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INTERVIEW: John Dempster Charlton Athletic Reaction

Score draw against Southern League champions…

12 April 2022

Sky Blues Under-18s coach John Dempster praised his side’s response in their 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic.

After falling to a 4-2 defeat against Colchester United a week prior, the Sky Blues Under-18s management staff demanded a reaction from their side.

The upcoming fixture against Charlton Athletic shaped up to be no easy feat, with the Addicks being crowned PDL Southern league Champions last week.

City’s Under-18s triumphed 1-0 against the South-East London side in the recent cup semi-final, in what was a tightly contested affair and are secured another positive result this time out.

Sky Blues Under-18s coach John Dempster was pleased with his side’s response in their outing against the Addicks.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult challenge for us because we’ve already played Charlton once in the semi-final a couple of weeks ago.” Dempster said.

“They’re a very good footballing side but we challenged the players before the game to try and dominate the ball a bit more and we did that, we had more possession than them and more shots on target.

“It was Isaac Moore who scored an excellent goal from outside the box, with a lovely, controlled finish that he had to hit first time at an awkward angle.

“Although we were really pleased with the performance, we were a little disappointed that we didn’t come away with the three points, but it was one of those games where on a different day the score-line would’ve probably read differently.

“Overall, we were really pleased with how the boys played out from the back and how they created opportunities, it was just when we got in the final third, we were probably a little bit wasteful and that’s something we’ll look to address in the coming weeks and try and develop the players.”.

Dempster was pleased with his side’s reaction and looked ahead to the upcoming clash against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night.

“The match objective was to show a reaction after last week and whenever we have been beaten this season, the players have always reacted in the right way. They’ve been really good at overcoming adversity this season.

“We’ve had different challenges along the way, and it was really pleasing to see that they reacted positively, and we said to them before the game, the most important thing was the performance individually and collectively and if you do perform to a high standard, nine times out of ten you get a result.

“[Crewe] have had a lot of success in recent years in getting players through the academy to the first team, so we know they run an efficient and successful programme.

“Their Under-18s always try and play out from the back and they’ve got a good brand of football, but we also do the same.

“We expect it to be a real challenge like it always is but we’re going into the game off the back of a good performance and hopefully we can get all three points.”

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