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Dawson on U23s’ Swansea City Victory

20 October 2020

Andy Dawson says he was pleased with the character and attitude his side showed after a 4-0 victory over Swansea City.

Goals from James Berry, Billy Chadwick, Callum Jones and Martin Samuelsen secured the win for the Tigers at the Roy West Centre.

On the result…

“I’m really, really pleased for the lads. In difficult conditions, I thought they approached it with a fantastic attitude which was the main part. When they did that, they started winning the ball and they could play their stuff further up the pitch and it was great to score four goals and create plenty of chances. The attacking players worked hard out of possession and they got their rewards in possession with creating and scoring goals.

“They worked for that opportunity to get them creative chances, especially in the second half. Swansea weren’t just going to lie down and let us have the ball and play through them and over them. We had to work and win the battle first and they did that and when we did that, we got a lot of territory in the final third and we played some quick football and created plenty of opportunities which is great for the attacking players.

First-Team members featuring…

“There’s always different players featuring and that’ll always happen with U23’s and U18’s football. Teams are very rarely the same, but again some first-team members dropped down and played and showed a great attitude. The majority of them played ninety minutes, which is great for them, and showed the first-team staff who were in attendance what they could do and it was great for us to see them being an example to the younger players that were on the pitch and who were involved on the bench. It showed great attitude, work ethic and application.

Character in the squad…

“The first penalty miss showed character. Things will always go against you in football and that’s part and parcel of it. It’s part of your development and learning when it does go against you, because it will, and they responded really well. Even though a couple of the lads wanted to take the penalty, James (Berry) stepped up and was confident enough and he missed and that’s football. It happens and it’ll probably happen again, but the team didn’t get their heads down and they kept being on the front foot, aggressive with an intent to press and won the ball high up the pitch and it showed in our good play to Martin (Samuelsen) in the final third and James (Berry) was in the right place to get his reward and open the scoring for us.”

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