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INTERVIEW: John Dempster on Cardiff victory, remaining fixtures and positive performance

17 April 2023

Sky Blues Under-21s Head Coach, John Dempster, was pleased with his sides performance during their 3-0 win over Cardiff City.

The Under-21s scored twice before half-time through Justin Obikwu and Will Bapaga, before the latter scored again midway through the second half to wrap up the points.

Victory ensured the 21s unbeaten run continued, as they make a strong end to the season, with a place in the top two still in sight and a cup final on the horizon.

Speaking after the final whistle, Dempster reflected on a good day’s work at the Coventry Building Society Arena…


Reflecting on the result..

“It was comfortable in the end. I though the first half was pretty even. Dan Rachel makes an outstanding save at 0-0 and Tristen makes a brilliant tackle.

“Then we get the first goal and the old adage that goals change games was certainly the case today.

“We’re really pleased with some of the individual performances. Callum Perry and the back five were outstanding, really good decisions.

“The players showed real maturity and put in a good performance like we said and it’s another win at the CBS Arena for us.”


Producing a strong end to the season…

“They’re growing into this season. They’re really grafting and we have some good footballers here and as a team and unit they’re working hard for each other.

“When we lose the ball, they’re working really hard to win it back quickly. Then we’ve shown some quality over the last few games in possession which has been great to see.

“At times today our quality could’ve been better, in comparison to the last few games, but we looked really dangerous going forward.”


The lads up front…

“Justin was a big threat up top both aerially and in behind and Will Bapaga was a handful and dropping in and receiving the ball and attacking their back four.

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“Will took both penalties well and I don’t think the keeper had a chance. My only criticism is he could’ve had three or four today.

“He was feeding off Justin and making chances on his own, running solo and he has that in his locker.”


Dan Rachel making some top saves…

“Considering Dan is only a first-year scholar he has performed really well for the 21s so far.

“He’s probably ahead of schedule for the games we expected him to play this season, so he’s been thrown in and it’s been sink or swim.

“He’s been training really well and developed a lot this season.”

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Looking forward to the last few games…

“Lots to look forward to. We want to continue to do well in the league, the boys have been bang on it for the last few performance

“The performances have been coming out and there’s lots to play for in the league and we have a cup final coming up.”

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