Jon Grey | We got the result we deserved

17th October 2022
Jon Grey

Coach Jon Grey felt Swansea City Under-21s finally got the result their recent performances have deserved after beating Charlton Athletic 3-2 in the Professional Development League.

The sides had gone into the break level at Landore after Tarrelle Whittaker’s almost-immediate equaliser cancelled out Daniel Kanu’s 11th minute opener for the Addicks.

Charlton then took the lead five minutes into the second half through Harvey Kedwell, but once again the young Swans levelled with an instant response from Joel Cotterill’s deflected effort, before substitute Ben Lloyd’s strike took all three points for the hosts. 

The development side had suffered recent frustrations, including a 4-3 defeat to rivals Cardiff in their previous fixture.

But they responded with an excellent victory on home turf, and Grey had words of praise for striker Geoff Bony and keeper Ben Hughes as they stepped up from the under-18s.

"We went into today's game with a little bit of emphasis on trying to get a win. We've dominated matches in recent weeks and have come away with one win, but we want more and today we got the result we deserved,” Grey said. 

"I think we did particularly well today and, as I said, the emphasis was to get a win and we did that today.

"Ruben Davies has picked up a little injury, and Josh Thomas is suspended, so it gave Geoff Bony an opportunity to get some game time with the Under-21s.

"He's come into the side today, and fit in straight away. It's a seamless process with the way we play and the way the under-18s play.

"It was Ben's [Hughes] debut today, and he's waited a long time for this. He's trained unbelievably well in the last few weeks.

"We all patted him on the back in the dressing room because he's made two fantastic saves today. He's warranted his place in this side. It's credit to the work he does and the work (head of academy goalkeeping) Paul Wavell does with him on a day-to-day basis.

"Ben [Lloyd] has been ever present in this side this year. In every game, he covers a massive amount of distance. With a lot of games coming, we just wanted to give him a little bit of a rest. 

"He came on and had a huge impact straight away, as we knew he would. He gave us energy for the rest of the game. 

"We had a bit of a joke and a laugh before he came on, I said he would get the winner and it so happened that he did. It’s been a great day all round, I am delighted for the boys."