Keeping it simple pays off for Jazz
24th September 2014
Jazz Richards has revealed how sticking to the basics helped him play his role in the Swans' Capital One Cup victory over Everton.
The Wales international made only his second appearance of the season on Tuesday night, having appeared in the victory over Rotherham in the previous round.
The 23-year-old impressed at right-back, dealing comfortably with Everton's tricky winger Aiden McGeady while also lending support to Nathan Dyer in attack.
Looking composed at the back, Richards did all that was asked of him by manager Garry Monk.
And Richards, who grew up locally in Brynmelyn, pointed to keeping his game simple as the key factor behind his performance.
"It's nice to get some game-time," he said. "The gaffer gave me a chance against Rotherham and I did okay at left-back, and he handed me another opportunity against Everton.
"Sometimes the difficult thing is to come in and just stick to the job the manager wants you to do.
"When you are looking to impress, the danger is that you want to stand out, express yourself and do things that you probably wouldn't do if you were playing regularly.
"But I had to build my way into the game and stick to the basics like the gaffer asked me.
"I want the gaffer to think of me if the opportunity of playing regularly in the first team arises. You never know in football - sometimes an opportunity comes up and you have to be ready."
Richards reserved special praise for wingers Dyer and Jefferson Montero.
Montero proved a constant menace to the Everton defence with his trickery and pace, while he also set up Dyer for the opening goal.
Richards added: "When I have guys like (Jefferson) Montero and Dyer in front me, I can just give them the ball and leave them do what they do best.
"Jeff is a quality player. He's so quick. We can get a lot from him.
"He can be our outlet when we are struggling at the back because we know he has the pace to take on any full-back and immediately launch an attack.
"And we know what Nath can do. He's been a top player for this club over the last few years."