Llewellyn delighted with positive pre-season
5th August 2014
Chris Llewellyn insists his Under-21 squad are relishing the start of the new campaign after a successful pre-season that yielded six wins from eight games.
The young Swans saw off Staines Town on Tuesday night as Llewellyn's side secured a 3-2 win at Wheatsheaf Park.
Kenji Gorre netted twice in the first half to put the visitors in control at the interval, before the home side hit back after the break.
Staines pulled it back to 2-2 courtesy of a brace from Bajram Pashaj but the Under-21s secured another victory thanks to a fine strike from Kyle Copp late on.
"I thought we played some really good football, particularly in the first half," said Llewellyn.
"We started brightly and they didn't really cause us any problems in that opening period and Kenji (Gorre) scored two great goals to put us in control.
"We made a couple of changes at the break and a few more in the second half and that seemed to make the game a little disjointed, which allowed Staines to come back into it.
"They put us under a bit of pressure and scored the two goals, but Kyle (Copp) popped up with another fine finish into the top corner to win it.
"But it was a solid performance from the boys, everyone got more minutes under their belts and it keeps our run going as well."
Tuesday's fixture was the final pre-season friendly before the start of the Under-21 season, which kicks off in two weeks time.
The Swans face a trip to Coventry City first up on August 20, and Llewellyn believes his squad is in a good place ahead of the new campaign.
"It was been a very pleasing pre-season," he said. "We lost the first game to Wrexham (1-0) but since then we have dominated games.
"The most pleasing performance was probably against Norwich where we drew 1-1 but should have come away with a win against a Category One side.
"But overall, it has been very positive and we now need to take the performances and momentum we've built up into the start of the season - because that's where it really matters."