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Dawson on U23’s Birmingham City Defeat

14 January 2021

Andy Dawson has spoken about how the experience gained for his team is beneficial, despite suffering defeat against Birmingham City.

Josh Hinds scored the only goal for the Tigers as the visitors won 3-1 at Bishop Burton College.

On the defeat… 

“We said to the lads at the end of the game that this might be one of the really important games for learning for them. We started with five scholars against a really good and experienced Birmingham City side. I think five or six of their lads have been out on loan in League Two, so it’s an absolutely brilliant experience for our lads. There was five scholars that started, one of which was Jevon (Mills) which was a first-year, and I think it was an absolutely brilliant game for us, because you learn more out of that game then playing and winning ten games on the bounce, because we’ve come up against a really good team.

“The lads kept going and we do need more bits of quality at times and we needed to defend a little bit better at times as well, but all of them things are part of learning for a young player and full credit to Birmingham, but for me there’s no disappointment at all, because if we can finish the game with eight scholars and start the game with five going forward in the next few games, we’re all going to be in a better place.”

Andy Smith First-Team Debut… 

“It’s a credit to everyone at the Academy. ‘Smudger’ has been at the Academy for many years and all of the coaches throughout the age groups deserve a lot of credit and credit to the first-team staff for putting him in and trusting him. It’s also credit to ‘Smudger’ for his hard work, resilience through the ups and downs and I’m sure that this scenario we’ve had against Birmingham will have happened to him a couple of years ago, when he’s played a experienced team and got beat and this is where the current lads can really learn and it can only help them going forward.” 

Sheffield United Preview…

“Sheffield United are a really good team. They’ll be experienced and they have a strong group there that are together all the time. We’ll watch this Birmingham game, analyse it and we’ll sit down and talk with the lads about what they did really well, but also things that they need to improve on. We’ll see if we can take them little, but important pointers into the Sheffield United game and it’s the reason why we’re here, to learn and improve game by game.”

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