Preview | Millwall U23s v Swansea City U23s

18th October 2021
Anthony Wright and Kristian O'Leary

Swansea City Under-23s travel to London to face Millwall Under-23s in the Professional Development League on Tuesday afternoon (1.30pm).

Kris O’Leary’s side go into the game looking to get back to winning ways in the league, having suffered back-to-back defeats.

The U23s had the opportunity to play a friendly in midweek, putting in a dominant 7-0 win over Briton Ferry.

Millwall go into the game off the back of a 3-1 home win over Queen’s Park Rangers, sitting five points ahead of the Swans, who have a game in hand.

The Lions have had an up and down start to the season, with three wins and three loses in their six games so far.

Anthony Wright

Pre-match views

Assistant coach Anthony Wright: “We needed a game in between the international break so we could implement what we’ve been working on in training and the boys did that really well.

“When players and the team score goals it gives everyone confidence, we know where we are at currently, it’s a new group and a really young under-23 group, but we’ve dominated most of the games we’ve played this year.

“We just haven’t quite got it right at times in the final third sometimes and obviously we have leaked some goals that we were disappointed with as a group.

“Once we start getting that little bit of balance right now, we know that we’ve got a really exciting group here.

“The focus is obviously going into that game and the friendly should give the boys a lot of confidence going in to the game.”

Midfielder Azeem Abdulai: “It was good to get some minutes in the legs and get a bit of confidence back because we haven’t had the best of results recently.

“It was good to get the tactics down as well as build confidence, the coaches gave us something new and we had to adapt to it and I thought we did really well.

“I can’t wait to get back to it, we had the weekend off and then got back in with a game in midweek and we look forward to the Millwall game.

“We need these three points, I think it can be a kickstart for the next group of games we’ve got coming and for the rest of the season.”

Tarrelle Whittaker.

Previous meeting

In the previous meeting between these two sides, the Swans came out on top with a 2-0 win.

Daniel Williams gave the Swans the lead in the first half before Jordi Govea made it two in the second half, playing his first game in almost two years following an injury.

Govea secured the points just nine minutes into his first Swans appearance since the under-23s’ defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in April 2019.