‘Let’s build on our good run’

25th November 2018
First team

​​​​​​​Gary Richards says Swansea City Under-23s will be looking to build on a good run of results when they face Brighton in Premier League 2 on Monday night (7pm).

The young Swans are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, with their last Premier League 2 match ending a long winless run as they came from behind to beat Tottenham 4-1 at Hotspur Way.

They now go in search of another PL2 victory when the Seagulls come to Landore.

“We were very pleased with the result and the performance against Tottenham,” said Richards.

“But we know Brighton will be another tough game and we’ll have to play as well as we know we can if we want to get a result.”

The Swans’ most recent outing saw them win 1-0 against a senior Charlton side at the Valley to reach the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy for the third consecutive year.

And Richards hopes they can maintain momentum after such a positive spell.

“One thing about having a good run of results and performances is that the players can go into the games with a bit of confidence,” he said.

“Now we have to be careful that the confidence that we’ve built doesn’t turn into complacency and we keep turning out performances of a high standard.

“To be fair to the players, even when things weren’t going to plan, they’ve trained well all season.

“Obviously the training week gets easier if you come in on the back of a good performance and we’re on a bit of a run at the moment, so it’s just a case of trying to keep that up.”

The Swans beat Brighton in dramatic fashion when the two sides last met back in April, securing a penalty shootout victory in the quarter-finals of the Premier League Cup.

“Whenever we’ve played them, they’ve given us a very tough game and it’s usually been very close,” added under-23s coach Richards.

“When we beat them back in April, Steve Benda played really well and made a great penalty save. It’s a game that I remember really well.

“But when it comes to Monday night, both sides will have different players and we will need to be as well prepared as we possibly can and look to play well on the night.”