Andre Ayew
Andre Ayew

Swansea City gaffer Steve Cooper was full of praise for Ghana captain Andre Ayew after his match winning exploit for the Swans in their victory over Brentford on Sunday night.

The Ghana international exhibited strong mentality after shaking off a penalty miss in the game to snatch the winner with eight minutes left of the first leg in the promotion play-offs.

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

“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.

“If anything, the miss affected him in a positive way.

“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 goalscorer, and he has lived up to the level of player we know he is.”

Swansea will play Brentford in the return leg on Wednesday night.

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