Swansea City Under-18s Chris Llewellyn Arsenal
3rd October 2015
Chris Llewellyn hailed Swansea City Under-18s' defensive display as the scholars fought to secure a goalless draw against Arsenal at Landore on Saturday.
The Swans defence soaked-up pressure from the Arsenal attack in both halves but could have led with chances from Brandon Griffiths and Causso Darame.
A double save from Swans keeper Lewis Thomas minutes before the final whistle helped the U18s secure their first clean sheet of the season.
And coach Llewellyn was pleased with the defensive resilience shown against a strong Arsenal.
"It was our best defensive performance of the season," he said. "Arsenal dominated large spells of the game and had good chances in the first-half but we held our discipline, organisation and defensive shape.
"It was a very tough game but defensively we were outstanding.
"Credit has to go to all the lads but Lewis Thomas made a great save in the final few minutes of the game to keep us level. He has worked hard all season and been rewarded with a clean sheet today.
"The result will give us confidence going forward but overall we still need to improve in possession in the final third.
"We had some good chances but we need to start being more ruthless around the box to make the most of opportunities.
"As soon as we do that we can start to turn draws into wins.
"This was our best defensive performance of the season, but we are still looking for that complete performance and we will continue to build towards that."