Derby County Football Club Women

Dobrzycki “Impressed with Squad Effort”

Derby County Women’s Academy side go into their Trevor Clifton Cup match this afternoon against Sleaford Town Ladies looking to extend their unbeaten form in the competition.

Boss Dan Dobrzycki has been impressed with the collective squad effort since their return from lockdown and believes their results because of a number of positive factors.

Dobrzycki said “I’m really pleased with the last 3 games. Our organisation and patterns of play have really developed over the last few weeks and we are now starting to play with a real identity.

“I’ve learned a lot about their girls’ mental fortitude as much as anything else. We all know they can play, they’re great technicians, but they’ve proven their metal against strong, organised women. This was our biggest question going into the season but they’ve met that challenge.

“It’s just great to see the girls enjoying football again. They’re a really committed group of players and the lockdown was really tough for them as they live and breathe football. I’m really pleased with the last 3 games.”

As with any side, there is always room for improvement and ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Sleaford Town Ladies, Dobrzycki is hoping that the work done on the training pitch is evident from the off.

“With any team, particularly a young one, there’s always lots to work on. A real area of work for us is starting games more quickly and linked to that, playing well for larger spells. To do this, the girls all need to be confident in the team shape and understand the different passing options when in possession, which can only come from training.

“The experience of training alongside the first team has been invaluable. They’ve been incredibly welcoming and just being exposed to that level will only benefit the girls. Mixing it up with them in an eleven vs eleven setting has really helped all our players develop so I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity. 

“Generally, the girls’ attendance and punctuality has been exemplary and it’s the commitment which has allowed us to progress, so all the credit goes to them.

“In all truth, we have very little knowledge of our opposition, as has been the case with all our games barring Notts County. With that in mind, we will go into the game looking to impose our own game on the opposition. If we do that and play to our potential, I can’t have any complaints.”

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