Joel Cotterill | We have to keep standards high

9th April
Joel Cotterill

Joel Cotterill has urged Swansea City Under-21s not to let their performance levels dip after scoring nine goals and keeping a pair of clean sheets across their last two games.

Wales Under-21 international Cotterill scored a brace against Fleetwood Town in the 4-0 victory for the Swans at Landore on Monday, netting a fantastic freepkick in the first half before unleashing a thunderous shot from distance after the break.

The victory backed up last week's 5-0 win at Watford, and stretches Swansea's unbeaten home record to 18 Professional Development League games going back to November 2022.

And midfielder Cotterill - who spent the first half of the season on loan at Stockport - wants the Swans to keep standards high and make sure they finish the season strongly.

“Coming off a 5-0 win against Watford and playing the way we played, I think we had the momentum going into this game, and having the clean sheet made us hungry for more,” he said.

“We knew how they would like to play but I think we dealt with it well, and coming off another good performance I couldn’t ask any more of the boys.

“The coaches ran us through stuff in training and I think we matched them up perfectly, we stopped every threat they had.

"We have some good momentum now, we've had two really good results and performances, but we have to make sure we step on from here and keep those levels high."

Cotterill felt his brace had been coming, and revealed how extra work on the training ground to hone his free-kick technique had paid off.

“The free kick was a no brainer for me to take, a few of the boys practice them in training but I have been practicing for a while," he said.

"I saw the goalkeeper's position was almost behind the wall, it left the right side open for me and I tried to put it as far as I could in the corner, and thankfully it came off."