Mitchell Bates praises determination of teammates after comeback win

14th September
Mitchell Bates

Midfielder Mitchell Bates applauded the determination of his teammates after Swansea City's Under-21s bounced back to win 3-2 against Coventry City at the CBS Arena. 

A goal in the first five minutes from the 19-year-old had put the Swans ahead after he struck superbly from 30 yards.

However, a goal either side of the break from Justin Obikwu looked to have given Coventry the three points, but the young Swans had other ideas.

Kyrell Wilson pulled the visitors level with a header in the final 10 minutes, before Kristian Fletcher netted the dramatic winner in stoppage time.

Bates was pleased with the way the Swans responded to falling behind, and the lifelong fan praised his teammates' attention to detail for helping them turn the game around to record a first away win of the season.

"I think we started off the first half really well, then we let them get in our faces as they pressed us really high," said Bates.

"To be fair they really got after us, and we fell for that, but we came out in the second half and we put it all right, although it did take us into the final stages to get the outcome we wanted.

"I was pleased to score. Before I struck the ball, I was just hoping it would be on target and I went for it. I didn't think it was going to go in but I was buzzing when it did.

"At half time, Wrighty [Anthony Wright] just said to keep on doing what we're doing. We had loads of opportunities in the first half where we could have tested them, we just needed to be a bit better in our detail. 

"And we kept going with determination, applied those details and we came away with the win."