Scott Butler | No time for U18s to dwell on Cardiff disappointment

22nd February 2021
Scott Butler

Scott Butler says Swansea City Under-18s must quickly put their disappointing defeat by Cardiff City behind them as they prepare for the second of three matches in the space of a week.

The young Swans travel to Yorkshire on Tuesday (12pm) to face Sheffield United, who are unbeaten in their last three games in the Professional Development League South.

Anthony Wright’s side are aiming to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Cardiff.

In what was their first match for 10 weeks, the under-18s were punished for a sluggish start and, despite a much-improved second-half display, they left empty-handed.

Although eighth in the table, the Swans have numerous games in hand on the teams above them following the postponement of several fixtures.

Two of those occur this week – with their showdown against the young Blades followed by a home game against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

And Butler insists they must capitalise on their opportunities in order to climb the league table.

“We knew that Cardiff would be fast out of the blocks, but we didn’t adapt to that quickly enough,” the defender said.

“We were a lot better in the second half. We had them on the back foot, but didn’t seem to work the goalkeeper enough for the amount of quality that we showed.

“It’s alright playing well, but we do need to start picking up points because we’ve got a good chance of finishing in the top three or four.

“We can’t dwell on this. Obviously, it was disappointing, but it’s gone now. 

“It’s good that games are coming thick and fast. We’ve got a quick turnaround and hopefully, we can pick our heads up and go again on Tuesday.”