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U20 Academy Boss Hails his Side after League & Cup Double

Derby County Women's Academy U20's Boss Dan Dobrzycki hailed his side's character and resilience and spoke of how proud he was after their 4-3 comeback win over Lincoln United secured a League and Cup double.

The Ewe Rams youngsters found themselves 2-0 and 3-1 down on Sunday but secured the East Midlands Women's League Cup to add to their League title and with the U20's Academy Boss believing the game showed what his side was all about.

Dobrzycki said "It was a bit of a rollercoaster of a game, conceding two early goals to very good players, we probably should have done more but we spoke about the quality of Lincoln and we've probably not come up against as talented a side and it would take us time to adapt.

"I'm just so proud that they took every bit of advice, adapted and carried on playing the game they know they could. Coming back once is hard enough but when it happens twice, you could be forgiven for thinking that's it now but their heads stayed up and they stuck to their own qualities.

"We always try and foster a culture of togetherness and theres no blame, they take it on themselves, heads stayed up and there's no digging anyone out and it's fantastic to see that and how they responded.

"Tactically we didn't do anything wrong, it was either individual errors or quality finishing from Lincoln, the game-plan was good and they executed it very well and its my proudest moment as a coach and i'm so happy for them."

Goals from Iesha Rollins, Rosie Hunt, Marli Rhodes-Andrews and Olivia Edwards sealed the comeback win and Dobrzycki believes their is a bright future for the Ewe Rams with the amount of talent that is coming through.

"I look at the game today and I see first-team potential in this side, some of the youngsters coming through now are unbelievable and hopefully pretty soon and I hope they understand, I won't be coaching them soon because they'll be with the first-team.

"On that as well, everything the first-team have done for us this season has enabled that because when we're training with them or playing matches we've had great exposure to players and challenges and it has been brilliant and I thought that showed in the quality.

"I've really enjoyed my journey in football and today shows what we as a club can offer both for players and coaches. I started coaching in the Academy and the pathway we have here is why we are successful.

"Not only that, its the support from the coaches, the Board, Sam and the first-team, the players and not forgetting the parents too, its been a dream job to have and its been my favourite year in football and it means a lot and I just wanted them to win today for themselves.

"I can sit back now and look back at what we have put in, its been hard work and lots of preparation and we can now savour it, it really means a lot."

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