Speaking to the club’s official website, Swansea City boss Steve Cooper has said that his side’s 5-1 loss to West Brom was “self-inflicted”.

West Brom returned to the summit of the Championship in stylish fashion, thrashing Steve Cooper’s Swansea City 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. It was a comfortable win for the Baggies who went into the half-time break 3-1 up thanks to goals from Semi Ajayi, Matheus Pereira and Hal Robson-Kanu, with Sam Surridge scoring for Swansea.

The second half saw Matt Philips and Kyle Edwards make it 5-1 for Slaven Bilic’s side, securing a comfortable win at the Hawthorns.

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Now, Swansea boss Steve Cooper has spoken after the game, saying that it was a tough one to take with the result “self-inflicted in large parts”. He said:

“It was a tough afternoon, the scoreline says it all really. It’s been a difficult day and that was self-inflicted in large parts, if I am honest. I think it is all well and good having some decent moments in general play, but if you are going to be as naïve as we were with the goals you are asking for trouble.

“That’s especially the case coming here with how dangerous they are and the players they have at the top of the pitch. We picked the worst day possible to give such opportunities away. That naivety cost us. The first goal we should have dealt with the long ball before the corner better. For the second goal we were in comfortable enough possession up the pitch.

“We then get back in the game, we are in the ascendancy, and then we give away the third goal the way we did – from our own throw-in in a comfortable part of the pitch – sums up our naivety. Unfortunately, that continued with the fourth and fifth goals. We got what we deserved.”

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