Kristian Fletcher loving strike partnership with Kyrell Wilson
Kristian Fletcher is loving being part of a successful strike partnership alongside Kyrell Wilson as the pair were amongst the goals again in Tuesday's 4-0 victory over Ipswich Town for Swansea City Under-21s.
The Swans had control of the Professional Development League encounter from the off and led when Wilson coolly claimed his 12th goal of the season.
The forward then turned provider to allow Fletcher to net for an 11th time in Swansea colours, and the American forward brought up his dozen by stepping inside two defenders to smash an unstoppable strike in off the far post late on.
But he was not done there, sending a low shot into the net to round off an excellent Swansea move in the closing stages.
The hat-trick now takes the 18-year-old's goal tally up to 13 in all competitions this season since his arrival on loan from DC United in September, while he and Wilson have 24 goals between them.
"I love playing with Kyrell, I feel like we feed off of each other well. We help each other out a lot, with the runs he makes, and he's fast, I'll always look to pass to him," he said.
"I'm the type of striker who likes to drop in and play, and he will make the runs in behind. I feel that kind of opposite movement, and us understanding each other helps a lot.
"With my goals, I sometimes like taking risks. If I see three or four defenders in front of me, I'm going to go try and take them on, and Kyrell's runs help create room for me in those moments.
"My second goal was that sort of situation, where I saw two defenders and I just though I'll do it. I went and I beat them both and managed to finish it off.
"It's also a second clean sheet in a row for the boys now, and that's something the coaches wanted us to reach. Every game, you do have the mindset of winning but also to grab that clean sheet.
"All in all, it was a great afternoon all round and we go again Friday against Colchester."
And Fletcher was particularly pleased that he was able to be clinical in front of goal when the chances came against the Tractor Boys.
"In the beginning, I think I did start off a bit slow but then I started to pick the momentum up and started getting into the game," said Fletcher.
"I'm not going to say I saw the hat-trick coming, but I knew it was a game where I could get many opportunities to score and take those chances.
"And I took those chances, and I think I took them well, I didn't waste any and the hat-trick came."