Swansea City Plymouth Cameron Toshack
8th November 2016
Coach Cameron Toshack believes Monday's Checkatrade Trophy victory over League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle proves Swansea City's youngsters can compete in senior football.
First-half goals from Daniel James and Oli McBurnie saw a young Swans side progress from Group B (South) into the knock-out stage of the competition.
First-team players Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Kyle Naughton and Jack Cork helped a youthful Swans outfit seal victory at the Liberty Stadium as Plymouth ended the game with ten men following defender Jordan Bentley's dismissal.
And Toshack expressed his delight that the young Swans will progress to the next stage of the trophy.
"I thought the boys applied themselves very well in what could have been a very difficult evening against a very good team," the under-23s coach said.
"Overall, both myself and Gary (Richards) are really pleased with the performance. Plymouth came here with momentum, confidence and experience and we were able to match that.
"We gave them a good contest in the first half and took our chances to score two excellent goals.
"Daniel (James) and Oli's (McBurnie) were fantastic. Both are pushing for first-team inclusion and I don't think their performance has done them any harm.
"We will see how far we can go in the competition. We are playing some very good football and our performance levels have been excellent. We want to maintain that and keep moving forward.
"I think the competition is working. It gives our young players valuable experience and I think tonight's performance showed our young players can cope with men's football."