Toshack: Liberty crowd can inspire young Swans' cup bid
7th November 2016
Swansea City's rising stars hope the club's fans will help them progress in the Checkatrade Trophy when they face Plymouth Argyle at the Liberty on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Argyle, the current League Two leaders, are expected to send a strong side to Wales as they bid to book a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
Boss Derek Adams's Plymouth side have lost only once in 16 games - which includes the weekend's FA Cup win at Mansfield Town - ahead of their trip to SA1.
But U23s coach Cameron Toshack hopes a sizeable home crowd can play a part as the Swans youngsters target victory in what is a winner-takes-all group match.
AFC Wimbledon have already qualified from the group, and either the Swans or Plymouth will join them depending on who wins on Tuesday night.
If the game ends in a draw, a penalty shootout will determine who goes through.
"It would be great to see as many people there as possible," said Toshack. "Quite a few came to watch us at Newport in the previous game in this competition.
"That was fantastic for our young men because playing in front of a crowd is a different experience from playing on training grounds all the time.
"The game is taking place at the Liberty and it is in the evening, so we hope people will come along."
Argyle have been in spectacular form of late as they look to go one better than last season, when they lost out on promotion to the third tier courtesy of defeat to AFC Wimbledon in the play-off final.
But the young Swans have also enjoyed a successful campaign to date, and beat another League Two side - Newport County - in their previous Checkatrade Trophy tie.
"Plymouth are going very well and winning a lot of games," Toshack added. "It will be a very good challenge for our boys because they will be very competitive and full of confidence.
"That said, our boys have also won a lot of games and played some very good football.
"It will be interesting to see what the make-up of their team will be, but our lads have faced first-team players in the previous two games in this competition so they should not be in awe.
"I think Plymouth will want to progress so will come here with a strong team, and we will welcome that competition. Our players will learn more from that."
Tickets are available online HERE, in-person on the night or by contacting 0844 815 6665 to pre-order.
Adult - £5
Concessions* - £3
U16s - £1
*Concessions are classed as Seniors (60+), Students with NUS card.