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Dawes Pleased With Youth Win Over Burton

19 July 2015

Under-18s Coach Saw Good Response On Saturday

“They’re shaping up really well,” added Dawes.

“I think within the group there’s a lot of competition at the moment so I don’t think anyone can relax and take anything for granted so in a good and healthy way they’re pushing each other.

“There’s a good camaraderie in the group and they’re doing really well.”

And with five friendlies still left to play, including Tuesday’s trip to Coventry City, Dawes feels his side are shaping up well for the upcoming season.

“It was nice (to bounce back from Everton game) but I say to the boys all the time it’s a bit of a luxury and a bonus playing teams like Everton and West Brom.

“It’s good to pit yourself against them teams to see where you are as an individual and collectively but at the end of the day our benchmark is the likes of Burton.

"They’re the type of teams we are going to be playing week in week out and its good to come here today, our first game at home and to win 4-1 and be comfortable in the end.”

Following last week’s 4-1 reversal on Merseyside, Dawes believes it is games against sides like Burton where Town can judge themselves.

“I thought we took our chances well when we had that spell and I thought we defended really well when we had to so all in all it was a good game,” added Dawes.

Despite the convincing score line, the visitors posed a threat to the Town goal but lacked the ruthlessness in front of goal that, on the day Town possessed in abundance.

“I thought the boys have done well,” said Dawes.

“I thought it was a different type of game than our last two pre-season games.

“The last two pre-season games were against Everton and West Brom and arguably it’s probably a little bit easier to play when you are in possession against those teams.

"They won’t go and be as aggressive as Burton were today and I think we found it a bit harder to play but I think they adapted to it well.”

But he was delighted to see his side bounce back with a commanding victory over Burton at the weekend.

Dawes’ side had yet to win a pre-season game following two hard matches against Premier League opposition in West Bromwich Albion and last weeks opposition Everton.

Head of Academy coaching Ian Dawes praised Shrewsbury Town’s youth team’s efforts in Saturday morning’s victory over Burton Albion.

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