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ACADEMY REACTION: DAVE FREEMAN REACTS TO BRADFORD CITY WIN

19 February 2024

Club News

ACADEMY REACTION: DAVE FREEMAN REACTS TO BRADFORD CITY WIN

19 February 2024

BURTON Albion’s Youth Development Phase Lead Coach Dave Freeman was pleased his side got back to winning ways, following their 3-0 win against Bradford.

The scoring began through an own goal from Bradford, before Dylan Scott and Jack Newall were able to secure the win.

Freeman reflected on his side’s performance. He said: “I thought we went about it the right way. We started the game and Bradford had a spell of 10 or 15 minutes where, I wouldn’t say they were on top, but they were looking to create some opportunities.

"I thought we defended resolutely, in particular Cam Gilbert stood up and showed some patience in the moments that he needed to in the box.

“We kept plugging away and Connor Pace had put in 3 or 4 decent deliveries that caused unrest in their defence and they scored an own goal. We got a second goal, a well taken finish from Dylan Scott, again off a set piece.

"We scored again through some really good play between Jack Newall and Will Ademeluyi, a little one two from the halfway line and then Jack did well to into the box and onto the end of Will’s cross.”

The win is the Young Brewers' first in four games. Freeman spoke about the importance of the win, as well as the importance that substitutes played in the match. “It’s always a nicer week when we win, not that the winning is the be all and end all.

"I think that the boys were aware of the run of defeats, and they want to keep themselves bubbling away at the top of the league.

“Second half we made three changes based on the fact that we’ve got some boys out on loan that will play tomorrow but I thought the boys that came into the game did really well.

"Will Ademeluyi, Spencer Cook and Che Ranger came into the game and got up to speed quite quickly so that was a real positive for us.”

Due to Kamil Dudek’s suspension, Lewis Cleland started for the Young Brewers in net. Freeman discussed his performance, saying: “An unbelievable save early on in the game from a deflection that keeps the score at 0-0 and then gives us the platform really to build.

"I thought he did well, most of his decision making was really good. He came through a lot of bodies for a couple of long throw-ins and claimed the ball well. His distribution in general and his decision making was good so really good for him.”

Burton's first two goals both came from set pieces, an aspect of the game that Freeman thought the side did well in. He said: “If you look at us against Bradford today, in terms of physicality, they were probably bigger than us across the pitch. If you notice the first goal we scored, we got a good little movements to go short and drag a couple of their players to the near post area. Connor’s delivery is usually on the money and it was a really good ball in and caused some problems.

“The second one we were really bright off the corner where Taroni goes short and a good delivery and a great finish by Dylan. We probably haven’t had scored as many as we’ve liked off set pieces, so it was really good to get two today. Equally I thought we defended them well on the opposite end, which again we’ve not been brilliant at it.”


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