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Dawson on Nottingham Forest U23s Defeat

26 March 2021

Andy Dawson felt there were positives to take for the Tigers' Under-23s despite suffering a 2-0 defeat in the Professional Development League against Nottingham Forest.

A goal in each half from Julian Larsson and Fin Back condemned the young Tigers to defeat at the LNER Community Stadium. 

On the defeat…

“First half, we stood off them a little bit and we showed them a little bit too much respect. First and foremost, I have to give Nottingham Forest credit as they’re a very good team and I thought we let them play and sort of dominate the game. Credit to them because they’re really good at that.

“In terms of defensively, we were really disappointed to concede a penalty with two or three minutes to go until half-time.  You think if you can get to half-time and it’s goalless, we can reshuffle a few things. Looking back at it, it probably was a penalty, but at half-time, we talked about being more positive and I really enjoyed watching the team second half. However, we maybe lacked that little bit of quality to really get the last shot off or the final pass, but we were a young team tonight. We started with five scholars and another one came on. Overall, there’s loads to take from it and I really enjoyed watching the team second half. If they start in a positive manner more often, they’ll get their just rewards.”

Henri Kumwenda debut…

“All the staff have said from minute one that Henri has been exceptional with his attitude and application to be positive and get as fit and as strong as he possibly can. He’s been training well in the last few weeks and I’m absolutely delighted for him, because it’s not easy when you’re injured, especially for that long period. I’m looking forward to seeing him more in the coming weeks.”

Crewe Alexandra preview…

“It’ll be another tough game. It’ll be our third game in a week which is great for the lads, but something that has been rare, especially this season. It’s something physically different for them and they need to become more resilient in terms of playing a lot of games like the first-team have, so it’s great. Also, it’s another opportunity to play at the LNER Community Stadium which is a brilliant environment for young players to play football and it’ll be one we’ll look forward to.”

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