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9 February 2022

"I thought if there was going to be one team that would win the game, it would be us"

Kieron Dyer spoke to the Club website after his Town U23s side extended their unbeaten run in Professional Development League Two to seven games following a 2-0 victory at Millwall on Tuesday afternoon.

Goals from Harley Curtis and Tawanda Chirewa secured the three points for the Blues, with the hosts ending the game with 10 men following a straight red card for Tyrese Briscoe.

"It wasn’t your typical game. That was more like a league game that our first-team are used to,” Kieron told the Club website.

"Millwall are very strong and physical. You know what you’re going to get. They’re in your face with high energy and intensity. I can only give credit to the boys to have dominated the game for large periods. Millwall looked dangerous at set pieces, but in open play I don’t think they really had a chance.

"I thought if there was going to be one team that would win the game, it would be us. Usually, results in academy and U23s football are 4-3s and 4-2s, but to keep a clean sheet at this level is very pleasing."

The red card for Millwall early in the second half looked to alter the course of the game, with Dyer also changing the formation of his side around the same time.

"For the first five to 10 minutes, the red card had a negative impact on us. Usually when a team goes down to 10 men, they go into a low block - they don’t really have any interest of scoring at the other end and they just try to stop you.

"So, it threw us off, but substitutes Nico [Valentine] and Tommy [Hughes] made a positive impact."

Valentine came off the bench following the red card incident and, almost instantly, set up Town’s first goal of the afternoon with a run from the right into the Lions' box before squaring for Curtis to finish into the back of the net.

"He’s had an indifferent start to the season because of injury," continued Kieron when asked about the 17-year-old's influence on the game.

"He’s one of those players who we have always hoped would have a big future. With that kind of pace, he’s a gamechanger.

"We want them all to be good decision makers and play forward. We’re at a really good level of consistency, and long may that continue.

"They’re taking the messages on board - not just from John [McGreal] and I, but Adem [Atay] and Sam [Darlow] who work with the U18s and who also deliver messages to our U23s.

"Bryan [Klug] as well; obviously everyone knows about Bryan’s wealth of experience and what a great coach he is - the players are fortunate to have these good role models."

Town U23s are sponsored by CNet training.

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