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Swansea boss Steve Cooper gets covered in bird poo and will hope it brings play-off luck vs Barnsley

SWANSEA boss Steve Cooper was the target of a naughty bird tonight as he was pooed on during his team's play-off semi-final against Barnsley.

The falling excrement brought him some good luck as Andre Ayew opened the scoring at Oakwell, despite appearing to be offside.

The 41-year-old manager was pictured in the first half with bird droppings down his jacket.

Some believe the unfortunate event is supposed to bring the target good luck - and that was certainly the case when Ayew made it 1-0 to the visitors.

The Ghana international scored a brilliant goal, cutting in from the right and sweeping the ball into the far corner with his left peg.

But he appeared to be in an offside position when Swansea right back Kyle Naughton played the ball through.

Cooper now finds himself in a rather peculiar predicament as he must decide whether to wash the poo off or leave it on his jacket.

With the score still 1-0, removing the faeces may wash away his team's chances of reaching the play-off final at Wembley.

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And, if he decides to leave it on the jacket and they progress, will he need to wear the stained clobber at Wembley?

Cooper's splattering tonight is reminiscent of when bird poo appeared to land in the mouth of Manchester United star Ashley Young during the 2014-15 season.

Incidentally, United's opponents that day were Swansea.

Since that fateful day, Young has won the FA Cup, League Cup, Europa League and Serie A.

He's also appeared for England at a World Cup, captained the Red Devils and secured a move to Inter Milan.

Cooper's unwanted showering tonight may just give his side the luck they need to reach the Premier League.

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