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INTERVIEW: John Dempster Hull City Reaction

Wins keep on rolling for Under-18s…

1 March 2022

The Sky Blues Under-18s came out 2-0 victors away at Hull City to extend their lead at the top of table.

Goals either side of the half helped secure all three points for the travelling Sky Blues side.

Under-18s coach John Dempster broke down proceedings and praised his team for one of the most impressive displays of the season.

“We started the game very well, the first goal was from a set-play which is always pleasing. We won first and second contact and then Evan Eghosa managed to put the ball in; it wasn’t a pretty goal but it's still pleasing the players are scoring a variety of goals.

“For the first hour, we were really pleased with the performance and it was probably one of the best of the season with lots of shots on goal, lots of possession, lots of good play in their half and we were probably a bit unfortunate not to be ahead by more goals at half-time.

“The second half we started well again and scored a really good team goal with Riley, who played ninety minutes as an Under-16 at left-back, finishing an excellent move.

"Then the game became quite even for the last half-an-hour as Hull were trying to get back in the game as you can imagine, but our goalkeeper and back three were very strong and they didn’t really trouble us in terms of shots on goal, so it was a really good performance on and off the ball.”

With schools on the half-term break, Dempster had the luxury of having the Under-16 side in for training across the week.

The Sky Blues academy coach mentioned the benefit that had, as well as how the Under-16s have faired this campaign.

“We were fortunate to have the Under-16s in all week, so it allowed us to have more match preparation during the week.

“They’ve been outstanding, due to injury some of them have had more opportunities than they would’ve expected, but every single one of them has stepped up.

“It will only bode well that they’ve had that experience of Under-18s football because they’ve already had a taste before being offered their scholarship this year, so they’ve been a real credit.

“At times there’s been some great individual performances and some of them have been from the Under-16s, so that’s been a real highlight of the season so far.”

The Under-18s travel to face Sheffield United in a table-topping clash next weekend and Dempster previewed what shapes up to be a gruelling battle.

“They’re up in the league table and so are we, so we’re really looking forward to it.

“We’ve played them twice this season, both games have resulted in a draw. The first game we were disappointed not to win and in the second game, they were 2-0 up, so they were probably disappointed not to win the game.

"Both contests have been quite physical, very competitive and we expect more of the same on Saturday when we travel away to them.

“The consistent part is that we always try to play the club’s philosophy, of course we’ll look at their strengths and weaknesses and try and expose them, but we concentrate on ourselves because there can be quite a lot of change in line-ups for an Under-18 side.

"Sometimes it can be a waste of time focusing on positions, so we keep it the same in terms of how we play, the main focus will be on ourselves.”


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