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Dawson on U23s Ipswich Victory

23 March 2021

Andy Dawson praised his side for executing the game plan as the U23s secured a 4-1 victory over Ipswich Town U23s at the LNER Community Stadium.

A hat-trick from Ahmed Salam and a goal from McCauley Snelgrove secured all three points for the Tigers in the Professional Development League.

On the victory…

“The lads stuck at the task well. We spoke at half-time that we were a little bit untidy in possession, but in the second half, when we did get the first and second pass off, we started causing them problems which was pleasing and it shows they took the information on board. The lads were brave enough and calm enough to execute the task which is a real positive for us going forward.

“The midfield was important today as they were the link between the defence and our attacking players and they were brave enough to get on the ball when things were tough. They showed that little bit of composure and quality that started more attacks, but credit also goes to the defenders. It’s a shame we didn’t get a clean sheet because it’s important as defenders and as a team to strive for that at the start of every game because it gives you at least a point. Credit to the attackers as well because when we got in the final third, we did produce opportunities and that’s something we haven’t done enough in the last couple of games.”

Grant McCann Attendance…

“When the manager and the first-team staff attend, it’s important the lads show what they can do. They have the freedom to express themselves and that’s what we try and tell them all the time, to be brave and show what you’ve got. Get on the ball, win first and second contacts and if you dominate both in and out of possession, it shows what a good player you are because you can compete in the middle of the park and help the team going forward. Credit to all the lads as they did that.”

Nottingham Forest Preview…

“The lads will have a bit of confidence as they should do after scoring four goals and playing some of the stuff we did. We’ll still be working over the next few days to prepare for Nottingham Forest, because young players always want to be better, so there’s still plenty of work to go. Nottingham Forest are a strong, experienced and tough team, so it’ll be another challenge, but one that we’ll go into full of confidence.”


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