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We didn't play the conditions

6 December 2016

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David Dunn felt the Under-23s didn't adapt to the conditions as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Cardiff City in the Premier League Cup.

The points were shared in a match short of chances and quality at the Leckwith Athletics Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The assistant coach believes playing on such tricky surfaces can only help the development squad's progress, as long as they learn from the experience.

"We want to play and we to play good effective football, but there are times when conditions aren't always set up that way," said Dunn.

"It was a lively pitch, it was bobbly, and most of the better chances - not that there were many for both teams - came from mistakes.

"Some of our players might go out on loan to the lower leagues and they might have to play on pitches like that so they have to make better decisions.

"And I thought at times we didn't make good decisions, there is nothing wrong with turning teams, certainly on pitches like that. With the best will in the world you can't play on those pitches, it is too difficult, so you've got to play the conditions and too many times I didn't think we did it well enough.

"So it was a little bit disappointing, we wanted to play but the conditions didn't allow for that, so we should have risen above and play the right football for that particular pitch and I don't think we did that."

The development squad are back in action next Monday night when they take on Stoke City at the Lancs FA, Leyland.

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