Swansea City Under-23s Gary Richards
26th September 2016
Coach Gary Richards insists hard work off the pitch has been the key to the Swans' success in Premier League 2 this season.
The Swans Under-23 side, who take on Newcastle United at Whitley Park this evening, are top of the table having managed four wins from five games. The young Swans' only defeat so far this season came at Middlesbrough earlier this month.
And Richards believes consistency away from home will be important for the development squad in PL2 this season.
"We've had a good start to the season and that is something we want to maintain this week," he said.
"If we want to have a consistent campaign it is key to make sure we keep bettering ourselves and get points away from home.
"We have been working the players very hard in training this season and results show that we have benefited from the work we put in on the training pitch.
"Newcastle will be our last league game before we go into a period of playing three different cup competitions, so we want to end this part of the PL2 season with a good result.
"They are a good side. They like to get the ball down and play - I admire their style - and they will be a tough side to beat away from home.
"If we can finish off with a good performance in the league, we will aim to take that momentum into the PL Cup later this week."
SWANS U23s SQUAD (from): Gregor Zabret, Ross Treacy, Aaron Lewis, 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.