Anthony Wright | We will learn the lessons of disappointing second half display

11th November 2022
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Anthony Wright

Coach Anthony Wright was left to rue a poor second-half performance as Swansea City Under-21s saw their winning run ended by a 3-2 defeat to Coventry City.

An own goal and a curling strike from Tarrelle Whittaker had put the Swans two goals to the good at the break, and seemingly on their way to a sixth win in a row.

However, second-half goals from William Bapaga, Harrison Nee and Ricardo Dinanga saw the Sky Blues launch a fightback and snatch all three points.

The young Swans had entered the game unbeaten at home, and on the back of a 4-0 victory over QPR at the Swansea.com Stadium last time out.

But they could not build on their momentum, and Wright acknowledged it was a disappointing way to sign off from Professional Development League action, with attention now set to turn to the Premier League Cup group stages.

"The first half was terrific, we scored two good goals. If we were being negative, we should have scored a few more, which would have killed the game off," said Wright. 

“I think we could have come in with more goals in the first half, and we produced some real terrific play in fairness to the players. 

“In the second half, we were disappointed with the way we played. Coventry just came out and outworked us.  

“We probably didn’t help each other enough in possession, we didn’t calm the game down and we let them dictate the pace of the game.  

“There's a lot of learning from us in the second half. For a team to outwork us, put the ball in behind and put the ball in the box, we didn’t quite deal with those moments well enough. 

“That created a bit of panic for us in those areas. In fairness to Coventry, they scored three real good goals. But it was our own downfall today, rather what the opposition did. 

“Every opposition we speak to, even today, they have applauded us on how we do things.  

“Today, we’ll look at it again. In terms of the second half, we must be better. We’ll look at the reasons why and work on improving as we move forward, which is what it is all about for us. 

“They pressed us a lot higher in the second half, and we just fell into that trap." 

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