Byron Anthony praises U18s’ character and drive

17th April 2021
Byron Anthony

Byron Anthony was delighted by the character and drive his Swansea City Under-18s side demonstrated in their 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.

The young Swans showed great resilience in the face of adversity as they twice came from behind in the Professional Development League clash to earn a share of the spoils at Landore.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, the hosts responded within four minutes of the restart with 15-year-old Iwan Morgan bagging his first goal since arriving at the club earlier this season.

And, after falling behind again to Kyle McAdam’s fortuitous goal, substitute Geoff Bony climbed off the bench and scored within two minutes of his introduction to earn a point for his side.

The Swans subsequently made it four points from a possible six this week, having also beaten Colchester United 1-0 on Wednesday.

Anthony, who oversaw an 8-1 defeat by Charlton Athletic just over a month ago, has been thrilled by the strides his players have made in such a short space of time.

Byron Anthony

“Four weeks ago, we would’ve lost that game,” the under-18s coach said.

“But we were in the ascendancy today and looked like the team that could go on and win.

“I was pleased with the character and drive that we showed in regards to first and second balls, being ultra-competitive and showing pride in wearing the shirt. That will definitely support them in the long run.

“At the minute, it’s about getting a balance between doing what we do with the ball and being successful high up the pitch, but also trying to keep the opposition out.

“The players are beginning to understand that, which is only a good thing for the future.”