Anthony Wright | Our Performance was a real joy to watch

24th April
Anthony Wright

Coach Anthony Wright thoroughly enjoyed watching his Swansea City Under-21s side in action after they recorded another convincing home win at the Stadium with a 4-1 victory over Sheffield United in the Professional Development League.

Taking on the champions of the northern section of the competition, the hosts took the lead through a Levis Pitan own goal, before Jili Bayubu levelled for the Blades.

But Josh Thomas won and converted a penalty to put the Swans back in front before the break, and then fired in a low strike to seal the three points in the closing stages, before substitute Joe Thomas finished a superb team move to put the icing on the cake.

It meant the age-grade side bounced back from two consecutive defeats, and backed up wins against Queens Park Rangers, Wigan Athletic and Hull City with another three-point haul at the home of the senior side.

“I’m just so pleased with the overall performance. The boys showed so much courage to get on the ball. Their movement and their discipline to work certain areas, to play out under a high press, was a real joy to watch,” said Wright.  

“I’ve really enjoyed that performance today, and it was topped off with four goals, which I know we've got in us. 

“The boys are pleased, and with full respect to Sheffield United, they’ve won the north league and they’re a very good side, and we knew that going into the game today. 

“We knew that our performance had to be of a high level to get anything out of the game, and the boys accepted that challenge that we set them. 

“I’m just over the moon with the whole performance today. I think our game management just after half-time was tremendous. It showed how much the players are really coming on individually and collectively. 

“We spoke last week after Barnsley that we needed a little bit more control of the game, which I think we did incredibly well with in the second period."

Swansea City head coach Russell Martin and assistant coach Matt Gill were among those in attendance to witness the young talent displayed on Monday afternoon.

“The gaffer and his team have been so supportive of everything that we do, they’re behind us all the way. The interaction I get with them is brilliant and then we try and be as close as we can to the first team," added Wright. 

“That’s the unity within the club, and that’s something that will progress right through the system and we’ll all benefit from it. 

“For us to be able to showcase ourselves at the stadium with fans coming out to watch, everyone will see that the future really is bright with this group.”