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INTERVIEW: John Dempster looks back on 3-3 draw with Hull City

The Under-21s coach looked back on the result...

9 January 2024

Academy

INTERVIEW: John Dempster looks back on 3-3 draw with Hull City

The Under-21s coach looked back on the result...

9 January 2024

John Dempster gave an honest assessment of his side’s performance, after they were forced to settle for a point against Hull City.

The Sky Blues fell behind twice in the first half but came back both times with goals from Fabio Tavares and Justin Obikwu.

City would eventually take the lead through an own goal in the second half but were pegged back late on from a corner.

Speaking after the final whistle, Dempster gave his reaction to the game’s events.

 

Reflecting on the game…

“It was difficult with the conditions out there, but I don’t think that can be any excuse for the lack of quality on show today.

“I think both teams lacked real quality although there were a lot of goals, some of the play, particularly some of the defending was not very good.

“Some of the boys maybe feeling a little bit rusty after the Christmas break and looked a bit leggy, so we will look to do some physical work with them over the next couple of weeks as well as continue the technical and tactical work that we do with them to try and improve them between now and the end of the season.”

 

Working on defending and set-pieces…

“Yeah, there was there was lots of chances for both teams and it turned into a bit of a basketball match towards the end, with both teams attacking.

“We went 3-2 up and it would have been brilliant if we could have seen that through, but we didn’t look particularly comfortable today from free-kicks and corners and obviously they've equalised late on from a corner.

“We will look at that and that is an area we definitely need to be better at as a team. “Obviously, our personnel changes week to week but that again is not an excuse and we need to be better from set plays.”

 

Chances to win the game…

“The attacking players looked a real threat today. Fabio had some really good opportunities and Justin created some good chances for himself.

“Evan Eghosa looked lively in and around the 18-yard box, so we looked a threat going forward, it’s just at the back which is more of concern for us.”

 

Minutes for Fabio Tavares and Kai Andrews…

“It was important to get some minutes and work into Fabio. He came off the bench on Saturday and will be looking to get some more minutes.

“We also had Kai Andrews out there, who was involved with the first team on the bench on Saturday against Oxford.

“He has been in good form recently and has been doing well, but I think he found it a little bit more difficult, but will only help him in his development coming up against one or two decent midfielders."


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