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Richards praises second-half performance

Swansea City Under-21s came from behind to earn a 2-1 win over West Ham in Barclays Premier League Division Two thanks to goals from Josh Sheehan and Adam King. 

Despite creating some early chances, it was West Ham who led at the break through midfielder Grady Diangana's close-range strike. 

The Swans were back on level terms thanks to a superb solo finish from Sheehan, who carved his way through midfield before firing into the bottom corner.

King's strike from the edge of the area on 74 minutes ensured the Swans took all three points from London and ended West Ham's 11-game unbeaten run.

WEST HAM U21s: Sam Howes, Alex Pike, Vashon Neufville, George Dobson, Doneil Henry (Olatunji Akinola, 44), Reece Oxford (Capt), Grady Diangana (Dan Kemp,75), Moses Makasi, Jahmal Hector-Ingram (Luka Belic, 64), Marcus Browne, Djair Parfitt-Williams.

SUBS NOT USED: Tim Brown (GK), Matt Carter.

SWANS U21s: Gregor Zabret, Liam Shephard (Capt), Raheem Hanley, Jay Fulton, Keston Davies, Joe Rodon, Adam King, Matt Grimes, Oliver McBurnie, Josh Sheehan, Alex Bray (Daniel James, 46).

SUBS NOT USED: Adnan Maric, Oliver Davies, Botti Biabi, Lee Lucas.

Gary Richards hailed Swansea City Under-21s' second-half performance as the development squad came from behind to end West Ham’s 11-game unbeaten run at Rush Green.

The Hammers capitalised on a slow Swans start to take a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to a clinical finish from midfielder Grady Diangana.

But the Swans struck twice after the restart with goals from Josh Sheehan and Adam King ensuring the U21s secured their first win in Premier League Division Two since December.

“It was a game of two halves,” Richards admitted. “We did not start the game well - our level of intensity was not right and we were wasteful in possession.

“West Ham looked a good side and capitalised in the first half to take deserved the lead into the break.

“We had a discussion at half-time to put things right and as a team looked more in control of the game after that.”

Richards also praised the side's attacking display in the second half that saw Sheehan score a superb solo effort after a 40-yard run before King’s strike outside the area on 75 minutes.

The Scottish midfielder was unlucky not to grab a second when his shot cannoned off the post five minutes from time.

“Both were great strikes from the edge of the area,” added Richards. “Both goals have shown the level of attacking play we are capable of.

“As a side we looked dangerous with our chances in the second half and we could have won by more.

“We were second best in the first half but the team worked hard and recovered to win the game.

“We have three games in hand but they mean nothing unless we win them, so we must remain focused and make sure we build on this result."


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