Swansea City under-23s Gary Richards
29th January 2017
Coach Gary Richards wants Swansea City Under-23s to put this week's Checkatrade Trophy defeat behind them when they face Fulham at Motspur Park in Premier League 2 on Monday (7pm).
The young Swans have a 13-point lead in Division 2, with the London side second in the table and unbeaten in the league since October.
Goals from Jay Fulton and Oli McBurnie ensured the U23s beat The Cottagers 2-0 when the sides met at Landore in October.
And Richards would like a repeat performance when the top two teams meet again on Monday.
"Fulham are one of the best teams in the league and on a good run of form, so this will be a huge test for us," he said.
"They won't want us to extend our lead at the top of the table, so we go there knowing it will be a hard game and that we will need a good performance to get a result.
"The lads can take huge confidence from our campaign in the Checkatrade Trophy. We were disappointed not to get to the semi-final, but we will take the positives from that game and learn from the areas where we could have done better.
"It's time to get back to a league focus and it is important we don't let our performance levels drop in our upcoming league games.
"We have done well this season and we don't want to let any type of set-back affect our league form. Myself and Cameron (Toshack) want the players to go there with the right attitude and deliver the best performance we can."
Defender Connor Roberts and midfielder Adam King will be added to the squad following their return from loans at Bristol Rovers and Southend United. Meanwhile, winger Alex Bray has joined Championship side Rotherham United on loan until the end of the season.
SWANS U23s SQUAD (from): Gregor Zabret, Lewis Thomas, Aaron Lewis, Keston Davies, Tyler Reid, Connor Roberts, Tom Plezier, Joe Rodon, Tom Holland, Jack Evans, Tom Dyson, Adam King, Ryan Blair, George Byers, Botti Biabi, Owain Jones, Jordan Garrick, Daniel James.