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INTERVIEW: John Dempster on Burnley defeat and injury returns

The young Sky Blues were 3-1 by Burnley...

18 October 2022

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INTERVIEW: John Dempster on Burnley defeat and injury returns

The young Sky Blues were 3-1 by Burnley...

18 October 2022

Sky Blues Under-21s Head Coach John Dempster was disappointed with the way his side gave away their goals in defeat to Burnley.

City fell to a 3-1 defeat to the Clarets, with a goal after five minutes, followed by two penalties either side of half-time, cancelling out Liam Kelly’s strike.

The Under-21s were undone by two long balls over the top in the first half, before a controversial penalty in the second half took the game away from them.

Despite the defeat, Dempster was pleased with some aspects of the performance, including being able to welcome back players from injury.

 

On the result…

“I thought it was a highly competitive game. Burnley are a decent side and I thought we performed well overall today.

“Where we lacked was the goals we conceded. Two schoolboy goals really and we expect to do better.

“There was no pressure on the ball, and you can’t keep a high line because you will get done in behind and that’s what happened with the first goal.

“Then the second goal comes from our corner, we’re in the ascendency expecting to attack their goal and one clearance, we’re no set up properly, we don’t deal with the ball and then some bad decision making, and we find ourselves 2-0 down.

“Then, I think the referee will be disappointed with the decision for the second penalty because he was quite far away, and it didn’t look like a penalty where I was from.”

 

Positives from the game and lessons to learn…

“On a positive, some first team players got some good minutes.

“Liam Kelly scored a superb goal and I thought before we conceded our second penalty we were in the ascendency and playing some good football.

“We have to take responsibility for the things we can control and there’s a lot of things we can do better, but speaking to the players, they are being stressed every week and they’re developing, especially the younger players and that’s what we want.”

 

Welcoming back players from injury and first team players getting minutes…

“We’ve had quite a lot of injuries and players out through illness so it was good to welcome back a few bodies today.”

“When more senior pros drop into the team it’s brilliant for the younger players to play alongside them, because there’s a lot of learning that takes place.

“The more bodies we have and the more competitive it is to get into the team and the better it is for us.”


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