Gary Richards Swansea City

20th January 2017

Coach Gary Richards paid tribute to the next generation of Swans players as the under-23s came from behind to beat Newcastle for a second time within a week at Landore.
Friday's Premier League Cup victory ensured the development squad maintained an unbeaten run stretching back to November 8, and took a tenth win in a row in all competitions.
"I am delighted with the result," he said. "The players have done themselves proud with their performance to maintain our winning run.
"All credit has to go to them for the run we are on, their performances and professionalism over the past few months has been excellent.
"They have been very impressive on the pitch, but we can't lose focus now. If we do, our standards will drop, which is not what we want."
"Today's performance was not perfect, we were too slow on the ball in the first half and needed to switch our play quicker which is why we fell behind. But, once again we showed character to come from back to get the win."



Goals from Botti Biabi and Adnan Maric in second half cancelled out Adam Wilson's opener after a quarter of an hour.
The win is the Swans first in Group A - meaning the side move up to second in the table with three games left to play. 
"The result gives us a real chance to progress to the last-16 of the competition," Richards add. "We still have a lot of work to do with tough games against Southampton and Bristol City. 
"We are hopeful we can get to the next round. More games, mean more chance for our players to develop.
"We had a young team today, including two under-18 players, which was a great opportunity for them to play up a level. Myself and Cameron (Toshack) feel that Brandon (Cooper) and Liam (Cullen) did very well with their opportunity."