Anthony Wright | Desire and work ethic key to Reading victory

31st October 2022
Anthony Wright and Jon Grey

Coach Anthony Wright applauded the work ethic and desire of Swansea City Under-21s as they continued their fine form with a 3-0 victory at Reading.   

The 10-man Swans made it  three consecutive clean sheets and have lost just one of their last six games after the young side clinched their first away win of the season at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

Wasiri Williams was on target in the first half, before second-half goals from Joe Thomas and Ben Lloyd completed the scoring, with the visitors claiming the spoils despite seeing Williams sent off with the score at 2-0. 

"I'm really pleased today, I think the application from the players was really good. We needed to be at it, as the opposition came out and had a right go at us today," said Wright.   

"It took us a while to adjust to it in the first half, we could have, at times, tried to be a bit calmer to slow the game down.  

"When we did work the ball in the right areas and we played through the press, we worked it into the final third so well. 

"From a learning perspective, in the first half, the opposition pressed high and we could have done better in certain moments.

"However, we grew into the game and became more confident with the ball. At half-time, we spoke about calmness, working the ball a little bit better and I think we did that in the second half very well. 

"Going down to 10 men, we changed the formation and then it's a different type of game for the players. But they showed desire and work ethic, which is something we were critical of last Friday against Watford.  

"These boys have played three games in seven days and they played half-hour with 10 men, and in that time we scored and looked a real threat."