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Dawson On U23s' Wigan Win

Dawson On U23s' Wigan Win

Andy Dawson was pleased to see an experienced Hull City U23s side return to winning ways against Wigan Athletic on Monday.

Goals from Keane Lewis-Potter, Dan Batty and Ryan Tafazolli were enough to secure all three points for the Tigers with what was a sixth win of the Professional Development League campaign.

Read Dawson's assessment of the win below...

On the performance...
It was great to get back to winning ways - and fully deserved as well. I thought it was an excellent performance from everyone involved. Obviously, there were a number of first-team players involved and full credit must go to  each and every one of them. They set a great example for our younger players. They approached it as if it was a first-team team fixture and that shone through with the performances from all of them. Their work-rate and application was top drawer and some of the football we produced was excellent as well. On the whole, it was a pleasing day all-round for everyone involved.

On ten Academy products playing in the game...
It was a fantastic thing for the Academy and the Club. Everyone has said we played a strong side for the game, but we actually finished the match with seven Academy products on the pitch, with a further three having been involved on the pitch. Obviously some of those players are with the first-team on a permanent basis now, while others are down at Cottingham intermittently. That's credit to everyone involved at the Academy and the Club that thing are going that way.

On the learning opportunity for the younger players...
Even though some of the younger lads might not have got on or only played 10-15 minutes, they will have learnt so much from being in and around the first-team lads because of the manner in which they applied themselves throughout the day. They showed the standards that need to be meet week in, week out and for the younger lads to see and witness that means they will try to follow their lead - and that's great for us as coaches.