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Dawson on U23s Crewe Victory

12 October 2021

Lead PDP Coach Andy Dawson praised his side for their clinical edge in the second half of the 4-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra U23s.

A brace by McCauley Snelgrove and finishes in each half by Oliver Green and Tom Nixon maintained the Tigers their 100% home record in the Professional Development League this season.

 

On the Victory…

“The longer the game went on, the more clinical we got. I think first half, we had opportunities in the final third and maybe the final pass or the last touch was a bit loose and we probably didn’t work their goalkeeper enough. Second half, we kept the momentum going and we were a little bit more intense with the press. We won the ball higher up the pitch and, more importantly, finished the opportunities we created.

“It was a fairly experienced team, but they had to come into the game with the right attitude and application and I thought they did that to a man. The more experienced ones helped the younger players and they showed the attitude to keep Crewe out and win the ball back, which we did really well.”

 

Notable Performances…

“It’s a great strike from Oliver Green to open the scoring. We had an initial attempt that hit the bar, but it came back to Oliver on the edge of the box and we know he has a good left foot and he connected with it really well and drilled it into the bottom corner. I’m happy for him because the midfield can work really hard and win the ball back in a build-up, but it’s nice for them to get on the end of a move sometimes and he deserves that.

“Attacking players like ‘Macca’ (Snelgrove) have to score and create goals and he is doing really well with both as his performance showed. However, he’s got to keep working hard and getting in them areas, because the more he’s in them areas, he’s certainly got the finishing techniques and quality to finish them.”

 

Jevon Mills' Republic of Ireland U19s Debut…

“I’m absolutely delighted for Jevon and credit to him and his family because he is a fantastic boy. He works really hard, he’s humble, he’s down to earth and he deserves all he gets. Credit as well to all the coaches that have helped him through from a young age. He’s been at the Academy for a long time so they deserve a lot of credit because each one of them coaches from a really young age will have had the input and Jevon’s the type of player who will take it on board. He’s signed his first professional contract and made his debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-19s and he deserves full credit for that so I’m delighted for him and for everybody surrounding him as well.”


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