Llewellyn praises Under-21s after Forest victory
6th May 2015
Chris Llewellyn paid tribute to the Under-21s after they booked a place in the play-off final after a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory against Nottingham Forest.
The young Swans found themselves 2-0 down against Forest at half time - a lead that the home side held until five minutes before the end of normal time.
Henry Jones then pulled a goal back before Alex Samuel grabbed an equaliser in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Samuel again found the net in the first period of extra-time as the Swans looked to have secured victory, but Forest hit back to equalise with three minutes remaining.
That led to a decisive penalty shoot-out, with Swans keeper Oliver Davies proving the hero as he saved two spot kicks as the visitors prevailed 5-4 at the City Ground.
"We are delighted to be in the final," said Llewellyn. "We didn't really perform in the first half - we had a lot of possession but didn't create anything. I'm not sure if nerves played a part but we just weren't ourselves and we had to change things.
"But Alex (Samuel) made a massive contribution when he came on; he was immense in that second half and deserves all the plaudits he gets.
"I always felt that if we could get a goal back then we could go on and win the game. But great credit to the boys, they kept playing and kept believing and were rewarded in the end.
"Our target at the start of the season was to get into the play-offs, but now that has changed because we now want to win it.
"What better way than to possibly do that at the Liberty Stadium in front of a big crowd to hopefully roar us on to a win."