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INTERVIEW: John Dempster's Sheffield Wednesday Reaction

City slipped to a 2-1 defeat against the Owls...

23 November 2020

The Sky Blues Under-18s slipped to defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday this past weekend, with the Owls edging out City with a 2-1 win.

City had taken the lead early on in the game, but Wednesday turned the game on its head and took it away from the Sky Blues.

Reflecting on the result following the full-time whistle, Under-18s coach, John Dempster revealed he was disappointed with the second half performance from his side, as the Owls snatch all three points.

Dempster said: “We started very brightly, and it was lovely move and work from back to front that saw Sam Pitts-Eckersall slot through Harrison Nee to put us in the lead.

“There were some good bits in the first half in terms of playing out from the back and getting on the ball, but as the game progressed, we got a little bit sloppy in possession and Keelan Fellows produced a good save midway through the first half, but they were able to get level on the verge of half-time.

“In the second half our quality was really lacking and credit to Sheffield Wednesday because they were very competitive, they were very aggressive and probably shaded the game.”

A slow start to the second 45 enabled the Owls to come out and snatch what was ultimately the winner around the hour mark.

“They probably deserved to win, and they scored from a set play on about 60 minutes.” John said.

“We will work on it this week because it wasn’t a great delivery, and it hasn’t hit anybody and it’s gone in direct.

“Where the ball landed there should have been a player there to clear it away because it’s basic defending and it’s an error that’s proved the difference between leaving with a point and leaving with none.”

One positive to take from the game was another goal for Harrison Nee, who continues to impress this season and maintain his fine form for the Sky Blues.

“Harrison Nee would definitely be one of our top three performers again this week, it was a brilliant move for the goal which he finished off very calmly.

“During the game he had some lovely touches and receiving the ball well, so Harrison was defiantly one of the few positives today.”

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