Swansea City Under-18s Chris Llewellyn
10th February 2017
Swansea City's youngsters face two games in the space of two days as they take on Reading in Premier League South on Saturday at Landore (1pm) before an Under-19s side play Merthyr Town at Penydarren Park in the FAW Youth Cup quarter-final on Sunday (1.30pm).
Coach Chris Llewellyn believes both games will provide different tests with Reading challenging for a place at the top of the league table.
The under-18s narrowly lost 3-2 against the Royals when they met in October, and Llewellyn believes the Swans must show what they have learnt from that encounter.
"There were positives to take the last time we played Reading," he said. "They have a strong academy set-up and we matched them for the majority of the game.
"We should have got more from the result but it was a game where mistakes cost us in closing stages. The important thing is we show we have progressed since October.
"Our players have set ourselves a target of the number of points and wins they want to get in the coming month.
"We have the opportunity to better last year's points tally with another league win which is a huge motivation for these young players and shows we are making progress at this level.
"Our cup game against Merthyr will be a different test. We will need to be patient on the ball and make sure we take our chances to progress to the next round.
"We have a few injuries to contend with but we will send out two strong teams with the aim of winning both games.
"Injuries only give an opportunity to other players in the squad and I want those players to make the most of their opportunity and take their chance."