike for the club coming against Man City in May 2016.