Under-18s heading in the right direction, says Byron Anthony

22nd April 2021
Byron Anthony

Byron Anthony believes Swansea City Under-18s are heading in the right direction after they came from behind to extend their unbeaten streak against Millwall.

The Swans had taken an early lead in London through Adrian Akande’s neat finish, but found themselves trailing 2-1 at the break as they were made to pay for two errors.

Rio Campbell struck late on to ensure the Swans claimed a share of the spoils and take their unbeaten run in the Professional Development League to three games.

And coach Anthony felt the performance and lessons learned from the stalemate is another indication that his players are showing progression.

Byron Anthony

“I told the players beforehand that it’s important that they kept the undefeated run going because it breeds confidence,” he said.

“The challenge is consistency between now and the end of the season in being creative and expansive with the ball, and the signs are promising because in large periods we do that.

“We do lapse concentration at times, which was evident as Millwall scored from two mistakes.

“But that’s part of their learning and development. They’ve taken that on board, and we’ll see how they react to that between now and the end of the season.

“There will be mistakes, but we don’t want them to be afraid of that. Be brave.”

Next up for the Swans is a trip to Hull City on Saturday (11am).