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Dawson on U23s Peterborough Victory

14 December 2021

Lead PDP Coach Andy Dawson says there is room for improvement despite the Tigers defeating Peterborough United in a seven-goal thriller at the LNER Community Stadium.

Tyler Smith netted a brace, while strikes from Matt Smith and Randell Williams helped secure the Tigers all three points in the Professional Development League.

 

On the Victory…

“I thought it was a long night to be fair and credit goes to Peterborough. The way they played with a young team was good and they hurt us quite a lot in certain pockets. We got minutes in selected players and we came out result-wise on the right side of it, but certainly it was a tough night.

“We want everyone to perform to a high standard. You want a winning mentality in development football, but you also want them learning and performing. That is high on the list and from this result, there is plenty to learn from. We need to take the things that we did do well at times, but also things as well that we need to improve on individually and collectively.”

 

Fleming's Return From Injury…

“I thought Brandon was excellent. I thought some of his defending and effort to get back and work-rate and attitude was absolutely first class and some of his quality going forward was there for everybody to see. He produced two or three fantastic balls into some great areas which we never quite got on the end of on a couple of occasions. But I was delighted for him, because it was actually the Peterborough U23 game earlier on in the season that he got injured in originally so credit to him as I thought he was excellent.”

 

Reviewing Season So Far…

“I think for the first half of the season, the lads have performed credibly. I think we can count on probably one or two fingers where we haven’t performed and set the standards that we have done continuously, but overall we’re really pleased that young players have had a lot of experiences and lots of opportunities to perform in big stadiums and play against experienced players.

“Overall, I’m really, really pleased with what the lads have done so far up until Christmas, but now we need to keep working hard and see what happens with the players over the next month. Obviously, the games programme stops now until January, so we’ll see what happens over this break, but they can all be really pleased with what they have done in the first half of the season.”


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