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INTERVIEW: John Dempster's Swansea Reaction

City shared the points with the Swans...

9 November 2020

The Sky Blues Under-18s battled hard with 10-men to grab a well-earned point at home to Swansea last week on Friday morning.

Speaking after the game, 18s Coach, John Dempster spoke on the sides positive performance from start to finish.

“I was delighted with the players this afternoon; we started the game very brightly and created a couple of half chances.

“Unfortunately, Jay McGrath has gone in for a rash challenge and has mistimed it, which has resulted in a red card that have might have been a bit harsh, but the players were superb from then on in.

“They came together and we were just disappointed on the stroke of half-time for one of them to bend it in the top corner, because we felt even though we had one less man, we were more than equal to Swansea for the first 45 minutes.”

Despite a relatively strong performance in the first half City had been unlucky to go down a man and concede. However, John Dempster explained what was said at the break: “The message was to try and stay in the game for as long as possible and be patient and wait for opportunities to come.

“There were quite a few opportunities in the second half, there was a penalty which Harrison Nee missed and some balls in the box that we could have done better with.

“Thankfully, George Burroughs popped up with an excellent finish in the last five minutes of the game and it was no less than the players deserved.”

It was an important bounce back from last week’s loss away at Cardiff, as Dempster explained: “We always ask the players to act positively from a defeat with a good performance and they certainly did that today.

“The character they showed at times and the fitness levels were really impressive, when you look at Under-18s football, for them to show the character and fitness they did today makes us quite proud.”

Reflecting on the start to the season so far, the 18s, Dempster revealed how he has been pleased with the opening few fixtures.

“So far so good, the players have performed well and have experienced a lot of different things in the game’s we’ve played.

“We have asked a lot of different things from them both with the ball and without, with high levels of commitment and good bravery as well. They’ve done great so far, and we will look to continue that into the run into Christmas and then obviously in the new year.”


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