King hails display of character

18th February 2014

Adam King hailed the character Swansea City Under-21s displayed to see off Brentford at Stebonheath Park on Monday night.

The young Swans ran out 2-1 victors against the Bees in the Professional Development League 2, despite being pegged back in the second-half.

On his competitive home debut, King opened the scoring for the Swans when he finished off some fantastic work down the left flank by Gwion Edwards.

The Welsh winger did well to beat his marker before cutting back for King to coolly slot home.

Despite the host's dominance of possession during the first period, Brentford pegged the Swans back in the 67th minute when Emmanuel Oyeleke dispatched from the spot after Edwards brought down Martin Fillo for a penalty.

From that moment, the game became very open, but it was the Swans who managed to find the elusive winner when Alex Bray tapped home with ten minutes left on the clock.

After James Loveridge was unable to turn in Raheem Hanley's well-placed cross from the left, Bray was on hand to tap home the second ball.

Speaking after the game, home debutant King felt his side showed great mental strength to push on for the win after being pegged back in the second period.

"This team has a lot of character," declared the 18-year-old. "We work hard for each other, which is brilliant to be a part of.

"To get back into the game after they pulled it back to 1-1, with the game becoming so open between the two teams, is a great achievement.

"I think we could have done better overall, but there is always room for improvement. 

"From the boys point of view, everyone worked hard, which is a given when you come here, but I think we can improve and that's what we will try to do."

From a personal point of view, it was a memorable night for the young Scotsman, who signed for the Swans in January for an undisclosed fee from Hearts.

"It was brilliant to score on my home debut," added King. "It's obviously exceptional to be in with the boys anyway, but scoring as well is a huge bonus on top of that.

"Overall, I thought I did alright. I'm just trying to get up to speed with the game and I think I'm improving every day when I'm in with the boys. I'm training with the first-team as well, which is making me a better player. 

"But most of all, I'm really happy to get the win here today, which is the most important thing."