Llewellyn praises Under-21s after Crewe win
13th October 2014
Chris Llewellyn praised his side's second-half performance as the Under-21s came from a goal down to beat Crewe at Landore.
The visitors started the brighter and could have gone ahead inside two minutes as Chris Speed's effort was cleared off the line by Connor Roberts.
Crewe went ahead shortly before the break as John Johnston cooly slotted past Oliver Davies, but the home side hit back in the second period to earn all three points.
First, Ryan Hedges drew the Swans level three minutes after the restart, before Owain Jones converted a Connor Roberts cross from the right to give Llewellyn's side back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.
"We improved a lot in that second half," he said. "We didn't really get going in the first half - their movement caused us a few problems and they were fluid in the way they played.
"Our midfield didn't quite get to grips with what we asked them to do, but we put it right in the second half and put in a good shift.
"I thought if we got the first goal within 10-15 minutes it would give us a platform to go on and win the game.
"We've played better and lost so it is pleasing to get the win."
Llewellyn named a youthful squad for Monday's game, with four of the club's Under-18 players all involved.
Owain Jones, who has enjoyed a fine start to the campaign, proved to be the match winner while 15-year-old Liam Cullen and summer recruit Adnan Maric were introduced off the bench.
And Llewellyn paid tribute to both goal scorers as the home side held on to earn a crucial win.
"Ryan (Hedges) is in good form at the moment," he said. "The challenge for him has been to take what he's been doing in training and replicate that in matches. He is a good finisher and he has shown that in the last few games.
"Owain (Jones) has been doing really for the Under-18s and we've always said that if you do well then you can get pushed up to the Under-21s. He took his chance and did really well.
"We've also got high hopes for Liam (Cullen) and he's there on merit at the moment. He didn't look out of place and showed great belief in himself."