Cameron Toshack wants Swansea City Under-23s to continue their winning momentum when they meet Blackburn Rovers in the last-16 of the Premier League Cup at Landore on Saturday (1pm).
A 4-0 victory over Bristol City last week saw the young Swans qualify for the knockout stage of the competition – adding to their success in the International Cup, which sees them host Porto in the semi-final next week.
The U23s, who were crowned Premier League 2 (Division 2) champions following a 2-2 draw against Wolves this week, and Toshack believes winning the title will only add to their confidence going into a two-week period of knockout cup football.
“We have momentum going into this game, which is key in any sporting environment,” he said.
“The team are keen to achieve their goals this season, which includes winning a cup competition. When a group of players have a winning mentality they expect to go on the pitch and win games.
“We have gained some fantastic experience in knockout cup football already this season with our campaigns in the Checkatrade and International Cups and we aim to use that going forward.
“Cup football offers a different test and challenge for our players and Blackburn have already proved this season that they are a tough side to beat, but we are relishing another challenge.”
Striker Botti Biabi is the only absentee as he will miss Saturday’s game due to undergoing knee surgery this week.
SWANS U23s SQUAD (from): Gregor Zabret, Lewis Thomas, Aaron Lewis, Keston Davies, Tyler Reid, Connor Roberts, Tom Plezier, Joe Rodon, Adam King, Jack Evans, Keiran Evans, Ryan Blair, Adnan Maric, George Byers, Tom Dyson, Kenji Gorre, Daniel James, Botti Biabi, Jordan Garrick, Oli McBurnie.
Entry to the game is FREE, but there is no parking at the Landore facility.