Tenth PL2 win a credit to our season, says Richards
12th December 2016
Coach Gary Richards paid tribute to Swansea City Under-23s' tenth league win of the season but admitted disappointment with two late goals during Monday's 3-2 victory over West Ham.
George Byers' low strike gave the young Swans a half-time lead at Dagenham's Victoria Road Stadium before Botti Biabi netted his sixth of the season after the break.
Byers netted his second from the penalty spot inside the final ten minutes before two late goals from West Ham added drama before full-time.
The victory means the Swans maintain their eight-point lead at the top of Premier League 2 (Division 2) table with a sixth successive win.
"We are delighted to come away with all three points," Richards said. "Our tenth league win this season is a credit to how well we are doing as a team.
"West Ham are a very good side and showed that with their late fightback. The first half was a very close contest and I think we were fortunate to go in at the break a goal up.
"We were much better for large spells of the second half as we put in some good tackles, played some flowing football and didn't give them time on the ball.
"It was disappointing to finish the game the way we did. When you are three goals up and in a comfortable position it is important to defend well and see the game out.
"We dropped too deep and sat back too much allowing West Ham to attack us and showed what a dangerous team they are.
"Our young players have to learn from games like this if they want to play at a professional level.
"There are still plenty of positives to take but the result also shows there is still plenty we need to work on this season."