Swansea City Arsenal Under-21s Gary Richards Premier League
13th April 2016
Coach Gary Richards is hoping Swansea City Under-21s can finish their Premier League Division Two campaign with a home flourish, starting with Thursday's game with Arsenal at Landore (1pm).
Other results this week mean the development squad have all but secured a play-off place with two games to play, though they face an Arsenal side that could lift the league title with victory.
Four straight wins on home soil have played a big part in the young Swans' achievement, while they are also five unbeaten going into the game.
Thursday's fixture with Arsenal is followed by the final league game - again at Landore - with Fulham on Monday (2pm).
And Richards is hoping the young Swans can make the most of home advantage and head into the play-offs with some winning momentum.
"Results mean we can go into our last two games with confidence," he said. "Our record at home this season has been very good and we must make sure that continues.
"We can't be complacent against Arsenal on Thursday. They are one of the toughest teams in the group and need just one more win to lift the title, which is a huge motivation for them.
"We need to be disciplined and organised against them to ensure we stifle their attack. We played well against them earlier this year to earn a point with a 0-0 draw but I feel were unfortunate not to get a win on that occasion."
The U21s' attacking dominance has seen the side net 16 goals in their last four home games - including 5-0 and 5-3 wins over Blackburn and Newcastle.
And Richards hopes to see the young Swans continuing their red-hot form in the final third.
"We are an exciting team going forward and at times look like we can't stop scoring," he added. "At points this season we have really hit form and scored some good goals but we are only as good as our last game so we must make sure we continue to work hard to create and finish chances.
"We have a strong side to pick from and could add to our numbers if some of the younger players involved in first-team training are available."
SWANS U21 SQUAD (from): Josh Vickers, Gregor Zabret, Oliver Davies, Raheem Hanley, Aaron Lewis, Alex Gogic, Keston Davies, Lee Lucas, Alex Bray, Joe Rodon, Ryan Blair, Josh Sheehan, Adam King, Daniel James, Adnan Maric, Tom Holland, Owain Jones, Henry Jones, Ryan Hedges, Kyle Copp, Kenji Gorre.
Swansea City Under-21s face Arsenal at Landore Training Ground on Thursday, April 14 (1pm). Entry is free but fans are reminded there is no parking at the Landore facility. View Barclays Under-21s Premier League Division Two Table HERE