Pools Reserves enjoyed an impressive friendly win over Swansea City in a behind-closed-doors friendly at the St George’s Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Rhys Oates and Brad Walker both got on the scoresheet in the game as Sam Collins’ men produced an outstanding display against their Premier League counterparts.
It was the perfect way for Pools to hit back following their heavy defeat to Newcastle United and the performance left Collins delighted with every one of his players.
“It finished 2-1 to us but the way we played it could easily have been a much bigger win,” he told us.
“The lads were excellent throughout the game and I was proud of the way they knocked the ball around, created chances and dominated things really – especially given the level of the opposition.
“Brad Walker was absolutely outstanding and Billy Paynter also got the full game under his belt too but there were lots of positives – I’m thrilled with all of them.”
Pools went in front early on when Rhys Oates turned the ball home from close range after Swansea had failed to deal with a corner.
City got back on level terms momentarily but then Walker produced a moment of class on the half-hour mark when he drove forward past several Swansea defenders before calmly rounding the keeper to restore Pools’ lead.
“The lads have got to gain confidence from that kind of performance and hopefully we can keep building on it during the coming weeks,” Collins added.
Full Time: Pools 2 Swansea City 1
Pools: Dudzinski, Turnbull (Blackford 55), Pollock, Wise, Martin, Elliott, Skidmore, Walker, Oates, Orrell, Paynter.
Moloney, Holliday, Short.Subs not used: