Llewellyn praises winning know-how

11th March 2014

Chris Llewellyn praised his side for their winning know-how after Swansea City Under-21s saw off Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 on Monday night.

In a game where chances were few and far between, Gwion Edwards' first-half strike was the difference between the two sides.

The Welsh winger produced a superb solo effort to help the young Swans on their way to three points in the Professional Development League 2 when he burst down the left flank before coolly slotting past Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton.

The victory at Culver Road was the Swans U21s' third league win in four matches, and Llewellyn believes his side are beginning to learn how to see out games.

"The most pleasing thing for me is that we are starting to learn how to win games now," explained Llewellyn.

"Our game management, especially in the last ten minutes, was very good. We took the sting out of the game and were in complete control.

"Earlier on in the season - and even in the last few weeks - we've not managed to see things out when we should have. It's great to see the lads are learning."

Throughout the 90 minutes, the young Swans were rarely threatened by a side that boasted the likes of senior players Will Hoskins and former Swan Kemy Agustien. 

And Llewellyn was impressed with how the young Swans performed against strong opponents.

"The boys stood up to them and put on a good show," added the U21s coach. "We dominated the game in spells and overall we are really pleased with the win.

"We created a lot of half chances again. Gregor in goal has only had one save to make, which was from distance.

"1-0s can be edgy, but I thought it was quite a comfortable 1-0 when you consider the attempts they had on our goal.

"The three lads who played up front for us - James Loveridge, Gwion Edwards and Alex Bray - all have pace, and defenders don't like playing against pace.

"Gwion did very well for the goal, James was a threat all night with his runs down the sides and Alex did well too.

"We are a threat on the break, so we could defend deep and counter-attack at pace. It's a really good option for us.

"We have a week break now and then we play Millwall in two weeks' time. It will be another tough test, but the boys are in good form and are looking forward to it."