Baker-Richardson: We put ourselves under pressure

25th January
Under-23s

Courtney Baker-Richardson admits Swansea City’s Under-23s still have plenty to learn following a narrow 4-3 victory over Colchester United in the Premier League Cup

The striker netted a brace inside 20 minutes to give the development side a two goal lead at Weston Homes Community Stadium before Decarrey Sheriff pulled a goal back for the U’s.

New signing Paul Rooney scored a goal at each end before Colchester pulled level through Sam Warde’s 20-yard volley.

But the Swans sealed the win and three vital points to keep alive the defence of their cup title 30 seconds later as Kenji Gorre’s low shot beat Dillon Barnes into the bottom corner.

“It was a scruffy result. But we are pleased to get over the line and get the win,” the 22-year-old said.

“We put ourselves under too much pressure tonight. We had plenty of chances in the first half and could have scored more goals.

“We look good as a group but there are still little things we must work on going forward.

“I felt we let them back into the game on more than one occasion but we kept grinding it out and got the win which was vital for us.

“There are lessons to learn. We have spells where we lose control of the game and that has cost us in recent weeks and could have cost us a result tonight.”

Baker-Richardson’s double takes his tally to five for the season in all competitions.

The young striker, who joined Swansea City’s development side from non-league Leamington FC in August, also scored in the 3-3 draw against Derby earlier this month and almost completed his hat-trick tonight.

“I am pleased with my two goals tonight.” He said.

“It is always nice to get on the scoresheet but I felt I should have had a third tonight.

“It is your job as a striker to score goals, so I am pleased that I have found the back of the net in recent weeks and I hope to take that into Monday’s game against West Ham.

“I am full of confidence and still learning. If I am not scoring I am not happy with myself so it must continue.”