Swansea City under-23s Cameron Toshack
19th December 2016
Coach Cameron Toshack has urged Swansea City under-23s go out with a bang when they play their final league game of 2016 against Middlesbrough at Landore tonight (7pm).
A Callum Cooke winner ensured Boro took all three points in September with a 2-1 win in Hartlepool. Despite that defeat, the young Swans have only lost once in Premier League 2 since.
A 3-2 victory over West Ham in Dagenham last Monday stretched the Swans winning run to six consecutive games ensuring the under-23s maintained their eight point lead at the top of the Division 2 table.
And Toshack - who has been delighted with the young sides recent run of results - wants the Swans to continue to improve on their performances.
"We would like to end our league year in a positive way," he said.
"I think the boys have been fantastic since the start of the season. They have applied themselves in a very professional manner and have improved the standards from last year.
"Middlesbrough are a good academy and will provide us with a stern test today. They are one of the few teams who have beaten us this season so they will not be pushovers.
"We were not at our best on that occasion but it was a game that could have gone either way but Boro were the better side.
"Errors cost us two goals in our win at West Ham, but looking at the positives we delivered a dominant display and were pleased we played the patterns we prepared for.
"Myself and Gary (Richards) would like to see us go out with a bang and top off what has been a fantastic year. We have shown what we are capable of this season but we don't want that to end in 2017."
Defender Stephen Kingsley and striker Oli McBurnie could come back into the squad for tonight's game at Landore. Neither player were involved in the first-team defeat against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
SWANS U23s SQUAD (from): Gregor Zabret, Lewis Thomas, Aaron Lewis, Stephen Kingsley, Keston Davies, Tyler Reid, Tom Plezier, Joe Rodon, Tom Holland, Jack Evans, Tom Dyson, Ryan Blair, George Byers, Botti Biabi, Alex Bray, Owain Jones, Alex Samuel, Jordan Garrick, Daniel James, Oli McBurnie.
Entry to watch the game is FREE. Fans are reminded there is no parking at the Landore facility.