Andy Dawson spoke about the quality both teams produced after the Under-23’s were held to a goalless draw against Barnsley.
David Robson saved a first-half penalty as the Tigers secured a point in their latest Professional Development League fixture.
On the Draw…
“I thought it was an excellent Under-23’s game. I think we came up against something different to what we’re used to which is credit to Barnsley. They had high intensity and they put us under a lot of pressure, but I’ve got to give credit to our lads as I thought they dealt with it incredibly well against something that you’re not used to at Under-23’s football. I enjoyed our performance, but I also enjoyed the game because it was a real good high energy, high quality game of football.
“We created good opportunities and maybe our final ball at times could have been a tiny bit better if I’m being a little bit critical of the lads. However, they never let their heads go down; they weren’t disappointed. They kept going and kept finding the areas and that’s something that we’ll keep working on in the coming weeks, but if they show that grit and determination and hard work and effort to get into areas to score goals, I’m sure they’ll come in the long term.”
Robson & Mayer…
“I thought Dave (Robson) was excellent to be fair. I did think it was a penalty looking back on it and Dave kept us in the game with a good stop and late on in the game, Barnsley were putting us under a bit of pressure and it was a bit end-to-end and he’s produced a match-defining save, which is credit to him, because he’s not played that much lately so I’m delighted for him. I’m delighted for all of them, because it’s important to have that clean sheet mentality and that has to drive through individually and collectively and the boys stuck to it to the last minute so credit to them.
“We’re not too sure on Thomas’ (Mayer) injury as of yet. Obviously I know that the physios have seen him, but he went down and he had a knock earlier on so fingers crossed that it’s not too bad and hopefully for Thomas’ and the club’s sake that it won’t be too bad and he’ll be back playing very soon.”
LNER Community Stadium…
“I think it’s a great place for young players to play football. It’s a proper stadium and it’s really nice and really well built. From the minute you walk in, it’s a really good football environment, so I thought it got what it deserved today with a really, really good game of football with two good teams going head to head.”