Cameron Evans | Let's get the job done
Cameron Evans has urged Swansea City Under-23s to make sure they take care of business when they face Everton on Monday (7pm) with their Premier League International Cup fate in their own hands.
Please note that the game will not be available to view via SwansTV Live.
The young Swans travel to Haig Avenue – home of non-league Southport FC – for their final group game in this season’s competition.
Following a 1-1 draw with PSV Eindhoven II and a thumping 5-1 victory over former winners Porto B, Jon Grey’s side are in a hugely promising position ahead of the game.
They currently top Group D with four points and only a defeat by three or more goals would prevent them from progressing to the quarter-finals for the first time in three years.
Nevertheless, Evans insists the Swans must not be complacent and that they are very much focused on the task in hand.
“We’ve done really well in this cup. We got a good draw against PSV and then a great win against Porto. Now, it’s about getting the job done,” the defender said.
“Our focus is on going there and playing our usual game. If we play the football that we’re capable of, we can compete against any team.
“We’re going to have to defend well; we don’t want to concede an early goal because it would make things very nervy for us.
“It’s a great experience coming up against players from other countries, so it would be great to keep our run in this competition going.
“We don’t want to look too far ahead, but I think we could go far.”
This will be the second cup meeting between the sides in cup competitions in just under nine months, as they also faced off in the Premier League Cup semi-finals back in May.
Evans came on as a substitute at the Liberty that day for only his second under-23s appearance but was unable to prevent an experienced Everton side from prevailing 2-0 on their way to clinching the league-and-cup double.
Although, the 18-year-old believes the Swans have made huge strides since then.
“It was a really good experience for me coming into that game as an under-18s defender at the time,” he reflected.
“I thought we did quite well in that game and were a bit unlucky to lose.
“They were quite an experienced group at the time, while we had a few young players breaking through.
“We’ve got pretty much the same group of players from that day, and I think we’ve matured a lot since then.
“We’re very hard to break down now; we’ve played against a lot of the bigger teams this season and they haven’t really broken us down, most of the goals we’ve conceded have come from mistakes.
“We’ve all gained plenty of experience; enough to help us get the job done.”