Swansea City Newcastle United Under-21s Jay Fulton
5th April 2016
Jay Fulton hailed Swansea City Under-21s' team effort following a convincing 5-3 win over Newcastle United at the Liberty Stadium on Monday that sees the side extend their unbeaten run to four games.
The 22-year-old - who celebrated his birthday on Friday - took on the captain's armband for the development squad in the absence of Liam Shephard, who joined League Two side Yeovil on loan last month.
The midfielder saw his shot saved after a neat one-two with Kenji Gorre only for the Dutch winger to play Fulton back in seconds later to net the first goal of the night.
A double from Gorre and another two goals from striker Owain Jones added to the U21s' tally in front of Swans head coach Francesco Guidolin as the Magpies fought back to put three past Josh Vickers.
"We are pleased with the result in what was a difficult game," he said. "It was great to captain the side and to get my first goal of the season.
"We were excellent in the first half and looked good in attack, but we needed to do better in the second half.
"Kenji and Owain going forward always looked dangerous up front for us. It is great to have players like that in attack especially at this time of year when we need goals to help us reach the play-offs."
The win strengthens the development squad's chances of promotion from Premier League Division Two with the side sixth - just two points from a play-off place.
The U21s next face Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday before games at home to Arsenal and Fulham this month.
And Fulton insists the side are relishing the challenge of the play-off charge ahead of them.
"There are only three games left, we want to win them all so the more goals we score the better," he added.
"The squad is full of confidence. We are looking forward to the games over the next two weeks."