Cameron Toshack | Wolves defeat a very useful exercise

29th July 2019

Cameron Toshack felt Swansea City Under-23s’ pre-season defeat to Wolves provided he and his players with plenty of useful information ahead of the new campaign.

The development side were beaten by a single goal in Landore as Niall Ennis struck what proved to be the winner in the 55th minute of the Swans' penultimate friendly before the 2019-20 campaign kicks off on August 9.

But despite the defeat against Rob Edwards’ side, Toshack was pleased by the efforts of his players against a Wolves side fresh from sealing promotion to Premier League 2 Division 1 last term.

“As we thought it would be, it was a difficult test against a well-organised Wolves team,” the under-23s' coach said.

“Similarly to their first team, they bank up and make it difficult to pass through. It was an interesting battle of styles.

“They’ve also got a number of very good players who are looking to go out on loan, so that provided a good challenge for us.

“Overall, we were pleased with the performance. In the first half and first 15 minutes of the second, I felt it was a very useful exercise that challenged us in and out of possession.”

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Nevertheless, Toshack has urged his players to show more of a clinical edge in front of goal after seeing several decent opportunities go begging.

By contrast, Wolves’ goal came from one of only two shots on target during the entire game.

“We’ve conceded a goal but, apart from that, our goalkeeper’s only had one save to make,” he added.

“When that happens in matches and you have three or four good chances, it’s not unreasonable to expect to get at least a draw or maybe a win

“It’s something we’re aware of and will continue to work on with our young players to make sure we’re a little bit more clinical when we get that opportunity.”