Preview | Swansea City U18s v Bristol City U18s

16th September
Iwan Morgan

Swansea City Under-18s are looking to make a strong start in the Professional Development League Cup as they welcome Bristol City to Landore for their opening game in the competition on Friday evening (7pm).

The tournament will also see Byron Anthony’s side travel to Watford before welcoming Cardiff City to SA1.

The Swans remain unbeaten so far this season following their opening three games, with one win and two draws.

In their last outing, they pulled off an incredible comeback from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 draw away at Peterborough.

But they will be looking to earn all three points as they return to home turf.

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Byron Anthony

Byron Anthony: “We’re looking to carry the reactions that the players had last time forwards, we’re looking to show what we did in the second half at Peterborough on a more consistent basis. We want to dominate the game with the ball more and get higher up the pitch.

“The facilities at Landore are excellent and the pitch is magnificent which allows us to play the way we want to play.

“The last game was tough on a bobbly, dry pitch, but the players have got to adapt and learn to play in different in environments for when they go on to play in different stadiums when they become professionals.”

Zane Myers: “We need to take forward everything that we’ve been working on at the training ground, listen to Byron and keep playing our way.

“The home pitch is a lot nicer than some we have to play on so that makes a difference for us and, with a lot of the away games being quite far from Swansea, it does help us to be back playing at home.”

Remember last time?

Last time the Swansea Under-18s faced Bristol City they were defeated 3-1, bringing a run of five games unbeaten to an end.

Byron Anthony’s team had gone into the game on the back of a victory over Colchester and draws with Nottingham Forest, Millwall and Hull City.

But that run came to an end in Stoke Gifford despite Cameron Congreve's goal levelling matters from the penalty spot after sub-Aaron Hillier was fouled in the box in the second half.