Ollie Jefferies | We paid for a poor 20-minute spell

11th November 2023
Ollie Jefferies

Coach Ollie Jefferies admitted his Swansea City Under-18s team had paid for a poor 20-minute spell after losing an early lead to suffer a 4-2 defeat against Millwall at Landore.

Rohan Davies opened the scoring for the Swans in the first five minutes after some fine work from Aimar Govea down the left. 

But the lead was short lived as the visitors grabbed three goals in 10 minutes through Jack Howland, Frankie Baker and Alfie Massey respectively. 

Millwall had a fourth after the break after Adedapo Olugbodi fired a long-range effort into the net. Govea would pull one back for the Swans in the final quarter but it wasn't enough for the hosts.

Despite many promising moments in attack, Jefferies admitted the age-grade side will learn a lot from the contest when it comes to their game management, having also lost a lead against Cardiff in their previous game.

"I thought for the first 25 minutes we played some of our best football of the season. In that period, we created three or four big chances that we should have taken," said Jefferies.

"Then Millwall got very frustrated and pressed with numbers. In the last 20 minutes of the first half, we didn't manage the game well enough, and that's the big lesson for the players.

"At half-time, we told them the truth. The goals we conceded were poor and, ultimately, it was that 20-minute period that cost us the game.

"We didn't recognise where the spaces were and we didn't manage that spell well enough. What I will say is that I thought the boys did respond well in the second half.

"If we had got another goal, we could have probably have ridden that momentum as there were a lot of good moments in the second half."