Dan eyes Palace response

28th August
First team

Daniel James reckons Swansea City will go “full force” into tonight’s Carabao Cup tie against Crystal Palace as they look to respond after defeat by Bristol City.

The Swans were beaten for the first time under Graham Potter after Andreas Weimann’s early goal for the Robins at the Liberty last weekend.

The priority for Potter’s team this week will be their Championship trip to Millwall on Saturday evening.

But James is hoping the Swans can put the Robins defeat behind them by causing a shock in this evening’s cup clash with Premier League Palace (7.30pm).

“We were disappointed to lose for the first time this season against Bristol City,” the winger said.

“But now we will look to go full force into the game against Crystal Palace.

“They are a Premier League side and, even if they make a lot of changes, we know we will be up against some top-quality players.

“But we want to try to bounce back from our defeat against Bristol City by putting on a good performance.”

James is one of a number of young Swans who could have a role to play in tonight’s second-round tie.

The 20-year-old made his Football League debut as a substitute at Birmingham earlier this month and is among those hoping for an opportunity in the cup.

“There are so many games this season to be involved in,” he said.

“The Championship games come thick and fast and now we have a cup tie against a Premier League team to look forward to.

“It could be a good opportunity for a number of young players who have played together in development football at Swansea City to play together in the first team.

“It is a long season. We have not got the biggest of squads and everyone is looking forward to tonight to see if we are involved.”

As well as James, Yan Dhanda have Joe Rodon made senior debuts this season, while the likes of Connor Roberts, Joel Asoro, Bersant Celina and Oli McBurnie have been regulars in Potter’s youthful Swans side.

Courtney Baker-Richardson was the latest development player to feature in the first-team squad as he made the bench for Bristol City.

James, who was also among the substitutes for that game, added: “If the gaffer trusts me to play tonight I will be ready.

“I feel I have a lot more to show and I am really looking forward to my next opportunity.”