Anthony Wright pleased with improved performance from Swansea City U21s

17th March 2023
Anthony Wright and Jon Grey

Swansea City Under-21s' coach Anthony Wright was pleased with the way the Swans dominated possession in a victory against Reading at Landore in their Professional Development League clash.

Two goals in two minutes from Ruben Davies and Tivonge Rushesha had the home side well in control in the opening stages. 

The Royals pulled one back in the second half, as Adrian Akande – who spent over a year on Swansea’s books – converted from the spot. Substitutes Iwan Morgan and Corey Hurford made an impact on introduction with the former teeing up the latter beautifully for the Swans' third. 

And Wright praised the impact the substitutes had on the age-side's second-half performance, despite conceding a penalty in the opening stages. 

“I think we started the game really well,"  said Wright.

"In the first 35 minutes, I thought we were tremendous. We’ve been working all week on penetrating the back line and getting runners to go beyond. 

“I think we caused so many problems for the opposition doing that. We came away with two goals at half-time. 

“And at that point, I know they’re a young group, but they just switched off a little bit. We are a little bit disappointed with that factor. 

“It was something we addressed at half-time. The second half was slightly a different game, they came out with nothing to lose and pressed us aggressively. 

“Even though we had quite a bit of possession, we caused ourselves some problems at times. There were too many big open spaces, and we didn’t connect them well enough.  

“We made some changes, Corey [Hurford] and Dan [Watts] gave us a little bit of energy. Corey wanted to run in behind and also gave us the option to play round them and over them.  

“Once we started doing that, the game became stretched again. It opened up the spaces to allow us to play through and dominate the game, again.  

“Overall, I am pleased with so many aspects the game, and it was a big improvement on last week.”