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James K. Attaglo Wilson

Swansea City coach – Steve Cooper has praised André Ayew for his mental toughness as the Black Stars captain shook off a penalty miss to score the match winning goal for the Swans in their Sky Bet Championship play-off game against Brentford at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

André, had watched his second-half penalty saved by David Raya, but the Ghanaian attacking midfielder will go on to give the Swans their much needed win with a scintillating volley strike to remember in the 81st minute of the game.

The Black Stars captain [André Ayew] was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match and Steve Cooper could not praise him enough for his strong mental fortitude:

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

“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 City will now visit the Griffin Park in West London on Wednesday to face Brentford in the return leg.

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