Swansea City Under-23s Cameron Toshack
31st October 2016
Cameron Toshack believes Swansea City Under-23s have learned "game management" from last season following their 2-1 win over Stoke City at Landore on Monday night.
A goal in each half from Oli McBurnie and Alex Samuel confirmed the Swans' seventh league victory of the season.
The results sees the Under-23 stay top of Premier League 2 (Division 2) - two points clear of Wolves.
Despite a close contest, Toshack hailed the Swans' drive that delivered the win.
"We are very pleased with the result especially with the performance in the first half," the U23s coach said.
"We created a number of good opportunities and I feel we should have been more than a goal up at the break.
"It was a tough test and a physical game which is exactly what we were expecting. It turned into an end-to-end battle with a frantic finish as both sides wanted the points but our game management was good tonight.
"I feel it is an aspect of our game that we have improved from last season. In the not too distant past we might have come out on the wrong end of a game like that.
"We could have made things easier by finishing chances we created in front of goal but we showed good fight in a close contest."
The development squad included four players with first-team experience in their starting XI with experienced goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel and Argentine defender Federico Fernandez both playing 90 minutes at Landore.
"It is great when players with that level of experience can come into the squad," Toshack continued. "They add something extra to the team which helps our younger players develop.
"Gerhard made some great saves and it is great a very positive for those guys to come and play with us. It also has kept fresh legs for our next game against Southampton in the Premier League Cup this Friday."