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U23s can still improve, insists Richards

Coach Gary Richards believes Premier League 2 leaders Swansea City Under-23s can still improve, despite claiming their eighth consecutive league victory courtesy of a 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.
 
Botti Biabi’s first-half header from a Daniel James cross gave the development squad their 12th league win of the league season at Rovers' Academy - a result that puts them 13 points clear of second-placed Newcastle United, who have a game in hand. 
 
The young Swans recorded their seventh straight win in all competitions, while it stretches their unbeaten run in the division to eight games. 
 
Despite the win, Richards feels there is more to come from the Swans.
 
“To get a win and clean sheet away from home on our first game back from the Christmas break is pleasing,” he said. “But the game was not one of our best performances this season.
 
“We had good spells in the game where we defended well but we gave the ball away far too much and needed to have more control on the pitch.
 
“The last thing we want to do against a team like Blackburn is give them too much of the ball. We were in good positions at times but didn’t make the right decision and that put us under pressure. 
 
“We dealt with the chances they created but on another day it would have cost us and that is what we must look to avoid.
 
“It is very important we keep the performance levels up and make sure we are constantly learning and developing from these results.
 
“Being top of the league means we are a targeted team, so we need to make sure we are at our very best. We have had a good break, but now is time to get back to some hard work to be ready for some hard games.”

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