Jon Grey | We need to be more ruthless

25th February
Jon Grey

Swansea City Under-21s' coach Jon Grey has challenged his side to be more ruthless after watching them claim a dramatic 3-2 win over Watford on Friday.

The Swans had surged into a 2-0 lead at the home of the Hornets, with Liam Smith and Lincoln McFayden on the scoresheet.

However, the Hornets responded after the break. Adrian Blake striking twice in quick succession to level matters.

But it was substitute Josh Thomas who nicked the deserved winner for the Swans within the final 20 minutes of an entertaining clash.

But despite the three points and an unbeaten run in 2023, Grey admits the young squad still have work to do to finish teams off in the final third. 

“We’re all happy with the result, but I am slightly disappointed we conceded two goals like that, we should have buried the game by half-time," said Grey. 

“We started well in the second half and we missed a load of chances again. But those two lapses in concentration for those two goals – they’re young lads and it will serve as a learning experience – got Watford back into the game.  

“The one thing we are happy with is that we showed good resilience to then stop that momentum they had in the game.  

“We took control of the game again and went on to get a third goal. We could have had a couple more at the end. 

“We felt like we could have defended their goals better but that’s a learning curve for individuals within the squad.  

"We then felt we managed their momentum better, and we started concentrating on the elements that gave away those two goals.

"For us as a whole, we feel that we cannot keep creating as many chances as we are and not taking them, we really need to start punishing teams and begin to be more ruthless in that final third."