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Head coach of Swansea City, Steve Cooper has lauded André Ayew for his strong mentality.

The Black Stars skipper in the Championship playoff semi-final missed a spot kick but the incident didn’t bog him down as he scored with just 9 minutes to go to give Swansea City a 1-0 advantage going into the return leg.

“André has missed a penalty, but brushed it off and raised his game even more, and it came off with the goal. To have such an impact and score the goal tells you everything about the mentality he has.

“His mentality is of the highest order, to brush off the disappointing return from a penalty where you fancied him”, Steve Cooper said in a post-match interview as quoted by the club’s website.

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He continued, “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.”

Ayew has this season scored 16 league goals and 18 goals in all competitions for Swansea City. He’s the club’s highest scorer.

Ayew is expected to be at his best when Swansea play Brentford at the Griffin Park on Wednesday in the return leg of the Championship playoff.

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