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Dawson on U23s Cardiff City victory

13 April 2022

Lead Professional Development Phase Coach Andy Dawson has spoken on how determined his team are to finish the season strongly after defeating Cardiff City.

The Tigers defeated the Bluebirds 3-0 in their final home game of the season at the MKM Stadium.

On the victory…

“We were a little bit slack in possession first-half. We turned possession over too cheaply and I thought we made some decisions that could have been improved on. I thought at times when we moved it quickly or when we broke lines or switched play, we looked good but we were a little bit inconsistent which was the message at half-time. We had to be better at that because in transition Cardiff were quite positive and had a lot of pace and looked a threat.

“I thought in the second half the boys took it on really well and I thought when their player got sent off, it can go two ways. It’s not easy playing against ten men and your mentality can change, but credit to the boys as I thought they stuck to what we asked of them. They dealt with the situation and moved the ball well and quickly and created a few opportunities.”

Three goals & clean sheet…

“I’m delighted for the lads. We’ve gone and beaten two top teams in the Southern League and kept two clean sheets. I have to give credit to the team for the clean sheets, because it starts from the front with the attackers and that works all the way back to the goalkeeper so that’s credit to every single one of them lads and the ones that came on.

“We’ll demand our attacking players to always work hard out of possession to help the team have a base, but ultimately they will be judged on scoring and creating goals. For Sincere (Hall) to create two goals is great and I thought his cross for the second goal was absolutely top, top draw. Defenders will always be judged on clean sheets and attackers will always be judged on how many goals and assists they get so I’m delighted for them all after the last two games.”

Wigan & Charlton previews…

“We’re looking forward to the fixtures. The lads should be confident as they’re out playing in their loan games, all at different levels. The teams are challenging for different things, whether that’s promotion, play-offs, survival, so it’s good for them. They’re playing men every week, but they come back here as well and we challenge them with different things. The experience they gain from the loan is good and they’re bringing it back to help the younger players in the group, so everybody is in a good place at the moment.”

Image: Kai Connell


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