Darren Davies | There were plenty of positives in how we showed our identity

24th September 2022

Swansea City Under-18s' coach Darren Davies felt there were plenty of positives to take from the manner in which his side showcased their playing identity despite the disappointment of defeat at Cardiff.

After a goalless first 45 minutes in which the visitors looked the more likely to break the deadlock, Kyle Kenniford converted a Cardiff penalty shortly after the hour mark to put the Bluebirds ahead before a Cody Twose goal deep into added time sealed all three points for the home side.

It was a harsh outcome for the Swans, and the result ended a three-match unbeaten run after securing a late comeback at Burnley last week. 

However, they were left to rue missed chances after creating a number of promising opportunities.

"I'm actually really pleased with the way the boys played in the first half.There was a clear identity in what we want to do and the way we play," said Davies.

"We played some good football, we nearly scored a couple from coast-to-coast, starting in our area and finishing up in theirs. I was really happy with them in the first half, and with their youth development, there's some real positives to take.

"In the second half, it just became a scrap if I'm honest, I suppose that's what derby games bring. They upped the intensity but then it was stop-start, free-kick after free-kick and scuffle after scuffle.

"It obviously hurt us, we gifted them a goal by trying to play out the back. We don't want to do that but it's part of our identity and is part of what we're trying to do. 

"In the last 20 minutes we tried forcing it because of the stop-start nature. The second goal is on us, we were leaving bodies up and were just trying to chase the game.

"But, overall, individually I thought there were some good performances, especially from our first years."