Swansea City Arsenal Under-21s Josh Vickers
15th April 2016
Goalkeeper Josh Vickers expressed his delight as the Under-21s beat Arsenal 3-1 on Thursday to confirm a play-off place in Premier League Division Two.
Goals from Adam King, Kenji Gorre and Alex Bray helped the young Swans stretch their unbeaten run to six games, while Vickers' saves prevented his former side from lifting the league title at Landore.
The 20-year-old shot-stopper, who left the Gunners academy in July 2015 to link-up with the Swans at the start of this season, hailed the development squads' character and fighting spirit.
"The whole team has put a lot of hard work in this week and we performed really well against Arsenal to earn a good win," he said.
"Spirit in the camp has been high for the last four weeks because we have been on such a fantastic run. We are a close group and we want to keep that spirit and momentum going.
"It has been a tough season because international breaks have meant it has been hard to maintain a rhythm and the squad has been constantly rotating. But we have turned our form around just in time to secure a play-off place I think we deserve.
"Now we need to keep going, maintain that momentum and stay unbeaten to see where it takes us.
"A result like this always means more against your old team. You play against people you have grown-up with and it means a lot to play against the club I was at for 12 years.
"It is nice to make good saves, but at the end of the day the more important thing for me was the team performance and earning the win.
"I have to thank the ten that were in front of me, because from the first minute they were different gravy, blocking everything in their path and putting their bodies on the line. They stuck to the game plan well and made my job easier.
"We can't get carried away because we still have a lot of work to do and we must look to continue our momentum against Fulham on Monday."