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Dawson on U23s Sheffield United Defeat

19 October 2021

Lead Professional Development Phase Coach Andy Dawson was disappointed after the Under-23s' 2-0 defeat against Sheffield United.

Goals in each half from Zak Brunt and Regan Slater condemned the Tigers to their first home defeat of the Professional Development League season.


On the Defeat…

“I’m really disappointed with the result. We said to the boys at the end of the game that we showed nothing like the standards and the qualities we have shown lately. We got dominated individually to a man and we got dominated collectively through the units and we have to be better. Every time you step on the pitch, it is an opportunity to go and perform and show the first-team management what you can do and this was the one time this season that we didn’t do it at all and that’s the disappointing thing.

“Credit to Sheffield United for how they played, but it’s up to footballers to find ways to beat the style the opposition play. If they are going to be pressing, then there is going to be space elsewhere and that’s up to the man on the ball to one, pick the pass and two, for his teammates to give him them options. This was sadly the one occasion this season we didn’t show that.”


Second-Year Scholars Featuring…

“Despite the result, it was an absolutely brilliant experience for the second-year scholars to play at Under-23s level. I thought that the back four defended the box really, really well individually and to a man, they really stood up to be counted. To have two second-year scholars starting, Henry (Curtis) at left-back and Alfie (Taylor) at right-sided centre back, when he is a left-footed player, is credit to them. To get Sincere (Hall) on as well will only help them with their development.”


Wigan Athletic Preview…

“Wigan Athletic will be a similar test in the sense of they’ll want to be on the front foot and it’s about us learning from this result. For a player as you develop, you make better decisions and that’s what we’re going to be doing over the next few weeks to help them learn and see visually in analysis of what they can do better. We know they’re good players. It’s a good group that have performed really well since the start of the season and this result sadly was an off night, but we’ll be ready to go against Wigan.”

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