Lead Professional Development Phase Coach Andy Dawson spoke of the team’s character after his side came from behind to secure a 3-1 victory against Millwall.
A brace of penalties from Harry Wood and an injury-time finish from Will Jarvis secured the Under-23s their first win of the season in the Professional Development League.
On the Win…
“I thought first half we got into some good areas and created some opportunities, but our final pass wasn’t quite right. However, second half, we moved the ball a lot quicker and we gave Millwall more problems in the attacking third. Two of our goals were penalties but we produced bright passages of play to get into the box to draw the fouls.
“I thought the goal was coming. We were getting into good positons and creating good opportunities to put them on the back foot and usually if you do that, you get something that goes your way in the end. Our second penalty was good positive play by Josh (Hinds) and our third was an excellent team goal so overall, I’m pleased with the lads over the 90 minutes.”
“There were a few experienced players that featured and I thought they were a fantastic example to the younger players. They did everything right by keeping the standards high and the boys showed enough character to come back and showed some good quality to get the three points.
“It’s good for the young players that they have had the opportunity to play with Tom Huddlestone, Andy Cannon and Sean McLoughlin, because it’s great experience. It shows the young ones they have to perform to high standards every day and when they do that and get into good habits, you’ve always got a chance of performing well in games.”
Will Jarvis Senior Debut…
“Full credit goes to Will and all the Academy staff throughout the years that have helped him. Plus, credit goes to Grant McCann and all the first-team staff for giving him the opportunity. To make your debut is your first step and it is massive, but it is also a little step towards the goal of becoming a constant first-team player.
“Everybody will be working really hard to keep pushing ‘Jarvo’, which will make him better and he’ll improve every day. He’s deserved his opportunity, but now the hard work really begins for him.”