Those five games last season analysed and investigated Cooper v Woolmer ‘ It’s Personal’
Thursday, 26th Nov 2020 12:25 by Keith Haynes
Steve Cooper has made some dramatic comments on referee Andy Woolmer indicating his decision making against the swans is personal, to the extent where he complained about his appointment in the home game against Sheffield Wednesday. Days before the game.
It was a remarkable end to a night that was the final straw for Swansea City manager Steve Cooper. Post match he made some very serious comments regards referee Woolmer and his decision making during the game against Sheffield Wednesday. Everyone by now will know the accusations made by Cooper were born out of the five games the referee managed last season. Cooper has also indicated that certain conversations with Woolmer were also the basis of his complaint. So what were those games last season, and what happened in them.
Game one : Swansea City 3 Birmingham City 0
"I think that's our best performance over 90 minutes.
Game two : Barnsley 1 Swansea City 1
“I think having got through the first hour and then taken control of the game, to go 1-0 up and then concede as we did, we are obviously going to be quite frustrated at that "A point from home is never the worse thing in the world... but we should have gone on and won the game. "We could have started the game better, but we played good football in the second half. We are disappointed to only score one goal. "Andre Ayew has got three goals in as many games and that is good for us. We are really happy with him. "I know the game went a certain way and Barnsley had some decent moments in the first half. We felt it was going to be an untidy game with the circumstances here with the change of manager. So, we planned for them to be different to what they were. We thought they would be much more direct during the game with their long throws, but we prepared for that. "We spoke about getting on the ball and playing the way we want to play but staying in the game as well and then we felt the last 30 minutes would be for us to go win the game. To go 1-0 up was as planned, we missed two sitters before it, so we should have been two or three up. We've conceded at a really poor time and it leaves you with dissatisfaction because we should have gone on and won the game."
The only slight mention Cooper makes in this post match report is ‘ I know the game went a certain way’ But no referee mentions directly.
Game three : Brentford 3 Swansea City 1
"First half we were short, we didn't do the basics right, and in the end we gave away two soft goals and we gave ourselves an uphill challenge. "They are a good team, take nothing away from them, but I think we gave them too much respect. For all their play they didn't create loads of shooting opportunities other than the goals. "If you don't do the basics right you won't win any game, we try and play well and with discipline but we also try to defend well and today we didn't."
Game four : Swansea City 0 QPR 0
"We can do better with the amount of ball we had tonight and the positions we got in tonight. We are capable of creating more opportunities to shoot and cross so the part of the game which was not at the right level tonight was in and around their box. We are frustrated because we want to be winning games and we want to be scoring goals at home. We have good attacking players which can make a difference and they know they can do better but we cannot get too down, we just need to keep doing what we are doing.”
Game five : Swansea City 0 Luton Town 1
Garrick's dismissal undermined any hope Swansea had of staging a late comeback and, while Luton celebrated their valuable win, the Swans only had themselves to blame as they saw their play-off hopes suffer a significant blow.
"Poor result, poor performance. We gave away a poor goal, giving away possession a few times and a free cross into the box and a free header. Really, really disappointing day. "It's a clear red. I've got no arguments. I thought the referee caused the melee, but I don't want my comment on the referee to hide the fact that Jordon has done something that is a clear red.”
So again nothing in post match comments regards Andy Woolmer, just frustration as we all felt at times last season watching a lethargic Swansea City side. So where are the issues for Cooper ? There’s nothing in his post match comments to indicate anything untoward or personal on behalf of Andy Woolmer. Clearly conversations pre and post match in these games are Cooper’s focus, he has said little of any issues at all. The guidance for coaches and managers is clear -
Clubs are being advised that any media comments by managers, players or any other club officials relating to appointed match officials prior to a fixture will no longer be allowed. Such pre-match comments will be deemed improper and dealt with accordingly
Match officials are assessed at very game by their counterparts, trained referees qualified in assessment. These assessments are talked through with match officials and where contentious training and advice is given. Managers also have the option to report the referees performance, and hopefully (for Cooper anyway) these will form the basis of Cooper’s comments. There’s nothing in the media to indicate an issue, but you can’t go making remarks like Cooper has without good evidential back up. We can’t find too much on Woolmer’s fourth official appointments in the championship since Cooper took charge at Swansea. He has been accused of being underhand by none other than Neil Warnock when it became evident that Woolmer was writing down private conversations they were having when Woolmer was a fourth official in 2017.
Woolmer’s long refereeing career, he is now fifty four years of age hasn’t been remarkable, there Is not masses of evidence to show he takes things personally or concocts decisions in a teams favour. Yes, there’s loads from fans etc but little of official note. However, there is now and Cooper will be certainly charged with misconduct today and regardless of his point, he will be fined two thousand pounds.
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