Kris O’Leary | U23s left disappointed, but there are plenty of positives

8th March 2021
Kris O'Leary

Swansea City Under-23s boss Kris O’Leary says his players were left disappointed despite a positive performance in their draw with Ipswich Town.

The Swans extended their unbeaten run in Professional Development League South to three games as it ended 1-1 at Landore

Ali Al-Hamadi’s fifth goal of the season gave them a deserved first-half lead, but they were pegged back midway through the second when Zak Brown converted from the penalty spot.

The hosts were left to rue missed opportunities after seeing several decent chances to add to their tally go begging.

O’Leary’s side hit the woodwork twice through Al-Hamadi and skipper Daniel Williams, while Ipswich keeper Bert White also came to the visitors’ rescue on numerous occasions.

The new boss, who took charge of the development side for the first time, was pleased by the creativity and intensity demonstrated by his players.

But he also encouraged them to be more patient in possession moving forward.

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“I’m happy with the performance and it’s a good starting point,” the under-23s coach said.

“I thought the boys put a real good shift in and did really well in certain aspects.

“I’ve asked for intensity in our play, especially with our pressing.

“We’ve probably had enough chances there to win two games and could’ve scored five or six goals.

“There were times when we could’ve been a little more patient and added a few more passes.

“I think we were getting into the positions relatively easy with the balls down the wing. But then the players almost forgot about keeping the ball, so the other part of the game became quite scrappy.

“The players are a little bit disappointed, but there are lots of positives.”