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We need to be more clinical, says Richards

Swansea City Under-21s went down 1-0 at home to West Ham on Monday afternoon in stormy conditions at Landore

The development side would rue a missed penalty in the first-half as Henry Jones saw his spot kick saved.

Despite good chances and creative play from the Swans it was the Hammers who would take all three points as striker Jordan Brown fired home a cross on the hour mark.

The U21s created plenty of chances but failed to find the back of the net before the full-time whistle.

Gary Richards urged Swansea City Under-21s to take more chances in front of goal as the development side lost 1-0 to West Ham at a stormy Landore on Monday.

The young Swans could have led after 10 minutes only for a Henry Jones penalty to be saved by Hammers’ keeper Sam Howes.

A battling performance saw the Swans create a number of chances through the wind and rain.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead on the hour mark thanks to a goal from striker Jordan Brown.

And despite the disappointing result, Richards insists the team are playing well and creating chances.

“Myself and Cameron (Toshack) are fairly pleased with the performance,” he said.

“We created a few good opportunities and looked like we would have the lead at half-time but we did not take our chances.

“Missed chances have probably been the story of the last couple of games for us.

“The performances have not been bad but we need to take the chances we create and be more clinical in front of goal.”

The young Swans fought the wind and rain conditions to carve out opportunities at Landore.

Ryan Hedges, Daniel James, Botti Biabi and Owain Jones all failed to find the back of the net.

“It was a difficult game today made worse by the conditions,” Richards continued.

“The poor weather did not help us to play our style, to be fair both teams found it hard to adapt in the storm.

“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we will get back to work this week, keep training hard to make sure we are ready to put things right come next Monday against Brighton.”


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