Clotet hails squad strength

25th August

Swans assistant boss Pep Clotet highlighted Swansea's strength in depth after they ran out convincing 3-0 winners over York City in the Capital One Cup.

Garry Monk's side ensured there was no slip up at the Liberty Stadium as goals from Nathan Dyer, Matt Grimes and Marvin Emnes booked Swansea's place in the third round draw.

Dyer opened the scoring for the hosts inside two minutes after Eder's initial effort was foiled by York goalkeeper Scott Flinders, who made a string of important saves during the first half.

Grimes then scored his first competitive goal for the club through a deflected effort from long range, before second-half substitute Emnes rounded off a comfortable victory with a powerful effort from 12 yards.

The Swans made 11 changes from last Saturday's 0-0 draw at Sunderland, and Clotet believes it shows the strength of Swansea's squad to be able to win convincingly despite making so many changes.

"We are very happy with the whole team's work tonight," said Swansea's assistant manager. "We have a very competitive squad, and they showed what they could do tonight.

"We have said before that it was important to have competition in every position in the squad. 

"There is a good atmosphere in the group and difficult situations will come, so it was important the club got to the point where we had a very competitive squad.

"Those games are not easy - against a team that were not comfortable to play against. 

"It was 1-0 for a long time, so the final scoreline probably made it look easier than it was. They made it difficult for us.

"This squad is strong enough to compete in all competitions, but we will just look at the next game now and focus 100 per cent to win every game we play."

Meanwhile, York City boss Russ Wilcox praised his sides efforts and felt the full-time result wasn't a reflection of his side's performance.

"We felt the scoreline was a bit hard on us," said Wilcox. "The lads showed great character and resilience. 

"We created opportunities tonight, which is the most pleasing thing.

"When you come to Premier League teams, you need a little more luck, but it was a good performance from our boys, and I think they did York and League Two proud."