Reid: We showed our character
Tyler Reid says Swansea City Under-23s could not have given any more in last night’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Brighton.
The under-23s’ Premier League 2 Division 1 survival hopes suffered another blow after conceding a 92nd-minute equaliser to Viktor Gyokeres at the Amex Stadium.
The young Swans had shown tremendous character to respond from 1-0 down as they scored twice in the last four minutes through Ben Cabango and Adam King.
However, they could not hang on and were forced to settle for a point which leaves them six adrift of safety with two games remaining in the top flight of development football.
Nevertheless, Reid insists the players left everything out on the pitch.
“The boys put in a huge shift. I think everyone was on the floor at the end because we all worked so hard,” he said.
“We couldn’t have given much more or faulted anyone for their effort.
“It shows just how much character we have in the team; there’s a lot of unity.
“We did really well to come back from a goal down to lead but I think the reason we’re in the position we are is because we need to be holding on to those advantages in the latter stages of games.
“We weren’t expecting them to throw everyone forward in the way that they did. They overloaded us on both sides and put a good ball into the box that the striker headed home. We need to show a bit more grit going forward.”
Having recently returned from a hamstring problem, Reid had the consolation of getting an important 90 minutes under his belt.
The 21-year-old full-back, who sustained the injury in February’s 1-0 defeat by Everton, admits he has endured a frustrating time on the sidelines.
But, now that is behind him, he is looking to kick on in the final weeks of the campaign.
“It was hard not to be out on the pitch. Being injured is one of the worst things you can experience,” he added.
“All you want to do is play football but the only thing you can do is lock yourself in the gym and make sure you get back to how you were and, if not, even stronger.
“I’ve been building towards playing a full 90 minutes since been back on the training pitch. Now I’ve got it under my belt, hopefully, I can stay fit and show what I can do between now and the end of the season.”