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O'Leary: We wanted win

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14:22 6th November 2013

. . . U21s boss reflects on Monday's 2-2 draw with Ipswich Town


Kristian O’Leary says his side were disappointed to not come away with all three points, despite extending their unbeaten run to four games against Ipswich Town.


Swansea City Under-21s were in Professional Development League 2 action on Monday afternoon, where they drew 2-2 with Ipswich at Stebonheath Park.


The Swans came flying out of the blocks and took the lead inside five minutes through in-form striker Rory Donnelly.


But the visiting side hit back midway through the first-half as Jack Marriott poked home from a yard out.


O’Leary’s young side had numerous opportunities to restore their one-goal advantage, and eventually did so when Lee Lucas took advantage of a goalkeeping error to put his side back in front.


But right on the stroke of half-time, Marriott doubled his tally, scoring Ipswich’s equaliser with a stunning 20-yard strike.


O’Leary was pleased with his team’s display but was left disappointed that they were unable to come away with the win.


The boys played well, especially during the first-half,” said U21s manager. “We dominated the game and caused them a lot of problems.


“They altered their shape during the first-half, and I thought we coped well with that as well.


“We needed to defend the two goals better. It was a poor time to concede, right on half-time, after being so in control of the game.


“It's always disappointing to not go a few goals ahead when you have dominated the game, but that has been the story of the last few weeks.


“In several games, we've had more than enough opportunities to be further in front.


“However, the boys will learn from that; it's all part of their development.”


Despite having to settle for the single point, confidence within the squad is at a high after yet another encouraging performance, which stretches the U21s’ unbeaten run to four games.


Prior to Monday’s match against Ipswich, the Swans earned league victories against the likes of Bristol City and Crystal Palace, before beating Millwall in the Premier League Cup on penalties after the game had ended 1-1.


“I think the boys were a little bit down after the [Ipswich] game because they have been playing so well, and we were looking to push forward again,” added O’Leary.


“We'll have a meeting tomorrow to look at parts of the game which were good and parts which we can improve on.


“But the result continues our unbeaten run, despite being tinged with a bit of disappointment because of the fact it wasn't a win.”

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