Swansea City Under-23s Premier League 2 Gary Richards
16th August 2016
Gary Richards hailed Swansea City Under-23s' Premier League 2 win over West Brom on Monday but insists there is more to come from the development side.
The young Swans, who now feature in a restructured U23s league format, took the lead in the second half thanks to a goal from striker Oliver McBurnie.
Despite the narrow victory at Landore, Richards insists the side have areas they can improve on ahead of their next match at Wolves.
"It was a good start and we are delighted with the win," said Richards."It was a competitive game but we were not at our best in the first half and found it hard to break them down in the final third.
"We knew we needed to improve and to be fair in the second half we grew into the game and became the better team. We created more chances and were worthy of all three points.
"I'm pleased with the performance but we still have areas we want to improve on.
"The quality of the first half is something we must look to improve on, but today it was pleasing for myself and Cameron (Toshack) that we put things right in the second half."
The development side also featured three overage players in their starting XI as Gerhard Tremmel, Ki Sung-Yueng and Wales international Neil Taylor all clocked up game-time to regain match fitness.
Their involvement is something Richards believes can help develop players and could be utilised more this season.
"Having first-team players play alongside our young professionals really lifts the group," he added.
"All three players who came into the squad on Monday were terrific - they all trained with us, their attitude has been first class and they are pleased to get the win.
"We have the option in the league to use up to three overage outfield players and an overage goalkeeper, so we have options throughout the season.
"Overall the whole team did an excellent job. New signings George Byers put in a good shift and Tyler (Reid) has come off the bench to help close out the game at the back.
"It was great to see Oliver McBurnie back on the scoresheet - he loves to score goals. He is a great presence on and off the pitch, works really hard and deserved the winner."