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INTERVIEW: John Dempster Colchester United Reaction

Dempster delighted with Colchester win...

26 October 2020

The Sky Blues Under-18s bounced back from last week’s loss to Birmingham City and beat Colchester United 5-2 at the Alan Higgs centre.

Speaking after the game, manager John Dempster commented on their performance and their dominance going forward.

“It was great to see us score another five goals, I think we are the top goal scorers in the league so far which shows how good we’ve been in possession of the ball and we’ve got some very gifted players going forward so that’s definitely a positive.

"Colchester are a very strong outfit so to run out as winners was a credit to the players. Some of the goals we scored were fantastic and some of the play going forward was really good to watch.”

The convincing performance from the Sky Blues comes after a 7-4 loss to local rivals Birmingham.

“To get a reaction after Tuesday’s game against Birmingham was something we were looking to do, so all the plaudits go to the players for their performance this morning,” Dempster said.

“It was very important, more from a performance view and we emphasised that. We wanted good individual and collective performances and of course when you get that nine times out of ten and the result comes with it and that has been the case today. “

Dempster made a few changes for the game with George Burroughs and Ryan Howley returning to the side and Dempster explained how the duo impacted the side:

“It was great to see the boys who came into the team, we made some changes, they stepped up and did a good job for themselves and the team.

“Also, the boys that came off the bench affected the game in a positive way, so an all-round good effort.

“It was a really good performance by George Burroughs because he’s been out with concussion so he hasn’t had a lot of training or game time most recently so to step back into the back three and perform like he did was a very good effort.

“I thought Ryan Howley showed some good touches today and looked very creative and again Joe Nightingale and Harrison Nee looked very dangerous going forward and it was a joy to watch at times. “

Dempster and his side will be hoping to elaborate on this performance as they travel to Cardiff next week.


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