Llewellyn expects tough test
24th February 2014
Chris Llewellyn is anticipating another tough test when Swansea City Under-21s take on QPR on Tuesday.
The young Swans travel to QPR aiming for a third consecutive win in the Professional Development League Two after recent victories over Bristol City and Brentford.
Last time out, Llewellyn's side edged out Brentford 2-1 at Stebonheath Park after beating Bristol City 1-0 in Bristol the previous week.
Tuesday's fixture against QPR represents another test for Swansea's development side, but Llewellyn believes the youngsters are well prepared for the encounter.
"It's going to be a tough game against QPR on Tuesday," said the U21s coach. "When we played them last year, they played quite an experienced side.
"We will prepare well, like we have been doing and give it a good go.
"We had a tough game against Brentford last week. I thought the first-half was quite even, even though we had a lot more opportunities in the final third and went into half-time with the lead.
"We played some really good stuff in the second-half, but then they got the equalising goal.
"However, we responded really well to the setback and scored when we were on top of the game, which was really pleasing.
"In the last ten minutes, they put us under a bit of pressure without really testing Gregor in goal.
"Over the last couple of years with the Under-21s, we have done well in games but not scored.
"Against Brentford, it was a good chance to show the progress we have been making, and we are pleased for the lads that they got the win.
"Overall, it was a tough game, and we will be expecting the same against QPR."
Meanwhile, Llewellyn praised the impact January signings Adam King, Jay Fulton and Raheem Hanley have made since joining the Swans.
King scored the opener on his home debut against Brentford, while Fulton and Hanley both impressed while featuring on Tuesday night.
"The new signings have given everyone a boost," added Llewelyn. "They have got good quality, and the gaffer has been integrating them into first-team training, so they have been getting benefits from that.
"There is competition for places now, so everyone has pushed their game on a little bit."