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Dawson On U23s’ Nottingham Forest Defeat

8 October 2020

Andy Dawson says it was a good learning curve for his players despite suffering defeat against Nottingham Forest.

The Tigers were defeated 3-1 at the City Ground, with Josh Hinds scoring off the bench for Hull.

On the game…

“It was a really difficult game. I thought it was a good game in terms of the quality that we were coming up against. I thought some of our players were coming up against quality players like Joe Lolley, which was a great experience for Matty Jacob, as Joe was on the verge of going to the Premier League at the end of last season, so for our players to play against that type of quality and learn and deal with mistakes within the game is what it’s all about.

“We could have done things a lot better in terms of dealing with the certain situations like stopping the goals which was really disappointing, but that’s what it is. Young players will make mistakes and the ones that watch it and listen and try to learn from it are the ones that progress. The team have done really well lately and we’ll go back and analyse the game and hopefully we will become better as it’s another ninety minute experience for the young players.

Players first appearance of the season…

“Some of the lads have waited for their chance and they’ve got it today and for some, it’s ninety minutes under the belt for them. They’ve had to wait and be patient for their time, but that’s football and that’s part and parcel of it. Hopefully, they’ll be in the game for a long time and for a lot of years and you have to get used to the fact that it’s part of the game and it’s part of their learning.

“It was an opportunity for them to come and play ninety minutes today and show what they can do against a very good Nottingham Forest team, who I thought were excellent with some of the individual quality they had and there was things we could have done a little bit better, but they were probably one of the better teams we’ve played this season.

Josh Hinds making an immediate impact…

“I was delighted for Josh. He came in off the bench and he had a positive attitude and mindset. He wanted to engage quickly and force a mistake from the keeper and tucked it home, so fair play to him. It’s an opportunity for some U18’s as ‘Macca’ (McCauley Snelgrove) started, two U18’s came on (Beckett & Hinds) which again is great experience for the young players of the football club and that’s what it’s all about giving them experiences against good players at a first-team stadium as well.

“It’s a really good experience for them to play and deal with these scenarios so although the result isn’t what we wanted and we are disappointed, because you want to perform and play in every game and when you do that, you don’t want to lose and unfortunately we did, but we’ll talk and analyse the game and say what we could have done better.”

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