Swansea City Under-21s Kenji Gorre Jefferson Montero
8th March 2016
Matchwinner Kenji Gorre hailed Jefferson Montero's influence as the Ecuadorian played a key role in Swansea City Under-21s' 2-1 win over Barclays Premier League Division Two leaders Derby on Monday.
Gorre - who scored 18 goals for the development squad last season - made his first start for the Swans since his loan with Dutch side ADO Den Haag ended in January.
The 21-year-old played alongside Montero, who added first-team experience on the wing as the side's overage player.
"He was instrumental for us this week," said Gorre. "Jeff is a big talent for us here at Swansea. He added quality to the team on Monday.
"The chances he created led to us being awarded the penalty, which was a key moment in us winning the game.
"We share the same position so to have players with the level of Jeff's experience playing alongside us is helping younger players develop.
"It is great to be able to learn from the experience he has gained in the Premier League and apply it to our game."
Monday was Gorre's first start for the club since he made his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace in May last year.
His winner from the penalty spot moves the U21s up to seventh in the Division Two league table - three points off a play-off place with games still in hand.
"It was good to make my Swans return and get some minutes on the pitch this week," he added. "To score and get the win was perfect.
"I feel happy and fresh since my loan ended and I want to show people that I am ready to take the next step up.
"As a team we know we needed to get back to winning ways in order to continue our push up the table and get back into the play-off positions to have any chance of promotion this season.
"A win over the league leaders gives us a huge confidence boost that with hard work we are capable of beating anyone."