Toshack: U23s must learn from defeat

27th October 2017

Cameron Toshack admitted Swansea City Under-23s must learn the lessons from a 2-1 stoppage-time defeat against Everton in Premier League 2.

The coach felt the young Swans deserved something from the game with the side taking a second half lead from Jordan Garrick’s deflected shot.

Everton equalised from the penalty spot before the U23s were reduced to ten men for a second time inside a week as Brandon Cooper was shown a straight red for a foul on Jose Baxter.

The Division 1 champions took advantage of the extra man in the closing minutes as substitute Shayne Lavery fired home an injury time winner.

“We are very disappointed to lose a game we felt we deserved at least a point from,” he said.

“Both the penalty and the sending off affected the outcome. I thought both were harsh but Brandon’s challenge was a foul.

“That aside, we gave the ball away too easily again and their experience showed as they took advantage. 

“It is disappointing and we must start to show our mental strength and be more resilient to see games out.

“Everton are champions so we knew we’d have a tough game. They came here, applied themselves, made it difficult for us and grinded out a result.

“We had good opportunities at the end and finished the stronger side, but could not find an equaliser.

“We must learn the lessons fast because we are losing valuable points in the league.”