Llewellyn disappointed in defeat

31st March

Chris Llewellyn was disappointed that his side didn't deal with Crystal Palace's strengths after they were beaten 3-1 at the Liberty.

The Swans Under-21s were unable to make it three wins on-the-bounce in the Professional Development League Two as a second-half brace from Jerome Williams saw the Eagles clinch all three points in SA1.

After a promising end to the first-half when Liam Sheppard hit a stunning strike to put the Swans back on terms after Luke Croll's 16th minute opener, Williams scored twice from goalmouth scrambles to see off Llewellyn's side.

The result means the young Swans drop two places down to sixth in the league table, and Llewellyn was disappointed that his side didn't reach the standards that they have been reaching in recent weeks.

"We were disappointed that we didn't really play as well as I though we could have," said the U21s coach.

"But I've just looked at the stats, and they were quite in our favour. They scored off of three set-pieces and played to their strengths.

"We tried to make the boys aware of that threat before the game and at half-time, but we gave away too many cheap free-kicks and corners, and they punished us for it.

"They reacted in the second-half. They were a threat from all set-pieces, and even from deep balls they played in to their striker. 

"I felt they played to their strengths better than we did to ours today."

And heading into the final two games of the season with away trips to Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic, Llewellyn is hoping for an immediate reaction from his players.

"We've got two games left now and the target is to react like we did after the defeat to QPR when we won our next two games. 

"That's the challenge now, and hopefully we can go and do it."