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INTERVIEW: John Dempster's Nottingham Forest Reaction

Dempster pleased with youngster's win against Forest...

22 December 2020

The Sky Blues youngsters secured back-to-back wins after beating Nottingham Forest 3-2 away from home.

Sam Rodber scored the opening goal of the game before Harrison added another two to his tally to ensure City ended 2020 with all three points.

Speaking after the game, manager John Dempster spoke of his delight that his side were able to get themselves back into the game and fend off any Forest fightback.

“We looked to cause them attacking problems throughout the 90 minutes.” Dempster said.

“Harrison Nee and Sam Rodber worked hard as a pair and were a handful for the Forest back four and I thought Malakai Reeve was probably the pick of our back four, he managed the game well and was strong in the tackle.

“It was brilliant for all the lads to score a winner and hang on to the end whilst Forest were putting us under pressure, putting the ball in the box a lot.

“We defended very bravely, and we could have made it four when Craig Hewitt went in behind and he probably should have cut it back to Harrison his hat-trick rather than having a shot.

“We could have been a little bit more convincing really on reflection, but it was a good afternoon for the boys.”

City have shown a great team spirit so far this season with key relationships between players in similar positions being important.

The togetherness in the group has been reflected in the performances from City during the last few weeks and Dempster has been impressed with what he has seen.

“Relationships are important throughout the team, be it the left midfielder and the left-back or the two central defenders.

“It’s important you strike up a relationship because it’s a team game and any team that comes together and works the hardest, nine times out of ten will win the football match.”

To win two games in a week was important for the Sky Blues, especially following the disappointment of being knocked out of the FA Youth Cup the week before.

“After the FA Youth Cup, we laid out some little goals for the players in house.

“Whether that’s to deal with more physical teams and be aggressive which we did against Hull or getting two wins on the bounce, which the U18’s hadn’t done for a little while.

“So, it was a great way to send the boys into the Christmas break, from an U18s point of view it was a brilliant send off by the players and we are very proud of how they played so far this season and the improvements they have made.”


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