Swansea City Under-21s Millwall League Cup
23rd November 2015
Cameron Toshack admitted Swansea City Under-21s lacked their normal performance levels on Monday night as the development side suffered a 2-1 extra-time defeat at the hands of Millwall in the Premier League Cup.
The Lions forced the game into extra-time after a strike from frontman Mikael Ndjoli minutes into the restart cancelled out Keston Davies' first-half opener.
The Swans dominated much of the play throughout the 90 minutes, hitting the woodwork three times through Oliver Mcburnie, Daniel James and Adnan Maric.
Despite the chances it was Millwall who progressed in the competition when Ndjoli struck in the last minute of extra-time to condemn the Swans to a heart breaking defeat.
A disappointed Toshack believes the team can make so excuses for the defeat admitting they were second best on the night.
"We did not reach the levels we normally we expect," he said.
"We created enough chances to win two games, we have hit the post and bar on more than one occasion but did not have the edge in front of goal.
"However, we can't make excuses for our performance as we were not at our best tonight.
"Millwall have defended well and stuck to a game plan and we have struggled to break them down like we have with other sides this season.
"You have to give credit to them, they made it difficult for us and deserved their win."
The U21s return to league action at home to West Ham next Monday afternoon (12pm).
And Toshack insists the side must learn from Monday's defeat and continue their good form in the league.
"They players will go away licking their wounds," he continued.
"It is a tough defeat to take but what myself and Gary (Richards) have said is we must learn the lessons from tonight in order to take something from the defeat.
"We will be back working hard on training this week to bounce-back next Monday against West Ham.
"We have played some good football in the league this season and we want that to be the case next week.
"Sometimes you hit a blip and hopefully tonight's defeat is exactly what that is."