Cameron Toshack | Newcastle win will live long in the memory
Swansea City Under-23s coach Cameron Toshack believes that last night’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park is something his players will always look back on with fond memories.
The development side – whose starting 11 featured nine players that have progressed through the academy from an early age – held their own against Newcastle in the Premier League 2 Division 2 clash before snatching all three points in the third minute of stoppage time.
Oli Cooper was the hero as he headed home Matthew Blake’s cross to give the young Swans a third consecutive victory in all competitions, following previous wins over Sunderland (league) and Porto (Premier League International Cup).
It also extended their unbeaten run to four matches – also drawing 1-1 with PSV Eindhoven during that span.
Once again, Toshack was delighted to see his side execute their game plan accordingly and emerge victorious on what he feels is an occasion that will live long in their memories.
“Playing at St James’ Park is a really big deal for these guys and something they’ll never forget,” the under-23s coach said.
“They were really looking forward to playing at an iconic stadium like St James’ Park and it was pleasing to see that they didn’t let anybody down.
“It was great for them to go and put in a good performance and stand toe-to-toe with a good team before coming away with a 1-0 victory. They will look back on it with very fond memories.
“It was a really good game of football. Both teams had moments in the game when they were on top while the other had to defend.
“On the balance of play, it always looked like one goal would decide it and, obviously, our young men were very pleased that they were able to sneak the win at the end.
“I was very pleased with the manner in which we tried to play.
“As a Swansea City team, we were trying to keep the ball, move it well and create chances. At the same time, that only comes from a good defensive set-up and a good game plan. Just like the games against PSV and Porto, they have executed that very well once again.
“Also, they’ve come away with another clean sheet in the league and that’s something they should be very proud of. That gives you the opportunity to win the game later on, which they did.”