Jarred Harvey | The players deserve credit for the win

24th February
Jarred Harvey

Coach Jarred Harvey says the Swansea City Under-18 players deserved great credit for their display in their 2-1 win at AFC Bournemouth.

Jonny Day had opened the scoring for the hosts after 33 minutes, before Thomas Woodward quickly got the visitors back on level terms three minutes later.

And Woodward - sealing his second brace in as many games - went on to claim the three points for the Swans with a fine finish in the 54th minute.

With the Professional Development League Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United up next, Harvey hopes they young Swans can approach the fixture in good spirits after two fine performances on the bounce.

"They all worked very hard. We had to change the team minutes before kick-off with Jack Cooper being ill in the warm-up, so we changed things up a little bit," said Harvey.

"We've shown great progress from a defensive point of view, and we had some players out of position, but they all applied themselves well.

"We started on the front foot, we had a lot of chances and then we conceded, but we quickly got ourselves back into the game.

"We regrouped at half-time, and I think from the whistle we were excellent. There were many great performances, it was an overall team performance.

"As a frontline, we could have had a lot more goals and taken some chances a bit better. But huge credit to the team, Bournemouth are an established side and we put up a fight.

"They started throwing everything at us when we went ahead, and we managed that aspect very well, which is a vital part of their learning.

"Overall, we deserved the victory from that performance, this will certainly be a positive boost ahead of Sheffield United next week."