Swansea City Aston Villa Under-21s Cameron Toshack
25th April 2016
Cameron Toshack has called for a repeat performance as Swansea City Under-21s take on Aston Villa in their Premier League Division Two play-off semi-final on Monday at the Liberty (7pm).
The U21s beat Villa 5-0 in the league on home soil in October, though they lost the return match 2-1 in February.
The young Swans of into the game on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run following wins over Newcastle, Stoke, Arsenal and Fulham this month, which lifted them to a third place finish in the table.
And Toshack praised his players for their attacking performances that have seem them net 18 goals in their last five games.
"They deserve a lot of credit for collectively working hard to progress over the season," said Toshack. "Gary (Richards) and I feel the team have shown real progression and recent attacking performance levels have only highlighted their development.
"Ideally we want to repeat the performance that earned us the 5-0 win against Villa earlier this season, however we were shown in the return fixture just what a threat Villa can be.
"Our performance levels during the two games were completely different but if we continue our attacking performances we are a match for any team.
"The objective at the beginning of the season was to get a top five position, so we are pleased to have achieved that and the play-offs will present a new challenge.
"The players are very excited for Monday's game but we have had to refocus the side on a new aim. It is knock-out football, meaning there is no room for error.
"Looking at the results, we are the form team which is pleasing. The lads have put what they have learned into recent performances and need to continue that progression on Monday."
Swans U21s will play either Blackburn or Arsenal in the play-off final if they beat Villa on Monday night.
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 Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium on Monday, April 25 (7pm). Tickets, priced £3 for adults and £1 for season ticket holders and children, are available from the ticket office and over the phone 0844 815 6665.