Cian Harries has urged Swansea City Under-23s to turn their defeat against Everton into a positive going into the final stretch of the Premier League 2 season.
The young Swans suffered their first defeat in nine league games as they went down 2-0 to an experienced Everton side featuring the likes of Ramiro Funes Mori in the heart of defence and Davy Klaassen in midfield.
It was the Swans’ first loss since Harries took over the captain’s armband in January, but he has called on his team to draw the positives from the experience and respond against league leaders Leicester City next week.
“Goodison Park is not the worst place for the unbeaten run to come to an end, especially with some of the players they had in their side,” he said. “Quite a few of them have played in the Premier League this year.
“I think it was a good challenge and we stood up to it quite well.
“We’re disappointed to have lost, but I think it shows just how far we’ve come as a group.
“It’s good to play Leicester at home next week and try to put things right and, hopefully, climb the table again.
“We’ve just got to bounce back the right way and use the defeat as a learning curve rather than something that is detrimental in our season.”