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Dawson on U23s Colchester United draw

11 March 2022

Lead Professional Phase Coach Andy Dawson has challenged his players to express themselves in future games after the Under-23s played out a goalless draw against Colchester United.

Both teams each earned a point in their respected Professional Development League campaigns as they battled at the MKM Stadium.


On The Performance…

“If I’m honest, I thought it was a scrappy performance. We know all the boys can play a lot better. We also know the way we work both in and out of possession can be done with a lot more intensity and a lot more quality and that’s the challenge. It’s a 90 minute game of football to enjoy and express yourself, whether that is with or without the ball and I thought both individually and collectively, we could have done a lot more than what we did.

“Credit to Colchester for the way they set-up. The opposition will always have methods and ways to stop you from playing the way you want to play, but that’s where the boys need to be brave, want to get on the ball and express themselves. No one is going to let you play, so you have to find ways to find space to go and hurt teams.


Scholars Stepping Up…

“I was delighted for them as that’s what it’s all about, playing younger players at the higher age group. Alfie (Taylor) has played quite a few games for the Under-23s this season and he’s looking more and more comfortable with each passing game. I’m delighted for Tom Macauley to come in and get a clean sheet as it’s really important for a goalkeeper, so credit to him, the back four and the other boys.

“Sincere (Hall) again showed at times what quality he’s got and he had a really good opportunity following good play from ‘Jarvo’ (Will Jarvis) and we know more often than not he takes it. But overall, it was great to get younger players playing up at the higher age group and challenging themselves against a good opposition.


Ipswich Town Preview…

“We need to take the positives from both games this week and implement them in training, but also learn on them as well. There’s plenty to learn from this result. We got into the final third on a number of occasions, but we didn’t work the keeper enough, so it’s all about that final decision. I understand scoring a goal in football is the hardest thing, but that’s our job as staff as well as the players to analyse what we did well and things that we can work on in the next few weeks before our next game against Ipswich Town.”

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