Josh Gould eyes improvement at Boro

22nd August

He may have made a vital save earlier this week, but Swansea City Under-23s’ goalkeeper Josh Gould is looking for an improved performance at Middlesbrough on Friday (1pm).

Having secured a new deal over the summer, Gould has started the season in between the sticks for Cameron Toshack and Gary Richards’ side determined to make his mark after limited game time last term.

He produced an outstanding save to deny Jacob Ramsey late on when the Swans drew with Aston Villa at Landore on Monday, preserving their unbeaten start to the Premier League 2 season.

But Gould was far from satisfied with his display and is determined to be better when the Swans take on the Teessiders.

“I was pleased with the save but I thought the rest of my performance was really below par, to be honest,” he said.

”The way we play football here at Swansea means my distribution has to be so much better and I have to be honest enough with myself to recognise that and make sure I do better.

”Obviously I need to make saves to help the team, but the modern game is about more than just that.

”I have to be able to help us play out from deep and do it well, and I have a really good relationship with the coaches in terms of being pretty frank and upfront about where I need to be better.

”I worked hard during the off-season to come back in the best shape possible to make the most of this opportunity.

”We are still unbeaten, which is great, and we want that to continue at Middlesbrough and I want to make sure I play a full part in a good performance.”