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Richards hails disciplined Swans

Coach Gary Richards expressed his delight as a young Swansea City Under-23 side beat Feyenoord 2-0 in the Premier League International Cup at Landore on Tuesday.

A 25-yard strike from Dutch defender Tom Plezier saw the Swans take the lead after ten minutes with a penalty from striker Botti Biabi before the full time whistle securing all three points in Group D.

Swansea next face Chelsea and Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in the competition.

Richards held high praise for the young Swans for their performance against a strong Feyenoord side which contained seven first-team players including a number of Dutch internationals.

“We are delighted with the win against a very strong Feyenoord side,” he said. “It a game where we had to be organised and disciplined because there were very experienced with over 250 first-team games between them.

“Due to international call-ups this week we were forced to field a young side, but the team stood up to the challenge and I thought we always looked a threat when on the ball.

“To win our debut game in the International Cup is extremely pleasing, we lifted our game to match their level and that shows our young players are developing.

“We have strength and depth with this team with competition for places which is great to see.

“We can go into the rest of these International Cup games with confidence after this win, but Chelsea and Dinamo Zagreb will bring different challenges which is the beauty of this competition.”


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