Kris O'Leary | It was disappointing, we were sloppy

24th September 2021
Kris O'Leary

Swansea City Under-23s coach Kris O'Leary felt his side had paid the price for being sloppy as they conceded a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Peterborough United.

The Swans were put a goal ahead by Tarrelle Whittaker – who also netted in the 4-2 win over Crewe Alexandra on Monday – as he converted from the penalty spot just three minutes into the Professional Development League encounter.

However, substitute Emmanuel Ogbonna ensured there would be no three-point haul for the hosts as he netted a leveller in stoppage time at the end of the second half.

And, while O'Leary felt fatigue may have been a factor for his young side, he was disappointed with the manner of the performance.

"I thought we we're really poor today, we had some good spells, but it was disappointing," the coach said. 

"We started the first half okay, but we didn't get the flow of the game as much as we would have liked.

"I don't think either team got what they deserved today."

Anthony Wright and Kristian O'Leary

On the plus side there was another point on the board for the Swans, to add to the three picked up against Crewe on Monday, but O'Leary believes there is still much to improve on.

"There were some sloppy elements, which I think is tiredness from the other day. Which is new to these boys because they rarely play games back to back," he added. 

"I think we need a refresh, it's more a case of putting the things right that went wrong today.

"It was just a game where more than one thing wasn't right.

"They're a great group, they're very receptive. It wasn't just the one or two players today but about five or six who were not quite on their game. But that's something we'll work on.

"They'll improve on this game as they're a hardworking group of boys."

O'Leary's side are back in action on Tuesday away to Colchester United Under-23s (1pm).