Ben Hughes pleased to take first opportunity at under-21 level
Swansea City Under-21s goalkeeper Ben Hughes was pleased to have made the most of his opportunity with the development side, as he marked his bow with a number of fine saves in the 3-2 win over Charlton at Landore.
Hughes, making the step up from the under-18s, was in great form, making several crucial saves at key moments for his side while the scores were level; with Ben Lloyd then going on to get the winner for the hosts in Monday's Professional Development League clash.
His display helped the Swans bounce back from the disappointment of losing a thrilling derby clash with their Cardiff counterparts, and saw Hughes earn the praise of coaches Jon Grey and Anthony Wright.
“It feels amazing to be fair. It’s a little bit emotional for me right now. I’m really happy”, said Hughes.
“I think the lads bounced back well after a frustrating defeat against Cardiff. The boys put in a shift, and I don’t think there’s anything better than to get three points on your debut.
“Personally, the game went better than I expected to be honest. Obviously, on your debut, your first game there’s going to be some nerves. Sometimes that can lead to mistakes
“I feel I controlled those nerves well and did what I could to help the team, especially sometimes looking further out instead of playing out all the time to relieve pressure and try and get us going.
“I made two saves to keep us in the game, but that is what I'm there for.
“I've put my name in there for the next game and I'm doing all I can to challenge for next week. There’s another week of training ahead, so we’ll see how that goes. Hopefully come Monday I can play again."