Swansea City Under-23s George Byers Premier League 2
21st August 2016
Midfielder George Byers has called on Swansea City Under-23s to build on their opening season win as the development squad face Wolves at Telford on Monday (7pm).
A second-half goal from striker Oliver McBurnie helped the young Swans to a 1-0 win against West Brom in their Premier League 2 (Division 2) clash this week.
"It was great to kick off the season with a win," said Byers, who joined the development squad on a two-year deal from Watford in July. "We dominated the game for most periods and I thought the boys were excellent from start to finish.
"West Brom played to their strengths but I think we handled them very well. We had experience from Ki, Neil (Taylor) and Gerhard (Tremmel). You learn a lot from players like that and they are great to play with.
"There are a few areas where we could have done better but we controlled the game in most aspects. We will learn from the previous match and take it into the next game.
"We expect tough challenges this season but I feel we can build on the win and apply it to our game against Wolves on Monday."
Byers almost helped to add a second late in the game against the Baggies only for his dangerous cross to narrowly miss the feet of winger Daniel James.
The 20-year-old, who played in an attacking midfield role on Monday night, aims to create more chances in front of goal.
"I like playing in that role," he continued. "It gives me a chances to get forward, create chances and score more goals.
"The main thing is getting into those positions to create chances. I know it is something I need to do to continue this season to better my game.
"That attacking midfield role is a spot I am relishing playing this season. I know I need to work hard to keep my starting position but it is a challenge I am looking forward to."
SWANS U23s SQUAD (from): Gregor Zabret, Lewis Thomas, Aaron Lewis, Keston Davies, Tyler Reid, Tom Plezier, Joe Rodon, Connor Roberts, Tom Holland, Jack Evans, Tom Dyson, Ryan Blair, George Byers, Botti Bia Bi, Alex Bray, Owain Jones, Alex Samuel, Jordan Garrick, Daniel James, Oliver McBurnie.