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Dawson on U23s Barnsley Draw

15 February 2022

Lead PDP Coach Andy Dawson spoke on how hard his side worked as they drew against Barnsley at the MKM Stadium.

Despite the game finishing goalless, both teams hit the woodwork while Barnsley’s Matthew Wolfe saw his first-half spot-kick saved by David Robson as the Tigers and Tykes earned a point each in the Professional Development League.

 

On The Result…

“It was a really open game from both teams’ perspective. I thought second half we got a little bit better. We created more chances and were more clinical in our efforts which is what we asked of them at half-time. We needed to work their keeper (Daniel Jinadu) more and to be fair he made two or three great saves in the second half. We’ve hit the post but so have they and  I think it was an entertaining game of football in which the lads worked extremely hard.

“We asked the boys to be brave in the final third and to express themselves. There is more of enough quality in that group to score goals so we just have to keep encouraging them to be positive and working the goalkeeper. Overall, we’ve had two clean sheets on the bounce which is credit to them all.

 

Robson’s Penalty Heroics…

“I’m absolutely delighted for Dave - clean sheets is what goalkeepers pride themselves on so credit to him. He saved a penalty earlier this season against Wolves in pre-season so he’s certainly got the ability and the knack of producing them important penalty saves when it matters so I’m delighted for him. He was a calming influence around the group so I’m really pleased for him.

 

Experience at MKM Stadium & Sheffield United Preview…

“It was great for the boys to play at the MKM Stadium. It’s part and parcel for young players to play at stadiums. It’s these experiences you want to try and give them so again it was great for them to play here. A lot of them are Hull City fans as well so for them to come and play here, I’m delighted for them.

“We’ll look forward to the game against Sheffield United. We’ll get plenty of work into the lads to try and improve on the things that we did well in this fixture as well as what we can improve on.”


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