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INTERVIEW: John Dempster gives Millwall Reaction

Defeat for the Development side...

6 September 2022


INTERVIEW: John Dempster gives Millwall Reaction

Defeat for the Development side...

6 September 2022

Sky Blues Under-21s Head Coach John Dempster spoke of his disappointment following his side’s late defeat to Millwall at the Alan Higgs Centre.

Despite taking the lead in the game, the Sky Blues fell behind and although they got back into the game, they ultimately slipped to defeat following a 90th minute goal.

Dempster gave his thoughts following the full-time whistle.

“We’re disappointed with the result,” Dempster said.

“Going into the break 1-0 up after a tough battle in the first half, to then concede the goals we did in the second half is disappointing because they are some of the challenges the lads will face when they go into Non-League on loan or out to first teams.

“Millwall were direct they were physical, and they had a long throw and they put balls into the box, whether that be corners or free kicks and you have to step up to that challenge and make sure you’re getting first contacts onto balls and if not, you make sure your getting those second balls.

“Those are the basics, and we didn’t do them today and that’s why we’ve come away with no points.”

Millwall’s game plan looked to be to flood the Sky Blues box, with continuous set-pieces being pumped into the box throughout the game.

Dempster was left frustrated that his side didn’t deal with these situations better, challenging them to learn from this result.

“The disappointing thing is that we have some big boys of our own and we expect them to step up and win their duels and they didn’t do that today in our box.

“Abel (Alabi) has popped up with a good goal from a set play which we’re pleased with, but it was in our own box that we struggled today.

“You want your team to deal with what they face, and they didn’t do that this afternoon.”

On a positive note for the development side, Dempster was able to feature seven Under-18s in his matchday squad, as well as two starters in the form of Tristen Batanwi and Evan Eghosa.

John believes these players can only learn from these experiences, as they take that into their development moving forward.

“There were some good individual performances from some of our Under-18s in particular who started the game today.

“Tristen stepped up at left back and he is one of our first year scholars and I think he was one of our better players.

“Evan played in the middle of the pitch and never gave up and Callum Perry came on and he did some good bits as well, so there were positives to take.

“It’s not always about the result when it comes to development football but I expect the players to do better and it’s really important they learn from this”


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