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INTERVIEW: John Dempster reflects on victory for Coventry City U21s in Senior Cup

City beat Coleshill Town 3-0...

22 January 2024

Academy

INTERVIEW: John Dempster reflects on victory for Coventry City U21s in Senior Cup

City beat Coleshill Town 3-0...

22 January 2024

John Dempster was proud of his young side, as they progressed into the fourth round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Seven of the starting eleven had been involved in the Under-18s FA Youth Cup win last week, with only four Under-21s players starting.

City’s youngsters stepped up to the challenge and in the end it was goals from Marco Rus, Evan Eghosa and Bradley Stretton which secured the win.

Speaking after the final whistle, Dempster was proud with the way his lads dealt with the game.

 

Reflecting on the result…

“We've come again and scored some good goals.

“It was brilliant to see some of the Under-18s step up. We started the game with only four Under-21s, including Luke Bell the goalkeeper.

“I asked the Under-18s to step up and the Under-21s to lead by example and they did that tonight in abundance.”

 

Several Under-18s featuring…

“They've obviously had a brilliant win against Barnsley a few days ago in the FA Youth Cup, but it was a different game today and a different challenge against a non-league team who had some physical boys.

“We had some first years and two first years playing at centre back and they had to deal with their big number nine which was good to see.

“I thought they battled really well. They defended the box with lots of balls coming into the box, corners, long throws, but we handled that and then we dominated the ball as well, so it was a real positive night.”

 

Coming up against Non-League sides…

“That brings a different challenge a physical challenge and some of them have been around the block in the non-league circuit so they know the dark arts which our boys need to learn and there's only one way you learn it and that's by playing games against lads that are slightly more experienced.

“But in the end, we ran out comfortable winners, but different times in key moments in the game we had to block defend and then it was great to see us create and score some quality goals.”

 

Progressing deep into the competition…

“We've got to the final last year and fell short on penalties so it'd be great to progress as far as we can again this this season.

“We're probably slightly younger and we’ve got less bodies so that could be a challenge, but tonight was very good performance and a very positive result.”

 


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