Anthony Wright | Returning players made an impact

1st December
Anthony Wright

Coach Anthony Wright praised the displays of the players who returned from injury and made an impact in Swansea City Under-21s' 4-1 victory over Colchester United at Landore.

Charlie Veevers opened the scoring when he steered the ball into the net from a Kyrell Wilson cross for his first goal for the development side.

And DC United loanee Kristian Fletcher bagged yet another hat-trick - following on from his treble against Ipswich Town on Tuesday.

The American netted two quickfire goals within three minutes in the first period, then added a thunderous strike approaching the hour mark. 

The visitors did deny the home side yet another clean sheet after Kaan Bennett slotted home, but it was no more than a consolation.

Wright was keen to share the praise around following a third-straight win, but praised the efforts of goalkeeper Archie Matthews, defender Jack Stafford, midfielder Veevers and substitute Nathanael Ogbeta, all of whom have endured a tough time with injuries.

"We've won the game which is a great positive, and it's our third in a row and that's always a confidence booster," said Wright.

"But this was about the players returning from injury. We had Archie and Nat, while Jack Stafford got his first full 90 minutes since his injury.

"Charlie Veevers also got his first start since injury, and it was also his first at this level. He managed to grab a goal to top it off, and all of those players played their part.

"Ultimately, all those positives are a bonus for us, and to the medical team too for working so hard with the players.

"From a game perspective, there are moments where we made some wrong decisions, and we shouldn't have conceded the goal that we did.

"I've spoken to the players, that it's got to hurt more when we concede. Keeping clean sheets is important.

"We are scoring goals, and we are creating chance after chance, and we've got the players to finish those chances off."