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Llewellyn pleased with preparation

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11:11 5th March 2014

. . . Under-21s coach focusing on positives from friendly defeat


Chris Llewellyn felt Tuesday’s friendly fixture against Yeovil Town was good preparation for Swansea City Under-21s ahead of Monday’s Professional Development League 2 tie against Brighton.


A young Swans U21s side, containing several U18s players, were beaten 3-1 by the Glovers at Fairwood after Sam Evans cancelled out the visitors’ initial lead in the first-half.


The visitors opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Kieffer Moore finished off a fine attacking move by Yeovil, just two minutes after Adam Morgan fluffed his lines from the penalty spot.


The young Swans responded well to going behind and levelled eight minutes before the midway point when Sam Evans converted from close range after Kris Scott teed the midfielder up with a low ball across the six-yard box.


But the visiting side managed to wrestle back their lead right on the hour mark when Morgan made amends for his early penalty miss by scoring a spectacular volley before Yeovil rounded off their victory, seven minutes before time.


Speaking after the game, Llewellyn felt that there were positives to take from Tuesday's friendly test into next week's league clash with Brighton.


“It was a good competitive game against a strong Yeovil side,” explained Llewellyn. “They brought some players who are on the verge of the first-team and who have played some games this season.


“It was an opportunity for us to have a look at some of our boys, who haven’t played a lot of games recently, and also to get a few of the youth boys in that have done well in training.


“Overall, we are disappointed to lose 3-1, but there were a lot of positives to take going into the fixture with Brighton on Monday.


“We have a few boys on international duty, so it was a chance to look to next year with the youth boys coming up to see how they fared against an experienced side. 


“I’m sure they will be a bit disappointed with the goals conceded, but they will learn from it.


“We have a game every week now until the end of the season, which is important because it gives the players the opportunity to show what they can do in front of the Chairman and some of the first-team staff.


“It was a good test for us on Tuesday, and we are expecting a similar challenge against Brighton. They will be well organised and we have to match them. Hopefully we can get a positive result.”


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