Toshack calls for final push

1st May 2018

Cameron Toshack has called for a final push from Swansea City Under-23s as they bid to defend the Premier League Cup.

The Swans will look to retain the trophy they won last season when they take on Aston Villa in this year's final at the Liberty Stadium on Friday (7pm).

Toshack has praised the Swans' development squad for reaching back-to-back finals after goals from Adnan Maric, George Byers and Kenji Gorre secured semi-final victory over Sheffield United.

And now the under-23 coach is urging the Swans youngsters to produce one last performance as they look to end a positive season on a high note.

“To make the final for a second successive year is a great achievement and is something we should be proud of," Toshack said. 

“To have the chance of retaining any cup is very special and something not many teams get to do.

“There is still work for us to do. We still need to keep learning and push for more as we target one more win this season.”

The Swans saw off Reading in the final to win last season's Premier League Cup.

There could be just three survivors from the side which started the game in the line-up for the Villa clash, meaning a number of younger Swans could get the chance to sample the big occasion this time.

“Only a handful of players are still in the group who won the competition last season," Toshack added.

"The squad has changed and evolved since then, so this will be a fresh challenge to a new group of players.

“Younger players have progressed into the squad from the academy structure and it will be a great opportunity for them to play in the pressure of a cup final."