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INTERVIEW: John Dempster Bristol City Reaction

The Sky Blues Under-18s secured a 2-1 win...

12 April 2021

The young Sky Blues left it late to beat Bristol City 2-1 at home with a late winner from George Burroughs.

Coventry City came into this game off the back of an easter break which the side would have hoped to use well to recover from a string of narrow defeats.

It started brightly for the City who went one ahead after just six minutes through Harrison Nee before an equaliser on the hour mark left the Sky Blues searching for a winner.

The goal eventually came late on through captain George Burroughs who got the final touch after a scramble from a corner.

Speaking after the game Under-18s Coach, John Dempster expressed his thoughts on the win over the Robins: “I thought it was very pleasing that the players managed to win a football match because that is what they are trying to learn to do.

“I thought some of the performances were below average, individually. However, it was brilliant to see Harrison Nee back playing in his favoured position and scoring a header because he has been up there in the goalscoring charts all season. So, for him to grab one after coming back from injury was a real positive.

“It was great that George popped up from a set play to get the winner. So, they are the positives.

“I do think over the course of 90 minutes we were worthy winners.”

Despite picking up the win Dempster told how more needs to be done to iron out the key mistakes that led to the Sky Blues being pegged back level.

“We conceded a set play, and it was from the second phase of a set play, so we hadn’t cleared the ball initially and it landed on the edge of the box with a first-time finish from the opposition player.

“We expect our clearances to be better with further height and distance but if they are not, we need to be quicker out in blocking shots, and it was a little be too easy. It will be something we look at in terms of analysis to help the boys improve.”

It was a young side out today for the host’s with Dempster having made seven changes from the sides last league meeting with Watford. It was the youngsters who impressed with seven U16s and one U15 getting important minutes on the pitch.

“We were very young today we had a lot of our U16s playing and all the first years that are fit played so there is that we had an U15 on the pitch in Isaac who came on and I thought was outstanding so there are lots of positives.

“However, standards at this football club are very high and it is driven from the top all the way down to the U9s. If we fall below in those standards, we will be open and honest with each other and try to be better.”

As he looks for higher standards of a performance from his players, Dempster believes the boys will react well to up the level in training before their next fixture.

“We spoke to the players briefly after the game about individually being better and brining more to the table because it is one thing doing it in training but when it comes to a matchday on a Saturday that is the most important day of the week and we want to see a lot of the work we have been putting in during the week coming out on the Saturday.

“We have got a very honest group that are developing and are developing over the course of the season and I think one or two were a little bit disappointed with their individual performances, but it is great that the team have won. “

 


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