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U18s can take plenty from Bradford draw: Dillon

12 March 2024


U18s can take plenty from Bradford draw: Dillon

12 March 2024

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First year scholar Kenzie Dillion felt Rovers U18 had plenty to be encouraged by in their goalless draw at Bradford City.

Dillon believed Frank Sinclair’s side deserved more from the game, with Sam Straughan-Brown seeing a goal ruled out for a foul in the later stages.

“It was a good game between two good sides but I thought we played well throughout and probably deserved more than just the one point,” Dillon said.

“We defended well to get another clean sheet and we pride ourselves on that but at the other end we struggled to take our chances.

“On another day we’re fully firing and we probably win that game so it is frustrating but we performed really well.

“We were unlucky to not get all three on the day after we created so much for ourselves but we’ve shown encouraging signs that we can attack these final games of the season now.”

The youngster found himself at left back in West Yorkshire having played across the midfield for the majority of the campaign.

And Dillon felt the versatility demanded of him has only added to his game.

He said: “I’ve had to play in a fair few positions now this season so that’s been good for my development as an all-round player and I’m just happy to be able to help the team wherever I can.

“I think I’ve shown now that I can fill in wherever and I can be an asset to the team so now I just want to keep working on that to get stronger.”

The youth team sit just two points behind the Championship Merit League placings with two games left to play in the regular season and Dillon said his teammates knew of the task in hand.

“Our aim is still to finish in the top six and we know that we’re probably going to have to win both of our last two so we’ve got to take the confidence forward now,” he said.

“A top six finish after the start we had would be a massive achievement but we all want to win as many games as we can regardless of if we’re in that top or bottom merit league.

“Since we got that first win at Lincoln in November we’ve really improved as a unit and the results that we’ve picked up are the evidence of that.

“We’ll take it game by game starting with Burton on Friday because we didn’t get off to a great start against them last time but we still managed to win so we want to put that right and be on the front foot from the off.”

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