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19 March 2013

Steve praises team following fourth straight win

Steve Eyre praised his Development squad after they recorded their fourth straight win and clean sheet with a 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest.

Goals from midfielders Dale Hopson and Chris Atkinson ensured that Town tightened their grip on third spot of the U21 Professional Development League 2.

“I am very proud of today’s win, I am thrilled to bits,” said Steve.

“In recent games we have been dominating the ball throughout, but today was a bit different. Forest enjoyed a lot of the early possession and we couldn’t really get near them; we had to regroup and change shape to try and stop their flow. 

“For the seventy minutes after their early pressure we were excellent, probably as good as I have seen from them this season.

“We tried to encourage the lads to be patient because we knew a break would come. It was a good challenge for us because we had to change quite a bit during the game.” 

Steve added: “We want the players to be fit and organised and also have some tactical awareness. Our aim is to dominate the ball and keep clean sheets so have to done that for the last four games is superb. We feel that if we keep a clean sheet and dominate the ball that we will get a goal. I am delighted with what the lads have been doing; they are a credit to the Club.”

Town had to make some late changes to their line-up with Jordan Sinnott dropping to right back. The alterations allowed under-18 defender Joe Wilkinson to make his debut as a second half substitute and in doing so became the 12th under-18 player to feature for the Development Squad this season. 

“Robbie McIntyre was ill during the night and credit to Dale Hopson who looked after him and I don’t think had any sleep before the game. We had a nice mixture today of young, development and senior players and I thought they were all tactically excellent.

“The senior players today were brilliant and I thought they helped guide the younger lads through the game, especially at the start when we had to be clever.”

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